AP Language and Composition Tone Words

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Laudatory

full of or giving praise

elegaic

eulogistic, complementary, nostalgic

strident

harsh, acerbic, angry

subdued

angry, harsh, acerbic

forthright

straightforward, unambiguous, direct

curt

plain, straightforward, unambiguous

brisk

bold, proud, confident

caustic

sarcastic, harsh,

evasive

indirect, vague, ambiguous

despairing

violent, antagonistic, contentious

indignant

antagonistic, violent, contentious

querulous

angry, antagonistic, contentious

sepulchral

gloomy, depressing, somber

jocular

jovial, good-humored, friendly

flippant

fun, playful, humorous

placid

clam, peaceful, tranquil

wistful

gloomy, depressing, somber

reverent

exalting, respectful, appreciative

lyrical

joyful, jovial, elated

incredulous

doubtful, skeptical, questioning

self-depreciating

modest, humble, self-critical

bemused

confused, bewildered, perplexed

sanguine

hopeful, optimistic, positive

poignant

regretful, saddening, touching

pedantic

scholarly, belittling, condescending

didactic

scholarly, educational, academic

diffident

shy, unconfident, insecure

maudlin

emotional, sentimental,

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