AP Language Tone Terms

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Candid

open and sincere; straightforward, honest

Cogent

convincing; reasonable

Contentious

involving or likely to cause contention; contreversial (feisty)

Bleak

not hopeful or encouraging, depressing

Effusive

unrestrained and excessive in emotional expression

Vitrolic

scathing or bitter

Petulant

easily irritated or annoyed

Laudatory

praising; approving

Jocund

joyful; cheery

Erudite

scholarly

Pedantic

concerned with unimportant details

Skeptical

showing doubt

Sentimental

colored by emotion rather than realism

Stark

clear and harsh

Flippant

not serious; disrespectfully casual

Homespun

simple and unsophisticated

Evasive

tending to avoid/get away from

Foreboding

a sense of impending misfortune

Belligerent

aggressively hostile; war-like

Urbane

sophisticated

Abstract

theoretical; without references to specifics

Callous

emotionally hardened

Bemused

preoccupied; deep in thought

Timorous

timid; shy

Zealous

highly motivated

Vexed

very annoyed; irritated; distressed

Evocative

bringing strong images/memories or feelings to mind

Allusive

characterized by allusions

Colloquial

informal; ordinary

Fervent

warmth of spirit

Tentative

in an unsure state of mind; open to change

Audacious

fearless, daring

Strident

loud; unpleasantly noisy

Diffident

reserved

Trite

worn out; overused

Derisive

mocking; ridiculing

Wry

satiric; mocking

Grave

something serious or solemn

Incredulous

skeptical; unbelieving

Visceral

instinctual; pertaining to the body

Ethereal

otherworldly; out of the body; heavenly

Tenuous

shaky; weak (reasoning)

Bantering

good-humored; playful in conversation

Convoluted

very complicated or involved

Euphoric

intensely happy

Quixotic

foolishly impractical

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