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admiring
approving, complementary
accusatory
harsh, severe, biting
acerbic
caustic, cutting, sour
admonitory
advisory, warning
afraid
fearful, horrific, terrified, panicked
alluring
provocative, seductive
allusive
suggestive, not direct
apathetic
indifferent, lazy, bored
apologetic
penitent, ignominious
apprehensive
anxious, pensive
ardent
passionate, fervent, zealous
audacious
bold, impudent, insolent, rude
belligerent
loudmouthed, aggressive
bitter
grim, cynical
burlesque
lampoon, imitation, skit
captious
overly critical
callous
unfeeling, insensitive to feelings of others
choleric
hot-tempered, easily angered
clinical
scientific, proven, cold, detached
commanding
demanding
complicated
complex, difficult
complimentary
proud, effusive
condescending
arrogant, haughty, dogmatic
contemplative
studying, thinking, reflecting on an issue
contemptuous
showing or feeling that something is worthless or lacks respect
conventional
lacking spontaneity, originality, and individuality
critical
finding fault
cynical
pessimistic, questions the basic sincerity and goodness of people
derisive
ridiculing, mocking
despondent
hopeless, dejected, miserable
didactic
instructive, moralizing
diffident
hesitant, shy, insecure
disdainful
scornful
disparaging
weary, disapproving
earnest
intense, a sincere state of mind
effusive
overenthusiastic, loud, extroverted
elegiac
mournful, lamenting
erudite
learned, polished, scholarly
equivocal
ambiguous, vague, shifty
exhortatory
admonishing, censorious, damning
facetious
teasing, tongue-in-cheek
fanciful
using the imagination
fawning
flattering, ingratiating
flippant
irreverent, facetious
forthright
directly frank without hesitation
forceful
powerful, confidant
glib
smooth, slick, persuasive, fluent in a superficial way
gothic
eerie, gloomy, dark
haughty
proud and vain to the point of arrogance
humorous
playful, joking, frivolous
impartial
objective
impish
silly, sophomoric, childish
incredulous
questioning, skeptical, dubious
impudent
sassy, rude, cheeky, impolite
incisive
perceptive, insightful, razor-sharp
indifferent
unconcerned, disinterested, apathetic
indignant
marked by anger, aroused by injustice
indirect
understated, evasive, allusive
idyllic
simple, rustic, unspoiled, charming
imperious
domineering, bossy
insipid
dull, colorless, boring
insistent
urgent, pressing
interested
sympathetic, concerned, involved
ironic
sardonic, sarcastic, mocking, sly, wry
jingoistic
fanatically patriotic, xenophobic
jovial
happy
judgmental
authoritative and often having critical opinions
judicious
wise, thoughtful, astute
laconic
brief, concise, economical
laudatory
praising, admiring
lyrical
expressing a poet's inner feelings; emotional; full of images; song-like
lugubrious
somber, gloomy, sad
macabre
grisly, chilling, deathly, ghoulish
malicious
purposely hurtful, hateful, cruel
maudlin
over-sentimental, syrupy, weepy
mocking
treating with contempt or ridicule, disrespectful
mock-serious
imitating seriousness
morose
gloomy, sullen, surly, despondent
mystified
puzzled, confused, baffled
nostalgic
longing, homesick, longing
objective
an unbiased view; able to leave personal judgements aside
obsequious
polite and obedient in order to gain something
optimistic
hopeful, cheerful
paradoxical
illogical, impossible, absurd, ironic
patronizing
air of condescension
pedantic
nitpicking, too concerned with what are thought to be correct rules and details
pejorative
negative, sneering, critical
pertinent
pointed, incisive, poignant
pessimistic
seeing the worse side of things, no hope
punctilious
socially correct, meticulous, polite, scrupulous
pugnacious
aggressive, contentious, belligerent
recalcitrant
stubborn, rebelliousness
reflective
illustrating innermost thoughts and emotions
resigned
calm, quiet, peaceful, reticent
reverent
treating a subject with honor and respect
ribald
offensive in speech or gesture
ridiculing
slightly contemptuous banter, making fun of
sanguineous
optimistic, cheerful
sarcastic
sneering, caustic
sardonic
scornfully, bitterly sarcastic
satirical
ridiculing to show weakness in order to make a point, critical
scornful
disdainful, sneering
sincere
without deceit or pretense, genuine
solemn
serious, somber, tending toward sad reflection
strident
harsh, acerbic, outraged, violent
turgid
pretentious, pompous, stuffy
vehement
passionate, intense, fervent
vexed
uncertain, confused, ambivalent
wistful
nostalgic, sentimental
whimsical
odd, strange, fantastic, fun
wry
ironic, cynical, dry