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abhorrent
causing repugnance; detestable; loathsome. Utterly opposed, or contrary, or in conflict.
acerbic
harsh or severe, as of temper or expression: acerbic criticism
ambivalent
uncertainty or fluctuation, esp. when caused by inability to make a choice or by a simultaneous desire to say or do two opposite or conflicting things. the coexistence within an individual of positive and negative feelings toward the same person, object, or action, simultaneously drawing him or her in opposite directions
ardent
having, expressive of, or characterized by intense feeling; passionate; fervent: an ardent vow; ardent love. intensely devoted, eager, or enthusiastic; zealous: an ardent theatergoer. an ardent student of French history. vehement; fierce: They were frightened by his ardent, burning eyes
audacious
extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave; fearless: an audacious explorer. extremely original; without restriction to prior ideas; highly inventive: an audacious vision of the city's bright future. recklessly bold in defiance of convention, propriety, law, or the like; insolent; brazen. lively; unrestrained; uninhibited: an audacious interpretation of her role.
austere
severe in manner or appearance; uncompromising; strict; forbidding: an austere teacher. rigorously self-disciplined and severely moral; ascetic; abstinent: the austere quality of life in the convent. grave; sober; solemn; serious: an austere manner. without excess, luxury, or ease; simple; limited; severe: an austere life. severely simple; without ornament: austere writing
benevolent
characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings: a benevolent attitude; her benevolent smile. desiring to help others; charitable: gifts from several benevolent alumni. intended for benefits rather than profit: a benevolent institution
brusque
abrupt in manner; blunt; rough: A brusque welcome greeted his unexpected return Abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt
burlesque
an artistic composition, esp. literary or dramatic, that, for the sake of laughter, vulgarizes lofty material or treats ordinary material with mock dignity. any ludicrous parody or grotesque caricature. Also, bur·lesk. a humorous and provocative stage show featuring slapstick humor, comic skits, bawdy songs, and a scantily clad female chorus
callous
unfeeling, insensitive to others
candid
frank; outspoken; open and sincere: a candid critic. free from reservation, disguise, or subterfuge; straightforward: a candid opinion. honest; impartial
caustic
capable of burning, corroding, or destroying living tissue. severely critical or sarcastic: a caustic remark. biting, mordant, bitter, scathing
choleric
extremely irritable or easily angered; irascible: a choleric disposition. wrathful, testy, impatient, touchy
clinical
extremely objective and realistic; dispassionately analytic; unemotionally critical: She regarded him with clinical detachment
colloquial
characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing; informal
conciliatory
To overcome the distrust or animosity of; appease. To regain or try to regain (friendship or goodwill) by pleasant behavior. To make or attempt to make compatible; reconcile
contemptuous
Showing disrespect.
credulous
willing to believe or trust too readily, esp. without proper or adequate evidence; gullible; showing a lack of judgment or experience; "so credulous he believes everything he reads
cynical
like or characteristic of a cynic; distrusting or disparaging the motives of others; showing contempt for accepted standards of honesty or morality by one's actions, esp. by actions that exploit the scruples of others; bitterly or sneeringly distrustful, contemptuous, or pessimistic; sarcastic
derisive
contemptuous; mocking; jeering; expressing ridicule; causing or deserving scorn
despondent
feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom: despondent about failing health; disheartened, downhearted, melancholy, blue.
detestable
deserving to be detested; abominable; hateful; execrable, abhorrent, loathsome, odious, vile; offensive to the mind; "an abhorrent deed"
diabolical
having the qualities of a devil; devilish; fiendish; outrageously wicked: a diabolic plot; Appropriate to a devil, especially in degree of wickedness or cruelty.
didactic
intended for instruction; instructive; inclined to teach or lecture others too much: a boring, didactic speaker. teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson
diffident
lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; shy; restrained or reserved in manner, conduct; self-conscious, self-effacing, abashed, embarrassed, modest, unassuming, unconfident