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absurd
ridiculous
amazement
surprise
amused
entertained; pleasantly interested
antagonistic
feeling strongly opposed to a person or subject; hostile
apathetic
showing very little interest; indifferent; uninterested
arrogant
haughty; proud
bantering
teasing or joking in a good-humored, light-hearted way
belligerent
hostile; aggressive; quarrelsome
biased
showing a preference for one person or one side of an argument; prejudiced; not neutral
bombastic
using showy, overly complicated words and styles
caustic
very critical or sarcastic; sharp and bitter wit
cheerful
joyful, attractive
compassionate
wishing to help those that suffer; feeling great sympathy for another's sorrow, hardship, or suffering
conciliatory
tending to win over, smooth over, reconcile
condescending
talking down to someone; acting superior to another person
cynical
doubting the sincerity and goodness of others; bitter; mocking; sneering; distrustful of other people's motives
critical
inclined to judge severely; or writing that makes judgments about the good points or bad points of a play, book, or movie, etc.
derogatory
expressive of low opinion
detached
impartial; not influenced by others or by one's own prejudices
disdainful
scornful; feeling contempt toward another person or subject
enthusiastic
filled with eager interest; very favorable in attitude toward a topic or idea
farcical
absurd, ridiculous
grim
stern; not positive
hostile
opposed; unfriendly; unfavorable
indignant
hostile or angry because of feelings of unfairness
ironic
expressing one thing and meaning the opposite; similar to sarcastic but not necessarily as obvious or mean
lighthearted
free from care; cheerful
maudlin
sentimental to a ridiculous degree; overly and unreasonably emotional
mocking
laughing at or making fun of, often by copying or imitating
neutral
on neither side in a quarrel or war; neither for or against one side of an argument; unbiased; indifferent
nonchalant
causally indifferent; doesn't care
nostalgic
longing for people, places, or things that are not present or are part of one's past
objective
giving facts as they are without a bias toward either side; impersonal
opinionated
stubborn or conceited with regard to one's opinions or beliefs
optimistic
inclined to look at the bright side of things; hoping for the best
patronizing
treat in a condescending manner
pedantic
paying too much attention to small details in an effort to prove knowledge
pessimistic
tending to look on the dark side of things or to see all the difficulties and disadvantages; expecting the worst to happen
pompous
acting proudly; self important; using words or a writing style to make the writer or subject seem extra important and dignified; bombastic
rancorous
bitter or hateful
realistic
seeing things as they really are; writing about life as it really is
reticent
Inclined to keep one's thoughts and feelings to oneself; quiet and reserved.
sarcastic
sneering and ridiculing, often by saying or writing the opposite of what is meant; making fun of someone to the point of hurting feelings; bitter and harsh irony
sardonic
bitterly sarcastic, scornful, or mocking
satirical
using sarcasm, irony, or wit to attack or ridicule a habit, idea, or work of art
sentimental
in writing, this usually refers to a style that appeals more to emotions than to logic or reason
silly
foolish; ridiculous
skeptical
questioning the truth of theories or apparent facts; doubting; not believing easily
straightforward
honest; frank; direct in writing with no sarcasm or irony, meaning just what is written or stated
sympathetic
writing with kind and understanding feelings toward the subject of the reader; favorable toward
uncompromising
rigid, firm, unyielding in attitude
unconcerned
lacking in interest; indifferent