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accusatory
charging of wrong doing
acerbic
harsh and biting in tone
aggrieved
feeling or expressing a sense of injustice, injury, or offense
apathetic
indifferent due to lack of energy or concern
bemused
confused, bewildered
callous
unfeeling, insensitive to feelings of others
candid
truthful and straightforward
caustic
intense use of sarcasm; stinging, biting
conciliatory
appeasing; soothing; showing willingness to reconcile
condescending
a feeling of superiority; showing you think you are better/smarter than others
contemplative
studying, thinking, reflecting on an issue
choleric
hot-tempered, easily angered
contemptuous
showing or feeling that something is worthless or lacks respect
cynical
inclined to believe the worst of people; bitterly mocking or sneering
didactic
author attempts to educate or instruct the reader
disdainful
scornful
derisive
ridiculing, mocking
dispassionate
unbiased, not having a selfish or personal motivation; calm, lacking emotion
earnest
intense, a sincere state of mind
erudite
learned, polished, scholarly
exuberant
filled with a lively energy and excitement
facetious
joking, humorous, esp. inappropriately; not serious, concerned with frivolous things
fanciful
using the imagination
forthright
directly frank without hesitation
haughty
proud and vain to the point of arrogance
indignant
marked by anger aroused by injustice
intimate
very familiar
jocular
playful; humorous
laudatory
expressing admiration or praise
lyrical
expressing a poet's inner feelings; emotional; full of images; song-like
malicious
purposely hurtful
melancholy
a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause
moralizing
judging what is right and wrong, typically with an unfounded air of superiority
morose
gloomy, sullen, surly, despondent
nostalgic
longing for the past
objective
an unbiased view - able to leave personal judgments aside
obsequious
polite and obedient in order to gain something
optimistic
hopeful, cheerful
patronizing
with an air of condescension
pensive
deeply thoughtful
pessimistic
seeing the worst side of things; no hope
quizzical
odd, eccentric, amusing
reverent
treating a subject with honor and respect
ribald
offensive in speech or gesture
sardonic
scornfully and bitterly sarcastic
satiric
ridiculing to show weakness in order to make a point or teach
scathing
sharp, critical, hurtful
sentimental
effusively or insincerely emotional
understated
presented or expressed in a subtle and effective way
whimsical
odd, strange, fantastic; fun
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