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Adjectives

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genteel
well-bred; elegant; striving to convey an appearance of refinement
self-deprecating
belittling or undervaluing oneself; excessively modest
introspective
looking inward at one's own thoughts and feelings
spiteful
malicious, cruel
meddlesome
interfering, intrusive, nosy
apathetic
showing or feeling no interest, enthusiasm, or concern
naive
innocent, unsophisticated, showing lack of worldly knowledge and experience
presumptuous
too bold or forward; going beyond that which is proper
insolent
Boldly rude or disrespectful
incensed
very angry; enraged
mendacious
lying, habitually dishonest
colloquial
characteristic of ordinary conversation rather than formal speech or writing
amorous
expressing love or the state of being in love
pedantic
excessively concerned with minor details and rules or with displaying academic learning
superficial
on or near the surface, concerned with or understanding only what is on the surface, shallow
trivial
not important, minor; ordinary, commonplace.
circumspect
cautious; aware of potential consequences
pristine
in an original, pure state; uncorrupted
lax
careless; not strict
malevolent
wishing evil or harm to others; malicious
pessimistic
gloomy; having a negative outlook; expecting the worst
garish
glaring; tastelessly showy or overdecorated in a vulgar or offensive way
repressed
restrained, inhibited, or oppressed
surreptitious
hidden or secret; done without notice
unbridled
uncontrolled, lacking in restraint
sanctimonious
making a show of virtue or righteousness; hypocritically moralistic or pious, falsely religious
thwarted
blocked, prevented
abject
hopeless; extremely sad and servile; defeated
inexorable
impossible to stop or prevent; relentless, unyielding; not moved by pleading
erudite
learned; scholarly; bookish
zealous
marked by active interest and enthusiasm
ambivalent
having mixed feelings about someone or something
sedate
quiet, settled, sober
methodical
orderly; systematic
deferential
respectful and polite in a submissive way
oblivious
unaware of or unconcerned about what is happening around one
aloof
withdrawn, standing apart from others (usually as a matter of choice)
jarring
incongruous in a striking or shocking way; clashing
austere
severe in manner or appearance; very self-disciplined, ascetic; without luxury or ease; sober or serious
lionized
given a lot of public attention and approval; treated as a celebrity
dispassionate
impartial; calm, free from emotion
pretentious
showy; self-important; make unjustifiable claims to excellence
aberrant
abnormal; deviating from what is normal or expected
condescending
possessing an attitude of superiority, patronizing
bedeviled
bothered, plagued, tormented
frivolous
of little importance, not worthy of serious attention; not meant seriously
ostentatious
marked by conspicuous or pretentious display, showy
idyllic
charming in a rustic way; naturally peaceful
ephemeral
lasting a very short time
mercurial
emotionally unpredictable, give to rapid changes in mood
lofty
very high, noble
beguiling
charming in a deceptive way
terse
brief and to the point
doting
excessively fond, loving to excess
facetious
Joking, humorous, esp. inappropriately; not serious, concerned with frivolous things
bereft
deprived of; made unhappy through a loss
callous
emotionally hardened, unfeeling
pervasive
spreading everywhere
enigmatic
puzzling, perplexing, inexplicable, not easily understood
overt
obvious; done or shown openly
congenial
getting along well with others; agreeable, pleasant
feigned
pretended or faked
gullible
easily deceived
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