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Characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight
"The people were eager to fight any who disturbed them."
proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity
"Her acidic comments emotionally scarred Anne."
A sick feeling of strong dislike
"I have lost my appetite after seeing the man clipping his toe nails in the restaurant."
Marked by extreme anger
"I can not believe that you poisoned the treasured and historic tree of hundreds of years!"
Irritable and bad-tempered, grumpy, complaining.
"I'm not gonna waste my time. Why don't you just scram?" - Oscar the Grouch.
Angered at something unjust or wrong.
"You absolutely should not have stolen that woman's bread roll from her plate at the restaurant!"
Causing excitement or anger; leading to violence or disorder.
"The citizens felt so outraged by the injustices that they marched through the capitol city."
Aroused to impatience or anger.
"The screaming in the hallways and the random construction work in the courtyard drives me up the wall while writing for our timed writings."
Angered at something unjust or wrong.
"The citizens were outraged when they witnessed the injustice of a racial incidence."
Easily irritated or annoyed.
"When she didn't get enough sleep, Edna reacted much more verbally and angrily to the random irritations throughout the day."
"Every day Barbara would sigh and make irritated gestures towards the speakers about the B lunch bells interrupting band class."
Attack brutally and fiercely.
"To the British during the American Revolution, the guerrilla warfare appeared unrestrained and animalistic."
Showing a brooding ill humor.
"Dan's dark scowl was unwelcoming to all that attempted to greet him."
Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments.
"The increasingly dangerous weather showed serious signs of the necessity of reaching safety."
"The man couldn't hold back the revenge he felt it necessary to act upon."
Ridiculing or burlesquing heroic style, character, or action.
Ex. Obama is clearly the savior our nation. He has nearly quadrupled our national debt.
Make something seem laughably unreal or impossible.
Ex. The Fayette County Board of Education's decision to ban PG-13 movies in classrooms will undoubtedly bring about a mass improvement in the instruction of literature in high schools.
A pretended look or serious act.
Ex. I was absolutely horrified to learn that Charlie Sheen had gotten fired, i felt as if the world was coming to an end.
Treat with an apparent kindness that betrays a feeling of superiority.
Ex. Her attempts to aid the homeless were largely in vain, but she is a kind-hearted girl.
Affectedly and irritatingly grand, solemn, or self-important.
Ex. The author of that article is arrogant and believes he knows everything about the stock market.
mildly teasing or mocking
Ex. The State has recently passed a law that will surely revolutionize society, I feel safer already knowing that it is illegal to fish while riding a giraffe.
Vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc.; coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent; scurrilous.
Ex. The film was atrocious, because of the painfully predictable plot and the horrendous acting.
The subject of someone or something to mockery and derision.
Ex. Rebecca Black's video for her song Friday was a joke, it seems it takes more than $2000 from mom to be a pop star.
Experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness.
Ex. I sat in my room, alone and subdued quietly weeping about the death of my frog.
Marked by or given to using irony in order to mock or convey contempt.
Ex. "Thank you for showing me the picture of that horribly mutilated arm, my life is now complete."
Arousing passion or strong emotion, especially anger, belligerence, or desire.
"My own son has betrayed me!"
Skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage.
"You are getting very sleepy. Now give me your wallet."
Accepting or submitting without objection or resistance.
"Honestly it makes no difference to me."
Providing comfort or solace.
Ex. "It's all going to be okay," she said while giving him a hug.
Satisfied with what one is or has
Ex. She sat in her back porch with her coffee on the cool spring morning, enjoying the small pleasures of her warm drink and the rising sun.
Not fully alert; as in a different world
Ex. "Friends!" he said softly; "friends! Yes, I had friends before I came-- before I came!"
Feeling great rapture or delight
Ex. Lennie broke in. ""But not us! An' why? Because... because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why." He laughed delightedly. "Go on now, George!"..."Tell about how it's gonna be."
exultantly proud and joyful
Ex. When the winning raffle ticket number was announced, Rachel jumped up and beamed, yelling out, "I won!"
cheerful, high spirited
Ex. Whistling, Jim shut the apartment door and walked jauntily towards the elevator.
inspire confidence in, give hope to
Ex. "You're doing a great job. You have shown definite improvement, keep up the good work!"
Ex. They blew busily through store after store after store on Black Friday, whisking out one door so they could hop into a taxi and swoop into the next.
having or showing great delight or interest
Ex. "That new TV show is awesome! The actors are all top notch, the writing is brilliant, and the effects are so cool. You should definitely watch it!"
the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up
Ex. "I can't wait for Disney World," Anne said happily, smiling and jumping up and down.
excessive and unrestrained joy
Ex. .The band members bounded down the hall after their first concert, laughing loudly and chattering giddily with the thrill of their huge success.
imaginative or imagined; appealing to whimsy
Ex. Ashleigh sat in class, daydreaming about her secret wish to be a mermaid.
having reference to something implied or inferred
Ex: Well it didn't go as planned in my last marraige.
having or showing little or no feeling or emotion
Ex: Over one thousands soldiers died in the battle.
having or proceeding from authority
Ex: this book is an official guide to the city's restaurants.
defeated though puzzlement
Ex: How was it possible to use so many complex words in her paper?
stressing careful attention to form and detail
Ex: His new position is largely formal because all the decisions are actually made by a committee.
based on or characterized by observable and diagnosable symptoms
Ex: Your coughing and wheezing are signs of a cold.
comforting from grief of loss
Ex: Don't worry about a thing. Cause every little thing is going to be alright!
formed by agreement or compact
Ex: Everyone says that microwaves heat up food the quickest!
designed or intended to teach
Ex: The war in Vietnam can set an example for war times in future generations.
Ex: The witness came up with a ridiculous testimony that no one on the jury could accept
(adj.) Implies a cynical derision expressed either verbally or facially; mocking
Ex: According to Thomas Thompion, " When Lord Holland was dying he knew that ... George Selwyn... was likely to call on him. He said to his servant: if Mr Selwyn calls, show him up. If I'm alive, I'll be pleased to see him; if I'm dead, he'll be pleased to see me."
(adj.) Vice, incapacity, human folly, or corruption is held up to ridicule via the use of irony, sarcasm, and hyperbolic imitation.
ex: "A Modest Proposal", by Jonathan Swift
(adj.) Expressing offensive reproach; derisive; contemptuous.
ex: "I hope you cut yourself and I hope you get an eating disorder so you'll look pretty. "
--comment made to (none other than) Rebecca Black by a cyber-bully
ex: He writes the worst English that I have ever encountered. It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish, and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash."
--H.L. Mencken on Harding's English
(adj.) Lacking seriousness or good-sense; given to frivolity; nonsensical.
ex: Charlie Sheen's recent interviews.
(verb) To provoke, ridicule, or tease somebody in a hurtful or mocking way; reproaching in disdainful or sarcastic manner
(adj.) Jeering; mocking, disparaging
(gerund/ noun) An insulting gibe or sarcasm; scornful reproach or challenge.
ex: "U-G-L-Y, you a'int got no alibi, you ugly!"
(verb) To harass someone playfully or maliciously, especially by ridicule
(adj.) Causing irritation or annoyance
(gerund/ noun) Playful vexation
ex: Her: "Why don't guys want to marry me?"
You: "Its called Stair master"
(When said by smiling friends, comments that are potentially hurtful oftentimes become more amiable.)
(adj.) Lightly acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable, playful; subject to odd ideas, notions, or fancies
ex: "Toilet paper: highly useful, yet inappropriate as a gift."
(adj.) Bitterly or disdainfully ironic or amusing; humorously sarcastic or mocking
ex: " Women are like elephants. They are interesting to look at, but I wouldn't want to own one".
(Correct me if I'm wrong, but more often than not, wry remarks do more harm than good because the audience is never as amused as you wish it to be, if at all.)
amusing in a quaint or odd manner; whimsically humorous
Ex: " ...So I remembered what my mother told me, "Whenever you feel afraid just whistle a happy tune" ... [whistling] ... then I felt a hand around my throat and a voice said, "Thanks. I thought I'd never find you in the dark."
not meant to be taken seriously or literally
Ex: Facetious = sarcasm. Im assuming you know what sarcasm is.
frivolous and lighthearted; impulsive; flighty
Ex: I am so excited for new shoes! I shall go shopping this instant!
characterized by humor; funny; comical
Ex: The firing squad leader offers a cigarette to the man about to be executed. "No thanks I'm trying to quit was his reply."
boldly rude or disrespecful; contemptuously impertinent; insulting
Ex: "You have no idea what you are talking about, you are an idiot, and this class is terrible!" yelled the young boy to his Spanish teacher as he stormed out of class.
containing or exemplifying irony; coincidental; unexpected
Ex: "Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honorable man."
deficient in veneration or respect
Ex: Believe all you want, but in the end there will be no God for you.
to speak or act in a playful or merry way
Ex: Stacy lightly punched Jack in the shoulder as he mocked her for slipping in the mud puddle for the third time that day.
having or showing a desire to cause harm to someone; malevolent; spiteful
Ex:"She makes me so angry, that I want to push her down the stairs!"
friendly; agreeable; good-natured
Ex: The teacher's smile and soft words put the class at ease and reassured them of her amiable nature.
pleasurably entertained, occupied, or diverted
Ex: After a long day of work, being amused by an SNL skit is the perfect way to wind down.
bright and pleasant
Ex: Whistling as he walked, it was clear to passing pedestrians that the man was in a cheery mood.
satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are
Ex: Looking back on her life, the retired doctor was very content with the accomplishments she had made during her career.
joyous; extremely happy
Ex: The two sisters were ecstatic when their father told them they were going to Disney World that sumer.
in high spirits, jubilant; extremely pleased
Ex: James' elation over his 100 on the test was quickly interrupted by the teacher assigning that night's homework.
having or showing great excitement and interest
Ex: When a new video game comes out, some people express their enthusiasm by sleeping in tents outside of the stores days before the premier of the game.
full of unrestrained enthusiasm or joy
Ex: Having won the lottery, the humble farmer leapt into the air with exuberance.
feeling certain that a desired outcome will happen
Ex: After nine months, all expectant mothers are hopeful that their babies will come out healthy and normal.
full of or showing high-spirited merriment
Ex: Due to his raise, the employee was smiling and jovial the rest of the day, going out of his way to make other people happy as well.
full of high-spirited delight
Ex: The doctor's joyful news that the surgery had gone well relieved the worried relatives and friends in the waiting room.
joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success
Ex: As the final whiste blew, the winning team dashed onto the field and a sense of jubilance swept over all of the players as they jumped around and cheered.
to be carefree and cheerful
Ex: Sometimes a lighthearted attitude can get you in trouble in school, particularly in high-level classes.
expecting the best outcome
Ex: At the end of every semester students are always optimistic about their final grades.
marked by confidence
Ex: Turning in his paper, the student was positive that he had made an A on the easy quiz.
confidently optimistic and cheerful
Ex: Upon waking up after a full night's rest, the man had a sanguine feeling about how the rest of his day would turn out.
I stood on the stage as my teacher announced me as the official winner of the fifth grade spelling bee.
If my essay is outstanding enough to win a scholarship, I will certainly be able to pay for college.
Example: After the man offered it a fish, the overexcited seal hit its head on the wall, but surprisingly showed no signs of pain., Definition: pleasurably entertained, occupied, or diverted
Example: He is not a bad guy; he only steals from old people.
Definition: cleverly amusing in tone
Example: "You think I like you? You took my wallet, killed my pets, and ran over my bike! I hate you!"
Definition: cold and harsh in tone
Example: Why do you even try? You clearly have no talent for anything. Your intelligence amounts to that of a squirrel, and physically you are as fragile as glass. Quit wasting your time. You will always be a failure.
Definition: harsh or corrosive in tone
Example: I stared for hours at that thing on my plate, with little success in identifying it. Starvation doesn't seem so bad after all.
Definition: arousing or provoking laughter, witty.
Example: Let me put it in terms that even you can understand. You can't beat me. I'm out of your league, kid.
Definition: possessing an attitude of superiority, patronizing
Example: The concert hall sickened me. I was surrounded by short, obnoxious kids that obviously hadn't bathed in years. What has this world come to?
Definition: scornful in voice or tone
Example: His skills were rough and unpolished, showing little coordination and smoothness. Perhaps, another year in the minor leagues will teach him something.
Definition: marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws
Example: Watching that movie is like trapping oneself in an asylum with no air holes. It slowly kills its victims with its long scenes, lifeless atmosphere, and colorless plots.
Definition: bitterly mocking, rude, or skeptical in tone
Example: Ha! I will never befriend this foreign scum. Who do you think I am?
Definition: having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
To regard or portray as less impressive or important that appearances indicate; depreciate, disparage.
Ex: The student, in a very arrogant tone, replied, "I sorry, sir, but at this school, we are taught never to end a sentence with a preposition!"
Harsh or corrosive in tone.
Ex: The mother snatched the phone away from her daughter and scolded her to go to her room.
Producing laughter; amusing, funny.
Ex: Children in back seats cause accidents. Accidents in back seats cause children.
Believing or showing the belief that people are motivated chiefly by base or selfish concerns; skeptical of the motives of others.
Ex: There is no way that the referee will let us win this game.
1. Not meant to be taken seriously or literally.
2. Amusing; humorous.
3. Lacking serious intent.
Ex: While laughing, she looked at Joe and described his bright and gaudy tie by saying that it was "classy."
1. Marked by inappropriate levity; frivolous or offhand.
2. Impertinent; saucy.
Ex: Michael's jokes were usualy funny, but that day his harsh words were rude and disrespectful.
Having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as.
Ex: The smirk on his face showed that he believed that he was supierior to all of the others because of his family's wealth.
To treat with gross insensitivity, insolence, or contemptuous rudeness.
Ex: Some cause happiness wherever they go; you cause happiness whenever you go.
Humorously sarcastic or mocking; "dry humor."
Ex: Even though the tears showed that she was against war, the smile showed that she was so happy to marry her soldier.
Lacking or exhibiting a lack of reverence; disrespectful.
Ex: She glared at her mother and said, "Whatever."
Having or showing a desire to cause harm to someone.
Ex: With an evil look in his eye, he stoll her glasses so she could not see where she was going.
A satirical imitation or burlesque of the heroic manner or style.
Ex: The ordinary girl smiled with joy and was pleased as she was treated like royalty at the spa.
1. To treat with ridicule or contempt; deride.
2. a. To mimic, as in sport or derision.
b. To imitate; counterfeit.
3. To frustrate the hopes of; disappoint.
Ex: The man became frustrated as the parrot imitated him and laughed hysterically.
Characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning.
Ex: Obediently, his hand drew near his forehead to salute his officer.
Vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc; coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent; scurrilous.
Ex: The trucker threw around the vulgar language without a care in the world.
Words or actions intended to evoke contemptuous laughter at or feelings toward a person or thing.
Ex: He was worried that the other boys would make fun of him if he told them his secret, so his lips stayed sealed.
A cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound.
Ex: "I feel so miserable without you, it's almost like having you here."
- Stephen Bishop
Contempt or disdain felt toward a person or object considered despicable or unworthy.
Ex: The older brother looked at is younger and inexperienced brother with disppointment as he scorned him for his wrong doings.
To reproach in a mocking, insulting, or contemptuous manner; teasing.
Ex: To hurt her feelings, Joe teased Emily about her weight.
indifferent; showing lack of interest
ex: I really don't care where we go to eat. Just pick.
openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness
ex: Your pants are unzipped.
traditional; ritual; formal
ex: Do you take this man to be your lawful wedded husband?... wedding vows
extremely objective and realistic; dispassionately analytic; unemotionally critical
ex: David Thoreau uses extremly long winding sentences with many descriptions.
showing lack of emotional involvement
ex: The orphan's parents were killed in a car accident two years ago and now he fends for himself at the orphanage.
intended to teach or instruct
ex: When baking there are always certain directions that you must follow in order to successfully comlete the recipe.
reserved or aloof; cold in manner
ex: I am going to see a movie I heard about with some people.
ex: When a rotating body moves from one position to another, the angular distance through which it moves is equal to the length of the angular path. The angular displacement that a rotating body experiences is equal to the angle between the initial and final position of the body.
real; actual; unopinionated
ex: The Fayette County School System has decided to extend the school day to 3:40.
directly and without evasion
ex: "Kayleb, you had no right to take my pencil without asking."
ex: If you exceed five tardies or adsences you will be penalized when it comes to exemption.
serving to teach or inform; conveying knowledge or information
ex: The door is locked from the inside, if you leave the room and shut the door you will be locked out.
accepting of conditions; not fanciful or emotional
ex: Although it is not my preference to live through technology, it has become a way of life for today's generation.
emphasizing or expressing things as perceived without distortion of personal feelings or interpretation
ex: There was a fight in the cafeteria today. I did not know either of the kids, but it seemed like a fairly even match-up.
controlled, repressed, restricted
ex: Guidence counselor- How is Mr. Elahi as a teacher?
Student- There are a few things i believe he could work on.
description that satirizes the heroic style by using it to describe something trivial.
Ex. The knight triumphantly ate his cereal.
ironic or satirical remark intended to wound.
Ex. Her mocking tone of voice clearly indicated the compliment was not sincere.
description that satirizes a serious situation.
Ex. I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.
showing an excess of self-importance
Ex. I am the person you can come to for all the answers.
expressing a question, puzzlement, or doubt in a mocking or amused way
Ex. I am in disbelief. How could you have possibly managed that?
a way to mock the importance or quality of somebody or something in a contemptuous way.
Ex. Did you intend for that shirt to match your ugly shoes?
description of someone or something being pathetic.
Ex. A lonely child playing all by himself in the sandbox.
an opposite meaning of what someone seems to say and is intended to mock.
Ex. Wow, your mother must be so proud of you...
Suggests a person has committed a bad act
Ex: "You stole my wallet, didn't you?" cried John.
Aggressive in behavior
Ex: "Come on! Let's fight right here and right now!" screamed Mark.
Harsh or resentful
Ex: John shook the opposing team's hands, biting his tongue as he recalled its unfair play.
Depressed and sad about a particular event
Ex: C.J. looked on sadly as Notre Dame lost to Florida State in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Repulsed by an offensive action
Ex: "I cannot believe you would do that. That's horrible," Steven replied.
Full of rage and anger
Ex: "Jacob you promised you would never drink and drive! Unbelieavble!" screamed Jacob's father into Jacob's ear.
In a sulky and unpleasant mood
Ex: After hearing I had been grounded, I was very irritable and responded with a loud "WHAT?" when I was asked a very simple question.
Non-believing or skeptical
Ex: Yeah, right. I completely believe you jumped off a bridge and survived.
Feeling of anger when a person considers an event unjust or offensive
Ex: After the boy stole the candy from the little girl, I chased him down to express my anger.
Creating anger or passion on a certain subject
Ex: The torture felt by the people in the Middle East shall not stand!
Using derogatory and abusive language; being rude
Ex: That man just used a racial slur toward me. That's sick.
An outburst of anger or dissatisfaction
Ex: I am sick of the poor pay I receive for working twelve hour shifts!
Showing signs of irritation or annoyance
Ex: The baby will not stop crying. I feel like banging my head against this door.
Characterized by ferociousness, fierceness, and cruelness
Ex: We are Indian tribe. We must slice open head of dead and collect scalp as trophy!
Gloomy and reserved
Ex: I sat in my locker with the towel draped over my head, unmoving and undisturbed.
An attempt to instill fear
Ex: We will use the atomic bomb if you do not surrender immediately.
Angry or full of rage
Ex: You stole bread from my unlimited supply? Quarter, Disembowel, and shoot that fool in that order!
Characteristic of or appropriate to the drama, especially in involving conflict or contrast.
"To be, or not to be: that is the question: whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?" - Hamlet
Serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous.
"Japan has been under constant watch by the rest of the world since the series of unfortunate events that hit their coastline. This is not helping at all considering that they have just undergone a huge loss."
Anticipating or hopeful.
"The generous donations we plan on gaining tonight should pay off all the debt we are in and then some."
Of or pertaining to facts.
"Four out of five dentists recommend Colgate toothpaste over Crest. This may be because of the tartar protection or the resistency to plaque disease that was greater in the mouths of Colgate users compared to Crest users."
Having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm.
"Writing creates wonderful ways of expressing oneself in any way imaginable! I have much respect for the writers of the world who get as excited as I do when approached with a chance to write."
Being in accordance with the usual requirements or customs.
"Going outside the lines is not acceptable when coloring. If you want it to look nice, it must be done a certain way and only that way."
Going straight to the point; frank; direct; outspoken.
"Thomas's theory is wrong because his information is not credible and he did not solve the equation correctly."
Characterized by lack of seriousness or sense.
"Forgive me for 'disrupting' your class while walking by to go to the bathroom. I'll hold it in next time."
Disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant.
"Clearly I am at a greater intelligence level due to my wealthy upbringings."
Deliberately affected or self-consciously emotional; overly dramatic, in behavior or speech.
"The perpetual speech was indubitably the most exhausting, discomforting, and irritating speech I've heard in all my days of living."
Not proud or arrogant; modest.
"The work I had completed won a Nobel Peace Prize however I do not think that it deserved such a title. There were plenty other pieces that deserved it much more than my lousy work."
Indicating or showing disbelief.
"If God does exist, then why does the world still have so many problems? If God is so marvelous as everyone describes him, I do not imagine that a fellow such as he would create such a violent world."
Giving information; instructive.
"When questioned on your actions by a man in uniform instead of seeming unknowingly guilty, the boy just acted casual and chated with the officer. This mannerism is how a person should ask when questioned by an authority figure."
Given to research, or asking questions; eager for knowledge; intellectually curious.
"I always wonder why she never came back. What did she accomplish? How was I to get in touch with her? It seems as if she didn't want to have anything to do with me that night."
Serving to inform; conveying instruction, knowledge, or information; enlightening.
"Washing your face before and after you get up can severely lower the chances of getting acne and sleeping in heavy clothes creates a more home-like feel causing a better night's sleep."
Ex: Nobody will know if you take just one piece of candy.
Or Filled with shame, ashamed
Ex: It is unbelievable that the atrocities of slavery were committed in a county which claimed that "all men are created equal."
Excessively suave, Said for the purpose of winning favor
Ex: "There's a light on this tree that won't light on one side. So I'm taking it home to my workshop, my dear. I'll fix it up there, then I'll bring it back here." Dr. Seuss
Ex: I wouldn't be caught dead hanging around a crowd of losers like that.
On the surface, Not deep
Ex: We should all vote for the most attractive-looking presidential candidate.
Irritably sullen, Arrogant
Ex: "'Oh yes, everyone's celebrating, all right,' she said impatiently. You'd think they'd be a bit more careful, but no — even the Muggles have noticed something's going on.'" J. K. Rowling
Menacing, Hostile, Aggressive
Ex: "Pointing this at Uncle Vernon like a sword, he said, 'I'm warning you, Dursley — I'm warning you — one more word . . ." J. K. Rowling
Weary, Showing a lack of emotion due to fatigue
Ex: At this point, the best we can do is hope.
Not interested, showing a lack of feeling or opinion on the subject
Ex: That could cause us all to die horrible, painful deaths. So what?
Ex: "'NEVER —' he thundered, '—INSULT — ALBUS — DUMBLEDORE — IN —FRONT — OF — ME!'" J. K. Rowling
readily feeling or showing fondness or tenderness
Ex: "As she stared into his eyes, she knew she was missed."
showing, feeling, or relating to sexual desire
Ex: "He held her body like a cello about to sound."
feeling or showing sympathy and concern for others.
Ex: "She reached down and picked up the shivering, wet puppy."
of, relating to, or tending to arouse sexual desire or excitement.
Ex: "The mother closed the door on the crying child and turned to her husband with a voracious gleam in her eyes."
overimaginative and unrealistic
Ex: "The four bunnies dashed to their spotted mushroom house to find the giant ogre with a grumpy face."
satisfying one's conception of what is perfect; most suitable
Ex: "I was home from work and the sun was shining, the pool was glistening, and the children were laughing."
closely acquainted; familiar, close
Ex: "We sat at our usual, small table and ordered our favorite bottle of wine."
feeling or showing love and affection
Ex: "She ran to her husbands arms as he walked into the gate."
expressing emotions in an imaginative and beautiful way
Ex: "The leaves danced around the tree filled with warbling birds."
relating to or characterized by deep thought; thoughtful
Ex: "The old woman reminisced about her marriage when she found her late husband's ring."
of or arousing gratification of the senses and physical, esp. sexual, pleasure
Ex: "She drew a warm bath and lit vanilla candles to relax from her long day."
showing gentleness and concern or sympathy
Ex: "The mother felt her sick son's head for warmth."
playfully quaint or fanciful, esp. in an appealing and amusing
Ex: "The small girl searched through the forest for six pixies."
Uncomfortable, self-conscious, or shamed tone.
Ex: He looked down at his feet and began to stutter an excuse.
A scared, dreading, or timid tone.
Ex: Her hands shaking, the young woman backed slowly away from the masked stranger.
A tone that shows impending danger or foresees evil.
Ex: The man carefully turned his head, feeling a cold, breath against the back of his neck.
A depressing or dejected tone.
Ex: The little boy stared at the rain dripping down the window and sighed mournfully over his ruined plans.
A dignified or somber tone.
Ex: The principal met the gaze of the concerned parent and assured her that the school would do its job to protect their students from terrorist threats.
A depressing or haunting tone.
Ex: Staring blankly into the mirror the man muttered to himself, "This is it old boy, your last day on earth."
A tone that shows a lack of meaning or optimism.
Ex: She looked up to the lip of pit and met the pitiless gaze of the hardened killer who had doomed her to death.
A tone that inspires terror or shock.
Ex: Squirming in the pile of severed limbs and steaming organs was a small infant caked in the blood of it's mother.
A tone that evokes a memetic fear.
Ex: Thunder boomed outside the corridor as the screaming maiden ran from her malevolent pursuer.
A tone expressing a thoughtful sadness.
Ex: Leaning his head against the wall, he gazed morosely over the very last of his belongings, contemplating the futility of existence.
A tone eliciting pity or showing unhappiness.
Ex: Dragging its broken leg in the pouring rain, the whimpering puppy crawled into the relative shelter of the gutter.
authoritative and often critical opinion; finding fault
Ex: He was extremely judgemental of his peers.
having or showing profound knowledge
Ex: The learned professor was capable of holding a stimulating conversation.
Ex: The matter-of-fact manner in which the somber news was presented stunned many readers.
implies earnest, sustained thought; reflective
Ex: His meditative questions forced his listeners to ponder his true meaning.
reflective; longing for something in the past
Ex: He cast a nostalgic glance at the home of his distant childhood as he left it for the last time.
undistorted by emotion or personal bias
Ex: The duty of the court is to make an objective decision.
having or showing love of one's country
Ex: Having an American flag over your door is very patriotic.
tending or intended or having the power to induce action or belief
Ex: The persuasive telemarketer sold more products than his competitors.
expressing earnest entreaty
Ex: The pleading look he gave me left me unable to resist giving him a cookie.
making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction
Ex: Her pretentious attitude hardly matched her run-of-the-mill tendencies.
tending to produce a strong feeling or response; arousing desire or appetite; irritating, annoying
Ex: The goal of the writer was to be provocative in order to get his readers to feel the same radical way he did.
Having an air of authority; positive; dictatorial; peremptory
"Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future."
- Adolf Hitler
To speak with exaggeration and excessive pride, especially about oneself
"I thought that you would like to know that I am by far the smartest kid in all of the twenty-five schools in the county."
Beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; imaginative.
"I wonder if it's possible to have a love affair that lasts forever."
- Andy Warhol
Possessing an attitude of superiority, patronizing
"The people living in that neighborhood barely ever mow their lawn, paint their shutters, or pick up the trash along the sidewalks."
Showing or expressing contempt (being despised; dishonor; disgrace) or disdain; scornful
"I abhor cancer, poverty, and childhood diseases."
Characterized by careful evaluation and judgment
"I met someone the other night who's 28 years old, and he hasn't worked a day since he left college because he's pursuing a dream he'll never, ever realize: He thinks he's a great singer. Actually, he's crap." -Simon Cowell
Having or showing arrogant superiority to those one views as unworthy
Your pay is your praise.
"Feminism was established to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream." - Rush Limbaugh
Unrestrained by convention or propriety
That barefaced hypocrite lectured on the effect of atrocities throughout human societies.
The forming of an opinion, estimate, notion, or conclusion, as from circumstances presented to the mind
"The problem is the working class doesn't work hard enough. That's why they're poor."
Harshly ironic or sinister
We should start to eat newborn babies in order to save the devastation of our economy.
Displaying an offensively condescending manner
"He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career." - George Bernard Shaw
Excessive self-esteem or exaggerated dignity
"No need to disagree with what I just said. I am ALWAYS right."
Making claim to or creating an appearance of importance or distinction
Why, no i cant go to the Dollar Store. I only shop at Nordstrom.
Expressive of contempt
While talking to the people who came to visit, he spoke in a jeering manner.
the act of being friendly ;kind,sweet,gracious
> The little girl was amiable towards her new neighbors.
the act of being entertained, usually through humor
> The President was amused by the claims of Congress.
feeling or expressing gratitude
> The man was appreciative of the soap bar lent to him, even though it had a piece of hair in it.
the quality of possessing authority
> The general was quite authoritative, but he knew what he was doing.
having or showing good spirits
> The coach stayed cheerful, even after last year's dismal season.
to show sympathy for another's suffering
> The officer was compassionate towards the victim.
a gift given at no charge
> The hotel provides complimentary tickets on reservations with more than one suite.
having self courage; being sure of oneself
> The attorney was confident he could win the case.
Definition: A tone that is consoling, friendly or playful.
Ex: The girl casually agreed to the request presented before her.
Definition:A tone that is content,happy,or pleasent.
Ex: "Only if you wish to flatter me," she replied.
Definition: A tone that is dreamy,hopeful, or proud.
Ex: The girl thanked her teacher for the extra credit points.
Definition: A tone that is ecstatic,impassioned,or relaxed.
Ex: The parent explained to the child the rules for curfew.
Definition: A tone that is elated,jovial,or reverent.
Ex: "His belief in an omnipotent, God is unconditional, and he cannot imagine living without faith in a divine power."
Definition: A tone that is elevated,joyful, or romantic.
Ex: The girl decides to ride the rollercoaster even though she has a fear of heights.
Defintion:A tone that is encouraging, jubilant, or soothing.
Ex: In the excitement that is present in the city expecting the hurricane, the Reynolds family does not fear the hurricane.
Defintion: A tone that is energetic,lighthearted,or surprised.
Ex:Curiosity endows the people who have it with a generosity in argument and a serenity in their own mode of life which springs from their willingness to let life take the form it will.
Definition: A tone that is enthusiastic, loving, or sweet.
Ex:'I feel an earnest and humble desire, and shall till I die, to increase the stock of harmless cheerfulness.' Charles Dickens
Definition: A tone that is exciting,optimistic or sympathetic.
Ex: "There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender."
Definition: A tone that is exuberant, passionate,or vibrant.
Ex:"Congratulations on your acceptence to the University of Georgia!"
Definition: A tone that is fanciful, peaceful,or whimsical.
Ex: " I don't care what others say about me."
a tone that gives solace or comfort
Ex: The way a person might talk to a friend after they have lost a relative.
a tone that conveys comfort or satisfaction
Ex: The way a person says "I'm full" after a good meal.
an overjoyed tone
Ex: The way a person conveys their feelings after receiving a good grade in physics.
a very happy or jubilant tone
Ex: The way a person might react to getting a good grade after several bad ones.
a tone powerful in action or effect
Ex: George VI used an energetic tone in his famous speech
an ardent or passionate tone
Ex: Al Gore talked in an enthusiastic tone about global warming.
an effusively and almost uninhibitedly enthusiastic tone
Ex: The return of the prodigal son and his father's reaction to it
a whimsical or imaginative tone
Ex:In imagination I have bought all the farms in succession, for all were to be bought, and I knew their price.
Definition: disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking, sarcastic.
Example: "She must be from the convent," Mel sneeringly joked at the scantily clad girl.
Definition: of, relating to, or constituting satire-- (sarcasm: witty language used to convey insults or scorn)
Example:"If you're looking for sympathy you'll find it between **** and syphilis in the dictionary."
— David Sedaris
Definition:Expressing contempt or disdain felt toward a person or object considered despicable or unworthy
Example: " When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, looking down his nose, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.""
Definition: Cutting in language or import; biting; sarcastic; cruel; harsh; rigorous; severe.
Example: "Goddamn money. It always ends up making you blue as hell."
--- J.D. Salinger
Defintion: Harmless; innocent; inoffensive, foolish, witless, simple.
Example: "I don't swim in your toilet, don't pee in my pool!"
Definition: : abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule, mocking or criticizing.
Example: "You all run like a bunch of girls. Pick up your useless legs or go cry to your mommies."
Definition: : playfully exhasperating-- (especially by ridicule)
Example: "Maybe I'll learn a trade. I've considered taxidermy. I always thought it was a shame you couldn't do that on people."
Definition: full of odd or fanciful or capricious ideas, subject to erratic behavior or unpredictable change
Example: "A Wrackspurt - they're invisible, they float in through your ears and make your brain go fuzzy," she said. "I thought I felt one zooming around in here."
Definition: Dryly humorous, often with a touch of irony
Example: "The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad."
--- Salvador Dali
The race cars raced around the track until a car spun out of control and the crowd started to scream.
Ex: highly effective; striking
The man wept over the death of his wife but a hug and his favorite meal soon made him relax.
Ex: showing depth and sincerity of feeling
The boy anxiously waited for his SAT scores that were to come in the mail.
Ex: expecting, anticipating, or hopeful
Water is made up of two hydrogen particles and one oxygen particle.
Ex: of, relating to, or characterized by facts
The boys yelled and hollered before rushing out onto the football field to meet their opponent.
Ex: having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm
Mr. President I am writing to you on the basis of the Japanese Tsunami.
Ex: accordance with the usual requirements, customs
The little piggy was not worried about his house of sticks and he laughed all the way home.
Ex: characterized by lack of seriousness or sense
The King demanded that his robes be remade because they were not fit for a king.
Ex: disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious
The day of 9/11 will always be remembered in American's tears and thoughts.
Ex: deliberately affected or self-consciously emotional
The woman was renowned for making the best chocolate chip cookies in the city but she always denied it and said her grandma made better cookies.
Ex: not proud or arrogant; modest
The crowd could not believe that they had just watched the longest baseball game ever played.
Ex: indicating or showing unbelief
The chance of rain for tomorrow is 75% with cloudy skies.
Ex: giving information; instructive
When was the Earth created? How was the Earth created? Why was the Earth created?
Ex: given to inquiry, research, or asking questions; eager for knowledge; intellectually curious
Spread the peanut butter over one of the slices of bread and then spread jelly over the other slice of bread.
Ex: serving to instruct or inform; conveying instruction, knowledge, or information; enlightening
pleasant in manner or behavior
"The sun was shining and the breeze was blowing playfully with the guests frivoulous clothing"
having or displaying great dignity or nobility
"The prestigious crown was placed upon his glowing head and the whole kingdom bowed underneath thier new kings supremacy"
made less tense or rigid
"His voice was full of command, and yet at the same time, a gentle soothing melody that calmed the hearts of all those willing to listen"
showing great reverence for god
"He trembled before meeting the Almighty King, bowing his head while shouting to the skies of his praise for his Lord"
a soulful or amorous idealist
"His eyes became his mouth, speaking what could not be said as he returned the love he shared for his wife"
freeing from fear and anxiety
"The certainty in his plan restored the faith of his battered troops in their commander"
taken unawares or suddenly and feeling wonder or astonishment
"The sheer brilliance of the solution astounded the professors as they pondered how they could have missed this simple anwser"
pleasing to the senses
"All who passed through the broken center stopped in their tracks to listen to the beauty of the childs song"
showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity
"When he spoke, it was with tears in his eyes and compassion in his heart, for he knew exactly what the widow was experiencing"
vigorous and active
"The party was in full swing when the Jones's arrived, the music was blaring, the lights were glaring, and the people were all sharing in the fun"
determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason
"The glint of green caught his eye, and he stooped down to claim twenty dollars that would contribute to his party later"
freedom from agitation, excitement, or passion; tranquillity; serenity
"He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm"
exciting; promising advantage or success; uplifting tone
"There is a feeling of loyalty to her which seems to compel me to indulge in mournful thoughts. Do not mistake. Relief is coming"
given to, characterized by, or indicative of deep thought and reflective; contemplative
"sitting by the fire he drifted off into deep thought"
a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life, to one's home or homeland, or to one's family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time
"Construed ... as turf, home just seems a provisional claim, a designation you make upon a place, not one it makes on you. A certain set of buildings..."
favorable view of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome
"Do not worry! Reinforcements will come and the storm will stop!"
free from war, strife, commotion, violence, or disorder
"the tranquil lake sat in the mountains letting the brisk breeze flow across it"
free of or relieved from tension or anxiety
"the weight of the world was finally lifted once he told the truth"
awakening memories of something similar; suggestive
"Do you remember the woodland middle? All of its awesome teachers, huge playgrounds, fun gym classes and games were just unbelievable!"
emotional; tender, pertaining to feelings
"The vace really meant a lot to me. It was given to me by my grandmother."
calm, peaceful, or tranquil; unruffled and constant tone
"the smooth granite provided as perfect cool bed for the overheated dog"
tending to assuage pain; easy to read and healing tone
"the mother whispered to her baby and sang lulabies"
of or pertaining to sacred things or matters; religious; devotional; sacred
"Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil"
fixed, settled, or permanent
"The montain stayed steady against the constant breeze, letting nothing effect it and staying firm as a boulder for thousands of years"
made more severe or intense
Example: The five year-old belligerently pulled on the babysitters braids, and she screamed "stop it!".
worry, unease, or nervousness
Example: The musician shakily placed her sweat stained music on the assigned stand as the conductor, all dressed to preform, stared across his concert orchestra.
example: Mary forgot to attend her sisters performance, so she sent her sister a bundle of purple flowers and a box of cream-filled chocolates.
fearful or anxious of something unpleasant is going to happen
example: The soon-to-be homeowner contemplated her risky price offer in fear that another buyer would snatch the offer out from under her grasp.
troubled, worried, affected
example: Tom hadn't heard from Daisy in weeks, so he contacted her next-door neighbors to confirm her well-being.
baffled or perplexed
example: Kristen only saw gibberish as she stared at the foreign words residing on her physics homework.
dispirited and downhearted
example: At the loss of his father's military dog tags, Jake became downhearted for days until he found them buried deeply under a pile of clothing in his room.
Example: The blackness of the world tightened around Angie's shoulders, and never again was she content with anything that flourished in her path.
Example: When your the only person left on earth, with only stalks of books to dwell upon, you seem lost in endless gloom.
extremely upset, unsettling
Example: The girl shriveled in horror as the head of a long-haired girl twisted unnaturally in her dream; she will never again watch midnight horror movies.
incited, especially deliberately, to anger
ex: "The disgruntled employee murdered his boss out of revenge."
To upset; disturb
ex: "When the disliked leader pushed his people to far, they retaliated and turned to riots."
Uneasy and apprehensive about an uncertain event or matter
ex: "The student could not sleep the night before his first day at a new school because he was too worried about what would happen."
sorry; showing regret
ex: "The employee apologized to her boss for her drunken demeaner at the office party."
Anxious or fearful about the future; uneasy
ex: "The five year old would not stop pestering her parents with questions relating kindergarten."
feeling or showing worry or solicitude
ex: "Joan was worried for her son's future after he was arrested for tax evaison."
sad; in low spirits; depressed; downcast
ex: "The recently orphaned puppy wandered the streets depressed look on its face."
sad and gloomy
ex: "The widow refused to leave her room or eat anything for the first few days after her husband's death."
Hopeless, despondent, discouraged
ex: "After the student failed another test, he felt like he was a complete failure."
ex: "The boy who shot his entire family was revealed to be a mentally unhealthy serial killer."
to cause to laugh or smile by giving pleasure
Ex: The teacher was entertained by the child's petty argument.
teasing or making fun of in a playful, good-natured way
Ex: The girls jokingly made fun of their best friend's new glasses.
Ex: He laughed at the character on the tv show who was always doing something wrong.
disapproving; tending to find fault
Ex: You should have done it this way because its a lot better than the way you did it.
scornful skepticism or negativity
Ex: The home team just rolled their eyes when the opposing team stepped onto the field.
expressing extreme contempt or scorn
Ex: I can't believe she didn't make a 100 on that quiz, it was so easy!
-in fear or dread of possible evil or harm
"I am not going there because they might attack me!"
-feeling or showing worry or solicitude
"I am not sure that this is such a good idea afterall."
-arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope
"We left too late. Now we will never make it on time!"
-expressing sorrow often for something past
"I just wish I had spent more time with her. I hardly even knew her and now she is gone forever."
" My car just broke down, but I do not even care anymore. I guess it is just one more thing I can add to my list today."
-without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success
"That test is going to be so hard. There is no use in even studying for a test like that one."
-characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
"Everyday I wake up, walk past my wife while forcing a faint smile, and come home after twelve restless hours."
-showing a brooding ill humor
"It was amusing as I watched the character in the play caress the dagger and eventually run it through the heart of the other."
-filled with or evoking sadness
"She watched him leave with utter despair within her eyes. She collapsed as the door shut, crying for what could have been."
-expecting the worst in this worst of all possible worlds
"The world is just a stupid place filled with a bunch of wreckless politicians who will never be able to execute a plan successfully."
-causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm
"What we are about to take on is challenging, but crucial operation and we must remain focused.
-dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises
"With all judgements aside, I knew what I had to do and I was prepared to do it."
-characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions
"My foundation was solid like a rock,not like the others whose beliefs crumbled like sand when I questioned them."
-grave or even gloomy in character
"I just pray that she is okay, but one can only carry hope as an companion for so long."
-disastrous; bringing great harm and suffering
"The people fled the city screaming and rummaging through the crowds trying to find their young ones and find refuge from the tsunami."
showing a brooding ill humor
Ex: The man's sense of humor when he wrote had very unethical characteristics.
causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
Ex: After my friends told me they failed the math test I was afraid to learn what I had gotten on it.
Ex: When I broke my leg the doctor gave me medication so that I would not be able to feel the pain in it.
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
Ex: The building through the dark alley causes me to run whenever I see it.
showing unreasonable distrust or suspicion
Ex: After being asked ten times the teacher yelled at the student who was repeatedly asking to go to the restroom.
seeing the worst side of things
Ex: While walking across a very high rope bridge over a beautiful valley the man behind me would not stop screaming due to his fear of heights.
deserving or calling forth pity; miserable; sorrowful
Ex: At the end of regulation the losing team was angry because of their terrible effort.
having regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone
Ex: After yelling at the small child the man felt bad for being so harsh.
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