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Charging of wrongdoing

"You stole the car!"


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."


disappointingly unsuccessful

"I wish you could have done better."


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.



"I can't believe that you really did that to me!"


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."


Expressing offensive reproach.

"That outfit looks terrible on you."


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."


Habitually complaining.

"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."


Enraged; punishing.

"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."


Full of or characterized by extreme anger; raging.
"This is unacceptable!!"


Severe, cruel, or exacting.
"Are you capable of doing anything right?"


Having or showing arrogance.
"I am the only one here with any decency."


Full of or showing hate.
"Of all people, I dislike you the most."


Causing distress or injury.
"Why dont you just jump off of a bridge?"


Angered at something unjust or wrong.
"There is no way that I was speeding!"


Arousing passion or strong emotion, especially anger, belligerence, or desire.
"My own son has betrayed me!"


To give offense; offend.
"Go make me a sandwich"


To rouse to impatience or anger; annoy.
"Could you please just go away?"


Skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage.
"You are getting very sleepy. Now give me your wallet."


Extremely unpleasant.
"What is that loud, annoying sound? I wish it would stop."


Angered at something unjust or wrong.
"Well this is just ridiculous!"


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!"


excitable, rushing
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.


serving to warn

Ex: Don't climb too high on that tree!


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?


being hardened and thickened

Ex: The boy was tough due to his loveless upbringing.


free from bias, prejudice, or malice

Ex: The man was honest on his opinion of the matter.


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!


reflective devotion

Ex: She sat in meditation as she remembered the scene


formed by agreement or compact

Ex: Everyone says that microwaves heat up food the quickest!


separate, unconnected

Ex: I stood on the outside of the party looking in.


designed or intended to teach

Ex: The war in Vietnam can set an example for war times in future generations.


not believable

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


(adj.) Harsh

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."
Marc Johns


(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".
W.C. Fields
(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.


frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness
Ex: Haha smooth move


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.


How nice to finally meet you!


I found that passage quite entertaining.


I'm hoping that our relationship can transform into that of more than just friends.


Retirement is going far better than I could've imagined.


Oh my god! The hottest boy in school asked me to prom!


I stood on the stage as my teacher announced me as the official winner of the fifth grade spelling bee.


Lets go Cheifs!


The crowd cheered in approval of the returning champions.


If my essay is outstanding enough to win a scholarship, I will certainly be able to pay for college.


Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.


It is such a beautiful day out.


The symphony danced swiftly, high to low and back again, leaving the audience speechless.


The father laughed kindly at his son's innocence.


At least you did'nt spill the entire ice cream sundae on your shirt.


Your application has been accepted.


This bouquet of flowers will surely win her heart.


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.

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