How can we help?

You can also find more resources in our Help Center.

19 terms

tone words 2

STUDY
PLAY
judgmental
1. involving the use or exercise of judgment.
2. tending to make moral judgments
malicious
1. full of, characterized by, or showing malice; malevolent; spiteful.
2. vicious, wanton, or mischievous in motivation or purpose.
impassioned
filled with intense feeling or passion; passionate; ardent.
Synonyms
emotional, vehement, fervent, fiery.
Antonyms
apathetic.
biting
1. nipping; smarting; keen: biting cold; a biting sensation on the tongue.
2. cutting; sarcastic
Synonyms:
incisive, trenchant; caustic, mordant, scathing, lacerating.
fervent
1. having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.; ardent
2. hot; burning; glowing.
Synonyms:
fervid, impassioned, passionate.
ominous
1. portending evil or harm; foreboding; threatening; inauspicious.
2. having the significance of an omen.
Synonyms:
portentous, threatening, menacing, fateful
facetious
1. not meant to be taken seriously or literally
2. amusing; humorous.
3. lacking serious intent; concerned with something nonessential, amusing, or frivolous
Synonyms:
humorous
sensuous
1. perceived by or affecting the senses
2. readily affected through the senses
3. of or pertaining to sensible objects or to the senses
Synonyms:
sensual, feeling, sensible, sentient.
figurative
1. of the nature of or involving a figure of speech, especially a metaphor; metaphorical and not literal, as in figurative language .
2. metaphorically so called
3. abounding in or fond of figures of speech
Synonyms:
ornate, ornamental, flowery, elaborate, florid, grandiloquent
formal
1. being in accordance with the usual requirements, customs, etc.; conventional
2. marked by form or ceremony
3. observant of conventional requirements of behavior, procedure, etc., as persons; ceremonious
Synonyms:
Formal, academic, conventional
conforming, conformist, punctilious, official
callous
1. made hard; hardened.
2. insensitive; indifferent; unsympathetic
3. having a callus; indurated, as parts of the skin exposed to friction.
4. to make or become hard or callous
Synonyms:
hard, inured, insensible, obtuse
Antonyms:
soft, sensitive.
jargon
1. the language, especially the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group
2. unintelligible or meaningless talk or writing; gibberish.
3. any talk or writing that one does not understand.
4. language that is characterized by uncommon or pretentious vocabulary and convoluted syntax and is often vague in meaning.
Synonyms:
babble, gabble, twaddle
surly
1. churlishly rude or bad-tempered
2. unfriendly or hostile; menacingly irritable
3. dark or dismal; menacing; threatening
4. lordly; arrogant.
Synonyms:
sullen, uncivil, brusque, irascible, splenetic, choleric, cross; grumpy, grouchy, crabby, threatening, malevolent, ominous
reverent
feeling, exhibiting, or characterized by reverence; deeply respectful

reverence:
1. a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration.
2. the outward manifestation of this feeling
3. a gesture indicative of deep respect; an obeisance, bow, or curtsy.
taunting
1. to reproach in a sarcastic, insulting, or jeering manner; mock.
2. to provoke by taunts; twit.
3. an insulting gibe or sarcasm; scornful reproach or challenge.
4. an object of insulting gibes or scornful reproaches.
Synonyms:
censure, upbraid, flout, insult, jeer, ridicule, scoff, derision, insult, censure, ridicule.
sober
1. not intoxicated or drunk.
2. habitually temperate, especially in the use of liquor.
3. quiet or sedate in demeanor, as persons.
4. marked by seriousness, gravity, solemnity, etc., as of demeanor, speech, etc.
5. subdued in tone, as color; not gay or showy, as clothes
wry
1. produced by a distortion or lopsidedness of the facial features
2. abnormally bent or turned to one side; twisted; crooked
3. devious in course or purpose; misdirected.
4. contrary; perverse.
5. distorted or perverted, as in meaning.
Synonyms:
2. awry, askew.
Antonyms:
2. straight
obtuse
1. not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect; not sensitive or observant; dull.
2. not sharp, acute, or pointed; blunt in form.
3. indistinctly felt or perceived, as pain or sound
Synonyms
1. unfeeling, tactless, insensitive; blind, imperceptive, unobservant; gauche, boorish; slow, dim
baffled
1. to confuse, bewilder, or perplex
2. to frustrate or confound; thwart by creating confusion or bewilderment.
3. to check or deflect the movement of (sound, light, fluids, etc.).
4. to equip with a baffle or baffles.
5. to cheat; trick.
6. to struggle ineffectually, as a ship in a gale.