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satiric
containing the use of ridicule, sarcasm, or irony to expose or attack follies, vices, or stupidities (N.B. - Satire is used generally with the intent to bring about change.)
whimsical
oddly out of the ordinary; fanciful, freakish; imaginative
dramatic
filled with action, emotion, or exciting qualities; vivid, striking
learned
knowledgeable, well informed
informative
educational, instructive
somber
dark and gloomy; depressing and melancholy
urgent
calling for haste, immediate action; insistent, pressing
confident
self-assured, certain
mock-heroic
mocking or burlesquing any style, action, or character
objective
without bias or prejudice; detached
diffident
lacking self-confidence; timid, shy
ironic
meaning the opposite of what is expressed
didactic
intended for teaching or instruction; morally instructive; boringly pedantic or moralistic
petty
relatively worthless or unimportant; trivial, insignificant
factual
real; actual; unopinionated
restrained
self-disciplined, controlled
elegiac
fit for an elegy; sad, mournful, plaintive
disdainful
scornful and aloof
lugubrious
very sad or mournful, especially in an exaggerated way
pedantic
putting unnecessary stress on minor or trivial points of learning
indignant
feeling or expressing anger or scorn, especially at unjust, mean, or ungrateful action or treatment
bantering
teasing or making fun of in a playful, good-natured way
flippant
frivolous and disrespectful; saucy, impertinent
condescending
patronizing; dealing with others in a proud or haughty way, as if lowering yourself to meet them on their level
patronizing
helping someone but in a haughty or snobbish way
facetious
joking or trying to be funny at an inappropriate time
clinical
purely scientific; dispassionately curious; impersonal
mock-serious
jokingly serious
inflammatory
rousing excitement, anger, or violence
benevolent
inclined to do good; kindly; charitable
burlesquing
to imitate derisively or comically; to make parody
fanciful
indulging in fantasies; imaginative in a playful way; whimsical
detached
not involved by emotion, interest, etc.; aloof; impartial
cynical
implies a contemptuous (lack of) belief in human goodness; sarcastic; sneering
incisive
sharp, keen, penetrating, acute
allusive
containing allusions (references to other literature or events)
scornful
filled with contempt; showing disdain
effusive
expressing excessive emotion in an unrestrained manner; too demonstrative
colloquial
conversational
compassionate
sympathizing deeply; pitying
impartial
without prejudice or bias; fair; just
insipid
not exciting or interesting; dull; lifeless
pretentious
affectedly grand; ostentatious
vibrant
vigorous, energetic, radiant, sparkling, vivacious
irreverent
lacking respect
sentimental
showing feelings in an excessive, superficial, or maudlin way; mawkish
moralistic
imposing morals, rules to live by, on others
complimentary
expressing courtesy, respect, admiration, or praise
contemptuous
scornful; disdainful
sympathetic
expressing pity or compassion for another's trouble or suffering
taunting
reproaching in scornful or sarcastic language; jeering; mocking
concerned
involved or interested
angry
inflamed, mad
turgid
bombastic; pompous; grandiloquent
sardonic
disdainfully or bitterly sneering, ironic, or sarcastic
contentious
always ready to argue; quarrelsome
insolent
boldly disrespectful; impertinent, impudent
candid
frank, honest
remorseful
expressing a torturing sense of guilt felt over a wrong that one has done; pitying
humorous
funny, amusing, comical