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AP Language and Composition Tone Words

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Laudatory
full of or giving praise
elegaic
eulogistic, complementary, nostalgic
strident
harsh, acerbic, angry
subdued
angry, harsh, acerbic
forthright
straightforward, unambiguous, direct
curt
plain, straightforward, unambiguous
brisk
bold, proud, confident
caustic
sarcastic, harsh,
evasive
indirect, vague, ambiguous
despairing
violent, antagonistic, contentious
indignant
antagonistic, violent, contentious
querulous
angry, antagonistic, contentious
sepulchral
gloomy, depressing, somber
jocular
jovial, good-humored, friendly
flippant
fun, playful, humorous
placid
clam, peaceful, tranquil
wistful
gloomy, depressing, somber
reverent
exalting, respectful, appreciative
lyrical
joyful, jovial, elated
incredulous
doubtful, skeptical, questioning
self-depreciating
modest, humble, self-critical
bemused
confused, bewildered, perplexed
wry
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sanguine
hopeful, optimistic, positive
poignant
regretful, saddening, touching
pedantic
scholarly, belittling, condescending
didactic
scholarly, educational, academic
diffident
shy, unconfident, insecure
maudlin
emotional, sentimental,