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Tone/Attitude Words

  • Accusatory: charging of wrong doing
  • Apathetic: indifferent due to lack of energy or concern
  • Awe: solemn wonder
  • Bitter: exhibiting strong animosity as a result of pain or grief
  • Cynical: questions the basic sincerity and goodness of people
  • Condescension: condescending-a feeling of superiority
  • Callous: unfeeling, insensitive to feelings of others
  • Contemplative: studying, thinking, reflecting on an issue
  • Critical: finding fault
  • Choleric: hot-tempered, easily angered
  • Contemptuous: showing or feeling that something is worthless or lacks respect
  • Caustic: intense use of sarcasm; stinging, biting
  • Conventional: lacking spontaneity, originality, and individuality
  • Disdainful: scornful
  • Didactic: author attempts to educate or instruct the reader
  • Derisive: ridiculing, mocking
  • Earnest: intense, a sincere state of mind
  • Erudite: learned, polished, scholarly
  • Fanciful: using the imagination
  • Forthright: directly frank without hesitation
  • Gloomy: darkness, sadness, rejection
  • Haughty: proud and vain to the point of arrogance
  • Indignant: marked by anger aroused by injustice
  • Intimate: very familiar
  • Judgmental: authoritative and often having critical opinions
  • Jovial: happy
  • Lyrical: expressing a poet’s inner feelings; emotional; full of images; song-like
  • Matter-of-Fact: accepting of conditions; not fanciful or emotional
  • Mocking: treating with contempt or ridicule
  • Morose: gloomy, sullen, surly, despondent
  • Malicious: purposely hurtful
  • Objective: an unbiased view-able to leave personal judgments aside
  • Optimistic: hopeful, cheerful
  • Obsequious: polite and obedient in order to gain something
  • Patronizing: air of condescension
  • Pessimistic: seeing the worst side of things; no hope
  • Quizzical: odd, eccentric, amusing
  • ribald-offensive in speech or gesture
  • Reverent: treating a subject with honor and respect
  • Ridiculing: slightly contemptuous banter; making fun of
  • Reflective: illustrating innermost thoughts and emotions
  • Sarcastic: sneering, caustic
  • Sardonic: scornfully and bitterly sarcastic
  • Satiric: ridiculing to show weakness in order to make a point, teach
  • Sincere: without deceit or pretense; genuine
  • Solemn: deeply earnest, tending toward sad reflection
  • Sanguineous: optimistic, cheerful
  • Whimsical: odd, strange, fantastic; fun

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