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LA Tones

mega list of tones for AP LANG

ToneDescription
absurd ridiculous, foolish
accusatory charging of wrong doing
acerbic bitter or sharp in tone or manner
adversarial hostile, antagonistic
aloof emotionally distant; reserved and remote
ambivalent having mixed, uncertain, or conflicting feelings about something
apathetic indifferent due to lack of energy or concern; spiritless
apprehensive fearful; worried that something bad will happen
artless lacking ar, knowledge, or skill
awed characterized by solemn wonder
bantering speaking playfully or wittily
belligerent exhibiting assertiveness, hostility, or combativeness
bemused confused, puzzled
benevolent showing kindness or goodwill
biting caustic, scathing
bitter exhibiting strong animosity as a result of pain or grief
bleak hopeless, depressing, dreary
bombastic pompous, pretentious, overblown
callous unfeeling, insensitive to feelings of others
candid characterized by openness and sincerity of expression; unreservedly straightforward
caustic intense use of sarcasm; stinging, biting
cavalier contemptuous, haughty, disdainful
choleric hot-tempered, easily angered
clinical analytical or coolly dispassionate
colloquial informal, everyday language
conciliatory tending to lessen or avoid conflict or hostility
condescending characterized by a patronizing or superior attitude toward others
contemplative studying, thinking, reflecting on an issue
contemptuous showing deep hatred or disapproval; feeling that something is worthless or lacks respect
contradictory inconsistent, contrary, opposing, clashing
conventional lacking spontaneity, originality, and individuality
critical inclined to find fault or to judge with severity; giving comments or judgments
cynical skeptical, doubting; questioning the basic sincerity and goodness of people
deferential showing respect or courtesy
derisive ridiculing, mocking
derogatory disparaging, having a low opinion of
detached exhibiting an aloof objectivity, usually free from prejudice or self-interest
didactic designed to teach or instruct
diffident hesitant to speak through lack of self confidence
disdainful scornful
earnest characterized by an intense and serious state of mind
ecstatic blissful
effusive marked by the expression of great or excessive emotion or enthusiasm
elaborate detailed, thorough, precise
elegiac expressing sorrow, often for something new past
elevated noble, lofty, sublime
elusive hard to comprehend or define
emphatic forcible, definite
enigmatic mysterious
erudite learned, polished, scholarly
esoteric profound, abstruse; difficult to understand except by a small group
euphoric rapturous, blissful
evasive equivocal; tending to avoid responding directly, usually by ingenuity or guile
facetious joking, sarcastic; not meant to be taken seriously or literally
fanciful using the imagination
fatalistic believing that humans are powerless against fate
flippant lacking proper respect or seriousness
forthright directly frank without hesitation
ghoulish showing a morbid interest in things considered shocking or repulsive
gloomy characterized by darkness, sadness, or rejection
grave important, serious, somber; likely to cause great harm or danger
haughty proud and vain to the point of arrogance
impartial unbiased, disinterested
impudent characterized by offensive boldness; insolent or impertinent
incisive quick to understand, analyze, or act
incredulous skeptical
indignant marked by anger aroused by injustice; irate, resentful, annoyed
infallible incapable of error
inflammatory tending to excite anger, disorder, or tumult
insipid lacking qualities that interest, stimulate, or challenge
insolent audacious, brazen, out-of-line
intimate very familiar
irrerevant lacking proper respect seriousness
jovial happy, cheerful, mirthful
judgmental authoritative and often having critical opinions
judicious sensible and wise; showing wisdom, good sense, or discretion
laudatory expressing praise or admiration
learned scholarly, knowledgeable
lofty grand, distinguished
lugubrious mournful, somber, melancholy
lyrical expressing a poet's inner feelings; emotional; full of images; song-like
malicious purposely hurtful
matter-of-fact accepting of conditions; not fanciful or emotional
maudlin weakly and effusively sentimental
mocking treating with contempt or ridicule
moralistic demonstrating a narrow moral attitude
morose gloomy, sullen, surly, despondent
naive artless; lacking worldly wisdom or informed judgment
nebulous indistinct, vague
nostalgic a wistful yearning or longing for things, persons, or situations of the past
objective an unbiased view; able to leave personal judgments aside
obscure vague, abstruse, unclear
ominous threatening, portentous
optimistic hopeful, cheerful
obsequious submissive; excessively eager to please or obey
patronizing condescending; to treat with an air of superiority
pedantic narrowly, unimaginatively, and often pretentiously learned; overly concerned with minute details
pessimistic seeing the worst side of things; no hope
philosophical abstract, esoteric
plaintive expressive of suffering or woe
poignant causing sadness or pity; moving, touching
polemical designed to be controversial or aggressively attack the opinions of others
pompous arrogant, self-important
quizzical odd, eccentric, amusing
rapt completely engrossed; involved in, fascinated by, or concentrating on something to the exclusion
reflective illustrating innermost thoughts and emotions
reproachful expressing disapproval or blame
reserved distant, aloof
resigned submissive, docile, humble, mild
reverent treating a subject with honor and respect
ribald offensive in speech or gesture
ridiculing slightly contemptuous banter; making fun of
sanguine confident; cheerfully optimistic
sarcastic sneering, caustic
sardonic scornfully and bitterly sarcastic; derisively mocking
satiric using wit, irony, or sarcasm to expose and discredit vice or folly
sincere without deceit or pretense; genuine
solemn deeply earnest, tending toward sad reflection
somber dismal, depressing, gloomy, melancholy
strident commanding attention by a loud or obtrusive quality; loudly, strongly, or urgently expressed
subdued lacking vitality, intensity, or strength
tactful diplomatic, prudent
taunting mocking, ridiculing
tentative hesitant, uncertain
terse short, brusque, to the point
turgid pompous; excessively embellished in style or language
unorthodox unconventional; failing to follow conventional or traditional beliefs or practices
urbane sophisticated; notably polite or polished in manner
whimsical odd, strange, fantastic, fun
zealous actively and unreservedly enthusiastic, fervent
Created by: darkviolet3