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Vocab 2

American Literature Terms

TermDefinitionSynonym Antonym
Conversational Appropriate to an informal conversation to were the topics would be easy to talk about. Informal, relaxed, chatty, friendly. Formal, quiet, mean, mute, anti-social.
Didactic Intended to teach, having the traits to become a instructor in a patronizing way. Instructive, instructional, educational, edifying, unwanted, uninteresting. Rebellion, uninteresting, unwilling to learn, wanted.
Disdain Noun: The feeling that someone or something is worthy of one's consideration or respect. Verb: Consider to be unworthy of one's consideration. Scorn, arrogance, contempt, disrespect. Smile, praise, listen to, respect.
Earnest Resulting from or showing sincere and intense conviction. Sincere, serious, intense, grave. Empty, halfhearted, fake, frivolous.
Empathic Adj: Showing or giving emphasis; expressing something forcibly and clearly. Noun: An emphatic consonant. Direct, Assertive, Downright, Absolute. Gentle, Unclear, Dull, Indirect.
Even-handed Adj: Fair and impartial in treatment or judgement. Fair, Just, Objective, Unbiased. Wrong, Unfair, Attached, Interested.
Exhilarated Make (someone) feel very happy, animated, or elated. Excite, Intoxicate, Enliven, Delight. Down, Bored, Sad, Dry.
Exuberant Adj: Filled with or characterized by a lively energy and excitement. Cheerful, Lively, joyful, bouncy. Meager, Sad, Gloomy, Depressed.
Fervent Having or displaying a passionate intensity. Passionate, Intense, Sincere, Zealous. Calm, Cold, Apathetic.
Flippant Not showing a serious or respectful attitude. Waggish, disrespectful, facetious, cheeky. Nice, respectful, mannerly.
Indifferent Adj: Having no particular interest or sympathy; unconcerned. Unconcerned, Uninterested, Offhand, Uncaring. Moving, Worried, Concerned, Excited.
Indignant Adj: Feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment. Angry, Cross, Displeased, Mad. Nice, Soft, Calm, Pleased.
Jovial Adj: Cheerful and Friendly. Cheerful, Jolly, Happy, Good-humored. Sad, Angry, UN-happy, Depressed.
Light-hearted Adj: Cheerful and Carefree. Carefree, Merry, Cheery, Glad. Sad, Angry, UN-happy, Depressed.
Measured (adj) Adj: Having a slow, regular, rhythm. Regular, Slow, Even, Sedate. Fast, uneven, Rushed, Unsteady.
Non-chalant Adj: (of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm. Calm, Cool, Indifferent, Casual. Mean, Angry, Scared, Awkward.
Objective (adj) Adj: (of a person or their judgment) not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and respecting facts. Impartial, Unbiased, Fair-minded, Disinterested. Attached, Interested, One-sided, Passionate.
Pompous Effectively and irritatingly grand, solemn, or self-important. Overbearing, Arrogant, Vain, Proud. Modest, Humble, Shy.
Ambivalent Having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone. Equivocal, uncertain, unsure, doubtful, indecisive. Unequivocal, certain.
Caustic Sarcastic in a scathing and bitter way. Sarcastic, cutting, biting, scornful, ironic, sharp, harsh. Kind, mindful, bland.
Created by: Arashaud