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Word set 2: Emotions

bombastic (adj.) pompous Because the is a bit too bombastic for me , I will not be voting for that politician again.
Buoyant (adj.) cheerful, floating As the stock market hit a record high, the buoyant investors were celebrating.
callous (adj.) insensitive, cruel Despite her wealth, the old lady was a callous woman who never gave to anyone in need.
cantankerous (adj.) irritable The leading character in the movie was a cantankerous old man who hated the world.
capricious (adj.) fickle, changeable Even though the couple wanted to get married outside, they knew their ceremony depended on the capricious weather.
caustic (adj.) bitter Because my uncle was a mean man, he took pleasure in making caustic statements to people.
convivial (adj.) sociable, lively Carl was a convivial party host who made everyone feel at home.
demonstrative (adj.) openly emotional Because Susan was raised in a family that was far from demonstrative, she is not comfortable sharing her emotions.
despondent (adj.) sad, depressed Tom was despondent after her husband of fifty years died.
diffident (adj.); diffidence (noun) shy because of a lack of confidence Easily crushed by rejection, Jared was too diffident to be a salesperson.
discomfit (verb) embarrass, make uncomfortable The manager's mean look served to discomfit me during the interview.
disillusioned (adj.); diffidence (noun) disenchantment, disappointment Several disillusioned party members have decided to switch to another political party.
dispassionate (adj.) unemotional The dispassionate queen did not care about her starving people.
elated (adj.); elation (noun) joyful The students were elated to wake up to yet another snow day.
evoke (verb) bring about, stir up He hoped that his stirring speech would evoke a strong sense of loyalty in his supporters and inspire them to recruir more followers to the cause.
felicitous (adj.) well-suited, happy, pleasant By adding the festive decorations, you have turned this dull room into a felicitous area,
forlorn (adj.) sad, sorrowful The forlorn dog has been inconsolable since his master died.
fortitude (adj.) courage Even though the soldiers knew the odds were not in their favor, they had the fortitude to continue fighting.
furor (noun) commotion, anger The news that winter break was canceled caused a furor throughout the school district.
histrionic (adj.) excessively dramatic or emotional The widow's histrionic screaming made the detectives suspicious.
idyllic (adj.) tranquil, peaceful The tiny town by the sea is an idyllic place for the young couple to raise their twin daughters.
impetuous (adj.) rash, impulsive While I may have been impetuous as a teenager, I have become a patient adult.
jaded (adj.) tired, bored or lacking enthusiasm, typically after having had too much of something Ever since I started working late every night, I have become more and more jaded by the thought of becoming a manager with this company
irate (adj.) angry The irate woman vandalized her boyfriend's car when she learned he was cheating on her.
jocular (adj.) cheerful Her jocular personality always made the customers smile.
jovial (adj.) cheerful The jovial hostess made is feel at home as soon as we walked into the restaurant.
maudlin (adj.) overly sentimental The girl's performance was a so maudlin that people started to boo her off the stage.
melancholy (noun/ adj.) bleak, gloomy, miserable Dark rainy days always make me feel a strong sense of melancholy .
mercurial (adj.) fickle, subject to sudden, unpredictable changes While my uncle is as predictable as the sunrise, my aunt is very mercurial.
morose (adj.) depressed When her dog died, the little girl was morose for months.
peevish (adj.) irritable, grumpy The clingy toddler became peevish every time his mother walked out of the room.
penchant (noun) preference Recently, Henry discovered he had a penchant for baking so he opened a cafe downtown.
perfunctory (adj.) done routinely with little interest or care When we went out to dinner last night, the bored hostess gave us a perfunctory hello.
petulant (adj.) irritable He acted like a petulant child who was aggravated by the smallest things.
profound (adj.) intense, significant The speaker's profound words made me think about the future.
propensity (noun) inclination, tendency Because Peter is a professional food critic, he has a propensity to be very critical of his wife's cooking.
repugnant (adj.) offensive, disgusting The racist words were repugnant to everyone in the auditorium.
reticent (adj.); reticence (noun) emotionally reserved While Barbra likes to discus her personal life with our co-workers, I am much more reticent.
sanguine (adj.) cheerful confident, optimistic Although unemployment is rising, economists still have a sanguine view of the 21st century.
solace (noun) comfort, consolation After my wife left me, I hoped to find solace in the quiet cabin in the woods.
somber (adj.) bleak, miserable The funeral hall was filled with somber faces.
temperamental (adj.) moody, easily upset, likely to become angry The temperamental toddler becomes upset easily and throws tantrums ant time she doesn't get her way.
trepidation (noun) apprehension shaking with trepidation, the young man faced her fear of heights by skydiving.
truculent (adj.); truculence (noun) aggressive, bad-tempered As a teenager, Sharon was a truculent girl who often got suspended from school for fighting.
vicarious (adj.) felt indirectly by imagining someone else's experiences As mt daughter was crowed the winner of the beauty pageant, felt vicarious excitement coursing through my veins.
wrath (noun) anger The man earned the wrath of an entire nation when he assassinated the president.
aura (noun) air, feeling As I stepped inside the temple, I was embraced by a peaceful aura that made my mental burdens disappear.
Created by: WiseStranger
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