50 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE TONE IN POETRY AND PROSE

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Last updated: November 24, 2019

Apathetic
Feeling or showing little emotion

Arrogant
Bumptious

Audacious
fearless and daring

Bilious
bad tempered; cross

Blithe
joyful, cheerful, or without appropriate thought

Bombastic
pompous in speech and manner

Brash
(adj.) prone to act in a hasty manner; impudent

Breezy
lively and cheerful and relaxed

Cantankerous
Bad-tempered; quarrelsome.

Caustic
biting in wit

Coarse
conspicuously and tastelessly indecent

Colloquial
Characteristic of ordinary conversation rather than formal speech or writing

Complacent
Self-satisfied; smug

Condescending
(used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension

Confiding
with trust or faith

Consoling
affording comfort or solace

Contemptuous
Feeling hatred; scornful

Contentious
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement

Contented
satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are

Contradictory
Expressing the opposite; inconsistent

Cynical
Questions the basic sincerity and goodness of people

Dejected
Downcast or sad; depressed

Deliberate
1. slow (a); 2.

to think over (v); 3. on purpose (a)

Dismissive
Showing little regard; scornful

Doleful
Mournful or full of sorrow; causing grief

Dour
(adj.) stern, unyielding, gloomy, ill-humored

Dreamy
Reflecting a preoccupation with pleasant thoughts that distract one from one’s present surroundings.

Dutiful
obedient

Elegiac
Expressing sorrow or lamentation

Euphoric
Exaggerated feeling of well-being or elation

Fanciful
(adj) whimsical, capricious; imaginary; freely imaginative rather than based on reason or reality

Fervent
(adj.) very earnest, emotional, passionate; extremely hot

Frenetic
frantic; frenzied

Flippant
Humorous in a disrespectful, casual way; rudely witty

Frivolous
(adj.) of little importance, not worthy of serious attention; not meant seriously

Galvanizing
stimulating, energizing

Giddy
A light-headed sensation; dizzy; lightheartedly silly

Gregarious
outgoing; sociable

Haughty
Arrogant, excessively proud and vain

Illusory
(adj.) misleading, deceptive; lacking in or not based on reality

Impish
Inclined to do slightly naughty things for fun; mischievous.

Indignant
Characterized by outrage at something that is perceived as unjust

Laconic
Brief, using few words

Macabre
(adj.) grisly, gruesome; horrible, distressing; having death as a subject

Melancholy
Depression of spirits

Nihilistic
a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless

Nostalgic
Longing for the past

Obsequious
marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness

Opprobrious
(used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame

Panegyric
elaborate praise; formal hymn of praise

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