AP Lit Tone Words

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Last updated: April 30, 2019

aloof
not emotionally involved, at a distance

apathetic
uncaring

ambivalent
having mixed feelings, could go either way

audacious
recklessly bold or contemptuous;

Bellicose
inclined or eager to fight

callous
uncaring, or feeling no emotion

condescending
with an air of superiority, talking down to

contemptuous
lacking respect, derisive

caustic
harshly sarcastic

cautionary
prudent forethought

Choleric
easily angered

churlish
boorish, rude

cynical
distrustful (like Grant R.)

demoralized
discourage

diffident
reserved, unassertive

disdainful
scorn, despise

didactic
intending to instruct

derisive
insulting and condescending

earnest
heartfelt and serious

effusive
overflowing and demonstrative

enervating
to deprive of force or strength

elegiac
sorrowful lamentation

empathetic
sensitivity, relating to another’s emotions

erudite
scholarly

Facetious
sarcastic

fatuous
foolish or insane

forthright
direct and outspoken

flippant
frivolously disrespectful

frivolous
carefree and unconcerned

gauche
lacking social grace, sensitivity or acuteness

hubristic
to be exessively prideful or arrogant(not a real word meaning to pertain to hubris)

incredulous
skeptical and unbelieving

incensed
full of rage

indignant
self-rightously angry

intimate
personal and emotional

jejune
immature or childish

jovial
hearty conviviality and good cheer

kowtowing
to act in an obsequious manner

laudatory
praise

laissez-faire
laid back, unwilling to get involved

lugubrious
mournful, dismal, or gloomy

morose
ill-humored, very down

malicious
vicious, wanton, or mischievous

mordant
caustic or sarcastic in a mean way

Nihilistic
totally rejecting of established laws or institutions.

obsequious
overly obedient, dutiful, brown-nosing, fawning

omnipotent
all mighty or infinite in power; all-knowing

patronizing
Talking down to, conveying experience to one who has none

pompous
stuck up, considering self better than everyone else

poignant
producing keen or strong emotion; totally touching

provocative
inciting, stimulating, irritating

quizzical
questioning, ridiculing, or chaffing

reticent
reluctant or restrained

reverent
deeply respectful

reflective
meditative or deliberative

resigned
passive, accepting as inevitable

ribald
abusive, or irreverent; vulgar or indecent

sardonic
scornful derision, mocking, cynical

seductive
enticing, beguiling, captivating

sentimental
emotional attachment

supercilious
haughty, disdainful or contemptuous

unctuous
smug, oily (verbally that is) or excessively pious

vehement
with great energy or exertion, with great emphasis and passion

volatile
tending or threatening to break out into open violence

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