SAT Literature Tone Adjective Words

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Last updated: May 5, 2019

Elated
(adj., part.) in high spirits, jubilant; extremely pleased

Whimsical
Acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable

Apathetic
Feeling or showing little emotion

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

Choleric
Easily angered

Disgruntled
(adj.) upset, not content (The child believed that his parents had unjustly grounded him, and remained disgruntled for a week.)

Facetious
(adj.) humorous, not meant seriously

Indignant
Feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment

surly
(adj.) angry and bad-tempered; rude

testy
irritable; touchy

caustic
SARCASTICALLY BITING; BURNING

contemptuous
Feeling hatred; scornful

disdainful
full of bitter scorn and pride; aloof

droll
Amusing in an odd way

flippant
Lacking in seriousness; disrespectful, saucy

insolent
Boldly disrespectful

irreverent
showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously

quizzical
teasing; mocking; questioning; inquisitive

sardonic
cynical; scornfully mocking

ribald
humorous in a vulgar way

apprehensive
(adj.) fearful or anxious, especially about the future

dejected
depressed

hollow
feeling empty

morose
Gloomy

poignant
(adj.) deeply affecting, touching; keen or sharp in taste or smell

admonitory
adjective: serving to warn; expressing reproof or reproach

earnest
Serious and sincere

histrionic
Overly dramatic

obsequious
(adj) servile, very compliant, fawning

incredulous
Skeptical, disbelieving

meditative
deeply or seriously thoughtful

frivolous
Lacking in seriousness or importance

lyrical
Songlike; characterized by emotions, subjectivity, and imagination.

forthright
(adj.) frank, direct, straightforward

wistful
(adj.) full of yearning; musingly sad (Since her pet rabbit died, Edda missed it terribly and sat around wistful all day long.)

zealous
Enthusiastic, devoted

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