Reading Comprehension Tones – 189 Words

abusive

characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment

acerbic

sour or bitter in taste

acidic

being or containing an acid

acrimonious

marked by strong resentment or cynicism

adulatory

obsequiously complimentary

advisory

an announcement that usually warns the public of some threat

aggressive

characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

agonising

extremely painful

ambivalent

uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow

antagonistic

characterized by feelings of intense dislike or hostility

apathetic

showing little or no emotion or animation

apologetic

offering or expressing regret

appreciative

having or showing a favorable critical judgment or opinion

arrogant

having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance

artificial

contrived by art rather than nature

assertive

aggressively self-assured

banter

light teasing repartee

bellicose

having or showing a ready disposition to fight

belligerent

characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

biting

causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation

buoyant

tending to float on a liquid or rise in air or gas

caustic

capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action

chauvinistic

fanatically patriotic

comical

arousing or provoking laughter

commiserative

feeling or expressing sympathy

condescending

characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance

contemplative

deeply or seriously thoughtful

contemptuous

expressing extreme scorn

critical

of a serious examination and judgment of something

cynical

believing the worst of human nature and motives

dejected

affected or marked by low spirits

demeaning

causing awareness of your shortcomings

derisive

expressing contempt or ridicule

derogatory

expressive of low opinion

descriptive

serving to inform

despairing

arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope

desperate

a person who is frightened and in need of help

despondent

without or almost without hope

detached

no longer connected or joined

didactic

instructive, especially excessively

disdainful

showing arrogant superiority to those one views as unworthy

disinterested

unaffected by concern for one’s own welfare

disparaging

expressive of low opinion

dispassionate

unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice

emotional

of or pertaining to feelings

ethical

conforming to accepted standards of social behavior

euphemism

an inoffensive expression substituted for an offensive one

euphemistic

substituting a mild term for a harsher or distasteful one

evocative

serving to bring to mind

exaggeration

making to seem more important than it really is

facetious

cleverly amusing in tone

flippant

showing an inappropriate lack of seriousness

gloomy

depressingly dark

grandiose

impressive because of unnecessary largeness or magnificence

harsh

disagreeable to the senses

hostile

characterized by enmity or ill will

humanistic

marked by devotion to the welfare of people

hypocritical

professing feelings or virtues one does not have

incendiary

capable of causing fires or catching fire spontaneously

indignant

angered at something unjust or wrong

interested

showing curiosity or fascination or concern

introspective

given to examining own sensory and perceptual experiences

ironic

displaying incongruity between what is expected and what is

laudatory

full of or giving praise

mocking

expressing contempt or ridicule

moralistic

narrowly and conventionally moral

morose

showing a brooding ill humor

motivating

impelling to action

narrative

an account that tells the particulars of an act or event

neutral

having no personal preference

nostalgic

unhappy about being away and longing for familiar things

objective

the goal intended to be attained

obsequious

attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

opinionated

obstinate in your opinions

optimistic

hopeful that the best will happen in the future

paradoxical

seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true

partisan

a fervent and even militant proponent of something

passionate

having or expressing strong emotions

patronising

characteristic of those who treat others with condescension

pedagogic

of or relating to pedagogy

pedestrian

a person who travels by foot

peremptory

putting an end to all debate or action

pessimism

a general disposition to expect the worst in all things

poignant

keenly distressing to the mind or feelings

polemical

of or involving dispute or controversy

populist

an advocate of democratic principles

prejudiced

showing bias or bigotry or influenced by preconceived ideas

prosaic

lacking wit or imagination

provocative

serving or tending to excite or stimulate

pungent

strong and sharp to the sense of taste

rhetorical

relating to using language effectively

sanguine

confidently optimistic and cheerful

sarcastic

expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds

sardonic

disdainfully or ironically humorous

scathing

marked by harshly abusive criticism

scepticism

doubt about the truth of something

scornful

expressing extreme contempt

searing

severely critical

self-righteous

excessively or hypocritically pious

sophistry

a deliberately invalid argument in the hope of deceiving

speculative

not based on fact or investigation

spiteful

showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt

spoof

a humorous imitation of another work or style of work

status quo

the existing state of affairs

superficial

of, affecting, or being on or near the surface

sycophantic

attempting to win favor by flattery

technical

of or relating to aptitude in a practical skill

tongue-in-cheek

cleverly amusing in tone

trenchant

having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought

unbiased

without prejudice

uninterested

not having or showing a sense of concern or curiosity

vicious

having the nature of evildoing

vitriolic

harsh, bitter, or malicious in tone

vituperative

marked by harshly abusive criticism

witty

combining clever conception and facetious expression

acerbic

harsh or corrosive in tone

aggressive

characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

indignant

angered at something unjust or wrong

apathetic

showing little or no emotion or animation

apologetic

offering or expressing regret

bellicose

having or showing a ready disposition to fight

biased

favoring one person or side over another

commiserate

feel or express sympathy or compassion

condescending

characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance

contemptuous

expressing extreme scorn

cynical

believing the worst of human nature and motives

derisive

expressing contempt or ridicule

disparaging

expressive of low opinion

dogmatic

pertaining to a code of beliefs accepted as authoritative

emotional

of or pertaining to feelings

ethical

conforming to accepted standards of social behavior

euphemistic

substituting a mild term for a harsher or distasteful one

grandiose

impressive because of unnecessary largeness or magnificence

humanistic

marked by devotion to the welfare of people

humourous

full of or characterized by humor

introspective

given to examining own sensory and perceptual experiences

incendiary

capable of causing fires or catching fire spontaneously

laudatory

full of or giving praise

motivating

impelling to action

obsequious

attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

pedestrian

lacking wit or imagination

populist

an advocate of democratic principles

provocative

serving or tending to excite or stimulate

romantic

expressive of or exciting love

sarcastic

expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds

satirical

exposing human folly to ridicule

speculative

not based on fact or investigation

technical

of or relating to aptitude in a practical skill

vitriolic

harsh, bitter, or malicious in tone

vituperative

marked by harshly abusive criticism

acerbic

sour or bitter in taste

aggressive

characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

indignant

angered at something unjust or wrong

apathetic

showing little or no emotion or animation

apologetic

offering or expressing regret

belligerent

characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

caustic

capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action

commiserate

feel or express sympathy or compassion

condescending

characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance

congratulate

say something to someone that expresses praise

contemptuous

expressing extreme scorn

cynical

believing the worst of human nature and motives

disdainful

showing arrogant superiority to those one views as unworthy

scornful

expressing extreme contempt

belittle

cause to seem less serious

derision

the act of treating with contempt

jeer

laugh at with contempt and derision

mocking

expressing contempt or ridicule

disparaging

expressive of low opinion

dogmatic

pertaining to a code of beliefs accepted as authoritative

euphemistic

substituting a mild term for a harsher or distasteful one

grandiose

impressive because of unnecessary largeness or magnificence

humanistic

marked by devotion to the welfare of people

incendiary

capable of causing fires or catching fire spontaneously

introspective

given to examining own sensory and perceptual experiences

laudatory

full of or giving praise

obsequious

attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

pedestrian

a person who travels by foot

populist

an advocate of democratic principles

romantic

expressive of or exciting love

fanciful

indulging in or influenced by the imagination

sarcastic

expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds

satirical

exposing human folly to ridicule

speculative

not based on fact or investigation

vituperative

marked by harshly abusive criticism

egalitarian

favoring social equality

sombre

grave or even gloomy in character

reflective

capable of physically throwing back light or sound

unfeigned

not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed
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