Words to describe tone

After we went over the Unfamiliar Text booklet I was asked to provide a list of words to describe the tone of a work or passage. So here is another one!

affectionate

ambivalent

angry

annoyed

anxious

apprehensive

bewildered

bitter

blunt

bossy

brusque

candid

casual

cheerful

choleric

cold

compassionate

conceited

conciliatory

confident

confused

contentious

cynical

delightful

depressed

derisive

derogatory

desolate

desperate

diabolic

disappointed

doubtful

ebullient

effusive

elated

empathetic

encouraging

enraged

euphoric

excited

expectant

fatalistic

fearful

fervent

foreboding

frantic

frightened

frustrated

furious

gleeful

gloomy

grave

greedy

grim

gushy

happy

haughty

hilarious

holier-than-thou

hopeless

humorous

impatient

incisive

incredulous

indignant

intimate

introspective

jocund

joyful

laidback

lethargic

lugubrious

melancholy

mirthful

miserable

mocking

mournful

mysterious

nervous

nostalgic

objective

ominous

optimistic

outspoken

paranoid

passionate

pathetic

pedantic

pensive

pessimistic

pithy

playful

proud

psychotic

relaxed

reticent

romantic

sad

sanguine

sardonic

scared

scornful

selfish

serene

serious

silly

sinister

skeptical

solemn

stressful

suspenseful

suspicious

sympathetic

tender

tense

terse

thoughtful

timorous

uncaring

unconcerned

uneasy

unhappy

unsympathetic

upset

vitriolic

whimsical

wistful

worried

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2 thoughts on “Words to describe tone

  1. wow thanks a lot i was doing english literature and came across a question that had us describe the tone of a piece of poetry. that had me thinking for hours be4 i found this!!!

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