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awe

solemn wonder

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compassion

kind, humane, sympathetic

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comic

amusing, funny

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ecstatic

joyful, rapturous

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sanguine

optimistic, cheerful

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whimsical

odd, strange, fantastic; fun

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accusatory

charging of wrong doing

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belligerent

warlike, ready to fight or quarrel

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arrogant

full of pride, haughty

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critical

finding fault

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condescending

patronizing, disdainful, superior

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caustic

intense use of sarcasm; stinging, biting

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cynical

questions the basic sincerity and goodness of people

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derisive

ridiculing, mocking

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satiric

ridiculing to show weakness in order to make a point, teach

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distressed

painful, miserable

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gloomy

darkness, sadness, rejection

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pensive

reflective, often in a melancholy way

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absurd

so unreasonable as to be ridiculous

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frustrated

disappointed, defeated

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didactic

author attempts to educate or instruct the reader

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contemplative

thoughtful

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conventional

lacking spontaneity, originality, and individuality

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objective

an unbiased view-able to leave personal judgments aside

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philosophical

reflective, rational, given to thought

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earnest

intense, a sincere state of mind

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erudite

learned, polished, scholarly

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fanciful

using the imagination

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impassioned

fiery, ardent

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jovial

happy

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optimistic

hopeful, cheerful

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righteous

acting in a just, upright manner

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sincere

without deceit or pretense; genuine

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bitter

exhibiting strong animosity as a result of pain or grief

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choleric

hot-tempered, easily angered

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callous

unfeeling, insensitive to feelings of others

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contemptuous

showing or feeling that something is worthless or lacks respect

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disapproving

dislike, deplore, criticize

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disparaging

belittling, discrediting

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judgmental

authoritative and often having critical opinions

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mocking

treating with contempt or ridicule

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patronizing

air of condescension

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sarcastic

sneering, caustic

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morose

gloomy, sullen, surly, despondent

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pessimistic

seeing the worst side of things; no hope

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ribald

offensive in speech or gesture

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hyperbolic

purposely exaggerated

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imploring

begging, earnestly asking

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jaded

tired, worn out; dulled or satiated

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malicious

purposely hurtful

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lyrical

expressing a poet's inner feelings; emotional; full of images

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quizzical

odd, eccentric, amusing

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reverent

treating a subject with honor and respect

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reflective

illustrating innermost thoughts and emotions

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incendiary/incensed

extremely angry

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indignant

marked by anger; aroused by injustice

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sulking

resentful, petulant

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disdainful

scornful

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haughty

proud and vain to the point of arrogance

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self-righteous

regarding oneself as being morally superior to others

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ridiculing

slightly contemptuous banter; making fun of

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sardonic

scornfully and bitterly sarcastic

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solemn

deeply earnest, tending toward sad reflection

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tragic

disastrous, fatal

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apathetic

indifferent due to lack of energy or concern

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forthright

directly frank without hesitation

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incredulous

showing doubt or disbelief

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informative

giving information, instructive

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intimate

very familiar

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matter-of-fact

accepting of conditions; not fanciful or emotional

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modest

shy or reserved

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resigned

quiet, docile, unresisting, subservient

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unassuming

not forward, modest

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obsequious

polite and obedient in order to gain something

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