Flashcards in Negative Personality Adj Deck (82):
Someone who is x often forgets things or does not pay attention to what is happening near them because they are thinking about other things.
Men tend to be more aggressive than women.
If I criticize him, he gets aggressive and starts shouting.
behaving in an angry and violent way towards another person
She has an authoritative manner that at times is almost arrogant.
I watched the interview and thought he seemed quite arrogant.
unpleasantly proud and behaving as if you are more important than, or know more than, other people.
He is a boastful man !
Boastful: arrogant ,
praising yourself and what you have done
My older sister was very bossy.
Girls of that age can get quite bossy.
A bossy person is always telling people what to do.
She's got such a cheeky grin.
Don't be so cheeky!
slightly rude or showing no respect, but often in a funny way.
My attempts to apologize were very clumsy (= not said well).
That's the third glass you've smashed this week - you're so clumsy!
Awkward in manner,
A clumsy person often has accidents because they do not behave in a careful, controlled way
She has a pretty cynical view of men. 1
I've always been deeply cynical about politicians. 1
I thought the actor's appeal was very moving, but my husband saw it as a cynical attempt to get publicity. 2
1-believing that people are only interested in themselves and are not sincere,
2-used to say that someone's feelings or emotions are used to your own advantage.
She wrote dull, respectable articles for the local newspaper.
He's pleasant enough, but deadly dull.
Dull: not interesting or exciting in any way.
Eccentric: unusual and strange, sometimes in a humorous way
She's getting very forgetful in her old age.
often forgetting things
I think he sees her as a frivolous young woman.
Firvolous:behaving in a silly way and not taking anything seriously.
Why can't politicians just be honest with themselves and stop all this hypocrisy?
I'm amazed at the hypocrisy of the man - buying a foreign car after urging everyone else to buy British products.
a situation in which someone pretends to believe something that they do not really believe, or that is the opposite of what they do or say at another time
People are increasingly impatient for change in this country.
1-wanting something to happen as soon as possible
2-easily annoyed by someone's mistakes or because you have to wait:
Don't be so impulsive - think before you act.
an impulsive man/decision/gesture
showing behaviour in which you do things suddenly without any planning and without considering the effects they may have.
He still feels insecure about his ability to do the job.
Insecure people have little confidence and are uncertain about their own abilities or if other people really like them
an insolent child/young man
an insolent gesture/remark
Rude and not showing respect
She's becoming more and more irascible as she grows older.
Irasicble: made angry easily
the belief that having money and possessions is the most important thing in life
He's too mean to buy her a ring.
My landlord's very mean with the heating - it's only on for two hours each day.
Don't wait for Gillian to buy you a drink - she's too tight-fisted.
Unwilling to spend money
She was complaining about her nosy parents.
too interested in what other people are doing and wanting to discover too much about them.
Why are people so obsessed with money?
As a society we're obsessed by sex.
Mankind has always been obsessed by power.
unable to stop thinking about something; too interested in or worried about something.
A x person repeatedly argues with other people
He became increasingly dissatisfied and querulous in his old age.
often complaining, especially in a weak high voice.
She was resentful of anybody's attempts to interfere in her work.
feeling angry because you have been forced to accept someone or something that you do not like
A lot of people feel that politicians are just self-seeking opportunists.
interested in your own advantage in everything that you do
That was a spiteful thing to say!
She spitefully removed his name from the invitation list.
wanting to annoy, upset, or hurt another person, especially in a small way, because you feel angry towards them.
They have huge arguments because they're both so stubborn.
A stubborn person is determined to do what he or she wants and refuses to do anything else.
He can be very obstinate at times.
her obstinate refusal to compromise
unreasonably determined, especially to act in a particular way and not to change at all, despite what anyone else says = stubborn
It was vain to pretend to himself that he was not disappointed.
Vain= , unsuccessful
He was very vain about his hair and his clothes.
Vain: too interested in your own appearance or achievements.
The conceit of that man is incredible!
the state of being too proud of yourself and your actions, being selfish
Whatever is happening in the office, she always remains aloof.
She kept herself aloof from her husband's business.
not interested or involved,not friendly or willing to take part in things
a belligerent person
Wishing to fight or argue.
She's so bigheaded!
thinking that you are more important or more intelligent than you really are.
She's so bitchy!
often talking unkindly about other people.
praising yourself and what you have done
He never does any exercise - he's bone idle.
Bone-idle: extremely lazy
It might sound callous, but I don't care if he's homeless. He's not living with me!
unkind, cruel, and without sympathy or feeling for other people.
He's getting a bit cantankerous in his old age.
Cantankerous: arguing and complaining a lot.
a compulsive liar/thief/eater
She exercises/cleans/works compulsively.
doing something a lot and unable to stop doing it
She considered him a coward for failing to join up in the war.
You can accuse me of cowardice, but I still wouldn't fight in a war.
a person who is not brave and is too eager to avoid danger, difficulty, or pain
he achieved his aim by lying and cunning
in his films he makes cunning use of colors and sounds
Cunning people are clever at planning something so that they get what they want, especially by tricking other people, or things that are cleverly made for a particular purpose.
She seemed a bit detached, as if her mind were on other things.
Throughout the novel, the story is seen through the eyes of a detached observer.
A detached person does not show any emotional involvement or interest in a situation:
If you are x, you are certain that you are right and that everyone else is wrong.
I thought he was arrogant and domineering.
trying to control other people without thinking about their feelings.
He's terribly finicky about his food.
Difficult to please
She's very flirtatious.
a flirtatious relationship.
behaving as if you are sexually attracted to someone, especially not in a serious way.
You were very foolish to go out in a boat in weather like this.
Foolish: unwise, stupid
A foolhardy decision
He was a foolhardy person as he challenged 2 hungry lions!!
brave in a silly way, taking unnecessary risks
I don't know why I'm eating more - it's not hunger, it's just greed!
He was unsympathetic with many house sellers, complaining that they were motivated by greed.
A very strong wish to continuously get more of something, especially food or money.
I hadn't had enough sleep and was feeling kind of grumpy.
a grumpy old man
easily annoyed and complaining.
"There is no alternative," she said in a harsh voice.
He said some harsh words (= spoke unkindly) about his brother.
the harshness of the punishment..
Harsh: unpleasant, cruel.
There are any number of miracle cures on the market for people gullible enough to buy them.
easily deceived or tricked, and too willing to believe everything that other people say
Our neighbours are very inconsiderate - they're always playing loud music late at night.
not thinking or worrying about other people or their feelings.
He is widely thought to be an indecisive leader.
not good at making decisions.
In an indiscreet moment, the president let his genuine opinions be known.
They have been rather indiscreet about their affair.
saying or doing things that tell people things that should be secret or that embarrass people.
He's an interfering old busybody - who I go out with is none of his business!
An interfering person gets involved in other people's lives in an unwanted and annoying way.
using clever but often dishonest methods that deceive people so that you can win power or control
A miserly person
someone who has a strong wish to have money and hates to spend it
There's a nasty smell in here.
He had a nasty cut above the eye.
Nasty: unpleasant , bad
Don't be so nasty to your brother - he's four years younger than you!
The situation could turn (= become) nasty at any moment.
She's too parsimonious to heat the house properly.
figurative I think that politicians are often parsimonious with the (= do not tell the complete) truth.
not willing to spend money or give something.
Stop patronizing me - I understand the play as well as you do.
It's that patronizing tone of hers that I can't bear.
to speak to or behave towards someone as if they are stupid or not important:
He can sometimes sound a little pompous when he talks about acting.
too serious and full of importance.
a possessive mother
Her boyfriend was getting too possessive so she finished with him.
He's pretty possessive about his iPod - I wouldn't dare ask to borrow it.
Someone who is possessive in his or her feelings and behaviour towards or about another person wants to have all of that person's love and attention and will not share it with anyone else,
If you are possessive about something that you own, you do not like lending it to other people or sharing it with other people
He's too pusillanimous to stand up to his opponents.
weak and cowardly (= not brave); frightened of taking risks
Some people believe that to succeed in this world you have to be ruthless.
not thinking or worrying about any pain caused to others; cruel
Are you being sarcastic?
I know it's self-indulgent of me, but I'll have another chocolate.
allowing yourself to have or do anything that you enjoy.
It was tactless of you to invite his ex-girlfriend.
not careful about saying or doing something that could upset someone
Kieran is a timid child.
My dog is a little timid - especially around other dogs.
shy and nervous; without much confidence; easily frightened.
You have to be careful what you say to Kevin - he's rather touchy.
She's very touchy about the fact that her wife was married before.
Touchy: easliy annoyed and offended
It was thoughtless not to call and say you'd be late.
She's not intentionally unkind - she's just a little thoughtless sometimes.
not considering how your actions or words may upset someone
He was truculent and difficult to deal with.
Truculent:unpleasant and likely to argue a lot
Their report is studiously/deliberately vague on future economic prospects.
My aunt is incredibly vague - she can never remember where she puts things.
A vague person is not able to think clearly, or gives an impression of not thinking clearly in order to hide their real thoughts
Vengeful words,,,, vengful act ...
Vengeful:expressing a strong wish to punish someone who has harmed you or your family or friends
a vulgar patterned shirt
Isn't it rather vulgar to talk about how much money you earn?
humorous I've no idea how much the clothes cost because there was nothing so vulgar as a price tag in evidence.
not suitable, simple, dignified or beautiful; not in the style preferred by the upper classes of society.