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Acerbic

Harsh or severe

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Ardent

Intense feeling, passionate, intensely devoted, eager, fierce

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Austere

Severe in manner or appearance, uncompromising, strict, forbidding, limited, self-disciplined

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Brusque

Abrupt in manner, blunt, rough

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Candid

Frank, outspoken, open, sincere, free from disguise, straightforward, honest

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Caustic

Capable of burning, severely critical, sarcastic, bitter

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Choleric

Extremely irritable, easily angered, touchy, impatient

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Clinical

Extremely objective and realistic, unemotionally critical

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Conciliatory

To overcome the distrust or animosity of, to regain friendship by pleasant behavior, to make or attempt to make compatible, reconcile

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Condescending

Showing or implying patronizing descent from dignity or superiority

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Contemptuous

Showing or expressing contempt, showing disrespect, arrogant, sneering

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Cynical

Distrusting or disparaging the motives of others, showing contempt for accepted standards of honesty, pessimistic, sarcastic, bitterly distrustful, contemptuous

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Derisive

Contemptuous, mocking, expressing ridicule, causing or deserving scorn

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Detached

Non-attached, separated, disinterested, not involved or concerned, impartial or objective

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Didactic

Intended for instructions, to teach or lecture others

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Ebullient

Overflowing with enthusiasm or excitement, high-spirited

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Effusive

Unduly demonstrative, lacking reserve, unrestrained in emotional expression, gushy

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Erudite

Learned, polished, scholarly

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Facetious

Playfully jocular, humorous, not meant to be taken seriously or literally, lacking serious intent

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Fervent

Having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, glowing, passionate

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Grave

Serious, momentous or important, threatening a seriously bad outcome, involving serious issues, critical

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Haughty

Disdainfully proud, snobbish, scornfully arrogant, contemptuous

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Incredulous

Indicating or showing unbelief, skeptical

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Indignant

Feeling, characterized by or expressing strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, infuriated, mad, angry

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Inflammatory

Tending to arouse anger, hostility, passion

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Insolent

Boldly rude or disrespectful, insulting, contemptuous

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Irreverent

Irreligious, profane, lack of reverence, disrespect, critical of what is generally accepted

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Jovial

Full of joy, glad, delighted, jubilant, happy

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Laudatory

Containing or expressing praise, complimentary, commendatory

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Lugubrious

Mournful, dismal, gloomy, in affected or exaggerated unrelieved manner, sorrowful, meloncholy

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Moralistic

Displaying a concern with morality, narrow and conventionally moral

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Morose

Gloomily or sullenly ill-humored, moody, sour, sulky, meloncholy

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Nostalgic

A wistful desire to return in thought to a former time in one's life, sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time

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Patronizing

Displaying or indicative of an offensively condescending manner, behave in offensively condescending manner

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Pedantic

Overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching, narrow concern for book learning and formal rules

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Rancorous

Bitter, long lasting resentment

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Reverent

Feeling or exhibiting reverence, deeply respectful, feeling or showing respect

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Sanguine/sanguineous

Cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, confident, cheerful enthusiasm, animated, lively, spirited

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Sardonic

Bitter or scornful derision, mocking, cynical, sneering, contemptuous, bitterly sarcastic

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Saturnine

Sluggish in temperament, gloomy, melancholy or sullen, bitter

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Scathing

Bitterly severe, harmful, injurious, attack with severe criticism

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Scornful/scorn

Full of scorn, contemptuous, disdain felt toward a person or object considered unworthy

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Timorous

Full of apprehensiveness, timid, full of fear, cowardly

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Turgid

Inflated, overblown, excessively ornate or complex in style or language

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Vehement

Zealous, impassioned, violent, strongly emotional, intense, passionate

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Vexation/vexed

Irritation, annoyance, bother, perplex, puzzle

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Vitriolic

Very caustic, scathing, bitter

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Vituperative

Marked with harshly abusive censure, harshly abusive criticism

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Wistful

Melancholy, longing, yearning, reflective, meditative

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Wrathful

Very angry, irate, furious, raging, enraged