List of Adjectives to Describe Tone and Feelings and Emotions

When you are writing a story, essay, critical analysis, poem, or any other sort of paper, you might start to look for a list of adjectives to describe tone and feelings and emotions.

Many times the same adjectives are used to express tone, feelings and emotions. A tone is an overall sense that you get from some sort of event, work, situation etc. Feelings and emotions are very similar; however, emotions tend to refer to that which is not tangible, while you could have feelings of cold, warm, tired which are very tangible.

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Adjectives to Describe Tone
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Sarcastic Dull Dreary Happy Sad Narcissistic Devoted Bitter Angry Resentful Remorseful Guilty Light

Heavy Dark humor Sardonic Quizzical Intelligent Foolish Sympathetic Irritated Annoyed Disbelieving Believing Outraged Alarmed

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Startled Horrified Disgruntled Supportive Not supportive Enlightened Cautious Clever Calculated Purposeful Intently Hurtful Loving Hating Mysterious Obnoxious Fresh Secretive Bold Religious Political Secular Social

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Involved Democratic Republican Liberal Conservative

B. Adjectives to Describe Feelings
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Happy Angry Sad Hungry Cold Hot Warm Chilly Thirsty Sick Tired Weak Strong Disgruntled Terrible Dreadful Well OK Very well Clean Dirty Excited Attracted Ugly Beautiful Handsome

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Gorgeous Attractive Defeated Embarrassed Empowered Intelligent Smart Stupid Dumb Foolish Silly Better Hurt Nervous Scared Agreeable Brave Calm Delightful Eager Gentle Jolly Joyful Kind Nice Sweet

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Evil Proud Bashful Relieved Hope Faith Optimistic Pessimistic Sadistic Loving Hating Open Understanding Reliable Amazed Great Lucky Fortunate Festive Cheerful Moody Playful Animated Wonderful Thrilled

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Supportive Serene Free Taken aback Engrossed Involved

C. Adjectives to Describe Emotions
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Happy Sad Angry Mad Grumpy Joyful Tearful Devastated Horrified Disgruntled Hurt Annoyed Aggravated Loving Hating Liking Lusting Despise Sweet Sour Depressed Sick Fear Guilt Pride Jealousy

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Self pity Anxiety Frustration Envy Longing Shame Appreciative Selfish Hope Faith Thrilled Overcome Overjoyed Respectful Supportive Serene Overwhelmed

You have probably noticed that many of these words do overlap. While the terms do have separate and distinct meanings, at other times, you simply cannot pick them apart from one another, because they all seem to blend into one.


Synonyms are words that are similar or have a related meaning to another word. They can be lifesavers, especially when you want to avoid repeating the same words over and over. Also, sometimes the word you have in mind might not be the most appropriate word, which is why finding the right synonym can come in handy. Luckily, we do not have to go searching the recesses of our mind to come up with a list of synonyms; there are numerous online tools providing synonym examples at our disposal including right here at

Choosing a Synonym There is a certain skill involved in choosing the most appropriate synonym, as not all are created equal. It is important to consider the connotation of the word because some synonyms can inject a different meaning than the one intended. For example, one synonym of sad is "gloomy" however, this word carries quite a negative connotation. Depending on the circumstance you can use it, but if you just want to say that someone is "down," then another synonym such

as "blue" or "unhappy" would be more applicable. Here is a list of adjectives and their synonyms that are commonly used to describe people.
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Beautiful: Attractive, Pretty, Lovely, Stunning Fair: Just, Objective, Impartial, Unbiased Funny: Humorous, Comical, Hilarious, Hysterical Happy: Content, Joyful, Mirthful, Upbeat Hardworking: Diligent, Determined, Industrious, Enterprising Honest: Honorable, Fair, Sincere, Trustworthy Intelligent: Smart, Bright, Brilliant, Sharp Introverted: Shy, Bashful, Quiet, Withdrawn Kind:Thoughtful, Considerate, Amiable, Gracious Lazy: Idle, Lackadaisical, Lethargic, Indolent Mean: Unfriendly, Unpleasant, Badtempered, Difficult Outgoing: Friendly, Sociable, Warm, Extroverted Rich: Affluent, Wealthy, Well-off, Well-to-do

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Strong: Stable, Secure, Solid, Tough Unhappy: Sad, Depressed, Melancholy, Miserable Lucky: Auspicious, Fortunate Positive: Optimistic, Cheerful, Starry-eyed, Sanguine Bossy: Controlling, Tyrannical

Here are some miscellaneous words and their synonyms:
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Baffle: confuse, deceive Hypocrisy: duplicity, falseness Pacify: appease, placate Recalcitrant: obstinate, stubborn Turbulent: disordered, violent Valid: authorized, legitimate Old: antiquated, ancient, obsolete, extinct, past, prehistoric, venerable, aged True: genuine, reliable, factual, accurate, precise, correct, valid, real Important: required, substantial, vital, essential, primary, significant, requisite, critical

Weak: frail, anemic, feeble, infirm, languid, sluggish, puny, fragile

Synonyms Test Below are a list of synonyms related to the adjectives above. Match the right synonym with one of the adjectives above. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Loaded Disconsolate Stalwart Clever Cute Truthful Beneficent Convivial Virulent Reserved Languid Jocular Benevolent Assiduous Blissful

Answer Key: 1. Rich; 2. Sad; 3. Strong; 4. Intelligent; 5. Beautiful; 6. Honest; 7. Kind; 8. Outgoing; 9. Mean; 10. Introverted; 11. Lazy; 12. Funny; 13. Fair; 14. Hardworking; 15. Happy

For more work with synonyms and more synonym examples, check out the following sites:
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Vancouver Webpages has a synonym dictionary. has an interactive synonym game "World Girl: Solving Crime with Words." has a fun online matching synonyms game. has a range of synonym worksheets for elementary to highschool level, including SAT prep.

An antonym is a word that is the opposite meaning of another. It comes from the Greek words “anti” for opposite and “onym” for name. Since language is complex, people may at times, disagree on what words are truly opposite in meaning to other words. Synonyms and Antonyms A synonym is a word that means the same, or almost the same, as another word. Synonyms and antonyms are used by teachers, students, writers, editors, poets, and songwriters. Working with Antonyms Sometimes you need to take two steps to enlarge your findings when doing antonym research: Step 1: Search for the antonyms for a word. Here is an example of antonyms for the word "good" from Rhyme

bad, badly, badness, evil, evilness, ill, malevolent, malicious, poorly, wicked

Step 2: Search for synonyms of the antonyms identifed in step one.

If you take the first antonym listed, “bad,” and search for synonyms, you would be shown 73 synonyms for “bad.” That would give you a lot of antonyms to choose from when looking for that perfect antonym for good, including words such as: awful, dreadful, hard, hopeless, inferior, lousy, painful, rotten, severe, stale, terrible, and tough. Categories of Antonyms There are three categories of antonyms: Graded antonyms deal with levels of the meaning of the words, like if something is not “good”, is may still not be “bad.” There is a scale involved with some words, and besides good and bad there can be average, fair, excellent, terrible, poor, or satisfactory. Examples include:
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Fat and skinny Young and old Happy and sad Hard and soft Last and first Foolish and wise Fast and slow Warm and cool

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Wide and narrow Abundant and scarce Joy and grief Dark and light Dangerous and safe Clever and foolish Early and late Empty and full Smart and dumb Risky and safe Bad and good Pretty and ugly Best and worst Simple and challenging Soft and hard Worried and calm Sane and crazy Rich and poor Cool and hot Wet and dry Late and early Ignorant and educated Big and small Optimistic and pessimistic Excited and bored Dull and interesting

Complementary antonyms have a relationship where there is no middle ground. There are only two possibilities, either one or the other. Examples include:
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Man and woman Push and pull Dead and alive Off and on Day and night Absent and present Exit and entrance Sink or float True or false Pass and fail Former and latter Input and output Interior and exterior Exhale and inhale Input and output Occupied and vacant Leave and arrive Pre and post Question and answer Single and married Hired and fired

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Brother and sister Before and after Crooked and straight Identical and different Natural or artificial Silence or noise Identical or different Yes and no Wet and dry Sharp and dull Raise and lower Fantasy and reality

Relational antonyms are sometimes considered a subcategory of complementary antonyms. With these pairs, for there to be a relationship, both must exist. Examples are:
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Husband and wife Doctor and patient Buy and sell Predator and prey Above and below Give and receive Teach and learn Instructor and pupil

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Servant and master Borrow and lend Come and go Toward and away Divisor and dividend Parent and child East and west North and south Seller and buyer Mother and daughter Slave and master Floor and ceiling Front and back Up and down Win and lose Part and whole Offense and defense Behind and ahead Before and after On or off Trap and release Lost and found Left and right Give and get Employer employee

Adding a Prefix Sometimes, an antonym can be easily made by adding a prefix. Examples of antonyms that were made by adding the prefix “un” are:
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Likely and unlikely Able and unable Fortunate and unfortunate Forgiving and unforgiving

By adding the prefix “non” you can make these pairs:
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Entity and nonentity Conformist and nonconformist Payment and nonpayment Combatant and noncombatant

Lastly, adding the prefix “in” can make the following pairs:
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Tolerant and intolerant Decent and indecent Discreet and indiscreet Excusable and inexcusable

If you want to find the perfect antonym, a thesaurus or antonym dictionary can be very helpful. These reference sources will give definitions and parts of speech, has lists of anonyms, synonyms, and sometimes will even show similar sounding words, homophones, rhymes, and will show examples from literature. NOTE: I believe that adjectives are very important in English, so if you feel that same, please use the following link to find them. rch/?ydQ=adjectives&area=&dict=?

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