•  Tones

     Tone is often defined as what the author feels about the subject. What the reader feels is known as the mood.



    Absurd illogical; ridiculous; silly; implausible; foolish
    Accusatory suggesting someone has done something wrong, complaining
    Acerbic sharp; forthright; biting; hurtful; abrasive; severe
    Admiring approving; think highly of; respectful; praising
    Aggressive hostile; determined; forceful; argumentative
    Aggrieved indignant; annoyed; offended; disgruntled
    Ambivalent having mixed feelings; uncertain; in a dilemma; undecided
    Amused entertained; diverted; pleased
    Angry incensed or enraged; threatening or menacing
    Animated full of life or excitement; lively; spirited; impassioned; vibrant
    Apathetic showing little interest; lacking concern; indifferent; unemotional
    Apologetic full of regret; repentant; remorseful; acknowledging failure
    Appreciative grateful; thankful; showing pleasure; enthusiastic
    Ardent enthusiastic; passionate
    Arrogant pompous; disdainful; overbearing; condescending; vain; scoffing
    Assertive self-confident; strong-willed; authoritative; insistent
    Awestruck amazed, filled with wonder/awe; reverential
    Belligerent hostile; aggressive; combatant
    Benevolent sympathetic; tolerant; generous; caring; well meaning
    Bitter angry; acrimonious; antagonistic; spiteful; nasty
    Callous cruel disregard; unfeeling; uncaring; indifferent; ruthless
    Candid truthful, straightforward; honest; unreserved
    Caustic making biting, corrosive comments; critical
    Cautionary gives warning; raises awareness; reminding
    Celebratory praising; pay tribute to; glorify; honour
    Chatty informal; lively; conversational; familiar
    Colloquial familiar; everyday language; informal; colloquial; casual
    Comic humorous; witty; entertaining; diverting
    Compassionate sympathetic; empathetic; warm-hearted; tolerant; kind
    Complex having many varying characteristics; complicated
    Compliant agree or obey rules; acquiescent; flexible; submissive
    Concerned worried; anxious; apprehensive
    Conciliatory intended to placate or pacify; appeasing
    Condescending stooping to the level of one’s inferiors; patronising
    Confused unable to think clearly; bewildered; vague
    Contemptuous showing contempt; scornful; insolent; mocking
    Critical finding fault; disapproving; scathing; criticizing
    Cruel causing pain and suffering; unkind; spiteful; severe
    Curious wanting to find out more; inquisitive; questioning
    Cynical scornful of motives/virtues of others; mocking; sneering
    Defensive defending a position; shielding; guarding; watchful
    Defiant obstinate; argumentative; defiant; contentious
    Demeaning disrespectful; undignified
    Depressing sad, melancholic; discouraging; pessimistic
    Derisive snide; sarcastic; mocking; dismissive; scornful
    Detached aloof; objective; unfeeling; distant
    Dignified serious; respectful; formal; proper
    Diplomatic tactful; subtle; sensitive; thoughtful
    Disapproving displeased; critical; condemnatory
    Disheartening discouraging; demoralising; undermining; depressing
    Disparaging dismissive; critical; scornful
    Direct straightforward; honest
    Disappointed discouraged; unhappy because something has gone wrong
    Dispassionate impartial; indifferent; unsentimental; cold; unsympathetic
    Distressing heart-breaking; sad; troubling
    Docile compliant; submissive; deferential; accommodating
    Earnest showing deep sincerity or feeling; serious
    Egotistical self-absorbed; selfish; conceited; boastful
    Empathetic understanding; kind; sensitive
    Encouraging optimistic; supportive
    Enthusiastic excited; energetic
    Evasive ambiguous; cryptic; unclear
    Excited emotionally aroused; stirred
    Facetious inappropriate; flippant
    Farcical ludicrous; absurd; mocking; humorous and highly improbable
    Flippant superficial; glib; shallow; thoughtless; frivolous
    Forceful powerful; energetic; confident; assertive
    Formal respectful; stilted; factual; following accepted styles/rules
    Frank honest; direct; plain; matter-of-fact
    Frustrated annoyed; discouraged
    Gentle kind; considerate; mild; soft
    Ghoulish delighting in the revolting or the loathsome
    Grim serious; gloomy; depressing; lacking humour;macabre
    Gullible naïve; innocent; ignorant
    Hard unfeeling; hard-hearted; unyielding
    Humble deferential; modest
    Humorous amusing; entertaining; playful
    Hypercritical unreasonably critical; hair splitting; nitpicking
    Impartial unbiased; neutral; objective
    Impassioned filled with emotion; ardent
    Imploring pleading; begging
    Impressionable trusting; child-like
    Inane silly; foolish; stupid; nonsensical
    Incensed enraged
    Incredulous disbelieving; unconvinced; questioning; suspicious
    Indignant annoyed; angry; dissatisfied
    Informative instructive; factual; educational
    Inspirational encouraging; reassuring
    Intense earnest; passionate; concentrated; deeply felt
    Intimate familiar; informal; confidential; confessional
    Ironic the opposite of what is meant
    Irreverent lacking respect for things that are generally taken seriously
    Jaded bored; having had too much of the same thing; lack enthusiasm
    Joyful positive; optimistic; cheerful; elated
    Judgmental critical; finding fault; disparaging
    Laudatory praising; recommending
    Light-Hearted carefree; relaxed; chatty; humorous
    Loving affectionate; showing intense, deep concern
    Macabre gruesome; horrifying; frightening
    Malicious desiring to harm others or to see others suffer; ill-willed; spiteful
    Mean-Spirited inconsiderate; unsympathetic
    Mocking scornful; ridiculing; making fun of someone
    Mourning grieving; lamenting; woeful
    Naïve innocent; unsophisticated; immature
    Narcissistic self-admiring; selfish; boastful; self-pitying
    Nasty unpleasant; unkind; disagreeable; abusive
    Negative unhappy, pessimistic
    Nostalgic thinking about the past; wishing for something from the past
    Objective without prejudice; without discrimination; fair; based on fact
    Obsequious overly obedient and/or submissive; fawning; grovelling
    Optimistic hopeful; cheerful
    Outraged angered and resentful; furious; extremely angered
    Outspoken frank; candid; spoken without reserve
    Pathetic expressing pity, sympathy, tenderness
    Patronising condescending; scornful; pompous
    Pensive reflective; introspective; philosophical; contemplative
    Persuasive convincing; eloquent; influential; plausible
    Pessimistic seeing the negative side of things
    Philosophical theoretical; analytical; rational; logical
    Playful full of fun and good spirits; humorous; jesting
    Pragmatic realistic; sensible
    Pretentious affected; artificial; grandiose; rhetorical; flashy
    Regretful apologetic; remorseful
    Resentful aggrieved; offended; displeased; bitter
    Resigned accepting; unhappy
    Restrained controlled; quiet; unemotional
    Reverent showing deep respect and esteem
    Righteous morally right and just; guiltless; pious; god-fearing
    Satirical making fun to show a weakness; ridiculing; derisive
    Sarcastic scornful; mocking; ridiculing
    Scathing critical; stinging; unsparing; harsh
    Scornful expressing contempt or derision; scathing; dismissive
    Sensationalistic provocative; inaccurate; distasteful
    Sentimental thinking about feelings, especially when remembering the past
    Sincere honest; truthful; earnest
    Sceptical disbelieving; unconvinced; doubting
    Solemn not funny; in earnest; serious
    Subjective prejudiced; biased
    Submissive compliant; passive; accommodating; obedient
    Sulking bad-tempered; grumpy; resentful; sullen
    Sympathetic compassionate; understanding of how someone feels
    Thoughtful reflective; serious; absorbed
    Tolerant open-minded; charitable; patient; sympathetic; lenient
    Tragic disastrous; calamitous
    Unassuming modest; self-effacing; restrained
    Uneasy worried; uncomfortable; edgy; nervous
    Urgent insistent; saying something must be done soon
    Vindictive vengeful; spiteful; bitter; unforgiving
    Virtuous lawful; righteous; moral; upstanding
    Whimsical quaint; playful; mischievous; offbeat
    Witty clever; quick-witted; entertaining
    Wonder awe-struck; admiring; fascinating
    World-Weary bored; cynical; tired
    Worried anxious; stressed; fearful
    Wretched miserable; despairing; sorrowful; distressed

    Source for words:

    Patterson, Amanda. "155 Words to Describe an Author's Tone." Writers  Write. https://writerswrite.co.za/155-words-to-describe-an-authors-tone. Accessed 9 Jan. 2018.