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AP Literature Sorrow-Fear-Worry Tone/ Attitude Words

Aggravated
Annoyed; Irritated; Exasperated
To become irritated or inflamed

Agitated
Excited; disturbed

Anxious
Full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune
Earnestly desirous; eager

Apologetic
Sorry; regretful
atoning; contrite

Apprehensive
Uneasy or fearful about something that may happen
Perceptive; discerning

Concerned
Interested or affected; troubled or anxious
Having connection or involvement

Confused
To make unclear or indistinct
Disconcert or abash

Dejected
Depressed in spirits; disheartened; low-spirited

Depressed
Sad and gloomy; downcast

Despairing
Given to hopelessness
Broken-hearted, cynical

Disturbed
Agitated or distressed; disrupted

Embarrassed
To make uncomfortably self-conscious; disconcert; abash

Fearful
Frightening; dread; apprehension
Full of awe or reverence

Foreboding
A strong inner feeling or notion of future misfortune, evil, etc.

Gloomy
Dark or dim; dismal or depressing
Hopeless or despairing; pessimistic

Grave
Serious or solemn; sober
Weighty, momentous, or important

Hollow
Insincere or false
Without real or significant worth; meaningless

Hopeless
Without hope; despairing

Horrific
Causing horror

Horror
Strong aversion; abhorrence
An overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting

Melancholy
Sober thoughtfulness; pensiveness; saddening
Gloomy state of mind; depression

Miserable
Wretchedly unhappy, uneasy, or uncomfortable; needy

Morose
Gloomily or sullenly ill-humored

Mournful
Feeling or expressing sorrow or grief; sorrowful; sad
Gloomy, sober, or dreary, as in character

Nervous
Highly excitable; unnaturally or acutely uneasy or apprehensive

Numb
Incapable of action or feeling emotion; enervated; prostrate; indifferent

Ominous
Portending evil or harm; foreboding; threatening; inauspicious

Paranoid
Baseless or excessive suspicion of the motives of others

Pessimistic
Tending to see, anticipate, or emphasize only bad or undesirable outcomes, results, conditions, problems, etc.

Pitiful
Evoking or deserving contempt by smallness, poor quality, etc.

Poignant
Keen or strong in mental appeal
agonizing, disturbing

Regretful
Sorrowful because of what is lost, gone, or done

Remorseful
Deep and painful regret for wrong-doing; compunction

Resigned
Submissive or acquiescent

Sad
Somber, dark, or dull; drab

Serious
Being in earnest; sincere; not trifling
weighty or important; critical

Sober
Quiet or sedate in demeanor
Marked by seriousness, gravity, solemnity; sane or rational

Solemn
Serious, earnest

Somber
Gloomy, depressing, or dismal
gloomily dark; extremely serious; grave

Staid
Of settled or sedate character; not flighty or capricious

Upset
Mentally or emotionally disturbed
A nervous, irritable state of mind; disordered or confused

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