AP Literature Neutral Tone/ Attitude Words

Admonitory
Cautionary, a warning

Allusive
Implied or inferred; containing, abounding in
metaphorical; symbolic; figurative

Apathetic
Not interested or concerned; indifferent or unresponsive

Authoritative
Having the sanction or weight of power

Baffled
Confused; bewildered; or perplexed

Callous
Insensitive; indifferent; unsympathetic

Candid
Honest; impartial
Frank; outspoken; open and sincere

Ceremonial
Characterized by ceremony; formal; ritual

Clinical
Extremely objective and realistic; dispassionately analytic; unemotionally critical

Consoling
To alleviate or lessen the grief, sorrow, or disappointment of; comforting

Contemplative
Thoughtful; full or deep consideration; reflection

Conventional
Conforming or adhering to accepted standard, as of conduct or taste

Detached
Impartial or objective; disinterested; unbiased
Not involved or concerned; aloof

Didactic
Intended for instruction; instructive

Disbelieving
To refuse or object; have no belief
mistrust; discredit

Dramatic
Highly effective; striking

Earnest
Showing depth and sincerity of feeling
Serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous

Expectant
To suppose or surmise; guess
Look for with reason or justification

Factual
Pertaining to something that actually exists; reality; truth

Fervent
Showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm

Formal
Excessively ceremonious; perfunctory

Forthright
Straight to the point; frank; direct; outspoken

Frivolous
Of little or no weight, worth, or importance; not worthy of serious notice

Haughty
Disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious

Histrionic
Self-consciously emotional; overly dramatic, in behavior or speech

Humble
Not proud or arrogant; modest
Courteously respectful

Incredulous
Indicating or showing unbelief; skeptical

Informative
Instructive; notifying

Inquisitve
Unduly or inappropriately curious; prying

Instructive
Conveying instruction, knowledge, or information, enlightening

Intimae
Innermost membrane or lining of some organ or part

Judgemental
Forming an opinion, estimate, notion or conclusion

Learned
Having much knowledge; scholarly; erudite

Loud
Emphatic or insistent; Obtrusively vulgar

Lyrical
Having the form and musical quality of a song

Matter-of-fact
Direct or unemotional; straightforward; down-to- earth

Meditative
Contemplative

Nostalgic
Wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one’s life
a yearning for the past

Objective
Not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice; based on facts; unbiased

Obsequious
Servilely compliant or deferential; obedient; dutiful

Patriotic
Love or support for one’s country and its interests with devotion

persuasive
To induce belief by appealing to reason or understanding

Pleading
To appeal or entreat earnestly

Pretentious
Characterized by assumption of dignity or importance; ostentatious

Provocative
Inciting; stimulating; irritating; or vexing

Questioning
Characterized by indicating intellectual curiosity; inquiring

Reflective
Concerned with meditation or deliberation

Reminiscent
Awakening of memories or something similar; suggestive

Resigned
Submissive or acquiescent

Restrained
held back from action; keep under control; repress

Seductive
Enticing; beguiling; captivating
Charming; attractive

Sentimental
Weakly emotional; mawkishly susceptible or tender

Serious
Of grave or somber disposition, character, or manner
being earnest; sincere; not trifling

Shocking
Causing intense surprise, disgust, horror

Sincere
Free of deceit, hypocrisy, or falseness; earnest
Genuine, pure, unmixed; real

Unemotional
Lack of feeling or emotion

Urgent
Compelling or requiring immediate action or attention; imperative

Vexed
Irritated, annoyed

Wistful
Characterized by melancholy; longing; yearning
pensive

Zealous
Ardently active, devoted, or diligent

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