WORD LISTS

In the Mood? 100 Words to Describe Emotions

November 12, 2014
Creative writers, this one's for you! We've collected 100 words to describe how people feel. Improve your EQ by learning them all.
affable
Here, it said, wearing a kid grin, was a very personable character, clean-cut, affable, a fellow any man might trust to shave him.
aggressive
But Bowser could appoint new and aggressive leaders in other city agencies, where Gray’s appointees have tended to be more cautious.
agitated
The bald guy looked extremely nervous and agitated.
alienated
The more vigilant Allen was, the more resentful and alienated Nicholas became, and the worse things got.
amazed
White was amazed when around 500 people showed up.
amiable
Patrick was a bright, amiable, undaunted fellow with whom we got along very well.
amused
"I can tell you, he's keeping his doctors amused."
anxious
When rumors have circulated that officers were about to clear the site, Chan has sought to calm anxious protesters.
apathetic
“And some people are able to inspire otherwise apathetic young people to vote.”
ashamed
Then, ashamed and embarrassed, he disappeared under a duvet and grieved.
astonished
"Oh my God," he sputters, clearly astonished by the claim.
aversion
One awareness patient, formerly a jazz aficionado, developed a bizarre aversion to the style after an awareness experience. 
avoidance
Nebeker’s deliberate avoidance of facial detail keeps the focus on the images’ charged atmospheres rather than the characters involved.
bewildered
She seemed dazed, bewildered by this sudden news about Baker.
bored
Brother Jim usually got bored and asked to be excused, but I always stayed, fascinated by their tales.
buoyant
He flew about his tasks, buoyant with triumph and overflowing with energy.
cantankerous
“He was a suspicious, cantankerous, bitter, angry man.”
confident
She knew where I was confident and where I was less sure, and she believed in me.
confused
It took a second for this to register; her face was confused at first, and then the realization of what Moss meant grew, lighting up her eyes, her mouth slowly dropping open.
courageous
"To share in this way is courageous, powerful and generous," Dunham tweeted at the time, adding a link to Dylan Farrow's letter.
crestfallen
The knight's moon face looked crestfallen, the tips of his great walrus mustache twitching with disappointment.
critical
Try not to be too critical when assessing students' first drafts, but do focus on key places where they can improve.
dejected
Men were now trudging away from the shapeups at the other slaughterhouses, looking dejected and hopeless.
delighted
The owner was delighted and said it was the happiest day of his life.
depressed
“You’ve been angry and depressed. You seem to be getting worse.”
despair
I watched her fall convincingly into poverty and despair, once abandoned by the wicked count—who was the prologue speaker in his black cloak.
detestable
Instead of making him more likable, it made him more detestable and he ended up becoming passive-aggressive.
devastating
The shaking lasted for four minutes with the usual devastating effects to property.
disappointed
She lets her face fall into a disappointed scowl.
disconsolate
With thoughts like these I was chafed and perplexed, and they rendered me gloomy and disconsolate.
disillusioned
But, like many physicists of his generation, he became disillusioned with physics as a result of seeing its application to the war.
dismayed
The more horrible the crime, the more stunned, shocked, and dismayed is the tranquil city in which it happens; the more helpless are the citizens before it.
disrespectful
"It appears some disrespectful cowards spray painted their tagging crew and tagger names over the memorial," the police department stated on its Facebook page.
distant
They are silent and distant—always alone, always wary.
distraught
She was distracted and distraught, depressed and weak.
dour
Hermione bore up reasonably well on those nights when they managed to scavenge nothing but berries or stale biscuits, her temper perhaps a little shorter than usual and her silences rather dour.
dumbfounded
I was truly dumbfounded by this deep fury that possessed her whenever she looked at me.
eager
I understood the idea, I was eager to learn more.
ebullient
He sprang up, a smallish man, high-spirited and ebullient.
ecstatic
When she heard about his plans for the conference and the official naming of Henrietta Lacks Day, she was ecstatic: finally, a scientist was honoring her mother.
elated
I laugh with them, all of us elated.
embarrassed
Together, they embrace then pull apart as if embarrassed by the physical closeness.
empty
He tumbled lifelessly through July, feeling as dry and empty as the cicada husks on the trees.
energetic
He was one of those energetic teachers who loved his subject half to death and leaped about the room dramatically, waving his arms and clutching his chest and whomping people on the back.
enraged
He felt enraged, violent, on the edge of explosion.
exhilarated
He started toward the staircase with a jaunty and exhilarated air.
exuberant
And then, seeing what he carried, she exclaimed; her face ignited with elfin, exuberant glee.
flabbergasted
I was thrown off, confused, flabbergasted, and to put it simply—shocked.
frightened
“If someone talks about using force, I am frightened,” she said.
frustrated
"But it still make me sad that I can’t speak well. I call my interpreter when I get frustrated."

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