List 2

bashful [adj.]

  1. socially shy or timid.

don’t be bashful about telling folks how you feel

Emy, always modest and bashful, had blushed and refused to let him draw her, claiming that it embarrassed her to have him watching her so intently

benighted [adj.]

  1. overtaken by darkness or night.
  2. existing in a state of intellectual, moral, or social darkness.

the forest was also frequented by outlaws, and was a place of great danger to the benighted traveller

a storm developed and we were forced to wait benighted near the summit

the poor benighted souls who do not know the joys of reading

famine hit that benighted country once more

churlish [adj.]

  1. rude in a mean-spirited and surly way.

kids today are rude, surly and churlish

it seemed equally churlish to point out that all good things come to an end

they invited me to dinner and I thought it would be churlish to refuse

deluded [adj.]

  1. believing something that is not true.

poor deluded girl, she thinks he’s going to marry her

unscrupulous brokers who deluded their clients about the underlying value of the stocks they were touting

earnest [adj.]

  1. resulting from or showing sincere and intense conviction.

I’ll accept only an earnest apology from you

that was an earnest gesture of goodwill

earnest people are very serious and sincere in what they say or do, because they think that their actions and beliefs are important

gloomy [adj.]

  1. dark or poorly lit, especially so as to appear depressing or frightening.
  2. lacking in promise or hopefulness.

then he walked through a gloomy corridor badly lit by oil lamps

hesitating she stepped into the gloomy dark, dank hall

officials say the outlook for next year is gloomy

nagging [adj.]

  1. (of a person) constantly harassing someone to do something.
  2. causing continual or recurring pain or discomfort.

I want to get away from my nagging parents

the best way to deal with a nagging customer is to agree to whatever they ask

He complained of a nagging pain between his shoulder blades

onerous [adj.]

  1. (of a task or responsibility) involving a great deal of effort, trouble, or difficulty.

no wonder we cannot find staff for such onerous tasks, the stress day in day out must be disastrous on their health

which means I’ll have to resume the onerous task of sending regular e-mail

perilous [adj.]

  1. full of danger or risk.

the situation was extremely perilous and the patrol was in danger of being wiped out by the heavy crossfire

for mothers and children, the situation is even more perilous

pugnacious [adj.]

  1. eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight.

the adult males are extremely pugnacious and fight fiercely with one another

what a way to go for the most pugnacious, aggressive Liberal minister I’ve seen in action

one of them was Andrew Jackson, a pugnacious populist and something of a hotheaded role model for Trump

stern [adj.]

  1. (of a person or their manner) very serious especially in an unfriendly way.

the letter echoes the sentiment of another university president, who sent a stern warning to students who don’t follow safety guidelines

he was my mother’s favorite brother and our least favorite Uncle; he was too stern, too serious, too strict

all are stern judges and they expect others to be as serious about everything as they are

her father was stern and hard to please

sulky [adj.]

  1. morose, bad-tempered, and resentful.
  2. refusing to be cooperative or cheerful.

teens are sulky, and moody and think way to highly of themselves for the most part

I was quite sulky, so I didn’t take part in much