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Words used to describe comments and remarks

acid

adjective

an acid remark or acid humour shows criticism in a way that is clever but cruel

acrid

adjective

an acrid remark expresses criticism in a rather cruel way

allusive

adjective

referring to someone or something in an indirect way

astringent

adjective

an astringent remark is one that criticizes someone severely

backhanded

adjective

said in a way that seems to express admiration but really expresses the opposite

biting

adjective

a biting remark, criticism etc is cruel and unkind

bland

adjective

bland comments or remarks are pleasant and intended not to make anyone upset or angry, but they may not be sincere

cheap

adjective

a cheap action or remark is unfair or unkind and does not deserve respect

coded

adjective

expressed in an indirect way

cutting

adjective

a cutting remark is cruel and intended to upset someone

dark

adjective

a dark look or remark is angry and threatening

defamatory

adjective

defamatory remarks are not true and make people have a bad opinion of someone

derisive

adjective

showing that you think someone or something is stupid, unimportant, or useless

derogatory

adjective

showing that you have a bad opinion of something or someone, usually in an insulting way

double-edged

adjective

a double-edged comment or remark can have two completely different meanings

glib

adjective

a glib remark is made without careful thought and suggests that a situation is better or simpler than it really is

gnomic

adjective

a gnomic remark is short and clever but difficult to understand

heartfelt

adjective

a heartfelt emotion, remark, or action is very sincere

indirect

adjective

not communicated in a direct way

insightful

adjective

showing a very good understanding of a person or a complicated situation

off-colour

adjective

an off-colour joke or remark is rude or offensive

off-message

adjective

used for describing a politician who expresses opinions that are different from the official opinions of the political party they belong to, or for describing the things they say

off-the-record

adjective, adverb

said to someone in a private way and not intended as part of an official statement

on-message

adjective

used for describing a politician who expresses only the official opinion of the political party which they belong to, or for describing the things they say

parting

adjective

done or said by someone when they are leaving

perceptive

adjective

a perceptive remark or piece of writing is intelligent and shows good judgment

prefatory

adjective

used as an introduction to something such as a book or a speech

pungent

adjective

pungent comments or remarks criticize something in a direct and effective way

sardonic

adjective

a sardonic smile, expression, or comment shows a lack of respect for what someone else has said or done

slighting

adjective

a slighting remark or action is rude and is intended to make someone seem unimportant

sly

adjective

a sly smile, look, or remark shows that the person doing it knows something that other people do not know

tart

adjective

a tart reply or remark is slightly cruel

throwaway

adjective

a throwaway remark, comment etc is something that you say suddenly and without thinking carefully about it

trite

adjective

a trite remark is not interesting or original because it is what people usually say in that situation

unprompted

adjective

done or said without anyone telling you to do or say it

withering

adjective

a withering look, expression, or remark deliberately makes you feel silly or embarrassed

bitingly

adverb

jeering

adjective

perceptively

adverb

platitudinous

adjective

pungency

noun

pungently

adverb

sardonically

adverb

tartly

adverb

witheringly

adverb

close to home

a remark or joke that is close to home makes you embarrassed or upset because it is closely related to your personal problems

(just) for the record

used for giving a piece of information that you want people to know

not in so many words

used for saying that someone says something in a very indirect way

off the record

used for saying that a remark is not official or not intended to be made public

out of order

remarks or actions that are out of order do not follow the formal rules of a court of law, a parliament etc

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