Describing people: Character I
- Intellectual ability
Ability: intelligent, bright, clever, smart, shrewd, able, gifted, talented, brainy.
Lacking ability: stupid, foolish, half-witted, simple, silly, brainless, daft, dumb.
- Attitudes towards life
Looking on either the bright or the black side of the things: optimistic, pessimistic.
Outward looking or inward looking: extroverted, introverted.
Calm or not calm with regard to attitude to life: relaxed, tense.
Practical, not dreamy in approach to life: sensible, down-to-earth.
Feeling things very intensely: sensitive.
- Attitudes towards other people
Enjoying others’ company: sociable, gregarious.
Disagreeing with others: quarrelsome, argumentative.
Taking pleasure in others’ pain: cruel, sadistic.
Relaxed in attitude to self and others: easy-going, even-tempered.
Not polite to others: impolite, rude, ill-mannered, discourteous.
Telling the truth to others: honest, trustworthy, reliable, sincere.
Unhappy if others have what one does not have oneself: jealous, envious.
Bibligraphy: English Vocabulary in Use. CUP. Michael McCarthy and Felicity O’Dell.