Emotion Thesaurus Addendum: Defensive

  • Arms crossed
  • Squinting eyes
  • Lowered, angry brows
  • Cheeks sucked in
  • Shaking the head
  • Raised voice
  • Blowing out a noisy breath
  • Going on the offensive and verbally attacking the accuser
  • Deflecting blame
  • Flinching, jerking back
  • Difficulty being articulate, stuttering
  • Splaying a hand across the chest, mouth gaping
  • Spots of color in the cheeks


parakeva said...

It's just excellent. I only found your site yesterday, but I've read so much of it already, and I didn't realise you were still updating! This post has just made me pretty happy for that reason. :)

How about someone experiencing an adrenalin rush for a future post? Because excitement can be felt negatively too, and it seemes like most of the entries under 'excitement' are positive - adrenalin is either, it seems...

Thank you again!

PJ Hoover said...

Thursday again!!!!! I love defensive. It's a great emotion!

Angela said...

I'm glad you found us, Parakeva! Adrenalin sounds good to me. :-)

Thanks PJ!

auria cortes said...

Oh! Oh! you take requests. How about resigned?

Btw, if you ever self-publish this blog through Lulu or whatever, I'd definitely buy the book.

NancyE said...

I've been reading and learning for a while. Thanks for being such a wonderful resource.

Lady Glamis said...

Can I just tell you that your thesaurus is PERFECT for editing? It really is. I love to go back and add details for emotions of my characters, and your thesaurus is a great help!

Thank you!

Mary Witzl said...

I like this. I'm just doing 'defensive' in an extensive rewrite and once again, your site comes in handy. Looking around at others to garner their approval and support is a good one -- I hadn't thought of that!


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