Sometimes we meet people we don’t like — “bad” people! Let’s take a look at some negative words to describe someone you don’t like.
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1. Negative Adjectives for Selfish People
Tony believes he’s more important than everyone else.
This is how he sees himself:
He thinks he’s more important than you:
Arrogant — He thinks he’s the best.
Big-headed — The same as “arrogant.”
Self-centred — The world has to revolve around him!
Vain — He loves looking at himself in the mirror.
Boastful — He always talks about how brilliant he is and all the amazing things he does.
Pompous — Like “arrogant” but in a way that makes him look foolish, like this guy:
He tries to make you feel small:
Callous — He doesn’t care about anyone, especially those who are weaker than him.
Cynical — He sees the bad side in everybody’s personality and actions.
Overcritical — He exaggerates the negative things you do.
Patronising — Sometimes his words sound kind — but he’s really showing how much more important he is than you.
He doesn’t care how you feel:
Aloof — He’s unfriendly, cold and distant.
Impolite — He’s rude.
Inconsiderate — He does things that hurt or annoy you without thinking about your feelings.
Thoughtless — The same as “inconsiderate.”
Confrontational — He tries to challenge you, even when it’s not necessary.
Defensive — He behaves as if you’re attacking him, even if you aren’t.
Hostile — He behaves like your enemy.
Belligerent — He’s aggressive and hostile.
Bitchy — He makes small, sarcastic comments about you. They seem small, but they’re designed to hurt you.
Nasty — He’s not nice.
Bossy — He likes telling you what to do — like a boss.
Cruel — He actually enjoys seeing other people in pain and sometimes creates that pain.
Domineering — He likes to have control over everyone in every situation.
So yeah. Tony’s not a nice guy.
2. Negative Adjectives for Difficult People
This is Amber, and she has a very negative personality.
You can’t trust her:
Deceitful — She pretends to be your friend, then she’ll stab you in the back (do something bad to you after you’ve started trusting her).
Dishonest — She’s not honest.
Machiavellian — She intelligently uses different people against each other to get what she wants.
Sneaky — She does things that you don’t know about that affect you negatively.
Untrustworthy — You can’t trust her. She lies!
She hates change:
Dogmatic — She has strong beliefs and doesn’t accept any view outside those beliefs.
Inflexible — When she’s made plans, NOTHING can change them.
Intolerant — She doesn’t like certain types of people and will never accept them. Sometimes this can be extreme, like racism, sexism or homophobia.
Narrow-minded — She has a small view of the world and doesn’t accept ideas outside that view.
Stubborn — You will never be able to change her opinion on anything.
Obstinate — Like “stubborn,” but a little stronger.
Pig-headed — Like “obstinate.” But with a pig.
Fussy — She likes everything to be a certain way. If there’s a change, she gets very upset or angry.
She’s difficult to work with:
Indiscreet — Sometimes you don’t want somebody shouting your bank balance out across a crowded office. Or you don’t want someone to walk in the room with a bottle of whiskey when your Saudi client is visiting. But Amber will do these things.
Tactless — It’s like “indiscreet” but with words. It means she sometimes says something stupid that might hurt someone, usually without realising it.
Unpredictable — You don’t know what she’s going to do next!
Vague — She doesn’t explain things clearly.
Impatient — If she has to wait too long for anything, she gets angry. Maybe she’ll walk away.
Unreliable — If she tells you that she’s going to meet you at 7 o’clock, she probably won’t. You can’t trust her to keep her promises.
She behaves badly in relationships:
Jealous — She hates seeing you with other people.
Possessive — She only wants you to spend time with her. You have no other friends now.
Resentful — She still gets angry about things that happened a long time ago.
Secretive — She regularly keeps secrets from you.
Oh … I’m so glad we’ve finished with those two terrible people.
Let’s never talk about them again. Deal?
OK. Time to find some less harmful characters.
3. Negative Adjectives for Lazy People
Andy is your stereotypical lazy guy. He doesn’t work. He doesn’t help around the house.
He also doesn’t have any strong opinions and has a weak personality.
Idle — “Lazy” describes someone who doesn’t want to do anything. “Idle” describes the situation of not doing anything.
Careless — He doesn’t care enough about things, so he can often lose or break them.
Irresponsible — If you give him a task to do, he will mess it up (do it very badly).
Untidy — He doesn’t tidy up and leaves a mess everywhere. He’s probably got some food on his shirt, too.
Cowardly — He’s afraid of everything.
Foolish — He doesn’t have the brains to make the right decisions — so he makes bad decisions.
Gullible – If you told him that you’d just been invited to Tom Cruise’s space station party on the moon, he’d believe you.
Indecisive — He finds it difficult to make decisions — so he often sticks with “no decision.”
Weak-willed — You can easily convince him to do what he doesn’t want to do. He’s also probably addicted to something (alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, cheese — something).
4. Negative Adjectives for Emotional People
Finally, we have Sibel.
There are two bad sides to Sibel. On the one hand, she hates sharing or giving anything away, and on the other, she’s difficult to be around.
She’s always in a bad mood:
Quick-tempered — She gets angry very easily.
Grumpy — She’s always in a bad mood and doesn’t want to speak with you.
Moody — Her moods are unpredictable. Sometimes she seems fine, and then suddenly she’s in a bad mood.
Pessimistic — She always sees the negative side of things.
Sullen — Like “grumpy.”
Touchy — You can make her angry or upset very easily.
Overemotional — When she’s unhappy or angry, she’s very unhappy or very angry.
Clingy — She wants to be with you all the time, and you just can’t lose her. — unless you run away really fast when she’s not looking.
Finicky — She’s very fussy and wants everything to be the way she wants. She gets upset if you do something the “wrong” way.
Silly — She’s not serious and can behave a bit like a child sometimes.
Vulgar — She’s not sophisticated. Her jokes are often sexual and rude.
So there we have it: 66 negative personality adjectives to describe bad people — or yourself (but hopefully not!). Let’s hope we never meet any of those people ever again!
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