The Best Adjectives To Use In Writing

Adjectives are words with attitude and personality. Adjectives offer insight into the scene that is expressed. Through the right selection of adjectives, something once fictional can seem very real, very logical, very true. A range of emotions can be produced through adjectives.

As a writer or even a student, you may have been instructed into believing that the more adjectives inserted into writing, the better. But be careful because too many can seem pretentious. Selecting a few that better summarize the layout of the scene is best.

With so many writers and words produced each day, it is easy for readers to recognize the adjectives that are overused. Good, new, important, and pretty are just some of the redundant language used.

Ditch the typical, expected adjectives and add these exciting words to your text.

Good: Marvelous, splendid, deluxe, sterling

“The pair of red woolen mittens fit her hands marvelously.”

“The ocean was a splendid blue.”

“The hotel room was deluxe in golden accents.”

“The college offered a sterling education.”

New: Immaculate, redesigned, revived, pristine

“The freshly planted garden was drenched in immaculate greenery.”

“The interior designer redesigned the entire apartment, pulling inspiration from modern trends.”

“She felt revived after stepping off the roller coaster.”

“The plates looked pristine in the vintage cabinet.”

Important: Paramount, essential, vital, primary

“Climbing Mount Everest was his paramount achievement.”

“A flashlight during a nighttime hike was an essential piece of equipment.”

“The mechanic found it vital for her to receive a new set of tires.”

“The use of blue in Picasso’s paintings was a primary element of the series.”

Pretty: Graceful, charming, dainty, appealing

“The ballet dancer held herself with a graceful demeanor.”

“The ruby ring was the most charming.”

“The pathway of cottages were dainty with white tulips dotting the front gardens.”

“She found antique typewriters to hold a particular appeal.”

Soft: Delicate, mellow, ginger, pallid

“The silver trees after snowfall were most delicate.”

“The mellow music drifted steadily from the radio.”

“She gingerly lifted a wine glass from the cupboard.”

“The grandmother’s skin was pallid in powder.”

Big: Colossal, vast, tremendous, spacious

“The Eiffel Tower looked colossal from down below.”

“The Grand Canyon was vast, spanning for many, many miles.”

“The trees in the forest were tremendously tall.”

“The world seemed spacious in aerial view.”

Scared: Panicked, startle, petrified, aghast

“The thunderstorm panicked the dog.”

“The earthquake startled the snakes in the pet store.”

“The girl was petrified after witnessing a ghost.”

“He was aghast at the destruction after the flood.”

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