very noisy = deafening
There was a deafening roar as the rocket ship blasted off.
very painful = excruciating
I have an excruciating headache. I can’t even think straight.
very poor = destitute
He grew up in a destitute family that barely had enough food to eat.
very damaging/upsetting = devastating
The town was destroyed by a devastating flood.
(very physically damaging)
They received the devastating news that their son was in a coma.
(very emotionally upsetting)
very beautiful = gorgeous
Wow, those flowers are absolutely gorgeous!
After he lost weight, he started dating a gorgeous woman.
“Gorgeous” is usually used for women, not men, and for objects/places/scenery.
very busy = swamped
I have five major projects to finish by the end of this week – I’m totally swamped.
very crowded = packed
The stores were packed on the day before Christmas – everyone was doing last-minute shopping.
very happy/excited = thrilled
Joanna’s parents were thrilled to hear that she’d won a full scholarship to college.
very shocking/scary = horrific / horrifying
Fifty people were badly injured in a horrific accident at the factory.
The prospect of a nuclear war is horrifying.
very amazing = mind-blowing
Modern medical technology is mind-blowing – they can even operate on a baby before it’s born.
very fortunate = miraculous
This book tells the story of Henry’s miraculous escape from a war-torn country.
very brave = fearless
He fearlessly walked into his boss’ office and asked for a big raise.
very ridiculous = absurd/preposterous
That book contains some preposterous theories that go against the scientific consensus.
The store won’t give you a refund even though it was their mistake? That’s absurd!
very unimportant/silly = frivolous
If you want to save money, you have to avoid making frivolous purchases like buying candy at the supermarket checkout.
very perfect = impeccable
His academic record is impeccable and she’s at the top of her class.
very nervous = jittery
Most people are jittery on a first date – try to relax and just be yourself.
very remarkable = outstanding
The results of the educational program were outstanding. More than 1,000 children were able to improve their grades.
very respected = prestigious
My internship at a prestigious law firm was a great start to my career.
very sincere = heartfelt
He made a heartfelt speech expressing his gratitude.
very important = vital
It’s vital to pay attention to the road while driving.