20 Powerful Adjectives in English

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)

A flood is when there is too much water, causing damage to houses and buildings.

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.

This festival is packed!

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.

You have to be fearless to take a picture like this!

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.

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