What's the Word?

Picture this: You’re talking to a friend, and you want to describe something but the word just doesn’t seem to form in your mind. You end up describing it in a very long phrase, or you’d say something like: “I don’t know what word to use but it’s ….” – well, don’t get me wrong. It’s alright to use a phrase, but it’s more colourful to be able to substitute those long phrases with just one word that tells all.

Today’s post aims to provide you with descriptive words to describe personalities. Refer to the table below. The ones in blue are negative personalities. Take note that the list is non-exhaustive:

The personality (of a person)

The word to use

very attractive

alluring

easy to love because they’re attractive or small

adorable

able to be believed or trusted

credible

attractive, confident and carefully dressed

debonair

behaving politely and in a controlled way

decorous

careful and using a lot of effort

diligent

careful not to cause embarrassment by keeping a secret

discreet

famous, respected, important

eminent

have lots of ideas, energetic, forceful

dynamic

very energetic

exuberant

not supporting any sides in an argument; neutral

impartial

have a calm appearance or characteristics, and not easily excited

placid

determined in character, actions or ideas

resolute

morally correct

righteous

intentionally choosing one thing (or person) and not the others

selective

have a clear understanding and good judgment

shrewd

stay the same for a long time, not changing quickly

steadfast

(a woman) attractively very energetic, lively and enthusiastic

vivacious

using rude and offensive words to hurt others

abusive

feels unpleasantly proud, better than others, and knows more than anyone else

arrogant

wishing to fight or argue

belligerent

completely unable to think well because of mental illness

deranged

giving unclear answers to avoid answering questions honestly

evasive

very difficult to please

finicky

tries to be funny with a serious subject

flippant

extremely unpleasant or unacceptable

repulsive

easily shocked or upset by things that are unacceptable

squeamish

unpleasant and likely to argue a lot

truculent

likely to change suddenly and unexpectedly

volatile

So, now that you know these words, in future, instead of saying:

  • This person can be trusted.
  • The referee doesn’t take sides.
  • That politician is so proud that he believes he’s the only one who is right and knows everything.
  • Some of my students are rude and argue a lot.

just say:

  • This person is credible.
  • The referee is impartial.
  • That politician is so arrogant.
  • Some of my students are truculent.
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Posted on December 24, 2009, in Word Power and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I learnt some new words today. I need to go to my dictionary to see how to pronoun some of those words. Hahaha! Thanks Kev.

  2. Sir you are so adorable and dynamic [learn and practise it instantly]. Thank you so much. Merry Xmas!

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