101 Words to Use Instead of “Amazing”

Feb 2015

101 Words to Use Instead of Amazing

I’m calling it, folks: It’s time to retire the word “amazing.”

Or at least put it out to pasture for a while.

Over the last few years, this seven-letter word has become more over-used than a can of Aqua Net at an 80s fashion shoot. It’s an all-too-easy go-to that robs us of our creative ability to express true wonder, and it’s time to set it aside.

Can we all agree to do that?

So, what are we supposed to say instead of “amazing?” Funny you should ask: 

  1. adorable
  2. alluring
  3. ambrosial
  4. astonishing
  5. astounding
  6. awe-inspiring
  7. awesome
  8. beauteous (sure, go Shakespearean for a day — why not?)
  9. beautiful
  10. bewitching
  11. beyond words
  12. blue-ribbon
  13. bonny (for my friends in the Highlands)
  14. breathtaking
  15. brilliant
  16. capital
  17. captivating
  18. charming
  19. classy
  20. darling
  21. daunting
  22. dazzling
  23. delectable
  24. delicate
  25. delicious
  26. delightful
  27. divine
  28. elegant
  29. enchanting
  30. enthralling
  31. enticing
  32. ethereal
  33. exalted
  34. excellent (for my fellow Wayne’s World and Bill & Ted fans)
  35. exceptional
  36. exhilarating
  37. exquisite
  38. extraordinary
  39. fabulous (absolutely, dahling!)
  40. fantastic
  41. fascinating
  42. fearsome
  43. fetching
  44. first-class
  45. first-rate
  46. glorious
  47. gorgeous
  48. graceful
  49. grand
  50. heavenly
  51. ideal
  52. impressive
  53. incomparable
  54. inconceivable (for my fellow Princess Bride fans)
  55. incredible
  56. indescribable
  57. ineffable
  58. inspiring
  59. irresistible
  60. lovely
  61. luscious
  62. magnetic
  63. magnificent
  64. majestic
  65. marvelous
  66. mesmerizing
  67. outstanding
  68. prodigious
  69. radiant
  70. rapturous
  71. ravishing
  72. refined
  73. resplendent
  74. savory
  75. scrumptious
  76. sensual
  77. sexy
  78. shocking
  79. spectacular
  80. splendid
  81. staggering
  82. striking
  83. stunning
  84. stupefying
  85. sublime
  86. superb
  87. supreme
  88. surprising
  89. tantalizing
  90. thrilling
  91. top-notch
  92. transcendent
  93. tremendous
  94. unbelievable
  95. unearthly
  96. unutterable
  97. uplifting
  98. wonderful
  99. wondrous
  100. yummy

And, if you absolutely MUST be amazed …

  1. amazeballs

Okay, folks, which ones did we leave out? Tell us your favorite alternatives for “amazing” in the comments — we’d love to hear from you! 

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  1. A Prather says:

    Great post. You could start a series with this theme. 101 words to use instead of these overused business words: robust, engagement, and transparency.

  2. Pegi Newhouse says:

    I had fun reading this.
    I admit that I overuse “Amazing”—yes, I do!! I have to pick another word…
    My Italian friend uses “beautiful” for every situation and to describe everyone.
    Brits say “brilliant” a lot….
    I checked to see if you had “inconceivable” and immediately thought of Princess Bride and laughed out loud when I saw it on the list!!
    I’m going to try on SPLENDID for a while and see how it goes.
    Thanks for the chuckle!

  3. Peggy says:

    I am so ecstatic that I am not the only person who is sick and tired if hearing that everything is “Amazing!” Here me people, “amazing” is so overused and I appropriately used!!!!

  4. Jacq says:

    https://superman1224.wordpress.com/2007/04/19/overused-words/ Since 2007. Yes, 2007. It really has got to stop. Even “professional” big-name advertisers are still broadcasting worthless slogans like, “Start with you, end with amazing”. WTF?

    • BeeJay says:

      OMG yes….. ” End with amazing” ???????? Are you fu***ng kidding me???? I would have felt more obligated to do so had it been oh idk , “Start with you, end up “”magnificent, “” “”Tremendous”” “”Spectacular”” !” Any of those would have worked.. I mean hell I would have went with my super FAVORITE,. AMAZEBALLS!!! LOL If that would have been used I would have fell out, that by far is the best substitute for the word amazing!!!!

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  9. pavitra says:

    I thought ‘Amazing’ is the most Amazing word ever, and uses it at every available opportunity. Thus I have developed a list of terms to describe exactly how Amazing something really is. But your list is superb.

  10. rogerafrance says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this post.

  11. Word police says:

    What makes it even worse is the valley girl like emphasis on the second “A” in the word.

    I hate it.

  12. James Paulsen says:

    Thanks for this list. I am trying not to use the word at all because I am tired of its overuse.
    Just one thing, number 13 is spelled “Bonnie”.

  13. these word are incredible you don’t know how you helped me i’m looking forward to use these amazing words you suggested!!!

  14. Amanda says:


  15. Amber Rowley says:

    How about these words too……
    Tubular, Impeccable, flawless, faultless, unblemished, spotless, immaculate, pristine, stainless, perfect, exemplary, bitchen, bad a$$, far-out, and as we say in Red Bluff California on a daily bases more than once a day “Way-Out!

  16. Rick Ramirez says:

    How about words we can use in lieu of “good” – used in the context of agreement or pleasing. For example, “The plan to walk around the mall sounds like a good idea”? Many of us use the word “awesome” to mean “good” in our reply and heading to a mall is not awesome…the Grand Canyon is awesome. Thank you for your time. Cheers.

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