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Descriptive words are words that capture the character or state of people, places, things, nature or intangibles such as events. These can be adjectives, adverbs, participles or nouns. Generally speaking, adjectives describe nouns and adverbs describe verbs, adjectives or entire grammatical structures. Participles are verbs that are used as an adjective or noun. For example, broken is a verb that can be used to describe things. It is also possible for nouns such as misfit to be used to describe things. The following are common descriptive words.
Abrupt
Absurd
Accepting
Accidental
Accommodating
Accomplished
Accountable
Active
Adorable
Advanced
Adventurous
Affable
Affective
Affluent
Alienated
Alive
Aloof
Ambiguous
Ambitious
Amenable
Angry
Anxious
Apathetic
Arcane
Ardent
Arrogant
Artificial
Artistic
Assiduous
Authentic
Authoritarian
Average
Awake
Awkward
Basic
Beautiful
Biased
Bland
Blatant
Bold
Booming
Boorish
Boring
Bossy
Brave
Breakable
Bright
Brittle
Broken
Callous
Calm
Candid
Captivating
Careless
Casual
Cautious
Cerebral
Charming
Cheap
Civilized
Classic
Clear
Cold
Common
Compassionate
Competitive
Complacent
Complicated
Condescending
Confident
Conformist
Confused
Connected
Conservative
Considerable
Constructive
Contemptuous
Content
Controlling
Cool
Cooperative
Cordial
Costly
Courageous
Cowardly
Crafty
Creative
Credible
Critical
Crushed
Cryptic
Cultured
Curious
Damaged
Daring
Dark
Darling
Decent
Decisive
Deep
Defeated
Delicate
Delicious
Delightful
Deluded
Dense
Dependable
Detached
Detailed
Difficult
Direct
Disciplinarian
Disciplined
Disorganized
Distant
Distinctive
Distrustful
Dogmatic
Dominant
Domineering
Drab
Dreamy
Dreary
Dry
Dull
Durable
Eager
Easy
Efficient
Elaborate
Electric
Elegant
Emotional
Empathetic
Enduring
Energetic
Engaged
Enigmatic
Enterprising
Envious
Esoteric
Ethical
Exact
Excitable
Exquisite
Factious
Fair
Fake
Fancy
Fearless
Feeble
Feeling
Fine
Firm
Flat
Flexible
Fluid
Foolish
Forceful
Forgetful
Fragile
Friendly
Frigid
Frugal
Fun
Functional
Funny
Futuristic
Gallant
Generous
Genuine
Giving
Gloomy
Glossy
Glum
Grand
Groundbreaking
Grounded
Happy
Hard
Hard-working
Harsh
Heartless
Helpful
Hidden
Honest
Hopeful
Hopeless
Hostile
Humorous
Hyper
Hysterical
Idealistic
Idiosyncratic
Idle
Illogical
Imaginative
Impartial
Imperious
Impetuous
Impossible
Improvised
Impulsive
Inactive
Indecisive
Individualistic
Indolent
Industrious
Inelegant
Inevitable
Inexperienced
Inexplicable
Inherent
Inhibited
Innocent
Inquisitive
Insensitive
Inspiring
Instinctual
Insubstantial
Intense
Interested / Interesting
Interrupted
Intrepid
Intrinsic
Inventive
Invisible
Jealous
Joyless
Judgemental
Judicious
Keen
Kindhearted
Lackluster
Layered
Lazy
Legitimate
Lenient
Liberal
Lifeless
Likeable
Listless
Lively
Lofty
Logical
Lovable
Lovely
Loving
Loyal
Lucky
Lucrative
Materialistic
Meaningful
Meaningless
Mechanical
Meddlesome
Mediocre
Meek
Melancholic
Mellow
Melodramatic
Merciful
Mindful
Misfit
Misguided
Moderate
Modern
Modest
Motivated
Naive
Narcissistic
Narrow-minded
Natural
Negative
Negligent
Nervous
Neutral
New
Nonchalant
Normal
Nostalgic
Nosy
Numb
Objective
Oblivious
Obtrusive
Obtuse
Obvious
Odd
Official
Officious
One-dimensional
Opaque
Open
Oppressive
Optimistic
Ordinary
Organic
Organized
Ornate
Outmoded
Outspoken
Overbearing
Overprotective
Oversensitive
Palpable
Paradoxical
Particular
Passable
Passionate
Paternalistic
Pathetic
Peculiar
Peevish
Perfect
Philosophical
Plain
Plastic
Pleasing
Pliable
Pointless
Poised
Polished
Polite
Pompous
Positive
Possessive
Possible
Potent
Powerful
Powerless
Practical
Precarious
Precious
Precise
Presumptuous
Pretentious
Priggish
Productive
Professional
Profound
Progressive
Proper
Prudent
Pushy
Puzzling
Querulous
Questionable
Quirky
Radical
Random
Rare
Rash
Rational
Real
Realistic
Reasonable
Reclusive
Regretful
Regular
Relentless
Reputable
Resentful
Reserved
Respectable
Responsive
Restrained
Rigorous
Robotic
Robust
Romantic
Rough
Ruined
Sad
Satisfactory
Satisfied
Scheming
Secretive
Self-absorbed
Self-involved
Selfish
Selfless
Sentimental
Serene
Severe
Sharp
Shiny
Shy
Singular
Slack
Slight
Sly
Smug
Social
Sophisticated
Soulful
Sour
Spontaneous
Stable
Stagnant
Standoffish
Stark
Static
Staunch
Stellar
Stingy
Stoic
Strict
Strong
Studious
Sturdy
Stylish
Sublime
Substantial
Supercilious
Suspicious
Sympathetic
Systematic
Tedious
Temperamental
Tense
Tentative
Testy
Thorough
Thrilled
Thriving
Timid
Tired
Touchy
Tough
Toxic
Traditional
Tricky
Trivial
True
Trusting
Trustworthy / Trusted
Typical
Tyrannical
Unadventurous
Unaffected
Unassuming
Unbearable
Unbeatable
Unbelievable
Unbiased
Uncommon
Unconcerned
Unconventional
Undaunted
Understanding
Uneasy
Unfair
Unfathomable
Unhelpful
Unimaginative
Uninvolved
Unique
United
Unmistakable
Unmotivated
Unorthodox
Unrealistic
Unreasonable
Unstable
Unstoppable
Upscale
Useless
Vain
Valuable
Vigilant
Virtuous
Visceral
Volatile
Warm
Weak
Witty
Worthless
Worthy
Wretched
It is a common misperception that adjectives are the only type of words that are descriptive. This isn't true. For example, nouns are commonly used to describe things. For example, "the math textbook" wherein the noun math describes the textbook.

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