Are your English adjectives sometimes not strong enough? Perhaps you’re eating something that is so good, the word ‘good’ just isn’t enough. In this case, you might want to describe the food as delicious or even (informal) scrumptious. As you’ll have guessed by now, this post looks at extreme adjectives – that is, adjectives that we use to emphasize a high degree of a particular quality. Remember that we don’t usually put the adverb very before extreme adjectives. Instead, to add even more emphasis, we might use adverbs such as absolutely, totally and completely.
It’s absolutely boiling out there!
a scorching hot day
You’ll need your coat and gloves on – it’s absolutely freezing!
a freezing cold day in January
By the time we got home, we were soaked to the skin.
Look at you – you’re drenched!
Get your jacket off – you’re wet through!
Moving on to emotions, someone who is extremely sad might be described as heartbroken: When she left him, he was heartbroken.
He was livid when he found out.
an irate customer.
She was absolutely incensed by his comments.
He was delighted at the news.
She was so thrilled to see her grandson.
Instead of extreme adjectives for ‘very pleased’, people often use short phrases instead. For example, they might say someone is over the moon, walking / floating on air, or on cloud nine: I couldn’t believe it when I heard I’d got the job. I was floating on air!
I was so astonished at what she’d said, I was speechless.
We couldn’t believe the news. We were absolutely stunned.
Finally, a useful adjective meaning ‘very embarrassed’ is mortified: I was mortified to hear how rude my son had been.