Alternatives is a recurring post in which I give synonyms for an over used word. Click on the tab above for a "complete" list of over used words.
Depending on how you use it, this list may come in handy for finding another way to say the same thing.
Today's word is Awfully/Awful.
Considering that awful means full of awe, inspiring I'll first give you a short list of synonyms that are related to that meaning. Then we'll get into the good stuff. Those ugly, nasty, obnoxious words we all like to use.
amazing, astonishing, awesome
staggering, stunning, stupendous, sublime, surprising,
Now for the good stuff.
"In that terrible fight to the death, I managed to stab the fearsome, nauseating, nightmarish, monster in the eye with my plastic bayonet. When its noxious acid blood spurted all over us, I thought we were goners. It was vile I tell you, vile."
abhorrent, abominable, abysmal, alarming, appalling, atrocious
barbarous, blood-curdling, brackish
deplorable, depressing, despicable, detestable, dire, disgusting, distasteful, distressing, disturbing, dread, dreadful
fearful, fearsome, forbidding, foul, frightful, from hell, fulsome
ghastly, ghoulish, godawful, grim, grisly, grody, gross, grotesque, gruesome,
hair-raising, harrowing, hateful, heart-stopping, heinous ,hellacious, hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrid, horrific, horrifying
loathsome, lousy, lurid
macabre, miserable, monstrous
nasty, nauseating, nauseous, nightmarish, noisome, noxious
objectionable, obnoxious, obscene, odious, offensive, off-putting,
rancid, raunchy, repellent, repugnant, repulsive, revolting
scandalous, scary, shake in one’s shoes, shake/tremble like a leaf, shocking, sick, sickening, sickish, sickly, stinking
ugly, uncivilized, undesirable, ungodly, unhealthy, unholy, unpleasant, unsavory, unsightly, unspeakable, unwanted, unwelcomed, unwholesome, upsetting
Got a favorite awful word?