Dictionaries describe “Amazing” as causing astonishment, great wonder, or surprise.

But has “AMAZING” been so overused that it has become meaningless? I know, I’m guilty of it myself at times, not just for that word, but a few others we’ve listed below (like “awesome” — yikes! Guilty as charged). Sometimes we get writing and everything is “amazing this” or “amazing that“, and hardly a day goes by that we don’t see that word grossly overused in everything we read.

In 2014, amazing made Huffington Post’s list of most overused words of the year, along with twerk, selfie, and hashtag. While the word originally meant “causing overwhelming surprise or astonishment,” but is often used as a general, positive descriptor like “great” or “cool.” And, if you think that’s awesome, fear not, that word also made their list that same year, along with incredible and unbelievable.

So, what are we to do? Well, we dig deeper into our box of words. After all, we’re writers. In the spirit of creativity, we’ve assembled a list to get you started.

  • Alluring, Ambrosial, Astonishing, Astounding, Awe-inspiring, Awesome
  • Beauteous, Beautiful, Bewitching, Beyond words, Blue-ribbon, Bonny, Breathtaking, Brilliant
  • Capital, Captivation, Charming, Classy
  • Darling, Daunting, Dazzling, Delectable, Delicate, Delicious, Delightful, Divine
  • Elegant, Enchanting, Enthralling, Enticing, Ethereal, Exalted, Excellent, Exceptional, Exhilarating, Exquisite, Extraordinary
  • Fabulous, Fantastic, Fascinating, Fearsome, Fetching, First-class, First-rate
  • Glorious, Gorgeous, Graceful, Grand
  • Heavenly
  • Ideal, Impressive, Incomparable, Inconceivable, Incredible, Indescribable, Ineffable, Inspiring, Irresistible
  • Lovely, Luscious
  • Magnetic, Magnificent, Majestic, Marvelous, Mesmerizing
  • Outstanding
  • Prodigious, Radiant, Rapturous, Ravishing, Refined, Resplendent
  • Savory, Scrumptious, Sensual, Sexy, Shocking, Spectacular, Splendid, Staggering, Striking, Stunning, Stupefying, Sublime, Superb, Supreme, Surprising
  • Tantalizing, Thrilling, Top-notch, Transcendent, Tremendous
  • Unbelievable, Unearthly, Unutterable, Uplifting
  • Wonderful, Wondrous
  • Yummy
Did we miss anything in our amazing list? If we did, let us know. You will be amazing and our list will be too. And that, well, that’s ______________.