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Want to Become a Better Writer? Replace These 30 Overused Words with Their 800 + Synonyms.

Updated on April 28, 2020
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Arnaba is a professional content writer. She is here to share her experience in impressive and effective writing skills and strategies.

I assume you want to become a better writer because you are reading this article. However, becoming a better writer is an arduous ordeal. You have to learn the science of writing to be able to apply it artistically.

There are many rules of writing, many words to learn, and many possible ways to express or convey your thoughts. However, there is one way you can enhance your writing: stop using the same words over and over again.

Just the way I did in the previous paragraph. I have used “many” too many times.

Let me rewrite that sentence:

“There are several rules of writing, countless words to learn, and numerous possible ways to express or convey your thoughts.”

Can you see the difference? Using synonyms always helps you to improve your writing style and become a finer writer.

There are some specific overused words that you will find in various articles. To help you avoid the overuse of these words, here come approximately 800 synonyms to 30 commonly overused words.

Writing is a blend of art and science. You can learn the science to become a good writer but you have to be an artist to become a better writer.

-Arnaba

Many

Countless
Abounding
Bounteous
Thousands
Crowded
Numerous
Plentiful
Tons
Populous
Umpteen
Uncounted
Piles
Varied
Various
Several
Oodles
Multiplied
Multifold
Numberless
Jillion
Mass
Manifold
Heaps
 

New

Advanced
Recent
Fresh
Original
Brand- New
Contemporary
Current
Recent
Different
Late
Modern
Strange
Distinct
Unfamiliar
Unusual
Unique
Latest
Fresh
Refreshed
Afresh

Other

Alternative
More
New
Another
Extra
Else
Additional
Added
Spare
Supplementary
Further
Farther
Different
Separate
Contrasting
Disparate
Divergent
Distinct
Distant
Dissimilar

Good

Pleasant
Fine
Acceptable
Excellent
Marvelous
Favorable
Brilliant
Brilliant
Positive
Satisfactory
Valuable
Wonderful
Reliable
Proper
Efficient
Exceptional
Talented
Decent
Appropriate
Desirable

Best

Finest
First
Outstanding
Overcome
Leading
Perfect
Terrific
Outclass
First-Rate
Tough
Most
Surpass
Biggest
Extremely
Outshine
Outdo

More

Also
Additional
Greater
Extra
Other
New
Higher
Further
Spare
And
Added
Another
Increase
Increase
Increase
Besides
Enhanced
Extended
Expanded
Augmented
Over
Too
Furthermore
Moreover

Important

Critical
Decisive
Essential
Crucial
Imperative
Imperative
Extensive
Vital
Meaningful
Meaningful
Paramount
Relevant
Noteworthy
Urgent
Significant
Serious
Effective
Extraordinary
Prominent
Remarkable

Great

Enormous
Extreme
High
Huge
Terrible
Strong
Immense
Big
Tremendous
Vast
Excellent
Fine
Impressive
Heroic
Grand
Glorious
Major
Outstanding
Remarkable
Talented
Superlative
Superior
Noble
Notable
Awesome
Best
Exceptional
Admirable
Good
Fine
Fantastic
Absolute
Marvelous
Perfect
Positive
Terrific
Proficient
Wonderful
Tremendous
Tough

First

Early
Beginning
Ancient
Cardinal
Pioneer
Original
Initial
Antecedent
Premier
Primary
Inaugural
Elementary
Opening
Fundamental
Primitive
Introductory
Dominant
Arch
Champion
Foremost
Leading
Chief
Main
Principal
Outstanding
Paramount
Predominant
 

Bad

Poor
Lousy
Unacceptable
Awful
Cheap
Atrocious
Dreadful
Creepy
Rough
Sad
Dis-Satisfactory
Abominable
Defective
Incorrect
Substandard
Unsatisfactory
Imperfect
Inferior
Inadequate
Detrimental
Dangerous
Damaging
Unhealthy
Wrong
Evil
Villainous
Unruly
Mischievousness
Decayed
Rotten
Sour
Spoiled
Severe
Distressing
Disastrous
Harsh
Unfavorable
Unfortunate
Grim
Intense
Ill
Sick
Grave
Terrible
Serious
Painful
Unpleasant
Gloomy

Big

Colossal
Considerable
Enormous
Bulky
Gigantic
Hefty
Huge
Capacious
Immense
Massive
Sizable
Mammoth
Substantial
Tremendous
Vast
Oversize
Monstrous
Packed
Roomy
Jumbo
Large
Spacious
Stuffed
Voluminous
Generous
Tall
Magnanimous
 

Funny

Amusing
Enjoyable
Entertaining
Joker
Lively
Pleasant
Hilarious
Laughter
Boisterous
Merry
Witty
Jest

Happy

Cheerful
Contented
Delighted
Pleased
Ecstatic
Elated
Glad
Upbeat
Joyful
Jubilant
Lively
Chirpy
Merry
Overjoyed
Peaceful
Thrilled
Playful
Perky
Blissful
Blissful
Gleeful
 
 
 

Know

Experience
Learn
Perceive
Take Account Of
Realize
Recognize
See
Acquainted
Fathom
Acknowledge
Comprehend
Fraternize
Cognizant
Conceive
Understand
 

Laugh

Chuckle
Giggle
Grin
Chortle
Howl
Roar
Snort
Shriek
Smirk
Scream
Burst
Snicker
Radiate
Smile
Gleam
Glow
Snigger
Cackle
Grimace
Mock
Scoff
 
 
 

Like

Admire
Appreciate
Go For
Related
Love
Adore
Approve
Allying
Cherish
Dig
Esteem
Prefer
Fancy
Relish
Savor
Want
Prize
Alike
Comparable
Desire

Little

Insufficient
Limited
Meager
Babyish
Scant
Slight
Brief
Cramped
Mini
Wee
Microscopic
Petite
Teeny
Tiny
Small
Undersized
Underdeveloped
 
 
 

Look

View
Glance
Glimpse
Scrutinize
Peek
Review
Stare
Sight
Gaze
Introspect
Inspect
Slant
Attention
Notice
Observe
Squint
Study
See
Watch
Survey
Ogle
Spot
Spy
Scan
Gape
Eye
Seek
Overlook

Mad

Frantic
Frenzied
Absurd
Unstable
Demented
Delirious
Kooky
Crazy
Nutty
Foolish
Psychotic
Insane
Crazed
Imprudent
Cuckoo
Angry
Daft
Lunatic
Deranged
Agitated
Resentful
Furious
Excited
Distraught
Frenetic
Fuming
Berserk
Infuriated
Irritated
Raging
Enraged
Nuts

Nice

Likeable
Agreeable
Fair
Amiable
Good
Okay
Superior
Precise
Cordial
Polite
Gentle
Neat
Fine
Tidy
Trim
Right

Pretty

Beautiful
Charming
Cute
Cheerful
Elegant
Graceful
Handsome
Darling
Lovely
Neat
Pleasant
Delightful

Sad

Bitter
Mournful
Melancholy
Grieved
Dismal
Pessimistic
Sorry
Weeping
Sorrowful
Wistful
Heartbroken
Grief- Stricken
Gloomy
Distressed
Despondent
Pensive
Bad
Dark
Depressing
Tragic
Miserable
Pathetic
Pitiful
Unhappy
Tearful
Poignant
Regrettable
Saddening

Said

Say
Speak
Utter
Assert
Voice
Vocalize
State
Express
Declare
Announce
Remark
Communicate
Observe
Reply
Respond
Tell
Answer
Comment
Note
Convey
Rejoin
Added
Whisper
Imply
Mutter
Mumble
Claim
Denote
Propose
Offer
Plead
Disclose
Recite
Repeat
Orate
Hypothesize

Ugly

Awful
Grisly
Grotesque
Loathsome
Unattractive
Unseemly
Unsightly
Repelling
Appalling
Beastly
Deformed
Repulsive
Disfigured
Gross
Frightful
Horrid
Sordid
Shocking
Messy
Nasty
Terrible
Disgusting
Despicable
 

Very

Actual
Real
Exact
Hugely
Appropriate
Authentic
Bare
Excessively
Genuine
Absolutely
Awfully
Overly
Certainly
Deeply
Extremely
Immensely
Exceeding
Especially
Vastly
 

Went

Flee
Fly
Move
Continue
Pass
Retire
Leave
Reach
Travel
Walk
Approach
Range
Abscond
Escape
Journey
Come
Exit
Depart
Run
Turn
Advance
Remove
 
 

Thing

Anything
Object
Concept
Machine
Concern
Element
Item
Action
Material
Matter
Information
Doing
Fact
Part
Phenomenon
Event
Situation
Stuff
Person
Task
Piece
Point
Word
Detail
Article
Device
Creature
Factor
Idea
Feature
Quality
Thought
Attribute
 
 
 

Beautiful

Alluring
Appealing
Charming
Enticing
Cute
Dazzling
Delicate
Sightly
Fascinating
Exquisite
Elegant
Sublime
Delightful
Gorgeous
Graceful
Ideal
Marvelous
Handsome
Lovely
Divine
Magnificent
Pleasing
Splendid
Admirable
Pretty
Stunning
Wonderful
Radiant
Superb
Grand
Fine
Ravishing

And

Furthermore
Also
Moreover
As Well As
Plus
Along
With
Together With
Besides
Further
Too
Including
Along With
 
 
 

Able

Adept
Adequate
Apt
Effectual
Capable
Competent
Easy
Savvy
Smart
Intelligent
Agile
Practiced
Equipped
Fitted
Worthy
Masterful
Bright
Dexterous
Alert
Masterly
Effective
Efficient
Keen
Qualified
Prepared
Skilled
Accomplished
 

Conclusion

Writing is a form of self- expression. You have to learn different words to be able to express yourself in a better and enhanced way.

Every word has synonyms and every synonym has a different connotation. Understanding the connotation of every word is essential to become a better writer.

Don't just use a synonym because you want to; use a synonym because you need to.

These above-mentioned synonyms are picked to help you nurture your writing skills. They will help you to express your thoughts, messages, opinion, and knowledge with finesse and authority.

From now on, don't just repeat your words; try a synonym to improvise your write-ups and give a refined touch your expressions.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Arnaba Saha

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    • Arnaba Saha profile imageAUTHOR

      Arnaba Saha 

      3 weeks ago from New Delhi

      Hi Navin Ji,

      I am glad that you like this hub of mine. It is a wonderful feeling to know that I was able to help a fellow writer with his journey of writing.

    • Arnaba Saha profile imageAUTHOR

      Arnaba Saha 

      3 weeks ago from New Delhi

      Yes Risha, you are right. Forming a daily reading and writing habit is essential for a writer. A warrior needs a sword, a painter needed brushes and a writer needs words to excel in their field of expertise.

      As for synonyms, they are tricky little beasts who need special attention when used.

      I hope I will be able to keep you entertained with my future hubs as well.

      Till then have a nice a time.

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      Praveen Srivastava 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi, Arnaba

      After going through your article, I have found immense value for myself as well as for the aspirants, who are aspiring to create a career as content writer.

      You have suggested 30 most commonly used words' synonyms,that can beautify an article.

      Thanking you, for helping the aspiring content writers out.

    • sachnikh profile image

      Nikhil Sharma 

      4 weeks ago from India

      Hello Arnaba. It was an extremely valuable article for all the aspiring writers and people who want to improve their grammar like me.

      Since starting my writing career in 2017, I always had an issue of using common words. I found it really difficult to write synonyms of all these commons words you've mentioned here.

      I'm surely gonna bookmark this extremely helpful article for my future reference. Thank you very much Arnaba once again for bringing this informative article.

    • Navin Srivastava 05 profile image

      Navin Srivastava 05 

      4 weeks ago

      Hello, Arnaba !!

      I went through your work and found it very helpful as a beginner in writing. It was very informative and depicts that you are really good at this. Keep up the good work as it's helpful to many like me.

      Looking forward to reading more from you !!

    • Risha Khan profile image

      Risha Khan 

      4 weeks ago from Bhilai, Chhattisgarh

      Hi Arnaba,

      I have read your article.This is worth sharing. I have realized that developing a daily writing habit can help eliminate some common grammar mistakes. Also, a daily reading habit can help improve our vocabulary. I firmly believe that reading daily helps us to understand the proper user of synonyms.

      There is so much to learn from you and your articles.

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      Swati Khandelwal 

      4 weeks ago from Nainital

      Hi arnaba very informative article

      Even i use to commit such mistakes often. Very well written. All new writers will definitely get benefitted by this useful information provided in this article. Nice one.

    • Poonam-Malik profile image

      POONAM MALIK 

      4 weeks ago from Faridabad

      A very refreshing and interesting take indeed. Needless to add that it is something very useful for budding authors.

      Looking forward to more such articles from you,

    • Arnaba Saha profile imageAUTHOR

      Arnaba Saha 

      4 weeks ago from New Delhi

      Hi Angela,

      I am glad you like it. I hope you will be able to use your words wisely and effectively with its help in the future. Do let me know, which words you liked the most and which are ones you are going to replace for the betterment of your writing?

      Happy reading and writing!

    • Arnaba Saha profile imageAUTHOR

      Arnaba Saha 

      4 weeks ago from New Delhi

      Hi Sowspeaks,

      Yes, for a writer, words are crucial tools to win their everyday battle to writings something meaningful. Something that will add value to other's life.

      It is an inner battle of self-expression as well; where the writer struggles to find one particular word that will give meaning to his/her thoughts.

      Synonyms are a great way to achieve that feat.

      I glad you like my hub. Do let me know, which where are the words you are going to replace with the help of this list of synonyms.

    • Arnaba Saha profile imageAUTHOR

      Arnaba Saha 

      4 weeks ago from New Delhi

      Hello Muralikrishna Ji,

      As an avid reader (blogs, articles, online content), I have observed many writers keep on repeating the same words. And it is very irritating and jarring at times.

      With this hub, I hope to inspire writers to pick synonyms wisely and enhance their writings.

      Frankly, I personally do not advocate the use of complex words. But I strongly recommend using different yet simple words that suit their context and style of writing. Using a wide variety of words empowers writers with a better self- expression. That's it and nothing more.

      And thanks for your appreciation!

    • Angela Padilla profile image

      Angela Padilla 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi thanks for this post. I found it very helpful for us aspiring writers.

      Heres my first ever blog post. https://gelpadilla1987.wixsite.com/alphava/post/in...

    • Sowrabha Mahesh profile image

      sowspeaks 

      4 weeks ago from Bengaluru

      Like an artist needs his brushes, paints and other tools your article provides a writer some tools to polish his artistry with the language.

      What a nearly comprehensive list that is . We can 2X our writing with this list.

    • hmkrishna profile image

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      4 weeks ago from South India

      You have supplied us with a good collection of words and alternatives. Ms, Arnaba, now it is we who have to take action to use them. Great effort to help the writing community, especially the careless writers like me. We just put our thoughts into words without thinking much for much refinement. In fact, in science we do not use many complex or intricate words, Thank you

    • Arnaba Saha profile imageAUTHOR

      Arnaba Saha 

      4 weeks ago from New Delhi

      Thanks Suchismita Ji,

      Yes, I hope more and more writers will find it helpful. I want writers to write effectively and creatively.

    • Suchismita pradhan profile image

      Suchismita Pradhan 

      4 weeks ago from India

      Another masterpiece,thanks for sharing such a wonderful insightful knowledge based article.It will definitely add value to all the writers who wants to write in a more creative way.

    • Arnaba Saha profile imageAUTHOR

      Arnaba Saha 

      4 weeks ago from New Delhi

      Hello Cijini Ji,

      IELTS can be very tricky for non- native English speakers. I hope this hub will help others whose native language is not English.

      Thanks for your appreciation.

    • Arnaba Saha profile imageAUTHOR

      Arnaba Saha 

      4 weeks ago from New Delhi

      Hi Prateek ji,

      Thanks for your appreciation and my constant source of encouragement. They mean a lot to me.

    • Dt Cijini Manoj profile image

      Cijini Manoj 

      4 weeks ago from Kerala

      hey thank you for the great information.....it is very useful in writing and for IELTS preparation.

    • PrateekJain24 profile image

      Prateek Jain 

      4 weeks ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      This is really very informative and useful article Arnaba mam. I recommend everyone to read this article because this will really help them to enhance the writing skills. You have triggered the sensitive area where writers lake to focus on which influence their writing adversly.

      Personally for me this article is really valuable and you said rightly that don't use synonym because you want to use synonyms because you need to. I will remember your advice and follow this practice in my upcoming articles.

      Also, if possible then kindly share the resource from where we can find the synonyms of some more words which are not mention in your article.

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