Synonyms for (adjective) impressive

Synonyms: impressive, telling

Definition: producing a strong effect

Usage: gave an impressive performance as Othello; a telling gesture

Similar words: effective, effectual, efficacious

Definition: producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect

Usage: an air-cooled motor was more effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long-distance transportation-LewisMumford; effective teaching methods; effective steps toward peace; made an effective entrance; his complaint proved to be effectual in bringing action; an efficacious law


Synonyms: impressive

Definition: making a strong or vivid impression

Usage: an impressive ceremony

Similar words: awe-inspiring, awesome, awful, awing, amazing

Definition: inspiring awe or admiration or wonder

Usage: New York is an amazing city; the Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring sight; the awesome complexity of the universe; this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath- Melville; Westminster Hall's awing majesty, so vast, so high, so silent


Similar words: arresting, stunning, sensational

Definition: commanding attention

Usage: an arresting drawing of people turning into animals; a sensational concert--one never to be forgotten; a stunning performance


Similar words: staggering, astonishing, astounding, stupefying

Definition: so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm

Usage: such an enormous response was astonishing; an astounding achievement; the amount of money required was staggering; suffered a staggering defeat; the figure inside the boucle dress was stupefying


Similar words: stately, noble, imposing, baronial

Definition: impressive in appearance

Usage: a baronial mansion; an imposing residence; a noble tree; severe-looking policemen sat astride noble horses; stately columns


Similar words: dazzling, eye-popping, fulgurant, fulgurous

Definition: amazingly impressive; suggestive of the flashing of lightning

Usage: the skater's dazzling virtuosic leaps; these great best canvases still look as astonishing and as invitingly new as they did...when...his fulgurant popularity was in full growth- Janet Flanner; adventures related...in a style both vivid and fulgurous- Idwal Jones


Similar words: striking, spectacular, dramatic

Definition: sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect

Usage: a dramatic sunset; a dramatic pause; a spectacular display of northern lights; it was a spectacular play; his striking good looks always created a sensation


Similar words: expansive, heroic, grand

Definition: of behavior that is impressive and ambitious in scale or scope

Usage: an expansive lifestyle; in the grand manner; collecting on a grand scale; heroic undertakings


Similar words: formidable

Definition: extremely impressive in strength or excellence

Usage: a formidable opponent; the challenge was formidable; had a formidable array of compositions to his credit; the formidable army of brains at the Prime Minister's disposal


Similar words: gallant, lofty, majestic, proud

Definition: having or displaying great dignity or nobility

Usage: a gallant pageant; lofty ships; majestic cities; proud alpine peaks


Similar words: magnificent, glorious, brilliant, splendid

Definition: characterized by grandeur

Usage: the brilliant court life at Versailles; a glorious work of art; magnificent cathedrals; the splendid coronation ceremony


Similar words: grandiose

Definition: impressive because of unnecessary largeness or grandeur; used to show disapproval


Similar words: important-looking

Definition: impressive in appearance


Similar words: mind-boggling

Definition: intellectually or emotionally overwhelming

Usage: a mind-boggling display; a mind-boggling puzzle


Similar words: palatial

Definition: suitable for or like a palace

Usage: palatial furnishings; a palatial yacht


Similar words: signal

Definition: notably out of the ordinary

Usage: the year saw one signal triumph for the Labour party


Similar words: thundering

Definition: extraordinarily big or impressive

Usage: a thundering success; the thundering silence of what was left unsaid