100 Ways to Say “Good”
Today I present the next in my Ways to Say series: 100 Ways to Say Good. I covered ways to say bad last time, so I guess this is no big surprise.
What was a surprise is how difficult it was to limit the list to 100. Good is such a broadly-used word, covering so much ground, it has literally hundreds of potential synonyms depending on context and the specific type of “goodness” one wishes to express. Almost any virtue might be replaced with good. A good baseball player, for example, might be swift, adroit, powerful, keen-eyed, intelligent, fearless, and fierce. And by good, one might mean any of those qualities or all of them.
That’s what makes good both a useful word — in its broadness and adaptability — and a poor word — in its bland lack of specificity. All the words below seek to communicate a more particular kind of goodness than good generally denotes.
I therefore broke the list into three general kinds of good. The categories are arbitrary. I could have done it any number of ways and with a great many more categories. I’m happy with these three types of good, however. I hope you find the organization helpful.
Notice that I am using good only in its adjectival sense and not as a noun (that would require another list entirely).
As usual, I’ve linked all the words to their dictionary definition. Be careful to know the word well, including its connotations, before using it in writing or formal speech. Not all words work equally well in any situation. Below the list is a graphic version of the list. Feel free to pin it or share it as you like.
I hope you think what I’ve done here is good!
Good = Kind
Good = Quality
Good = Virtuous
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