impressive

Something that is impressive stands out because it is really good. Some of the most impressive college application essays are those that reflect on past events that shaped who the writer is today.

When you impress someone, you show that you are special or that what you did is praiseworthy. So something that's impressive does just that, like the impressive feat of running a marathon every week for a year. The earliest meaning of impressive was "capable of being easily impressed," from the Latin word impressus, "imprint or stamp." By around 1775, the meaning had changed to "making a strong impression on."

Definitions of impressive
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adj making a strong or vivid impression

“an impressive ceremony”
Synonyms:
amazing, awe-inspiring, awesome, awful, awing
inspiring awe or admiration or wonder
arresting, sensational, stunning
commanding attention
astonishing, astounding, staggering, stupefying
so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm
baronial, imposing, noble, stately
impressive in appearance
dazzling, eye-popping, fulgurant, fulgurous
amazingly impressive; suggestive of the flashing of lightning
dramatic, spectacular, striking
sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect
expansive, grand, heroic
of behavior that is impressive and ambitious in scale or scope
formidable
extremely impressive in strength or excellence
gallant, lofty, majestic, proud
having or displaying great dignity or nobility
brilliant, glorious, magnificent, splendid
characterized by grandeur
grandiose
impressive because of unnecessary largeness or grandeur; used to show disapproval
important-looking
impressive in appearance
mind-boggling
intellectually or emotionally overwhelming
palatial
suitable for or like a palace
signal
notably out of the ordinary
thundering
extraordinarily big or impressive
moving
arousing or capable of arousing deep emotion
Antonyms:
unimpressive
not capable of impressing
unimposing
lacking in impressiveness
humble
marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful
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adj producing a strong effect

“gave an impressive performance as Othello”
Synonyms:
telling
effective, effectual, efficacious
producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect

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