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Ways of emphasizing how bad something is - thesaurus

Synonyms

utterly

adverb

completely: often used for emphasizing how bad someone or something is

sadly

adverb

used for showing that you think something is bad or wrong

hopelessly

adverb

used for emphasizing how extreme or bad something is

utter

adjective

complete: often used for emphasizing how bad someone or something is

downright

adjective

informal complete: used for emphasizing how bad something is

thorough

adjective

complete: used for emphasizing how bad someone or something is

unmitigated

adjective

used for emphasizing how bad or how unpleasant something is

unspeakable

adjective

used for emphasizing how bad something is and how much it upsets you

sorry

adjective

used for emphasizing how bad, stupid, or embarrassing something is

excruciating

adjective

used for emphasizing how bad something is

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abject

adjective

formal complete: used for emphasizing how bad, unpleasant, or severe a situation or condition is

a crying shame

used for emphasizing how bad or unfair something is

all/only too

used for emphasizing that you wish that something did not happen so much or that something was not true

a load of crap/rubbish/garbage etc

used for emphasizing that you think something is stupid or wrong

already

adverb

if you say that a bad situation exists already, you mean that you do not want it to get any worse

arrant

adjective

formal complete: used for emphasizing how bad someone or something is

as hell

used for emphasizing something bad or unpleasant

at best

used for showing that something is not very good by emphasizing that your description of it is the best thing you can say about it

at the best of times

used for saying that something is fairly bad, difficult, dangerous etc even in normal circumstances, but it is often worse than this

beyond belief

used for emphasizing how bad something is

beyond description

used for emphasizing that something is very extreme, usually in a way that is bad

cataclysmic

adjective

informal used for emphasizing that something is very bad

come to

used for emphasizing how bad a situation is and how shocked or upset you are about it

defy description

used for emphasizing that something is very extreme, usually in a way that is bad

dirty

adjective

informal used for emphasizing how bad someone or something is

don’t you just love it

used when you think something is not fair or when something has gone wrong

downright

adverb

informal completely or extremely: used for emphasizing how bad someone or something is

dreadful

adjective

used for emphasizing how bad something is

fearful

adjective

informal old-fashioned used for emphasizing how bad someone or something is

fiercely

adverb

used for emphasizing what you are saying, especially how strong or severe something is

flaming

adjective

spoken complete: used for emphasizing how bad someone or something is

grinding

adjective

extreme: used for emphasizing how bad a situation is

half

adjective

used for emphasizing how bad or extreme a situation is

how can/could someone (do something)?

used for saying that you think someone’s behaviour is very surprising or very bad

if you can call it that/something

used for emphasizing that you think something is not as good as it should be, or is not what it claims to be

I hate to think

used for emphasizing that you do not want to think about something because it is unpleasant or upsetting

I shudder to think

used for saying that you do not want to think about something because it is very unpleasant

it’s bad/difficult/hard enough

used when saying that a situation is already bad and something else would make it even worse

less than honest/satisfactory/happy etc

not at all honest/satisfactory/happy etc

monumental

adjective

used for emphasizing how bad something is

more’s the pity

used when you are disappointed that something is true

of any description

used for emphasizing a negative statement about a type of person or thing

oh dear

used when you are upset, disappointed, annoyed, worried, or surprised about something bad that has happened or something wrong that you have done

oh well

used for accepting a bad situation or disappointment

painfully

adverb

used for emphasizing how annoying or unpleasant something is or how upset it makes you feel

plain

adverb

used for emphasizing that someone or something has a particular negative quality

quote unquote

used before or after a word or phrase for emphasizing that you do not agree with it or approve of it

rank

adjective

complete: used for emphasizing how bad or obvious something is

right

adjective

Britishspoken complete: often used for emphasizing how bad someone or something is

royal

adjective

informal used for emphasizing that someone or something is extremely bad

the shit will hit the fan

people will become very angry or there will be a lot of problems

someone/something will be the death of me

used for saying that someone or something annoys, upsets, or worries you very much

sorry

adjective

used for emphasizing that something is so bad that it makes you feel sympathy

such as it is

used for showing that you do not have a good opinion of the thing that you have mentioned

supremely

adverb

often used for emphasizing negative qualities

that’s torn it

used for saying that something that has happened has spoilt what you were trying to do

there is no excuse for something

used for emphasizing that you think someone’s behaviour is very bad

to cap it all

used when you are saying that a bad or disappointing thing happens after several other bad or disappointing things have already happened

to crown it all

used for talking about the last and worst thing in a series of bad things that have happened

to put it mildly

used for saying that a situation is much worse than the words that you are using to talk about it

wicked

adjective

informal used for emphasizing how bad something is

woeful

adjective

used for emphasizing how bad something is

woefully

adverb

used for emphasizing that something is very bad or does not happen enough

wretched

adjective

informal used for emphasizing how much someone or something annoys you

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