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imposing

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of imposing

  1. 1 having or showing a formal and serious or reserved manner the president of the bank is exactly the sort of imposing figure that one might expect Synonyms of imposing august, distingué, distinguished, dignified, portly, solemn, staid, statelyWords Related to imposing decorous, proper, seemly; grave, grim, po-faced [British], sober, somber (or sombre); aristocratic, elegant, elevated, handsome, lordly, magisterial, majestic, nobleNear Antonyms of imposing coarse, crass, crude, improper, indecent, uncouth, unseemly, vulgarAntonyms of imposing flighty, frivolous, giddy, goofy, silly, undignified

  2. 2 large and impressive in size, grandeur, extent, or conception the corporation's imposing headquarters were designed by one of the nation's cutting-edge architects Synonyms of imposing august, baronial, epic, gallant, glorious, grandiose, heroic (also heroical), Homeric, imperial, grand, magnific, magnificent, majestic, massive, monumental, noble, proud, regal, royal, splendid, statelyWords Related to imposing colossal, monstrous, prodigious, stupendous, tremendous; kingly, lordly, princely, queenly; awesome, awful, cosmic (also cosmical), sublime, wondrous; formidable, impressive, prepossessing, redoubtable; apocalyptic (also apocalyptical), inflated, operatic, overblown, pompous; marvelous (or marvellous), superb, terrific, wonderful; extravagant, lavish, luxurious, opulent, palatial, palatine, sumptuous; gorgeous, resplendent, splendiferous; extraordinary, killer, remarkable, sensational, striking; celestial, divine, heavenlyNear Antonyms of imposing lowly, modest, unprepossessing; average, common, mediocre, ordinary, run-of-the-mill, second-rate; abject, mean, meretricious, shabby, sordid; insignificant, measly, paltry, petty, puny, trifling, trivialAntonyms of imposing humble, unheroic, unimposing, unimpressive

Synonym Discussion of imposing

grand, magnificent, imposing, stately, majestic, grandiose mean large and impressive. grand adds to greatness of size the implications of handsomeness and dignity.
    • a grand staircase
magnificent implies an impressive largeness proportionate to scale without sacrifice of dignity or good taste.
    • magnificent paintings
imposing implies great size and dignity but especially stresses impressiveness.
    • an imposing edifice
stately may suggest poised dignity, erectness of bearing, handsomeness of proportions, ceremonious deliberation of movement.
    • the stately procession
majestic combines the implications of imposing and stately and usually adds a suggestion of solemn grandeur.
    • a majestic waterfall
grandiose implies a size or scope exceeding ordinary experience
    • grandiose hydroelectric projects
but is most commonly applied derogatorily to inflated pretension or absurd exaggeration.
    • grandiose schemes


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