Synonyms & Antonyms of impressive

having the power to affect the feelings or sympathies
  • an impressive play about a loving family attempting to lift themselves out of poverty

Synonyms for impressive

Words Related to impressive

Near Antonyms for impressive

Antonyms for impressive

See the Dictionary Definition 

Choose the Right Synonym for impressive

moving, impressive, poignant, affecting, touching, pathetic mean having the power to produce deep emotion. moving may apply to any strong emotional effect including thrilling, agitating, saddening, or calling forth pity or sympathy. a moving appeal for contributions impressive implies compelling attention, admiration, wonder, or conviction. an impressive list of achievements poignant applies to what keenly or sharply affects one's sensitivities. a poignant documentary on the homeless affecting is close to moving but most often suggests pathos. an affecting deathbed reunion touching implies arousing tenderness or compassion. the touching innocence in a child's eyes pathetic implies moving to pity or sometimes contempt. pathetic attempts to justify misconduct

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about impressive

Time Traveler for impressive

Time Traveler

The first known use of impressive was in 1598

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Impressive.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on impressive

Dictionary: Definition of impressive

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with impressive

Spanish Central: Translation of impressive

Nglish: Translation of impressive for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of impressive for Arabic Speakers

Comments on impressive

What made you want to look up impressive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Obscure Shapes

  • a pile of three dimensional shapes in green
  • Something that is ooid is shaped like:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!