Amazing Kids! Magazine

Word Booster – July 2014

By Ryan Traynor, Assistant Editor


Describing emotions in your writing is important. It is important to vary the words used for emotions within your story to add interest and to more accurately describe the feelings your characters are experiencing. For instance, being “happy” is different than being “jubilant.” Because the intensity of happiness if more with the word “jubilant.” The words below describe emotions in greater detail than a more common word. Good luck incorporating these you’re your writing to achieve greater clarity and interest!

Jubilant (adjective) – extremely joyful, happy.

The crowd was jubilant when the firefighter rescued the baby from the burning building.

Elated (adjective) – overjoyed, thrilled.

The factory worker was elated when he looked at the ticket and realized he had won the lottery.

Rash (adjective) – hasty, incautious.

The nurse’s rash decision to administer the medication without checking the patient’s history caused the patient to go into a comma.

Awe (noun) – a mixed emotion of respect, wonder, and dread.

The boy was in awe of the cowboy as he roped each steer with ease.

Cordial (adjective) – friendly, warm, polite.

His candid responses to the questioning shocked the jury.  

Melancholy (noun) – a sad or gloomy feeling.

The death of his pet left David feeling melancholy.  

Enthusiastic (adjective) – feeling or showing strong excitement about something, filled with enthusiasm.

His enthusiastic acceptance of the nomination showed his supporters his commitment to winning.  

Reluctant (adjective) – feeling or showing doubt about doing something, not willing or eager to do something.

He was reluctant to enter the room because he heard a scraping noise inside. .

Disappoint (verb) – to make (someone) unhappy by not being as good as expected or by not doing something that was hoped for or expected.

The teacher was disappointed when the student did not turn in the assignment on time.