English is one of the largest languages in the world in terms of number of words. It would be bad—shameful, scandalous, illogical, even—to forgo this lexical treasure trove. Make use of English’s rich vocabulary to paint a properly vivid picture of what you’re describing.
The word “bad” is useful in that it conveys a broad negative connotation. It’s also great for scolding children or dogs. But if your audience consists of human adults, it would be bad—foolhardy, even—to constrict yourself to such basic adjectives when such rich, descriptive alternatives lurk within the confines of the English language.
But don’t forget that no two words are the same, even if they’re “synonyms.” Every word carries its own nuances and shades of meaning, even if it’s just differences in tone or register. An overly broad word like “bad” can have hundreds of synonyms that are not necessarily synonymous with each other… “cataclysmic,” “underhanded,” and “pitiful” can all replace “bad” but not one another.
To make sure your word choices aren’t bad—or unskillful—we’ve created a list of 730 alternatives to “bad.” Your ideal word is bound to be there—just choose wisely.