Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


By the time he told his mother he was come to quoting Hurst's adjectives as his own.

Why do substantives often differ in meaning from the verbs to which they are related, adverbs from adjectives?

He had a fine flow of language, and his adjectives were very vigorous.

Some men have limited knowledge of adjectives so they resort to swearing.

He felt himself a procession of adjectives exploding in the ears of strangers.

"But you and Sylvia have used up all the adjectives," said Ralph.

Neither nouns nor adjectives undergo any change for gender, number or case.

Even there he would have been forced to qualify his adjectives.

Adjectives and other derivatives from these words are not capitalized.

In Dutch capitalize all nouns and all adjectives derived from proper nouns.


late 14c., as an adjective, "adjectival," in noun adjective, from Old French adjectif (14c.), from Latin adjectivum "that is added to (the noun)," neuter of adjectivus "added," from past participle of adicere "to throw or place (a thing) near," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + comb. form of iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)). Also as a noun from late 14c. (adjectives not clearly distinguished from nouns in Middle English). In 19c. Britain, the word itself often was a euphemism for the taboo adjective bloody.