Vocabulary Builders: Useful Phrases, Page 15 (Q-R)

This section of EnhanceMyVocabulary.com focuses on ways to enliven your writing and speech. You'll find a collection of colorful phrases to add extra flavor and help develop your vocabulary


If you are looking for ways to enliven your writing and speech, this classic collection from Grenville Kleiser provides an abundance of colorful phrases.

You can review these lists when you seek a little extra punch in written works, and you can also use them to develop your vocabulary by identifying, looking up, and learning words you don't know.

This set of useful phrases consists of nouns (occasionally verbs or adjectives) modified by adjectives or adverbs.


Q

quailing culprit

quaint peculiarities

qualifying service

quavering voice

queer tolerance

quenchless despair

querulous disposition

questionable data

questioning gaze

quibbling speech

quick sensibility

quiescent melancholy

quiet cynicism

quivering excitement

quixotic impulse

quizzical expression

quondam foe


R

racial prejudice

racy humor

radiant happiness

radical distinction

raging billows

rambling looseness

rampant wickedness

rancorous animosities

random preconceptions

rank luxuriance

ranting optimism

rapacious speculation

rapid transitions

rapturous adoration

rare endowment

rarefied humor

rashly overrated

rational discourse

ravenous eagerness

ravishing spectacle

raw composition

reactionary movement

ready sympathy

realistic portrayal

reanimating ideas

reasonably probable

rebellious thought

reciprocal influence

reckless lavishness

recognized authority

recondite description

reconstructive era

recovered composure

recumbent figure

recurring doubt

reddening dawn

redoubled activity

refining influence

reflective habits

refractory temper

refreshing novelty

regal countenance

regretful melancholy

regular recurrence

relatively mild

relaxed discipline

relentless justice

religious scruples

reluctant tolerance

remarkable sagacity

remedial measure

remorseless logic

remote epoch

renowned achievement

repeated falsification

repelling vices

repentant sense

reprehensible action

repressed ardor

reproachful misgiving

repulsive spectacle

reputed disposition

requisite expertness

resentful flame

resilient spirit

resistless might

resolute daring

resonant gaiety

resounding blare

resourceful wickedness

respectful condescension

resplendent brightness

responsive throb

restless inquisitiveness

restorative influence

restricted meaning

resultant limitation

retaliating blows

retarding influence

retreating footsteps

revengeful scowl

reverent enthusiasm

revolting cynicism

revolutionary tradition

rhapsodical eulogy

rhetorical amplification

rhythmical movements

richly emblazoned

righteous indignation

rightful distinction

rigid propriety

rigorous reservation

riotous clamor

ripe reflection

rising misgivings

riveted attention

robust sense

rollicking mirth

romantic solitudes

rooted habits

roseate tints

rough brutality

roundabout approach

rousing chorus

royal exultations

rubicund tinge

rude awakening

rudimentary effort

rueful conclusion

ruffled feelings

rugged austerity

ruling motive

rumbling hoarseness

ruminating mood

rural imagery

rustic simplicity

rustling forest

ruthless commercialism


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Editor's note: This section of EnhanceMyVocabulary.com is excerpted and adapted from Project Gutenberg's Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases, by Greenville Kleiser.


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