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45 Awesome Sounding Words

Updated on May 31, 2015

Dictionary of Awesomeness

Maybe you're looking for a cool title for your bad guy. Perhaps you're trying to name your guild in an MMO. Either way, you need something that sounds impressive.

Whatever the case, you don't just need a word, you need an epic word.

Fortunately for you, some words just sound cool. I've been in your spot several times and decided I never want to be there again. I finally decided to catalogue the most epic words I know, for the benefit of myself and others.

Meaning vs. Sound

After each word, I suggest meanings and usage. These can be helpful if you want to invoke a specific meaning, but are completely optional. Sound is usually cooler than meaning.

It may sound lazy, but think about it. Nick Fury is an appropriately awesome name, but Nick's primary trait is not being angry all the time. Similarly, Team Rocket isn't a group of evil astronauts; they're Pokémon thieves.

Sometimes an intimidating sound or association means more than a word's definition.

That said if you're developing a serious plotline and going in-depth with whatever you're naming, try to make the name suitable. At least don't make it wildly unsuitable; an ancient monster named Flamewing should be winged or flaming. "Flame" and "wing" can be symbolic, but they can also be literal.

How to Use These Words

Sometimes you like the meaning of a name but not the sound, or you want a more striking name. The thing is, you don't have to use the words exactly as they appear. There are several ways of playing with them.

  1. Variation: Modifying a word just a little bit to fit a new context is a simple way of incorporating awesome words. For example, you want to use the word "galaxy," but on its own it's too basic. Marvel turns it into a name for their character Galactus. The Kirby series uses it as a weapon name for Galaxia and a title for Galacta Knight. Just modifying a single sound—in this case, the last syllable—makes it workable for any situation.
  2. Contrast: Playing a word against something it symbolizes. For example, knights are associated with medieval times and the fantasy archetype of a hero in shining armor. Darkness signifies an unknown evil. Batman is the Dark Knight, and both words describe him without any fluffy connotations, but with the additional pun on "knight/night."
  3. Compound words: Combining two appropriate words into one. It works best with short words. DC Comics gives us Deathstroke. Transformers has Starscream. If the result is longer than 3 syllables, though, it's best to keep the space. Optimus Prime is cooler than Optimusprime.

My Top 45 Best Words

and counting!

Ages-Burn

  • Ages: Appropriate for something ancient or immortal. If something's origin is unclear, can be used to imply a long history. A popular form is [X] of Ages.
  • Angel: Usually a symbol of peace or the greater good. Can be used for contrast by representing a higher being without the moral connotations.
  • Armor: It has connotations of strength, focusing more on impenetrability and invincibility than offensive power.
  • Ashen: Good imagery. Ashes make us think of death or time passing, especially remnants of something that has faded.
  • Atomic: Brings to mind atomic energy or the atomic bomb, plus gets a free pass for sounding sci-fi.
  • Black: Represents darkness, the unknown, or nothingness. Sounds good as a prefix or descriptor.
  • Blade: Swords are already popular for their dramatic potential. In the context of knives, it sounds darker and less fantasy-based.
  • Blaze: Fire is powerful, destructive, and painful. It also brings up vivid mental images.
  • Burn: Puts more emphasis on the aftereffects of a fire.

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Chaos-Fallen

  • Chaos: Rampant confusion and disarray. Has a nice combination of sounds and a neat-looking spelling.
  • Chrome: Short for chromium, a lustrous metal. It's often used for a sleek, futuristic look.
  • Claw: Sounds good when following another word (e.g. Dragonclaw, Jadeclaw).
  • Crimson: Red is a striking color but an overused word. Often, the older or less common words for a certain concept sound cooler than the everyday word.
  • Crypt: A stone chamber, usually a tomb. "Cryptic" means mysterious, and "cryptid" is an unknown creature.
  • Draconic: Somehow the combination of sounds here sounds swifter and more graceful than a lumbering dragon, but it has all the same connotations. "Draconic" (or "draconian") can also mean strict or tyrannical.
  • Dragon: Sometimes the direct approach is best. There aren't many mental images quite like a dragon.
  • Eon: More time than we can imagine. Depending on the context, this word could bring to mind immortality or a lost age.
  • Fallen: I find words that invoke images of the past to be very dramatic. This word could signify a fall from power or any other fall, like embracing one's dark side.

The Andromeda Galaxy
The Andromeda Galaxy | Source

Fang-Jadeite

  • Fang: Like "claw," this word sounds great used after another word. Words relating to animals can be used to bring to mind a predator vs. prey conflict. Can also signify vampires.
  • Flame: Another synonym for fire.
  • Fire: Fire breaks the "most common word" rule because it's a cool word. Sounds good after another word (Dragonfire, etc.) or before (Firestorm). "Firefire" would be a bit much.
  • Firefight: I have a thing for compound words, and this one has the advantage of being a real word already. Although, "fire" and "fight" are both vivid enough that it could easily be used out of context.
  • Galaxy: Makes you visualize a swirling vortex of stars, space, and the unknown. ("Vortex" is also pretty cool.)
  • Hades: A slightly more awesome word for the flames of hell. Also has the advantage of not sounding like a swear even though it means the same thing.
  • Incendiary: A powerful word for "flammable." It's Latin root, "incendium," also sounds pretty cool.
  • Jade: Gemstone names are always dramatic; I don't know why. Jade is both a striking shade of green and a female name.
  • Jadeite: Same thing as "jade," but with a different rhythm.

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Light-Shadow

  • Light: Represents goodness and purity. Is a popular target for contrast.
  • Oath: Swears and promises are (supposed to be) definite and with purpose. The word "oath" does not bring to mind someone joking around.
  • Oblivion: Can mean multiple things, from forgetfulness to the nothingness after death. Its root word technically means "to forget", but I'm pretty sure the connotations are universal: oblivion is where you are after you've been obliterated.
  • Omni: A prefix meaning "all." For example, omnipotence is unlimited power. Very broad usage, but it implies mastery over something, plus it sounds neat.
  • Plasma: An ionized state of matter. Aside from its numerous sci-fi applications, the word itself seems to be popular for its general science fiction coolness. (Kirby's electrical ability is called Plasma, Pokémon has a villainous organization called Team Plasma.) Might bring to mind images of a plasma globe.
  • Scale: Implies being snakelike, which in turn represents being sly and untrustworthy.
  • Scar: Scars are popular in fiction. Aside from the fact that physical deformities get our attention, they imply a mysterious or unwholesome past. Where did he get that scar?
  • Scarlet: Another synonym for "red." Also an expensive fabric, sounding a little fancier and more upper-crust for that reason.
  • Shade: Darkness. Shadows. Anything that blocks out the light. Darkness is always associated with mysteriousness.
  • Shadow: Same reasoning as above. Sounds good on its own, but can be used before another word (Shadowflame, Shadowstorm, etc. Don't ask me what they mean).

Saturn's north polar vortex (false color)
Saturn's north polar vortex (false color) | Source

Storm-Xeno

  • Storm: Storms are dangerous and uncontrollable. Figuratively, storms signify an unstoppable force. "Storm" lends itself well to compound words.
  • Steel: Strong and hard. Can be used to represent strength, limiting itself to neither offense or defense. It's the common link between armor and blade.
  • Sworn: Similar to "oath," signifying definiteness and dedication.
  • Tornadic: Same connotations as "storm" on a much grander scale.
  • Void: Nothingness is a heavy concept. It plays heavily on our fears of loneliness and the unknown.
  • Vortex: A swirling current of...pretty much anything. It brings to mind tornadoes, plus it has a neat combination of sounds. Can be paired with any other word for different effects. What's a plain old storm compared to a vortex of flames?
  • Wing: Not many images are quite so dramatic as spread wings. Wings signify freedom, the ability to rise above your adversaries, and the wind itself at your side.
  • Xeno: A prefix meaning "alien" or "different," such as xenophobia. Can be used to indicate something unfamiliar or inhuman.

What do you think? Any words you'd suggest?

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Nicely done - good list! :>)

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      jolou 4 years ago

      This is an interesting list of words.

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      shauna1934 4 years ago

      Supposedly "cellar door" is one of the most beautiful sounding phrases in the English language.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed this.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      I love that word "draconic" - I'm going to have to think of ways to use it today!

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      Kumar P S 4 years ago

      Very interesting lens. Thanks!

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      ZenQueen 4 years ago

      Very helpful! Love your descriptions. I am sure to use one or two from this list in my novel. Thank you.

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      howdoyouspellst 4 years ago

      Very cool!! "Vortex" is a great word.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think Reign is a good word. Great list, made my username "Atomichaos"

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like Xeno

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Eon is by far my favourite word, and am happier than I should be that it made this list.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Hades doesn't mean hell. Hades is Zeus and Poseidon's brother, sons of cronos (a Titan). If I were to say I'm sending you to hades, I wouldn't mean I'm sending you to hell, I'd mean I'm sending you to hades, god of the underworld, so that he may decide your fate in hell and which of the 9 circles fits you. One time my English teacher told me that I couldn't do a report on hades for my Greek god assignment, because hades was a place not a god. I tried to explain to her that hades is a god, but she wouldn't listen. So, I decided to look it up on several different websites and several different books. Then I showed her all of it and she said nothing. I guess teachers aren't as smart as they think. I can't believe that anyone would think that hades isn't a god. Ridiculous...

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      NIce, I like his website! Keep up the good work!

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      anonymous 2 years ago

      Great list. Deities or deity sound pretty cool as well .Darkness and death also sound pretty cool. But still pretty cool list.

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      Brett 21 months ago

      Awesome list, really help changing my Xbox username

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      mohammy 20 months ago

      Hades means either land of the dead or god of the dead its not always neccesarily the greek god.

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      Willllllyy 19 months ago

      Very cool

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      anonymous 19 months ago

      Most of the words which I like are in this list. You can add 'Sapphire','Ion','Titanium'. Anyway, Great work :)

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      anonymous 19 months ago

      you should add "Scream" to Storm - Xeno

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      Anonymous 19 months ago

      Nice list, I also think cosmic is a cool word too

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      Fred Philipps 19 months ago

      Excuse me, could you tell me your thoughts on the words "hunter" and "exorcist"? I find your definitions incredibly amazing

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      anonymous 18 months ago

      Nice job on the list, it really helped. I ended up calling myself AtomicFuckwit

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      rhi.insanity 18 months ago

      chaoticreverie is one of my usernames and both words are great separately!

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      Harish 18 months ago

      Awesome words, Ethos and Helius are pretty sick words too.

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      Hello_There 18 months ago

      "Tenebrous" is a personal favorite of mine.

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      Jennifer 17 months ago

      Nice list!

      Lucent

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      Prabhat Parimal 16 months ago from India

      Nice hub! Most of the words listed are simple; some highfalutin words would have made this hub more spicy.

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      Chipendale 16 months ago

      This list really helped me out, so thanks! Also, I think I might have a cool addition to it: Void. In my opinion it sounds pretty cool.

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      Billy Mackey 15 months ago

      I need a one word or mixed words meaning or something to do with secretive or dark or two words mixed meaning both. Would be greatly appreciated. Need one asap :)

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      Elijah 15 months ago

      I loved the list. Some more suggestions; "Verse", "Monarch", "Rebel", and "Anthem".

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      Tadow 14 months ago

      Dirge - A lament for the dead.

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      Alec 13 months ago

      What about the word "criterion"?

      It sounds nice too

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      Eddie 12 months ago

      You really should consider "Codex," and to Billy Mackey, you should consider "clandestine."

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      Zak 10 months ago

      interfuse is an amazing name

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      NaK 10 months ago

      Really good list!

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      random 9 months ago

      Jade isnt only a female name because i dont have a vagina and thats my name

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      Muyang 9 months ago

      What about quantum? or sentinel?

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      Bryan 9 months ago

      "Light" was in there I'm quite surprised that "Dark" wasn't

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      swag 8 months ago

      dam it feels good to bea gangsta

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      Hokeyyy 7 months ago

      Asunder

      Axiom

      Azimuth

      Codex

      Cryogenic (or anything "Cryo-")

      Eidolon

      Hyperbole

      Immortal

      Infinity

      Matrix

      Mortal

      Orbit / Orbital

      Tesseract

      Tetrahedron

      Xenon

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      coolnames 7 months ago

      spectre is a nice one

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      je bent gay 6 months ago

      je kkr moeder

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      NoName 6 months ago

      Nice list...really helped me choose a new name for a firm I am starting. Have been really indecisive until I came across this. Thanx guyz

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      Hannah 6 months ago

      I liked Chrome, Eon, Jadeite, and Xeno. I am now making a list of just titles for maybe a future story I will write! (Including those words in them.) :)

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      anonymous 5 months ago

      I named my so Eaon Zircon Hussein

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      Anonymous User 5 months ago

      Perhaps archetype?

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      rooly 5 months ago

      barrista

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      anyonymous 4 months ago

      Good, but for sure you can do better...the best are hard to find.

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      Eon_Sky_713 4 months ago

      Thumbs up for this part of the internet!

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      The Dark One 4 months ago

      "dark" and "iron"...

      you can add these two words to almost anything and rhey will sound greater, more impressive and intimidating.

      the dark palace, dark lord, the iron throne, iron islands,

      almost all words... doesnt work with cheeseburger though

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      Colton Capps 4 months ago

      Not a good list

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      Maximum Ride #1 3 months ago

      I think you should add Maximum. The description should be like To the max. Same thing as "Ultimate" better better.

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      Gray 3 months ago

      I think 'vast' or 'eternal' would have been an adequete fit for this list as well. But overall I enjoyed it. I had a difficult time naming a species in my science fiction novel, but I found this and ended up naming them the 'Omnivelox'. It's a hybrid of your word 'omni' and 'velox', which means quick in Latin.

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      Screm 3 months ago

      Good for making my edgy mary sue character, thx.

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      noman 3 months ago

      Nice work

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      DowaHawkiin 2 months ago

      Chasm, Abyss, Crack, Edge, Rider, Execution, Spectre, Gloom, Over-, Steam, Wind, Dagger, Magma

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      hola 2 months ago

      Crappy.Absolutely Crappy.

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      raddy 2 months ago

      this an spectacular word list

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      hey 7 weeks ago

      Anyone that knows which font the VORTEX picture is written in?

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      uh 5 weeks ago

      defenestration didnt make it?

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      Thomas 3 weeks ago

      Instead of revenge, you could say "Counterinsurgency"

      "In this act of revenge..."

      "In this act of counterinsurgency..."

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      Slade Wilson 3 weeks ago

      Thanks man; pretty good! I'm a completely friendly critique, but nevertheless you used,as an example, a word like "fire". While it doesn't technically go against the remainder of th list, I would omit it and words like it for something else, by which I mean more uncommon. Yeah, fire is cool, but at the same time, it's gotta be known so we'll that it's probably the first thing that comes to me, if you get my vibes

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      12345 2 weeks ago

      Thanks!!

      It really helped me a lot!

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      2 days ago

      Thanks

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