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Words to Describe pastor

Below is a list of describing words for pastor. You can sort the descriptive words by uniqueness or commonness using the button above. Sorry if there's a few unusual suggestions! The algorithm isn't perfect, but it does a pretty good job for most common nouns. Here's the list of words that can be used to describe pastor:

  • clearest, good
  • eloquent and liberal
  • useful and beloved
  • worthy swiss
  • affectionate and vigilant
  • pained and pious
  • faithful, infallible
  • young waldensian
  • high-handed and radical
  • obscure swiss
  • able and acceptable
  • evangelical, useful
  • solemnly sulky and glum
  • solemnly sulky
  • solid swiss
  • lawful and full-fledged
  • loving and laborious
  • enlightened and vigilant
  • previously associate
  • well-trained, tactful
  • cheery, shabby
  • elder or chief
  • well-educated and faithful
  • candid, well-educated and faithful
  • good, ideal
  • reformer and evangelical
  • lawful spiritual
  • eminent and beloved
  • faithful, laborious
  • fictitious danish
  • always ebullient
  • fundamentalist evangelical
  • present gifted
  • hospitable and benevolent
  • venerable and dear
  • lawful and loving
  • faithful, prudent
  • prominent congregational
  • pale, white-clad
  • colored congregational
  • courageous and affectionate
  • worthy spiritual
  • former eminent
  • sometime french
  • grey-haired dutch
  • afterwards sole
  • infallible and universal
  • well-known venerable
  • deservedly beloved
  • beloved chief
  • bland and graceful
  • young gifted
  • young congregational
  • still temporary
  • universal visible
  • pious dutch
  • beloved and able
  • discreet and affectionate
  • noble, intelligent
  • happy and enthusiastic
  • venerable senior
  • faithful, spiritual
  • careful and vigilant
  • hard-working, conscientious
  • late youthful
  • threadbare german
  • dead dutch
  • plain and pious
  • friendly local
  • pious and sincere
  • zealous evangelical
  • admirable and faithful
  • true, affectionate
  • stately gray-haired
  • charitable and generous
  • excellent and zealous
  • intelligent and excellent
  • loyal and humane
  • cultured italian
  • speritual
  • new episcopal
  • practical, energetic
  • devout german
  • now gray-haired
  • certain faithful
  • amiable and exemplary
  • erstwhile german
  • new sensational
  • worthy senior
  • later chief
  • so-called dutch
  • obscure german
  • indefatigable young
  • worthy chief
  • simple swiss
  • benign old
  • faithful and beloved
  • present junior
  • certain eloquent
  • excellent native

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Describing Words

The idea for the Describing Words engine came when I was building the engine for Related Words (it's like a thesaurus, but gives you a much broader set of related words, rather than just synonyms). While playing around with word vectors and the "HasProperty" API of conceptnet, I had a bit of fun trying to get the adjectives which commonly describe a word. Eventually I realised that there's a much better way of doing this: parse books!

Project Gutenberg was the initial corpus, but the parser got greedier and greedier and I ended up feeding it somewhere around 100 gigabytes of text files - mostly fiction, including many contemporary works. The parser simply looks through each book and pulls out the various descriptions of nouns.

Hopefully it's more than just a novelty and some people will actually find it useful for their writing and brainstorming, but one neat little thing to try is to compare two nouns which are similar, but different in some significant way - for example, gender is interesting: "woman" versus "man" and "boy" versus "girl". On an inital quick analysis it seems that authors of fiction are at least 4x more likely to describe women (as opposed to men) with beauty-related terms (regarding their weight, features and general attractiveness). In fact, "beautiful" is possibly the most widely used adjective for women in all of the world's literature, which is quite in line with the general unidimensional representation of women in many other media forms. If anyone wants to do further research into this, let me know and I can give you a lot more data (for example, there are about 25000 different entries for "woman" - too many to show here).

The blueness of the results represents their relative frequency. You can hover over an item for a second and the frequency score should pop up. The "uniqueness" sorting is default, and thanks to my Complicated Algorithm™, it orders them by the adjectives' uniqueness to that particular noun relative to other nouns (it's actually pretty simple). As you'd expect, you can click the "Sort By Usage Frequency" button to adjectives by their usage frequency for that noun.

Special thanks to the contributors of the open-source mongodb which was used in this project.

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