Adjectives that start with r can be used to describe a person. Here is a list of adjectives beginning with r with both positive and negative meanings that will help enhance your vocabulary.
50 adjectives that start with r to describe a person
- Radiant – when happiness shows on the face
Mimi was truly radiant when she spotted presents under the Christmas tree.
- Radical – someone with extremely different views or something that is very different
The last president transformed the country in radical ways.
- Rash – someone who acts with lack of consideration
I know you do not have much choice but do not make any rash decisions.
- Rational – someone who acts based on reason and logic
John is a rational person.
- Rattled – confused, nervous, upset or worried
She is easily rattled by the slightest of the sudden noise.
- Ravishing – very beautiful, attractive or pleasing
She has a ravishing personality.
- Realistic – to be practical
Mark always takes a realistic approach to solving problems.
- Reasoning – to think in a logical and sensible way
He spends a lot of time reasoning before coming to any conclusion.
- Reassuring – reduce the worry and restore confidence
He was extremely reassuring during these troubled times.
- Rebellious – someone who resist control
His rebellious attitude is undoubtedly going to put him in trouble one day.
- Reckless – careless or lack of consideration for consequences
His reckless behaviour has cost him his job.
- Reclusive – does not like to be in society
He turned reclusive after the divorce.
- Reddened – to blush
Her face reddened when he asked her for a dance.
- Refined – with good manners
When Trevor asked to marry Sasha, she immediately agreed to marry such a refined person.
- Reflective – thoughtful; a person who thinks things through
I am confident that due to her reflective personality she will carefully consider the investment.
- Regardful – mindful of or pay attention to others feelings
Chris is regardful of others and this has earned him a lot of respect in the society.
- Reliable – someone that can be trusted
Peter is a reliable employee and bears the keys to the store.
- Relieved – feel relaxed and worry-free
He was relieved to find everyone safe after a night of heavy storm and rain.
- Reluctant – showing hesitation or unwillingness
I was a bit reluctant to try the new store.
- Remarkable – someone who is extraordinary
The new initiative allows remarkable women to showcase their talent.
- Remorseful – someone who is really sorry or feel guilty
He was remorseful of his actions.
- Remorseless – someone who has no regret or guilt
He was remorseless in front of the jury.
- Repellant – someone who tends to ward off
His repellant attitude resulted in her divorce with him.
- Reposeful – someone who has a calm and soothing personality
As soon as he entered the room it filled everyone with his reposeful personality.
- Repugnant – cause a feeling of dislike or disgust
Despite her great efforts, the whole arrangement was repugnant to him.
- Repulsive – whos behaviour arouses dislike
My son, dressed like a repulsive witch, won the Halloween costume competition.
- Reputable – someone with a good reputation, reliable and can be trusted
We bought our new car from a reputable dealer in our home town.
- Resentful – filled with bitterness and anger; annoyed or ashamed due to unfair treatment
Anthony was resentful of childhood times when Ariana stole all the attention of his parents with her singing.
- Reserved – someone who doesn’t share feelings and emotions
You have to be very patient when dealing with a reserved child.
- Resounding – definite
After a resounding success of her show, she decided to retire and move to the countryside.
- Resourceful – capable of finding ways to solve any problems
People love him for being a resourceful leader and he remained in the presidency for the second term.
- Respectable – worthy of respect or of good reputation
The sheriff was a respectable member of the town.
- Resplendent – impressive, rich and expensive
The palace was resplendent with marble floors, gold plated doors and paintings covering the walls.
- Responsible – obliged to do something
Jack is responsible for opening the store at 5 am in the morning.
- Restful – calm, quiet and soothing
Without the kids, it was a restful holiday at the Isle of Wight.
- Restive – unable to remain calm, silent and still
Every morning, John’s dogs become restive when he leaves for work.
- Restless – unable to relax
I had a restless night due to lower back pain.
- Restrained – something that’s kept under control and cannot move
He was restrained to the chair while the officers interrogated regarding the murder.
- Reticent – unwilling to speak
Saima was extremely reticent of discussing religious matters.
(Do not confuse with reluctant which means unwilling to do something.)
- Revengeful – determined to revenge or get even
Rocky devised a revengeful plan after the gangsters killed his stepdaughter.
- Reverent – shows respect
My friend is a reverent person as she always thanks God before eating meals.
- Riant – cheerful manners
Everyone fell in love with her riant personality.
- Righteous – to be right
Hundreds of medical students felt it was their righteous duty to look after the sick despite the risk of the killer virus.
- Rigid – cannot be bent
His rigid principles helped bring back the discipline.
- Riled – to annoy or make someone angry
Martha grinned when she saw him all riled up.
- Riotous – causing public disorder
His riotous speech led to countless protests and mass unrest.
- Risible – ridiculous and funny
She never gave up, even after countless risible attempts to learn violin.
- Roiled – become annoyed and irritated
I was filled with roiled emotions after listening to her speech.
- Revered – filled with deep respect and admiration
Nurses are revered as heroes for their contribution to NHS during the pandemic.
- Rumpled – wrinkled, crumpled and untidy
He was found lying on the street with rumpled clothes and messy hair.
The above list of adjectives beginning with r will help enhance your vocabulary.