Words that make you sound smart

1.      accolade

a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

2.      acrimony

a rough and bitter manner

3.      angst

an acute but unspecific feeling of anxiety

4.      anomaly

deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule

5.      antidote

a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison

6.      avant-garde

radically new or original

7.      baroque

relating to an elaborately ornamented style of art and music

8.      bona fide

not counterfeit or copied

9.      boondoggle

work of little or no value done merely to look busy

10.  bourgeois

being of the property-owning class

11.  bravado

a swaggering show of courage

12.  brogue

a thick and heavy shoe

13.  brusque

marked by rude or peremptory shortness

14.  Byzantine

of or relating to or characteristic of the Byzantine Empire or the ancient city of Byzantium

15.  cacophony

loud confusing disagreeable sounds

16.  camaraderie

the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability

17.  capricious

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

18.  carte blanche

complete freedom or authority to act

19.  caustic

capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action

20.  charisma

personal attractiveness that enables you to influence others

21.  cloying

overly sweet

22.  deja vu

the experience of thinking a new situation already occurred

23.  dichotomy

being twofold

24.  dilettante

an amateur engaging in an activity without serious intention

25.  disheveled

in disarray; extremely disorderly

26.  elan

enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness

27.  ennui

the feeling of being bored by something tedious

28.  epitome

a standard or typical example

29.  equanimity

steadiness of mind under stress

30.  equivocate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

31.  esoteric

understandable only by an enlightened inner circle

32.  euphemism

an inoffensive expression substituted for an offensive one

33.  fait accompli

an irreversible accomplishment

34.  fastidious

giving careful attention to detail

35.  faux pas

a socially awkward or tactless act

36.  fiasco

a complete failure or collapse

37.  finagle

achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

38.  Freudian slip

a slip-up that (according to Sigmund Freud) results from the operation of unconscious wishes or conflicts and can reveal unconscious processes in normal healthy individuals

39.  glib

artfully persuasive in speech

40.  gregarious

temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others

41.  harbinger

something indicating the approach of something or someone

42.  hedonist

someone motivated by desires for sensual pleasures

43.  heresy

a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion

44.  idiosyncratic

peculiar to the individual

45.  idyllic

charmingly simple and serene

46.  indelicate

slightly indecent, offensive, or improper

47.  infinitesimal

immeasurably small

48.  insidious

working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way

49.  junket

dessert made of sweetened milk coagulated with rennet

50.  kitsch

excessively garish or sentimental art

51.  litany

any long and tedious address or recital

52.  lurid

glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism

53.  Machiavellian

of or relating to amoral or conniving political principles

54.  malaise

a general feeling of discomfort, uneasiness, or depression

55.  malinger

avoid responsibilities and duties

56.  mantra

literally a `sacred utterance' in Vedism

57.  maudlin

effusively or insincerely emotional

58.  mercenary

a person hired to fight for another country than their own

59.  minimalist

a conservative advocating only minor reforms in government

60.  misnomer

an incorrect or unsuitable name

61.  narcissist

someone who is excessively self-centered

62.  nirvana

the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation

63.  non sequitur

a reply that has no relevance to what preceded it

64.  nouveau-riche

characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position

65.  oblivion

the state of being disregarded or forgotten

66.  ogle

look at with amorous intentions

67.  ostentatious

intended to attract notice and impress others

68.  ostracize

expel from a community or group

69.  panacea

hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases

70.  paradox

a statement that contradicts itself

71.  peevish

easily irritated or annoyed

72.  perfunctory

hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

73.  philistine

a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits

74.  precocious

characterized by exceptionally early development

75.  propriety

correct behavior

76.  quid pro quo

something for something

77.  quintessential

representing the perfect example of a class or quality

78.  red herring

diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue

79.  revel

take delight in

80.  rhetoric

study of the technique for using language effectively

81.  scintillating

having brief brilliant points or flashes of light

82.  spartan

unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment

83.  stigma

a symbol of disgrace or infamy

84.  stoic

seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive

85.  suave

having a sophisticated charm

86.  Svengali

someone (usually maleficent) who tries to persuade or force another person to do his bidding

87.  sycophant

a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage

88.  teetotaler

a total abstainer

89.  tete-a-tete

a private conversation between two people

90.  tirade

a speech of violent denunciation

91.  tryst

a secret rendezvous, especially between lovers

92.  ubiquitous

being present everywhere at once

93.  unrequited

not returned in kind

94.  untenable

incapable of being defended or justified

95.  vicarious

experienced at secondhand

96.  vile

morally reprehensible

97.  waft

a long flag; often tapering

98.  white elephant

a valuable possession whose upkeep is excessively expensive

99.  zealous


marked by active interest and enthusiasm

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