90+ Best Words That Make You Sound Really Smart

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How smart do you think you are? Probably very smart or not so sure you are. You can easily identify smart people when you see them, either by the way they act, dress or even by their choice of words. If you really wish to be smart, here are some nice words that will make you sound really smart

1. acrimony – bitterness

2. angst – an acute but unspecific feeling of anxiety

3.avant-garde – Ahead of the times, especially in the arts

4. antidote – a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison

5. baroque – having elaborate symmetrical ornamentation

6. bona fide – not counterfeit or copied

7. brogue – a thick and heavy shoe; a strong dialectal accent

8. brusque – rudely abrupt

9. bourgeois – a member of the middle class; belonging to the middle class

10. boondoggle – work of little or no value done merely to look busy

11. bravado – a swaggering show of courage

12. byzantine – highly involved or intricate

13. carte blanche – authority with no bounds

14. Catch-22 – a lose lose situation

15. caustic – sarcastic

16. charisma – charm

17. cacophony – a loud harsh or strident noise

18. camaraderie – trust among friends

19. capricious – impulsive and unpredictable

20.  cloying – excessively sweet or sentimental

21. déjà vu – the experience of thinking that a new situation had occurred before

22. dichotomy – a division into two parts

23. dilettante – showing frivolous or superficial interest

24. élan – enthusiastic vigor or liveliness

25. disheveled – in disarray

26. ennui – boredom

27. epitome – a typical example

28. equanimity – steadiness of mind under stress

29. equivocate – to be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information

30. esoteric – intended for or understood by only a small group

31. euphemism – an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive

32. fait accompli – an irreversible accomplishment

33. fastidious – difficult to please

34. faux pas – a social blunder

35. fiasco – a complete failure

36. finagle – to trick, swindle or cheat

37. Freudian slip – a verbal mistake that is thought to reveal an unconscious belief, thought, or emotion

38. glib – artfully persuasive in speech

39. gregarious – sociable

40. harbinger – an omen or sign; forerunner

41. hedonist – a pleasure seeker

42. heresy – a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion

43. idiosyncratic – peculiar to the individual

44. idyllic – charming in a rustic way; suggestive of an idyll

45. indelicate – lacking propriety and good taste in manners and conduct

46. infinitesimal – immeasurably small

47. insidious – treacherous

48. junket – a trip taken by an official often times for pleasure at public expense

49. kitsch – art in pretentious bad taste

50. litany – any long, repetitive, or dull recital

51. lurid – ghastly pale

52. Machiavellian – unprincipled and crafty

53. mantra – a commonly repeated word or phrase

54. maudlin – overemotional

55. mercenary – a professional soldier hired by a foreign army; profit oriented

56. malaise – physical discomfort (as mild sickness or depression)

57. malinger – to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill

58. minimalist – a person who practices arts in less detailed ways

59. misnomer – an incorrect or unsuitable name

60. narcissist – someone in love with themselves

61. nirvana – any place of complete bliss and delight and peace

62. non sequitur – something that does not logically follow

63. nouveau riche – newly rich

64. oblivion – total forgetfulness

65. ogle – look at with amorous intentions

66. ostentatious – showy

67. ostracize – to exclude from a group; banish; exile

68. panacea – cure-all; remedy for all diseases

69. paradox – a contradiction or dilemma

70. peevish – easily irritated or annoyed

71. perfunctory – hasty and without attention to detail

72. philistine – a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits

73. precocious – appearing or developing early

74. propriety – correct or appropriate behavior

75. quid pro quo – this for that

76. quintessential – perfect example

75. red herring – any diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue

76. revel – to take delight in

77. rhetoric – effective writing or speaking

78. scintillating – brilliantly clever

79. spartan – marked by simplicity and lack of luxury

80. stigma – a symbol of disgrace or infamy

81. stoic – unaffected by pleasure or pain

82. suave – having a sophisticated charm

83. Svengali – A person who exercises excessive control or influence over another person

84. sycophant – a self-serving flatterer, a brownnoser

85. teetotaler – one who does not drink alcohol

86. tête-à-tête – a private conversation between two people

87. tirade – a long, angry speech, usually very critical

88. tryst – a secret meeting of lovers; rendezvous

89. ubiquitous – being present everywhere at once

90. unrequited – not returned in kind

91. untenable – indefensible

92. vicarious – done or felt for, or on behalf of, another

93. vile – morally reprehensible

94. waft – be driven or carried along, as by the air

95. white elephant – a possession that costs more to keep than its worth

96. zealous – enthusiastic; fervent; fanatical

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