List of 124 Words That Will Make You Sound Smart
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|An expression of acknowledgment or praise; an award.
|Ill feeling or bitterness.
|Being in two minds or having mixed feelings.
|An unfocused feeling of deep anxiety or dread.
|An exception to the norm.
|A substance that stops the effects of a poison.
|Quivering, usually with emotion.
|Experimental or radically original.
|An ornate artistic and musical style from the 17th and 18th centuries.
|Valueless work done to create the appearance of activity.
|Of the middle class.
|A display of swaggering boldness.
|A tough, leather shoe.
|Curt, abrupt, or blunt.
|Extremely complicated, involving excessive bureaucracy or red tape.
|A loud and confusing assortment of sounds.
|To repeatedly coax or flatter a person.
|Friendship and mutual trust between two or more individuals.
|Given to sudden unexplained changes of behavior.
|License to act as one wishes.
|An inescapable situation created by contradictory or absurd rules.
|Extremely critical, incisive, or sarcastic.
|Personal charm capable of influencing people.
|Fashionable, smart, or elegant.
|Elegant or smart.
|The experience of feeling like a certain event has happened before.
|A division between two diametrically opposed things.
|Designed or intended to teach.
|A dabbler; an amateur without serious commitment.
|Messy; extremely untidy.
|Style and enthusiasm; vigorous energy.
|To explain at greater length.
|The ability to relate to the feelings of others.
|Listlessness and boredom or dissatisfaction.
|A typical example of something.
|Composure in the face of adversity.
|To stall or be deliberately ambiguous or misleading.
|Only understood by a small group of people with specific knowledge.
|An inoffensive way of expressing something unpalatable.
|To make a bad situation worse.
|An accomplishment that cannot be reversed.
|Concerned with attention to detail.
|A gaffe or act betraying social awkwardness.
|A complete, farcical failure.
|To obtain or achieve something in an underhand manner.
|Extremely shocked and baffled.
|Totally confused and not knowing what to do.
|Fortunate; happening by chance.
|A verbal slip that reveals the speaker's subconscious wishes.
|Fluent and superficially convincing but lacking substance.
|Sociable; enjoying the company of others.
|An omen or indicator of a future event.
|One motivated purely by sensory pleasure.
|A belief that is contrary to the orthodoxy of a religion.
|An exaggeration or overstatement.
|A quirk or eccentricity.
|Extremely serene, beautiful, and/or peaceful, often of a time or place.
|Harmless; without malice.
|Operating in a concealed and usually harmful way.
|An extravagant trip or celebration, usually by a public official at taxpayer expense.
|Garish, campy, or sentimental art, often appreciated ironically.
|A repetitive series of recitals.
|Overly colorful or vivid; sensationalistic.
|Unscrupulous, cunning, or amoral, often in relation to politics.
|An overall feeling of uneasiness or listlessness.
|To exaggerate or fake sickness in order to avoid responsibilities.
|A regularly repeated slogan or motto.
|Self-pityingly emotional, sometimes while inebriated.
|Sweet or pleasing to hear.
|A soldier of fortune; an individual motivated solely by money.
|An inappropriate or incorrect name.
|A self-obsessed person.
|Wicked or malignant.
|A state of transcendence; an idealized location.
|A response or conclusion unrelated to what comes before.
|A newly rich person, often perceived as lacking in social graces by those with rich backgrounds.
|To make confusing or unclear.
|A state of complete forgetfulness, of being completely forgotten, or of extinction.
|Slow-witted or slow to understand.
|To stare amorously.
|Designed to impress and attract attention.
|To exclude from a community or society.
|A supposed remedy for many different diseases or problems.
|A seemingly self-contradictory statement that is nevertheless true; a seemingly logical statement that proves to contain a contradiction.
|Being careful with money, often to the point of stinginess.
|Easily annoyed by unimportant things.
|Done in a routine manner, without much attention or interest.
|An uncultured person; one uninterested in intellectual matters.
|Having developed an ability exceptionally early.
|A swamp or marsh; an inescapable predicament.
|quid pro quo
|An exchange of favors.
|Representing a perfectly typical example of something.
|Something that seems relevant but distracts attention from the real issue.
|A meeting at a prearranged location and time.
|To have fun in a boisterous, noisy way.
|The art of persuasive public speaking.
|The established state of sociopolitical affairs.
|A mark of disgrace or dishonor.
|One who endures adversity impassively and without complaint.
|Sophisticated and charming.
|A person who holds a controlling influence over another, often with ill intent.
|A self-serving flatterer.
|One who does not drink alcohol.
|A private meeting or discussion between two persons.
|A rant; a long speech of denunciation.
|An interjection acknowledging that the listener has in some way scored a point against the speaker.
|A secret romantic meeting.
|Encountered seemingly everywhere at once.
|Pique, annoyance, or resentment, generally in response to a comment.
|(Of a feeling, often love) not returned or validated.
|Impossible to sustain or justify.
|To leave in a hurry.
|Experienced in the mind from observing the actions of others.
|Repugnant; physically or morally repellent.
|Something that is impossible to dispose of and whose upkeep is disproportionate to its usefulness.
|Ardent; enthusiastically believing in or following something.