100 Words To Make You Sound Smart

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"100 Words To Make You Sound Smart" by the Editors of the American Heritage® Dictionaries

accolade

a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

acrimony

bitterness

angst

an acute but unspecific feeling of anxiety

anomaly

abnormality

antidote

a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison

avant-garde

Ahead of the times, especially in the arts

baroque

having elaborate symmetrical ornamentation

bona fide

not counterfeit or copied

bourgeois

a member of the middle class; belonging to the middle class

boondoggle

work of little or no value done merely to look busy

bravado

a swaggering show of courage

brogue

a thick and heavy shoe; a strong dialectal accent

brusque

rudely abrupt

byzantine

highly involved or intricate

cacophony

a loud harsh or strident noise

camaraderie

trust among friends

capricious

impulsive and unpredictable

carte blanche

authority with no bounds

Catch-22

a lose lose situation

caustic

sarcastic

charisma

charm

cloying

excessively sweet or sentimental

déjà vu

the experience of thinking that a new situation had occurred before

dichotomy

a division into two parts

dilettante

showing frivolous or superficial interest

élan

enthusiastic vigor or liveliness

disheveled

in disarray

ennui

boredom

epitome

a typical example

equanimity

steadiness of mind under stress

equivocate

to be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information

esoteric

intended for or understood by only a small group

euphemism

an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive

fait accompli

an irreversible accomplishment

fastidious

difficult to please

faux pas

a social blunder

fiasco

a complete failure

finagle

to trick, swindle or cheat

Freudian slip

a verbal mistake that is thought to reveal an unconscious belief, thought, or emotion

glib

artfully persuasive in speech

gregarious

sociable

harbinger

an omen or sign; forerunner

hedonist

a pleasure seeker

heresy

a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion

idiosyncratic

peculiar to the individual

idyllic

charming in a rustic way; suggestive of an idyll

indelicate

lacking propriety and good taste in manners and conduct

infinitesimal

immeasurably small

insidious

treacherous

junket

a trip taken by an official often times for pleasure at public expense

kitsch

art in pretentious bad taste

litany

any long, repetitive, or dull recital

lurid

ghastly pale

Machiavellian

unprincipled and crafty

malaise

physical discomfort (as mild sickness or depression)

malinger

to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill

mantra

a commonly repeated word or phrase

maudlin

overemotional

mercenary

a professional soldier hired by a foreign army; profit oriented

minimalist

a person who practices arts in less detailed ways

misnomer

an incorrect or unsuitable name

narcissist

someone in love with themselves

nirvana

any place of complete bliss and delight and peace

non sequitur

something that does not logically follow

nouveau riche

newly rich

oblivion

total forgetfulness

ogle

look at with amorous intentions

ostentatious

showy

ostracize

to exclude from a group; banish; exile

panacea

cure-all; remedy for all diseases

paradox

a contradiction or dilemma

peevish

easily irritated or annoyed

perfunctory

hasty and without attention to detail

philistine

a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits

precocious

appearing or developing early

propriety

correct or appropriate behavior

quid pro quo

this for that

quintessential

perfect example

red herring

any diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue

revel

to take delight in

rhetoric

effective writing or speaking

scintillating

brilliantly clever

spartan

marked by simplicity and lack of luxury

stigma

a symbol of disgrace or infamy

stoic

unaffected by pleasure or pain

suave

having a sophisticated charm

Svengali

A person who exercises excessive control or influence over another person

sycophant

a self-serving flatterer, a brownnoser

teetotaler

one who does not drink alcohol

tête-à-tête

a private conversation between two people

tirade

a long, angry speech, usually very critical

tryst

a secret meeting of lovers; rendezvous

ubiquitous

being present everywhere at once

unrequited

not returned in kind

untenable

indefensible

vicarious

done or felt for, or on behalf of, another

vile

morally reprehensible

waft

be driven or carried along, as by the air

white elephant

a possession that costs more to keep than its worth

zealous

enthusiastic; fervent; fanatical

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