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First 75 Words to Make you Sound Smart

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accolade
An award or honor
acrimony
bitterness, animosity
angst
anxiety; fear; dread
anomaly
Abnormality
antidote
a cure for a disease or poison
avant-garde
innovative; new and unusual ideas or experimental ideas
baroque
An artistic style of the seventeenth century characterized by complex forms, bold ornamentation, and contrasting elements
bona fide
genuine; sincere
boondoggle
a product of simple manual skill; work of little or no value done merely to keep or look busy.
bourgeois
a middle-class person, capitalist
bravado
swagger; assumed air of defiance; false show of bravery
brogue
an Irish accent; a dialect or regional pronunciation
brusque
blunt; abrupt
byzantine
extremely intricate or complicated in structure.
cacophony
Harsh, jarring noise
camaraderie
Friendship; trust among friends
capricious
Changing one's mind quickly and often
carte blanche
unrestricted power to act at one's own discretion
Catch-22
a lose lose situation
charisma
A magical-seeming ability to attract followers or inspire loyalty
cloying
sickly sweet; excessive
deja vu
illusion of having previously experienced something actually being encountered for the first time
dilettante
someone with an amateurish or superficial interest in a topic
caustic
characterized by a critical tone and biting words that cause hurt feelings; sarcastically biting
elan
(n.) an enthusiastic vigor and liveliness, spirit; a flair
ennui
(n.) weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom
disheveled
rumpled, mussed; untidy
dichotomy
a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different
epitome
(n.) a perfect example, embodiment
equinimity
mental calmness, especially in a tough situation
equivocate
Use unclear language to deceive or avoid committing to a position
esoteric
Intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest
euphemism
A polite term used to avoid directly naming something considered offensive or unpleasant.
fait accompli
an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed
fastidious
Excessively particular, difficult to please; painstaking, meticulous, requiring excessive attention to detail
faux pas
an embarrassing or tactless act or remark in a social situation
fiasco
a major disaster; the complete collapse or failure of a project
finagle
to get or arrange by cleverness or trickery; to use sneaky methods
Freudian slip
an accidental error, either in speech or action, that apparently reveals one's subconscious thoughts or desires
glib
speaking with ease but without sincerity; offhand
gregarious
outgoing; sociable
harbinger
An omen or sign; one that foreshadows what is coming.
hedonist
A person who believes that pleasure is the chief goal of life
heresy
(n.) an opinion different from accepted belief; the denial of an idea that is generally held sacred;
idiosyncratic
Peculiar to one person; highly individualized
idyllic
Simple and carefree; delightfully serene
indelicate
Marked by a lack of good taste for consideration for the feelings of others tactless or improper
infitesimal
extremely small; incalculably or immeasurably small
insidious
Spreading harmfully and secretly;intended to deceive or entrap; sly, treacherous
junket
(n) a trip taken for pleasure, often by an official at public expense.
kitsch
Art, object, or design considered to be in poor taste
litany
a tedious recital or repetitive series;
supplicatory prayer
lurid
ghastly; Gruesome or excessively vivid; sensational, shocking, unrestrained
Machiavellian
(adj.) shrewdly cunning, politically devious and self-serving (-)
malaise
a feeling of depression, uneasiness, of being unwell
malinger
Pretend to be sick, esp. to get out of work, duties, etc.
mantra
Sacred word, chant, or sound that is repeated over and over to advance one's spiritual growth
maudlin
Excessively sentimental, showing sadness or some other emotion in a foolish or silly way
mercenary
(adj.) acting or working for self-gain only; (n.) a hired soldier, a soldier of fortune
minimalist
characterized by the use of only the simplest or most essential elements, as in the arts, literature, or design
misnomer
An unsuitable or misleading name
narcissist
Conceited; having excessive self-love or admiration
nirvana
An ideal state of happiness and peace
non sequitur
A statement that does not follow logically from evidence
nouveau riche
characterized by newly acquired wealth, especially when it is flaunted
oblivian
condition of being entirely forgotton
ogle
to stare at in a disrespectful way.
ostentatious
SHOWY; TRYING TO ATTRACT ATTENTION; PRETENTIOUS
ostracize
(v.) to exclude from a group, banish, send away
panacea
(n.) a remedy for all ills; cure-all; an answer to all problems
paradox
A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
peevish
easily irritated or annoyed; irritable
perfunctory
(adj.) Done in a superficial or halfhearted manner; without interest or enthusiasm
philistine;
a smugly ignorant person with no appreciation of intellectual or artistic matters
precocious
advanced, developing ahead of time
Exhibiting unusually early intellectual aptitude or maturity