100 words that make you sound smart.txt

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  1. accolade
    award, high praise
  2. acrimony
    bitterness
  3. angst
    anxiety and worry
  4. anomaly
    oddity
  5. antidote
    remedy, cure
  6. avant-garde
    very modern and experimental
  7. baroque
    Having elaborate symmetrical ornamentation
  8. bona fide
    genuine, authentic
  9. boondoggle
    work of little or no value done merely to look busy
  10. bourgeois
    Belonging to the middle class
  11. bravado
    pretentious display of courage
  12. brogue
    A thick and heavy shoe
  13. brusque
    abrupt
  14. byzantine
    labyrinthine
  15. cacophony
    din
  16. camaraderie
    feeling of trust and friendship
  17. capricious
    mercurial, whimsical, fickle
  18. carte blanche
    complete freedom or authority to act
  19. Catch-22
    an impossible situation
  20. caustic
    Harsh or corrosive in tone
  21. charisma
    personal qualities that attract, influence and inspire
  22. cloying
    saccharine
  23. d�j� vu
    feeling of having lived through the present moment before
  24. dichotomy
    division into two parts
  25. dilettante
    dabbler
  26. disheveled
    untidy
  27. �lan
    panache, flair
  28. ennui
    boredom
  29. epitome
    a typical example
  30. equanimity
    composure
  31. equivocate
    stonewall, prevaricate
  32. esoteric
    recondite
  33. euphemism
  34. fait accompli
    done deal
  35. fastidious
    meticulous
  36. faux pas
    blunder, gaffe
  37. fiasco
    debacle
  38. finagle
    contrive, deceive, swindle
  39. Freudian slip
    accidental revelation of subconscious feelings
  40. glib
    articulate, voluble
  41. gregarious
    sociable
  42. harbinger
    precursor
  43. hedonistic
    sybaritic, voluptuary
  44. heresy
    unorthodoxy
  45. idiosyncratic
    quirky
  46. idyllic
    pleasant
  47. indelicate
    indecorous
  48. infinitesimal
    tiny
  49. insidious
    pernicious
  50. junket
    A journey taken for pleasure
  51. kitsch
    something pretentious and shallow showing a lack of good taste
  52. litany
    prolonged account
  53. lurid
    sensational, shocking
  54. Machiavellian
    devious
  55. malaise
    vague uneasiness
  56. malinger
    Avoid responsibilities and duties, e.g., by pretending to be ill
  57. mantra
    commonly repeated word or phrase
  58. maudlin
    mawkish
  59. mercenary
    hireling, soldier of fortune
  60. minimalist
    Advocating minimal reforms (as in government or politics)
  61. misnomer
    incorrect/unsuitable name
  62. narcissistic
    egotistic
  63. nirvana
    Any place of complete bliss and delight and peace
  64. non sequitur
    illogical statement
  65. nouveau riche
    A person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
  66. oblivion
    The state of being disregarded or forgotten
  67. ogle
    a lecherous look
  68. ostentatious
    grandiose
  69. ostracize
    outcast
  70. panacea
    universal cure
  71. paradox
    a statement that contradicts itself
  72. peevish
    splenetic, testy
  73. perfunctory
    Hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
  74. philistine
    lacking in or hostile to culture
  75. precocious
    Characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude)
  76. propriety
    decorum
  77. quid pro quo
    something for something
  78. quintessential
    Representing the perfect example of a class or quality
  79. red herring
    misleading clue
  80. revel
    bask, relish, savour
  81. rhetoric
    exaggerated speech
  82. scintillating
    brilliantly clever
  83. spartan
    austere
  84. stigma
    taint
  85. stoic
    unflappable, impassive
  86. suave
    sophisticated, urbane
  87. Svengali
    Someone (usually maleficent) who tries to persuade or force another person to do his bidding
  88. sycophant
    minion, groveler, bootlicker, brownnoser
  89. teetotaler
    A total abstainer
  90. t�te-�-t�te
    A private conversation between two people
  91. tirade
    diatribe
  92. tryst
    assignation
  93. ubiquitous
    pervasive, universal
  94. unrequited
    unreciprocated
  95. untenable
    indefensible, unjustifiable
  96. vicarious
    Experienced at secondhand
  97. vile
    unpleasant
  98. waft
    blow gently
  99. white elephant
    A valuable possession whose upkeep is excessively expensive
  100. zealous
    enthusiastic, fanatic

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