Words you should know to sound smart

For those aspiring to be leaders, writers and nouveau communicators, words bring power, persuasion and precocity. They also lend eloquence, expression and effrontery with frons (head). This book (the blog title is the book’s) by Robert W. Bly serves as a guide for aspiring intellectuals. Pronouncing words correctly levels up your oratory to new heights and if your blessed with that deep sonorous voice, you’re bound to be on the pedestal to entertain, charm and claim the audience and hence give words to thoughts.

Some words that caught my attention from this tome and I think these could perhaps make you (seem) intellectual:

  1. ad nauseam (ad-NAW-see-um) adverb – something dome over and over again to a sickening degree (to level of creating nausea)
  2. akimbo (adverb) – hands on hips and elbows turned outward
  3. antecedent (noun) – ancestor of existing product or idea, etc.
  4. apostasy (noun) – The act of abandoning, ignoring, or openly flaunting an accepted principle or belief
  5. autodidact (noun) – a self educated person
  6. beleaguer (verb) – To persistently surround, harass, or pester until you get what you want
  7. bespoke (adjective) – custom made for a particular client
  8. bête noire (noun_ – a thing for which one has intense dislike or great fear; a dread enemy or foe
  9. bonhomie (noun) – a good natured, genial manner
  10. byzantine (adjective) – a convoluted plan; a scheme that is overly complicated, a puzzle or task that’s difficult
  11. cabal (nou8n) – a underground society, secret religious sect or other private group assembled for a purpose hidden from those around them
  12. carouse (verb) – to engage in boisterous social activity
  13. catharsis (noun) – The purging of senses through tragic drama or through music; or in general a discharge of negative emotions
  14. cogent (adjective) – a case of argument present in a reasoned, well thought out, logical, compelling and persuasive argument
  15. coquette (noun) – a woman dresses promiscuously or flirts to make men think she is sexually available when in fact she has no intention of sleeping with them
  16. defunct (adj) – an institution or object that has ceased to exist
  17. denouement (noun) – the conclusion of a complex series of events
  18. de riqueur (adj) – conforming to current standards of behavior, fashion, style and etiquette
  19. deus ex machine (noun) – a stroke of good luck, an unexpected and fortunate event solving a problem or saving someone from disaster
  20. diffident (adj) – To be uncertain or unsure about making a decision or taking an action; to lack confidence and boldness
  21. echelon (noun) – a level of command or authority
  22. elephantine (adj) – large and clumsy; similar to elephant
  23. entropy (noun) – the tendency of any system to run down and revert to total chaos
  24. epiphany (noun)  – a sudden and unexpected insight that seems to come from nowhere and throws great illumination on a subject previously not well understood
  25. eponymous (adj) – To be named after something
  26. factotum (noun) – a person who does many different types of work or activities
  27. fastidious (adj) – to place great importance in even the smallest of details
  28. faux pas (noun) – a serious breach of social protocol or etiquette
  29. fillibuster (noun) – making a prolonged speech or using other tactics to delay legislative actions or other important decisions
  30. fungible (adj) – freely exchangeable for another of like nature; interchangeable
  31. gambit (noun) – a remark used to redirect a conversation; or , a maneuver used to seek advantage
  32. gamine (noun) – a girl with boyish demeanor and mischievous nature who is somehow still appealing
  33. genteel (adj) – well-bred and possessing a refined temperament
  34. gestalt (noun) – a unified whole
  35. guile (noun) – deceitful cunning; trickery
  36. habeas corpus (noun) – challenge before a judge whether a confinement is lawful or proper
  37. halcyon (adj) – calm, peaceful, carefree and prosperous
  38. hapless (adj) – unlucky and unfortunate
  39. harangue (noun) – verbally accost; yell at; berate
  40. hubris (noun) – to possess pride, arrogance, or conceit not justified by reality
  41. imbroglio (noun) – colloquially referred to as a ‘sticky situation’
  42. impleach (verb) – entwine
  43. impugn (verb) – to attack as false or wrong
  44. inchoate (adj) – not fully developed
  45. inimical (adj) – something working in opposition to your goal; having an harmful effect, particularly on an enterprise or endeavor
  46. innocuous (adj) – not harmful or offensive; innocent, incidental and hardly noticeable
  47. invious (adj) – pristine
  48. jocund (adj) – having a jest for life; possessing a positive attitude and desire to enjoy life
  49. kowtow (verb) – to give in to someone’s every wish
  50. knell (noun) – The sound of a bell when rung solemnly
  51. labrose (noun) – having thick or large lips
  52. lachrymose (adj) – describes someone who cries at the drop of a hat
  53. lascivious (adj) – interested in and eager to engage in sexual activity
  54. litany (noun) – a prolonged or boring account
  55. lupine (noun) – having a characteristics of a wolf
  56. macrobian (adj) – long-lived
  57. magna carta (noun) – any constitution that guarantees rights and liberties
  58. mercurial (adj) – volatile, fickle and erratic
  59. milieu (noun) – surroundings, especially surroundings of a social or cultural nature
  60. misogyny (noun) – an intense hatred of women
  61. nemesis (noun) – an opponent one is unable o defeat
  62. neophyte (noun) – a beginner or novice
  63. nimbus (noun) – a halo surrounding the head of a saint or other holy person
  64. nonplussed (adj) – not being bothered by commotion
  65. nubile (adj) – Of sexually developed and attractive youth
  66. obsequious (adj) – subservient; eager to listen and please others to an excessive degree
  67. obvert  (verb) – turn something to show a different surface
  68. ogle (verb) – to look at in an amorous or impertinent way
  69. opus (noun) a major work of music written by a composer – magnum opus
  70. ostensibly (adj) – something has been done for what would seem an obvious reason
  71. palpable (adj) – presence is impossible to ignore
  72. pantheon (n oun) – a group of gods or a group of important people in a particular field or region
  73. penitent (adj) – feeling sorry or regretful that you have done something wrong
  74. poultice (noun) – a home remedy for physical injuries
  75. puerile (adj) – immature, babyish, infantile
  76. quaff (verb) – to drink with gusto and in large volume
  77. quixotic (noun) – idealist or impractical or both, seemingly unreachable or extremely ambitious
  78. quotidian (adj) – familiar; commonplace; nothing out of ordinary
  79. quid pro quo – a favor given in return for something in equal value
  80. quiver (verb) – tremble and shake from fear
  81. raison d’etre (noun) – the core reason why something exists
  82. raconteur (noun) – someone who enjoys telling stories, does so frequently and is good at it
  83. rapacity (noun) – greed for wealth, fame and success even at the expense of others
  84. reticent (adj) – reluctance to openly express one’s thoughts, feelings and opinions
  85. rue (verb) – to repent of and regret bitterly
  86. sapient (adj) – wise, sagacious
  87. savoir faire (noun) – an evident sense of confidence, optimism and proficiency in the task at hand
  88. sentient (adj) – possessing enough intelligence to be self-aware
  89. sinecure (noun) – a job or office without regular duties but with regular pay; a position requiring labor but conveying prestige or status to one who holds it
  90. suffrage (adj) – the right to vote in political elections
  91. taciturn (adj) – reserved, a person with few words
  92. tantamount (adj) – equivalent in value or effect
  93. tincture (noun) – a trace amount or slight tinge
  94. totem (noun) – anything that serves as a venerated symbol
  95. tryst (noun) – an appointment made by lovers to meet at a certain place and time
  96. uberty (noun) – abundance
  97. unbosom – to reveal feelings or what one knows
  98. unctuous (adj) – possessing an untrustworthy or dubious nature, characterized by insincere manner
  99. upbraid (verb) – to censure or find fault with
  100. uxorious (adj) – dotting on one’s wife to an excessive degree
  101. vapid (adj) – dull, void of intellectual curiosity
  102. vers libre (noun) – free verse, a style of poetry requiring no rhyme or meter
  103. visage (noun) – face or overall appearance
  104. visceral (adj) – an immediate and strong gut reaction, a quickly formed opinion, based mainly on instinct and usually negative in nature
  105. vox populi (noun) – expression of prevailing mood, concerns and opinions in a country
  106. waggish (adj) – joking, witty and mischievous
  107. wanton (adj) – lose, lascivious and lewd
  108. wangle (verb) – to accomplish by underhand methods
  109. wistful (adj) – yearning, pensive, having unfulfilled desire
  110. wuthering (adj) – moving with force or impetus
  111. xenophile (noun) – someone attracted to foreign styles, customs, manners, etc.
  112. yammer (verb) – to whine or complain loudly and at length
  113. yare (adj) – quick and agile and lively
  114. yawp (verb) – a raucous, clamorous noise, or to make such a noise
  115. yob (noun) – a cruel and loutish young man: a bully
  116. zealot (noun) – a rabid follower, a fanatical advocate
  117. zeitgeist (ZITE-gahyst) noun – The prevailing viewpoints, attitudes and beliefs of a given generation or period in history
  118. zelig (noun) – a chameleon-like person who seems omnipresent
  119. zest (noun) – extreme enjoyment, a lust for life
  120. zonk (verb) – to stun or stupefy