Intelligent Words Used by Smart People

You have been learning different and new words on a regular basis. But have you ever thought which of them would actually make you sound smart? We always try to make use of sophisticated words instead of plain words. It helps us to stand out from the crowd. It will leave your audience wanting more of your enriching vocabulary. Moreover, it will make the conversation more convivial.

We have prepared a list of more than 30 words that are very stylish in a way they sound. We hope you’ll like them.

English Words to Make You Sound Smart

accolade an award or privilege granted as a special honor or as an acknowledgment of merit.
acrimony bitterness or ill-feeling.
angst a feeling of deep anxiety or dread, typically an unfocused one about the human condition or the state of the world in general.
anomaly something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected.
avant-garde new and experimental ideas and methods in art, music, or literature.
antidote medicine is taken or given to counteract a particular poison.


baroque highly ornate and extravagant in style
bonafide genuine; real
boondoggle an unnecessary, wasteful, or fraudulent project.
bourgeois belonging to or characteristic of the middle class, typically with reference to its perceived materialistic values or conventional attitudes.
bravado a bold manner or a show of boldness intended to impress or intimidate.
brogue a strong outdoor shoe with ornamental perforated patterns in the leather.
brusque abrupt or offhand in speech or manner.
byzantine characterized by deviousness or underhand procedure
carte blanche complete freedom to act as one wishes.
cacophony a harsh discordant mixture of sounds.
camaraderie mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together.
capricious given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior.
caustic sarcastic in a scathing and bitter way.
charisma compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others.
déjà vu a feeling of having already experienced the present situation.
dichotomy a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.
dilettante a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge.
disheveled make (a person’s hair or clothes) untidy.
élan energy, style, and enthusiasm
ennui a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement.
epitome a person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type.
equanimity calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation.
equivocate use ambiguous language so as to conceal the truth or avoid committing oneself.
esoteric intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with specialized knowledge or interest.
euphemism a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.
fastidious very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail.
faux pas an embarrassing or tactless act or remark in a social situation.
Fiasco a complete failure, especially a ludicrous or humiliating one.
Finagle obtain by dishonest or devious means.
Elucidate make (something) clear; explain.
Obfuscate make obscure, unclear, or unintelligible.
Perfunctory (of an action) carried out without real interest, feeling, or effort.
Insidious proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with very harmful effects.
Machiavellian cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous, especially in politics
Oblivion It is the state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening around one.
Scintillating Someone who is brilliantly and excitingly clever or skillful.
Paradox Basically, a paradox is a seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated may prove to be well-founded or true.
Vicarious It is experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person.


simple and serene


indecent, offensive, or improper


made of sweetened milk coagulated with rennet


prayer led by priesthood with responses from audiences


mild sickness or depression feeling


A sacred utterance or poetic hymn in Vedism

Maud in

insincerely emotional


person hired to fight for another country


conservative advocating only minor reforms in government


An incorrect and unsuitable name


Someone who is excessively self-centered


A climate beyond the rebirth cycle

Non Sequitur

An answer that has nothing to do with what preceded it


A state of neglect or forgetfulness


Stare or look, especially for romantic purposes


It is intended to attract attention and impress others


Dismiss from the community or group


A proven remedy for all ailments or diseases


Self-contradictory statement


Easy irritability


Ignoring details; not entirely


Someone who is not interested in pursuing wisdom


Small and insignificant


It is characterized by premature development


Proper behavior

Quid Pro Quo

Something given instead of another


Represents an excellent example of class or quality

Red Herring

Something is intended to distract attention from the main subject


Take delight in


A study of strategy for effective use of language


Having short glittering points or a glow of light


Do not hold back or compromise with discipline or judgment


A sign of shame or insult


Having a sophisticated charm


To be either to show arrogance or to be arrogant


Someone who tries to please someone in order to benefit


A person who does not drink alcohol


Speech of suspicion of violence


Secret dating, especially romance


Being everywhere at once


Not returned by type


Inability to protect oneself or to be forgiven


Using or containing too many words


Moral suspicion


Marked by active interest and enthusiasm


Working on some interesting and sophisticated words does not mean that you have to memorize all those words and start using them all at once. The aim is to strengthen your vocabulary in a more creative way. It will be the first thing that will help you on your quest. 

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