Words To Make Your Essay Sound Smart

1. Ennui

Definition: A feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement.

Synonym: You are like completely over it.

Said Like: änˈwē

Used Like: That date I went on last night was so bad that towards the end I was in a complete state of ennui lol.

2. Elucidate

Definition: to make (something) clear; explain.

Synonym: Wait what?

Said Like: iˈlo͞osiˌdāt

Used Like: He was all, “I need more space” so I asked him to elucidate because we live 400 miles apart. Am confused.

3. Obfuscate

Definition: render obscure, unclear, or unintelligible. Something you do when you don’t want to spill all your tea.

Synonym: A passcode on your iPhone so your boy/girlfriend can’t read your text messages.

Said Like: ˈäbfəˌskāt

Used Like: Wait, so how was the sex!! I’m going to need you to stop obfuscating the details!! This is what BFFs are for.

4. Liminal

Definition: occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold. neither here nor there but some place in the middle, like when you’ve been waiting on the subway for 10 minutes and you could either leave and just walk, but then the train would come as soon as you leave the turnstile. or you could punish yourself and wait who knows how much longer asking yourself WHY.

Synonym: I’m so drukop right now.

Said Like: ˈlimənl

Used Like: Dude, last night was so liminal. I was drunk and horny and sleepy all at the same time so I pretty much fell asleep mid-masturbation with my dick in my hand. No one saw. See Also: drunk texting.

5. Perfunctory

Definition: (of an action or gesture) carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection. also known as procrastination, doing something at the last minute, or giving zero fucks about tasks you’re expected to complete. why? because you maxim and relaxin!

Synonym: Something half-assed, lazy.

Said Like: pərˈfəNGktərē

Used Like: lol you’re getting a bad grade because there is perfunctory written all over this essay!!!

6. Equidistant

Definition: at equal distances. a special lie told when you are trying to get people to go to a place and you fib about exactly how far away it is.

Synonym: It’s 5 minutes away.

Said Like: ēkwiˈdistənt

Used Like: Well we could go there or we could go to my favorite place. They’re pretty much equidistant (a lie).

7. Polemical

Definition: of, relating to, or involving strongly critical, controversial, or disputatious writing or speech. most common traits: 5000 comments on a blog article. often results in television talk show appearances, book deals, short-lived reality television shows.

Synonym: When something goes viral. Also, hate clicking.

Said Like: pəˈlemikəl

Used Like: Wait you guys, did Anna put Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue just to be polemical you think??

8. Vitriol

Definition: cruel and bitter criticism. it’s also a type of acid, so.

Synonym: Throwing a pie in someone’s face. Snatching their wig because you hate them so much r/n.

Said Like: ˈvitrēəl,-ˌôl

Used Like: Don’t remind me about that asshole again. I can’t express the amount of vitriol I have for him.

9. Solipsistic

Definition: of or characterized by solipsism, or the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist. worse than narcissism. see also: every single reality television star ever.

Synonym: Facebook likes. Instagram hearts.

Said Like: sol-ip-sis-tik

Used Like: “OMG my new Facebook pic has like 10,000 likes!” “You’re so solipsistic, there are other people in the world you know!” “Whatever, u just mad!”

10. Tenuous

  • accolade

    a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

  • acrimony

    a rough and bitter manner

  • angst

    an acute but unspecific feeling of anxiety

  • anomaly

    deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule

  • antidote

    a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison

  • avant-garde

    radically new or original

  • baroque

    relating to an elaborately ornamented style of art and music

  • bona fide

    not counterfeit or copied

  • boondoggle

    work of little or no value done merely to look busy

  • bourgeois

    being of the property-owning class

  • bravado

    a swaggering show of courage

  • brogue

    a thick and heavy shoe

  • brusque

    marked by rude or peremptory shortness

  • Byzantine

    of or relating to or characteristic of the Byzantine Empire or the ancient city of Byzantium

  • cacophony

    loud confusing disagreeable sounds

  • camaraderie

    the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability

  • capricious

    determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

  • carte blanche

    complete freedom or authority to act

  • caustic

    capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action

  • charisma

    personal attractiveness that enables you to influence others

  • cloying

    overly sweet

  • deja vu

    the experience of thinking a new situation already occurred

  • dichotomy

    a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses

  • dilettante

    an amateur engaging in an activity without serious intention

  • disheveled

    in disarray; extremely disorderly

  • elan

    enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness

  • ennui

    the feeling of being bored by something tedious

  • epitome

    a standard or typical example

  • equanimity

    steadiness of mind under stress

  • equivocate

    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

  • esoteric

    understandable only by an enlightened inner circle

  • euphemism

    an inoffensive expression substituted for an offensive one

  • fait accompli

    an irreversible accomplishment

  • fastidious

    giving careful attention to detail

  • faux pas

    a socially awkward or tactless act

  • fiasco

    a complete failure or collapse

  • finagle

    achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

  • Freudian slip

    a slip-up that (according to Sigmund Freud) results from the operation of unconscious wishes or conflicts and can reveal unconscious processes in normal healthy individuals

  • glib

    artfully persuasive in speech

  • gregarious

    temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others

  • harbinger

    something indicating the approach of something or someone

  • hedonist

    someone motivated by desires for sensual pleasures

  • heresy

    a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion

  • idiosyncratic

    peculiar to the individual

  • idyllic

    charmingly simple and serene

  • indelicate

    slightly indecent, offensive, or improper

  • infinitesimal

    immeasurably small

  • insidious

    working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way

  • junket

    dessert made of sweetened milk coagulated with rennet

  • kitsch

    excessively garish or sentimental art

  • litany

    any long and tedious address or recital

  • lurid

    glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism

  • Machiavellian

    of or relating to amoral or conniving political principles

  • malaise

    a general feeling of discomfort, uneasiness, or depression

  • malinger

    avoid responsibilities and duties

  • mantra

    literally a `sacred utterance' in Vedism

  • maudlin

    effusively or insincerely emotional

  • mercenary

    a person hired to fight for another country than their own

  • minimalist

    a conservative advocating only minor reforms in government

  • misnomer

    an incorrect or unsuitable name

  • narcissist

    someone who is excessively self-centered

  • nirvana

    the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation

  • non sequitur

    a reply that has no relevance to what preceded it

  • nouveau-riche

    characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position

  • oblivion

    the state of being disregarded or forgotten

  • ogle

    look at with amorous intentions

  • ostentatious

    intended to attract notice and impress others

  • ostracize

    expel from a community or group

  • panacea

    hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases

  • paradox

    a statement that contradicts itself

  • peevish

    easily irritated or annoyed

  • perfunctory

    hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

  • philistine

    a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits

  • precocious

    characterized by exceptionally early development

  • propriety

    correct behavior

  • quid pro quo

    something for something

  • quintessential

    representing the perfect example of a class or quality

  • red herring

    diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue

  • revel

    take delight in

  • rhetoric

    study of the technique for using language effectively

  • scintillating

    having brief brilliant points or flashes of light

  • spartan

    unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment

  • stigma

    a symbol of disgrace or infamy

  • stoic

    seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive

  • suave

    having a sophisticated charm

  • Svengali

    someone (usually maleficent) who tries to persuade or force another person to do his bidding

  • sycophant

    a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage

  • teetotaler

    a total abstainer

  • tete-a-tete

    a private conversation between two people

  • tirade

    a speech of violent denunciation

  • tryst

    a secret rendezvous, especially between lovers

  • ubiquitous

    being present everywhere at once

  • unrequited

    not returned in kind

  • untenable

    incapable of being defended or justified

  • vicarious

    experienced at secondhand

  • vile

    morally reprehensible

  • waft

    a long flag; often tapering

  • white elephant

    a valuable possession whose upkeep is excessively expensive

  • zealous

    marked by active interest and enthusiasm

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