52 Interesting Words to Know

2 words for each letter in the alphabet. The words are fun to say and have a cool meaning. 52 words that make you sound smart when you use them.These words are great vocabulary builders.


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  1. zenith

    the point above the observer directly opposite the nadir
  2. zealot

    a fervent and even militant proponent of something
  3. yearn

    desire strongly or persistently
  4. yawner

    a person who yawns
  5. xenophobia

    a fear of foreigners or strangers
  6. x-axis

    the horizontal axis in a plane coordinate system
  7. wonky

    turned or twisted toward one side
  8. wanton

    a lewd or immoral person
  9. vermillion

    of a vivid red to reddish-orange color
  10. vague

    lacking clarity or distinctness
  11. unique

    the single one of its kind
  12. uncanny

    surpassing the ordinary or normal
  13. tenacious

    stubbornly unyielding
  14. tangible

    perceptible by the senses, especially the sense of touch
  15. serene

    not agitated
  16. saquinavir

    a weak protease inhibitor used in treating HIV
  17. rhetorical

    relating to using language effectively
  18. rambunctious

    noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
  19. quixotic

    not sensible about practical matters
  20. quell

    suppress or crush completely
  21. pique

    call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response
  22. paradigm

    a standard or typical example
  23. oxymoron

    conjoined contradictory terms
  24. optimistically

    with optimism; in an optimistic manner
  25. nostalgic

    unhappy about being away and longing for familiar things
  26. narrative

    an account that tells the particulars of an act or event
  27. misanthrope

    someone who dislikes people in general
  28. melancholy

    a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
  29. lucid

    transparently clear; easily understandable
  30. lethargic

    deficient in alertness or activity
  31. ken

    range of what one can know or understand
  32. karma

    effects of one's actions that determine his or her destiny
  33. jurisdiction

    the territory within which power can be exercised
  34. jejune

    lacking interest or significance or impact
  35. irony

    incongruity between what might be expected and what occurs
  36. integrity

    an undivided or unbroken completeness with nothing wanting
  37. hypnosis

    a state that resembles sleep induced by suggestion
  38. hyperbole

    extravagant exaggeration
  39. guise

    an artful or simulated semblance
  40. gallivant

    wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
  41. fortitude

    strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity
  42. fervent

    characterized by intense emotion
  43. esoteric

    understandable only by an enlightened inner circle
  44. empathy

    understanding and entering into another's feelings
  45. dubious

    fraught with uncertainty or doubt
  46. disposition

    your usual mood
  47. cynical

    believing the worst of human nature and motives
  48. capricious

    determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity
  49. bypass

    avoid something
  50. benevolent

    showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding
  51. ambiguous

    having more than one possible meaning
  52. alliteration

    use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word
Created on January 4, 2013
(updated January 4, 2013)