The Perfect Word.

15 Jun

The English Language is Chock-A-Block with Colorful and Illustrative Words That Can Be Used to Describe Any Situation. Below is a List of Some of These Expressively Precise Words That You May Not Know You Always Needed. 


Adroit [uh-DROYT]:

(Adj.) Cleverly skillful, resourceful and shrewd; socially at ease; expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body.

Amenable [uh-MEN-uh-bul]:

(Adj.) Agreeable; obedient; willing to give in to the wishes of another. Especially to the point of being a push-over.

Callipygian [kal-uh-pij-ee-uhn]:

(Adj.) Having shapely buttocks.

Chagrin [shuh-GRIN]:

(Noun).  Humiliation, shameful disappointment, embarrassed of one’s shortcomings.

Ex. “Much to my chagrin, I began to giggle during the eulogy at the funeral.”

Circuitous [sur-KYOO-uh-tus]:

(Adj.) Roundabout, circular, taking an indirect path.

This word is often used to describe political speech. Whereas a politician may make a circuitous argument by using a bunch of fancy words and cite axiomatic principles all the while never actually making a point.

Btw… Axiom: (Noun). A universally accepted principle or rule; a self-evident truth that requires no proof.

Didactic [dye-DAK-tik]:

(Adj.) Intended to teach, morally instructive, pedantic.

Didactic is often used in a negative way meaning overly preachy.

Empirical [em-PIR-uh-kul]:

(Adj.) Relying on actual experience or observations; not merely theoretical.

Fusillade [FYOO-suh-lahd]:

(Noun). A simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms; a general discharge or outpouring of anything.

Histrionic [his-tree-AHN-ik]:

(Adj.) Overly dramatic or theatrical.

A person displaying histrionic behavior is often doing so out of an excessive need for attention.

Ineffable [in-EF-uh-bul]:

(Adj.) Incapable of being expressed or described in words.

Insidious [in-SID-ee-uhs]:

(Adj.) Operating in a seemingly harmless manner but in fact deadly, stealthily treacherous or deceitful.

Ex. An insidious coward will be your best friend, shower you with praise and then strike at the first sign of  weakness.

Laconic [luh-KAHN-ik]:

(Adj.) Using few words, terse, especially to the point of seeming rude.

Machination [mak-uh-NAY-shun]:

(Noun). Scheming activity for an evil purpose.

Mercurial [mur-KYOOR-ee-ul]:

(Adj.) Emotionally unpredictable, volatile and lively;  characterized by rapid and often extreme changeability of mood.

Misanthrope [MIS-un-throhp]:

(Noun). Hater of mankind.

Moribund [MAWR-uh-buhnd]:

(Adj.) Dying, on the verge of extinction, stagnant.

Obstreperous [uhb-strep-er-uhs]:

(Adj.) Loudly defiant and unruly; noisy or rough, especially when resisting control.

Philistine [FIL-i-steen]:

 (Noun). A smugly ignorant person with no appreciation of intellectual or artistic matters; a person contentedly commonplace in ideas and tastes.

Btw… Smug: (Adj.) Contentedly confident of one’s ability, superiority, or correctness; complacent. Excessively self-satisfied or complacent.

Pyrrhic [PIR-ik]:

(Adj.) Victory at a great loss.

Named after King Pyrrhus of Epirus who is famed to have said after an extremely costly victory against Rome, “One more such victory and we are lost.”

Quixotic [kwik-SAHT-ik]:

(Adj.) Romantic or idealistic to a foolish or impractical degree.

From the 17th century Spanish novel, Don Quixote.

Rancor [RANG-ker]:

(Noun). Lasting resentment or bitterness.

Renascent [ri-NAS-uhnt]: 

(Adj.) Showing renewed life or vigor. 

Sesquipedalian [ses-kwi-pi-DEY-lee-uhn]:

(Adj.) Tending to using long words; having many syllables.

Sisyphean [sis-uh-fee-uhn]:

(Adj.) Endless and toilsome. Ineffective and yet continuous. Any task which has no end and yet is futile.

From the Greek mythological story of King Sisyphus who had upset the gods and was therefore condemned to spend all of eternity pushing a large boulder up a steep hill only to have it fall to the other side where he would repeat the process.

Sophistry [sof-uh-stree]:

(Noun) Logic or reasoning that is both clever and appealing but ultimately unsound.

Specious [SPEE-shuhs]:

(Adj.) Seemingly true, but is actually misleading and false; pleasing to the eye but deceptive.

Uxorious [uhk-sohr-ee-uhs]:

(Adj.) Doting upon, foolishly fond of, or affectionately submissive toward one’s wife.

Venal [VEEN-ul]:

(Adj.) Capable of being bribed; willing to do anything for money, corrupt.

See also: Great Latin Quotes & Sayings Everyone Should Know.


By the way, when I ran spellcheck on this list WordPress didn’t recognize several of these as words. It made me laugh so I had to mention it.

4 Responses to “The Perfect Word.”

  1. J.D. St. Michaels June 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    Any good word submissions??

  2. aqworlds hacks November 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm #


  3. Blake October 15, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    Insidious. Excellent word.


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