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100+ Of The Best Cool Words For Speaking And Writing

Attention word nerds! These words are beautiful when you say them out loud or write them out. Plus, they make you look smart when you incorporate them into your everyday vocabulary. Scan this list of cool sounding words to see how many you already know, and which ones you can add to your own speech and writing.

Acceptance

(n) The action of consenting to receive or undertake something offered

Acquiesce

(v) To accept something reluctantly but without protest

Amenable

(adj.) Open and responsive to suggestion

Amicable

(adj.) Friendly

Apprehensive

(adj.) Anxious or fearful that something bad / unpleasant will happen

Authentic

(adj.) Genuine

Autonomy

(n) The right or condition of self-government

Benevolent

(n) Well meaning and kindly

Bombast

(n) High-sounding language with little meaning

Cacophony

(n) A harsh, discordant mixture of sounds

Candor

(n) The quality of being open and honest in expression

Cathedral

(n) The principal church of diocese, with which a bishop is officially associated

Chivalrous

(adj.) Courteous and gallant, especially toward females.

Collusion

(n) Secret or even illegal cooperation or conspiracy

Consent

(n) Permission for something to happen

Contemplate

Cool Words: Contemplate

(v) To think about, or look thoughtfully for awhile

Contumacious

(adj.) Stubbornly of willfully disobedient towards authority figures

Cogent

(adj.) Clear, logical, and convincing

Copulate

(v) To have sexual intercourse

Cornucopia

(n) A symbol of plenty consisting made up of a goat’s horn overflowing with flowers, fruit, and corn.

Corpulent

(adj.) Fat

Correct

(adj.) In accordance with truth

Curmudgeon

(n) A surly person

Deliberate

(adj.) Done with intent

Discombobulated

Discombobulated

(adj.) Confused

Dismember

(v) Partitioned

Distinguished

(adj.) Authoritative and commanding respect

Dogged

(adj.) Tenacious or persistent

Draconic

(adj.) Excessively severed

Effervescence

(n) Bubbles in a liquid, or enthusiasm

Elegant

(adj.) Graceful / stylish in appearance and / or manner

Elicit

(v) To draw out in response to one’s own actions or questions

Eloquent

(adj.) Fluent or persuasive in speech or written word

Elusive

(adj.) Difficult to catch or pin down

Ephemeral

(adj.) Lasting for only a short time

Epic

(adj.) Characteristic of an epic (a long work portraying heroic deeds and adventures)

Epiphany

(n) A moment of sudden revelation or great insight

Epitome

(n) A person / thing that perfectly exemplifies a particular quality or type

Esteemed

(adj.) Respected or admired

Ethereal

(adj.) Delicate in a way that seems too perfect for this world

Euphemism

(n) A gentle word or expression used in place of one considered to be overly harsh or blunt

Euphoric

Euphoric

(adj.) Characterized by intense excitement

Evade

(v) To escape or avoid

Exceptional

(adj.) Unusual, outstanding

Excommunicate

(v) To officially exclude

Exonerate

(v) To free from blame

Facetious

(adj.) Flippant

Flabbergasted

Flabbergasted

(adj.) Astonished

Frivolous

(adj.) Without serious purpose or value

Gargantuan

(adj.) Enormous

Gregarious

(adj.) Particularly sociable

Hyperbolic

(adj.) Exaggerated

Incendiary

(adj.) Intended to stir things up

Ineffable

(adj.) Too extreme to be expressed in words

Inevitable

(adj.) Unavoidable

Inextricable

(adj.) Impossible to disentangle or escape from

Intricate

(adj.) Incredibly detailed

Intrinsic

(adj.) Belonging by nature, essential

Introspective

(adj.) Characterized by or given to deep thought

Irrevocably

(adj.) In a way that can’t be changed or reversed.

Lament

(v) A passionate expression of sorrow

Latitude

(n) Room for freedom of action or thought

Limerence

Limerence

(n) The state of being infatuated with someone

Luminescence

(n) The emission of light by a substance that has not been heated

Magnanimous

(adj.) Incredibly generous or forgiving, often towards a rival or a less powerful person

Magenta

(adj.) A light purplish red color

Magnetic

(adj.) Demonstrating the properties of a magnet

Malleable

(adj.) Pliable

Melancholy

(n) Pensive sadness

Merciful

(adj.) Exhibiting mercy

Mindfulness

(n) The quality or state of being aware of something

Moist

(adj.) Somewhat wet

Naiveté

(n) Lack of experience, wisdom or sophistication

Nefarious

(adj.) Wicked

Nougat

(n) A candy made from sugar or honey, nuts, and egg white.

Notorious

(adj.) Famous or well-known, typically for a bad reason

Nuanced

(adj.) Characterized by subtle shades of meaning

Oeuvre

(n) The entire body of works of an artists, musician or writer

Oscillate

(v) To move or swing back and forth

Pensive

(adj.) Engaged in serious thought

Perfidious

(adj.) Deceitful or unworthy of trust

Periwinkle

(adj.) A purple-blue color

Perspective

(n) A point of view or attitude towards something

Perplexed

(adj.) Utterly baffled

Peruse

(v) To examine carefully and at length

Petrichor

(n) The pleasant scent that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell

Poetic

(adj.) Having an imaginative or sensitively emotional style of expression

Prophetic

(adj.) Accurately predictive of future events

Quixotic

(adj.) Exceedingly idealistic or impractical

Quintessentially

(adv.) Used to emphasize the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class

Relentless

(adj.) Oppressively constant

Remarkable

(adj.) Worthy of attention

Resolute

(adj.) Admirably purposeful

Resplendent

Resplendent

(adj.) Attractive and impressive through being especially colorful or sumptuous

Revere

(v) To feel deep honor, respect, or admiration for something

Ricochet

(v) To rebound off of a surface

Rigorous

(adj.) Thorough, exhaustive, or accurate

Riveting

(adj.) Utterly engrossing or compelling

Rotund

(adj.) Plump

Ruminate

(v) To think deeply about something

Salvation

(n) Preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss

Sanguine

(adj.) Given to optimism, especially in the midst of a trying situation

Scope

(n) The extent of the area or subject matter something deals with

Scrutinize

(v) To examine or inspect closely

Scurrilous

(adj.) Humorously insulting

Serendipitous

(adj.) Occurring or discovered by chance in a beneficial way

Slippery

(adj.) Difficult to grasp, evasive

Skedaddle

(v) To depart quickly or hurriedly

Splendiferous

(adj.) Magnificent

Sprightly

Cool Word: Sprightly

(adj.) Lively

Stellar

(adj.) Outstanding

Superfluous

(adj.) Unnecessary

Surreptitious

(adj.) Kept secret, especially because of potential disapproval

Sustainable

(adj.) Able to be maintained at a certain rate or level

Swimmingly

(adv.) Smoothly and satisfactorily

Tact

(n) Sensitivity in dealing with others

Tenacious

(adj.) Unwillingness to relinquish a certain position, principle, or course of action

Toxic

Toxic

(adj.) Poisonous

Transcendent

Transcendent

(adj.) Beyond the scope of normal human experience

Trepidation

(n) A fear or anxiety about something that might happen

Twisted

(adj.) Crumpled, sprained, or unpleasantly abnormal

Unshakable

(adj.) Unable to be questioned or disputed

Vacillate

(v) To waver between different opinions or actions; indecision

Vehement

(adj.) Passionate, intense

Vicarious

(adj.) Experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person

Vindictive

(adj.) Demonstrating a strong or unreasonable desire of revenge

Vivacious

(adj.) Animated, attractively lively

Voluptuous

(adj.) Characterized by sensual pleasure or luxury

Vortex

(n) A mass of whirling fluid or air

Woo

(v) To try to gain someone’s love or affection

Xenophobia

(adj.) Intense dislike or fear of people from other countries

Zealous

(adj.) Demonstrating great energy or enthusiasm

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