Just The Right Words List

Whether its a meeting or just a social interaction, attention spans can be exceedingly short and many times you only have a few moments to make a point. Using concise and exact words to convey a message will help captivate the audience. It piques interest and engages the listener to want to know more about your topic.

Present with confidence and brevity by having a solid range of these vocabulary words in your think tank.

A
  • Abysmal

    Extremely awful and appalling.

  • Accent de gue

    A French accent mark that can gives a French word it's pronunciation, meaning or several purposes in the language.

  • Acclimated

    Become accustomed to a new climate or to new conditions.

  • Adaptation

  • Ad hoc

    A Latin phrase meaning literally "for this". In English, it generally signifies a solution to be adapted when necessary or needed.

  • Affirmation

    The action or process of affirming something or being affirmed.

  • A La Mode

    Served with ice cream.

  • Alienated

    Experiencing or inducing feelings of isolation or estrangement.

  • Aloof

    Not friendly or forthcoming; cool and distant.

  • Anecdote

    A short amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person.

  • Anaphylactic

    A severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.

  • Antidisestablishmentarianism

    Being against the ideology that opposes the current establishment. Pretty much a double negative. Also, the longest word in the English language.

  • Anhedonia

    Lost interest in activities that used to be enjoy and have a decreased ability to feel pleasure.

  • Antiquarianism

    Pertaining to ancient times.

  • A Salam a Lakum

    Muslim greeting: God grant you peace, how do you do and a good day to you.

  • Ascertain

    To find out with certainty or assurance.

  • Assimilate

    To become part of a group, country, society by taking in and understanding information, ideas and culture.

  • Astute

    A keen ability to notice and understand things clearly.

  • Audition

    A demonstration of one's suitability and skill for a role or job as a singer, actor, dancer or musician.

  • Axiomatic

    Self-evident or unquestionable.

B
  • Banditos

    Italian word for bandit.

  • Bedazzling

    Create a striking appearance by adding sparkles, rhinestones, glitter, stars and beads.

  • Beguiled

    To charm or enchant someone in a deceptive way.

  • Behoove

    A duty or responsibility for someone to do something; it is incumbent on.

  • Bequeath

    Leave a personal estate to beneficiary by a will.

  • Bonanza

    An exceptionally large and rich mineral deposit.

  • Bountiful

    large and abundant in quantity.

  • Brandish

    To wave or flourish something, especially a weapon as a threat.

  • Brevity

    Concise and exact use of words in writing or speech.

  • Bushwa

    Slang means nonsense, rubbish, bunkum and hooey.

C
  • Cadence

    A modulation or inflection of the voice.

  • Captivate

  • Castigated

  • Cattywampus

  • Causation

  • Charlestons

  • Cliche

    A phrase or opinion that is overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect.

  • Convention

  • Cordially

  • Correlation

D
  • Debacle

  • Debonair

  • Debutantes

    An aristocratic or upper-class young woman making her first appearance in fashionable society.

  • Deduced

  • Demographic

  • Depicting

  • Differentiator

  • Diphthong

    Also known as a gliding vowel, is a combination of two adjacent vowel sounds within the same syllable, in which the sound begins as one vowel and moves toward another (as in coin, loud, and side)

  • Donkashane

  • Doppelganger

  • Duplicitous

E
  • Eavesdropping

  • Emulating

    Imitate with effort to equal or surpass.

  • Empathy

  • Enunciate

  • Espousing

  • Euphoria

F
  • Falsetto

    A method of signing that is based on the vocal cords being disconnected. Used especially by tenors, to sing notes higher than their normal range. Opposite of chest voice or head voice method.

  • Figurehead

  • Flotsam and Jetsam

  • Federally

    By means of the central government as distinguished from the separate units constituting a federation.

  • Faberge Egg

G
  • Gallivanting

    Go around from one place to another in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment.

  • Gamma Ray Burst

    They are the brightest electromagnetic events known to occur in the universe.

  • Gazebo

  • Gerrymander

  • Grazie

    Means thank you very much in Italian.

H
  • Hoosegow

    Old American slang term for a jail.

  • Huba Balu

  • Hygiene Hypothesis

    Lack of early childhood exposure to infectious agents, symbiotic microorganisms.

  • Hypocrisy

I
  • Inadvertently

    Without intention or accidentally.

  • Incendiary

    Tending to excite or inflame: Inflammatory incendiary speeches.

  • Infamous

  • Inquisitive

  • Interject

  • Intermacanations

  • Intersperse

  • Intervention

    The action or process of intervening.

J
  • Juniper

    An evergreen tree that has soft needles and small, blue berries at the end of the branches.

K
  • Kalahari

    A Desert in Southern Africa covering much of Botswana, parts of Namibia and regions of South Africa.

L
  • Livid

    Furiously angry.

  • Lookylew

M
  • Magical Cherubs

    Resembled a small, human child with angel-like wings.

  • Masquerading

  • Melancholy

  • Melange

  • Menial

  • Mnemonic

    A learning technique that aids information such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations to help remember something.

  • Muddle

N
  • Naturally

  • Naysayers

  • Nolo Contendere

  • Non Sequitur

    is something said that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement. Because of its apparent lack of meaning relative to what preceded it, it seems absurd to the point of being humorous or confusing. Is often used for comedic purposes.

  • Nostalgia

O
  • Osprey

P
  • Palooka

    An inexperienced or incompetent boxer.

  • Panache

  • Paradox

    A statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true.

  • Pejorative

    Expressing contempt or disapproval.

  • Plethora

  • Pole Pot

  • Pontificate

    To speak or express opinions in a pompous or dogmatic way.

  • Por Favor

  • Posh

    Elegant or fashionable.

  • Prancercise

    A holistic fitness method based on a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward.

  • Preposterous

  • Prestige

  • Privy

  • Propensity

Q
  • Quagmire

    A soft boggy area of land that gives way underfoot.

R
  • Reediness

  • Regale

    To entertain lavishly or agreeably with amusing delight.

  • Reprimanded

  • Resilient

  • Resolution

S
  • Sardonic

    Grimly mocking or cynical.

  • Schlepping

    Haul or carry something heavy or awkward.

  • Scorn

  • Semantics

    The branch of linguistics and logic concerned with meaning.

  • Shellacking

  • Slather

    Spread or smear a substance thickly or liberally.

  • Snafu

  • Specificity

    The quality or state of being specific.

  • Supplicate

  • Surreptitious

    Kept a secret, especially because it would not be approved of.

  • Swanky

    Stylishly, luxurious and expensive.

T
  • Tantalizing

    Tormenting or teasing with the sight or promise of something unobtainable.

  • Tenacity

  • Transposing

U
  • Ubiquitous

    Existing or being everywhere at the same time.

  • Unmitigated

    Unqualified or absolute: An unmitigated bore.

  • Untethered

  • Utopia

V
  • Vapid

  • Vaya Con Dios

    Spanish meaning, go with God.

  • Vernacular

W
  • Whimsical

    Playfully quaint or fanciful, especially in an appealing and amusing way.

X
  • Xenith

    The point of the celestial sphere that is directly opposite the nadir and vertically above the observer.

Y
  • Yodeling

    A form of singing which involves repeated and rapid changes of pitch between the low-pitch and the high-pitch.

Z
  • Zendo

    A place where Zen Buddhists meditate and study.