9 words to add to your vocab to sound more intelligent

Looking for ways to sound more intelligent? Then, examining the words you use on a daily basis might be a great start. 

It turns out that the words we use directly impact how others perceive us. But enriching your vocab with new words, and mastering how to use them at the right place and time will make you appear more intelligent. 

Most importantly, these words will also make you feel more intelligent. 

So get ready — you’re about to discover the power of 9 words to leave a lasting impression.

1) Resilient

Have you ever heard the term “resilience“? If you’re into personal development, chances are that you’ve come across this powerful word. 

Well, positive psychologists, self-growth gurus, and many other successful individuals from different walks of life often use the word “resilient” while discussing psychological well-being, coping with stress, or overcoming challenges. 

But what does it really mean, and how can adding it to your vocabulary benefit you?

Here’s the thing:

Using the word “resilience” indicates that you understand the latest trends in positive psychology and personal development niches. This, in turn, indicates that you constantly try to work on yourself, improve your mindset, and overcome obstacles in your path.

Sounds impressive, right?

That’s why I’m sure adding the word “resilient” to your vocab will help you create a lasting impression and demonstrate your dedication to personal growth.

And what’s more, I’m sure using this simple word on an everyday basis will also help you embody resilience in your actions and mindset.

2) Ubiquitous

Ever noticed that our world is full of repeating patterns?

If so, adding one particular word to your vocab can help you sound intelligent while speaking about widespread phenomena.

“Ubiquitous” is a word that allows you to describe something present, appearing, or found everywhere.

For example, in a tech-saturated society, we can say that smartphones are ubiquitous. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

Still, you need to know that using the term “ubiquitous” suggests much more than just the prevalence of an item or a trend.

It reflects your awareness of the global nature of phenomena and your keen observational skills in recognizing such patterns. 

So, if you’re ready to showcase your analytical abilities and point out how you can identify the widespread occurrence of concepts, ideas, or items, use the term “ubiquitous”.

The best part is that using this word indicates one thing: you’re not just describing a fact, but also hinting at your comprehensive awareness and understanding of the larger picture.

3) Ennui

This one might sound a bit French, and for a good reason – it is. 

“Ennui” is a term we’ve borrowed from the French for one simple purpose — to capture a sentiment that’s far more complex than simple boredom. 

And we do frequently get bored, right? The sad thing is that sometimes we don’t know how to express that feeling in a way that does justice to its depth and complexity. 

That’s why I suggest adding “ennui” to your everyday vocab. 

If you’re like me and want to have a gloomy word for those days when boredom evolves into a deeper sense of indifference, then “ennui” is your word. 

It perfectly captures a profound feeling of dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement.

Still, don’t think of it as just a way to express gloom. Here’s the interesting part:

“Ennui” isn’t your regular kind of boredom; it’s a more nuanced, existential form of emotion. 

Therefore, using “ennui” in your conversations demonstrates your emotional intelligence and capacity to handle complex feelings.

4) Serendipity

Have you watched a movie called “Serendipity” starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale?

Frankly, it’s one of my favorites! And not just for the romance but also for the delicious dash of sarcasm that underlines the magical notion of destiny and chance encounters.

Yes, I do believe in coincidences but this is not something we’re here to discuss right now.

The reason why I referenced this movie is that it beautifully exemplifies the concept of “serendipity” — a term coined from a Persian fairy tale about three princes from the Isle of Serendip who had a knack for making fortunate discoveries unexpectedly.

Sounds intriguing? 

Well, you can simply add this word to your vocabulary and use it whenever you stumble upon something good or beneficial by chance. 

“Serendipity” doesn’t just describe an unexpected happy occurrence but it also tells a story of your openness to life’s unpredictability.

But why is this important?

Using this word is a great way to demonstrate an important facet of your personality: your positive perspective.

It indicates your belief in the beauty of randomness and your openness to unexpected yet pleasant surprises.

5) Despondent

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Now there’s a word that hits hard — “despondent” describes a state of deep despair, gloom, or dejection. 

At first glance, it might seem like an overly negative term to add to your vocabulary. However, there’s more to it.

What I mean here is that we often use the word “depressed” in our daily conversations. Even when we’re not actually depressed. 

But by saying that you’re feeling “despondent”, you can easily express the depth and intensity of your emotions.

On the other hand, the word “depressed” makes our innate feelings sound more trivial. And most importantly, it’s actually a word for a mental health disorder we’re not facing every day, right?

So, the next time you feel down, just say “I’m feeling despondent”, instead of “I’m depressed”. That way, you’ll express your feelings with accuracy, and besides, you’ll definitely sound smarter!

6) Bespoke

My personal favorite fancy word is indeed “bespoke.” This word is all about customization and personalization, but what makes it so attractive is that it turns ordinary experiences into extraordinary ones.

It’s like a dining experience where every dish is tailored to your tastes and preferences. Or owning a piece of jewelry uniquely designed to match your style.

In both of these cases, “bespoke” signifies exclusivity, attention to detail, and love for uniqueness. 

When you use this word, you show that you appreciate quality craftsmanship and seek out personalized experiences.

So, why settle for mass-produced and generic when you can embrace the bespoke? 

From tailored clothing to customized travel plans, incorporating “bespoke” into your vocabulary showcases your refined taste and desire for individuality.

7) Anomaly

In our everyday conversations, there are moments when we come across something that’s just… odd, out of the ordinary. 

We often find ourselves searching for that perfect word to describe it, a word that captures the essence of its uniqueness. 

But sadly, sometimes we fail to fully express what we really feel inside.

Sounds familiar?

If so, I’m sure “anomaly” is the right choice of word for these moments.

“Anomaly” is ideal when you want to highlight something as unusual or out of the ordinary. Why am I so sure?

Because “anomaly” is an effective word to convey that sense of intrigue and curiosity when faced with something that deviates from what is considered normal or expected.

That way, even a simple sentence can sound like an exceptional observation.

8) Brevity

Ever wondered how you could express your thoughts and ideas in a clear and concise manner to truly captivate your audience?

Then I’m sure, using the word “brevity” will help you convey your message effectively.

I believe that “brevity” is the secret weapon of impactful communication. 

This word allows you to express complex thoughts as powerful statements and at the same time, ensure that your audience is captivated from the moment you speak.

And here’s the intriguing part:

The power of brevity lies in the enigma it creates.

In simple terms, by saying less, you invite curiosity, intrigue, and the desire to delve deeper into the subject matter. 

The result?

This word leaves room for interpretation and allows others to actively participate in the conversation.

9) Erudite

Want to know what using all these words in your regular vocabulary can make you sound like? 

Well, the answer to this question is the word I’m about to suggest as a culmination of all the previous words: “erudite.”

“Erudite” is a word that signifies a high level of knowledge, learning, and scholarly expertise. 

Trust me, when you incorporate “erudite” into your conversations, you demonstrate your intellectual depth and showcase your understanding across various subjects.

For example, you might say, “I recently read an erudite analysis of classical literature that shed new light on its historical context.” 

And this indeed sounds like something a very intellectual, erudite person would say, right?

So, if you want to be seen as an intellectually curious individual who is smart and well-read at the same time, consider incorporating “erudite” into your vocabulary to make that impression!

Turn your vocab upside down

Now you know how you can turn your vocab upside down and unlock the power of words that showcase your intelligence.

The best part?

Adding these 9 words to your vocabulary will not only make you sound more intelligent but also show that you have a wide range of interests and a deep understanding of various topics. 

So, why limit yourself to everyday language when you can elevate your conversations and leave a lasting impression? Go ahead and let these words shape your language and leave a lasting impression.

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Nato Lagidze

Nato is a writer and a researcher with an academic background in psychology. She investigates self-compassion, emotional intelligence, psychological well-being, and the ways people make decisions. Writing about recent trends in the movie industry is her other hobby, alongside music, art, culture, and social influences. She dreams to create an uplifting documentary one day, inspired by her experiences with strangers.

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