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 lascivious 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
    a sudden outburst of anger
  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
    the effects of a person's actions that determine his 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 unpleasant or laborious
  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

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