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My 100 Favorite Words in the English Language
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My 100 Favorite Words in the English Language

As a writer, words are my primary tool, and finding words that express exactly what you’re feeling is the best thing in the world. Here is my list of my ultimate favorites. Hopefully, you will find some that you don’t know.

Abash – cause to feel embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed.

Abnegate – renounce or reject (something desired or valuable)

Acclivity – an upward slope

Apothecary – a person who prepared and sold medicines and drugs.

Antiquity – the ancient past

Bedlam – a scene of uproar and confusion

Biff – strike (someone) roughly or sharply, usually with the fist

Byplay – secondary or subsidiary action or involvement in a play or movie

Caboodle – the whole number or quantity of people or things in question

Cachexia – weakness and wasting of the body due to severe chronic illness

Cachinnate – laugh loudly

Caitiff – a contemptible or cowardly person

Calaboose – a prison

Caldera – a large volcanic crater, typically one formed by a major eruption leading to the collapse of the mouth of the volcano

Confidence – the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something

Cum – combined with; also used as (used to describe things with a dual nature or function)

Damnum – a loss

Dandy – a man unduly devoted to style, neatness, and fashion in dress and appearance

Dauber – a crude or inartistic painter

Daunt – make someone feel intimated or apprehensive

Darn – mend

Debonair – describes a confident, stylish and charming man

Dysaesthesia – an abnormal unpleasant sensation felt when touched, caused by damage to peripheral nerves

Echt – authentic and typical

Ecossaise – an energetic country dance in duple time in which couples form lines facing each other

Eschew – deliberately avoid using; abstain from

Fabulist – a person who composes or relates fables, a liar, esp. a person who invents elaborate, dishonest stories.

Fathom – unit of length equal to six feet (approximately 1.8 m), chiefly used in reference to the depth of water

Forebode – (of a situation or occurrence) act as a warning of (something bad)

Gaf – an unintentional act or remark causing embarrassment to its originator; a blunder

Gist – the substance or essence of a speech or text

Goolie – British vulgar slang for testicle

Guffaw – a loud and boisterous laugh

Hackery – writer or jounlaist producing dull, original work

Halcyon – denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and preaceful

Hallux – a person’s big toe

Hubris – excessive pride or self-confidence

Incongruent – incompatible

Ignotum per ignotius – the action of offering an explanation that is harder to understand than the thing it is meant to explain

Irritate – make (someone) annoyed, impatient, or angry

Jackleg – an incompetent, unskillful, or dishonest person:

Jezebel – a shameless or immoral woman.

Jilt – suddenly reject or abandon

Keek – peep surreptitiously

Kilter – out of harmony or balance

Kiosk – booth, stand, stall, concession, counter, newsstand; information booth

Lacquer – a liquid made of shellac dissolved in alcohol, or of synthetic substances, that dries to form a hard protective coating for wood, metal, etc.

Lacuna – a missing portion in a book or manuscript

Lovely – exquisitely beautiful

Lyricism – an artist’s expression of emotion in an imaginative and beautiful way; the quality of being lyrical

Macerate – soften or become softened by soaking in a liquid

Macabre – disturbing and horrifying because of involvement with or depiction of death or injury

Madarosis – absence or loss of the eyelashes

Mystique – a fascinating aura of mystery, awe, and power surrounding someone or something

Natheless – nevertheless

Nubbin – a small lump or residual part

Nyctogenous – (of symptoms or behavior) occurring or demonstrated only in the night or in darkness

Obligate – bind or compel (someone), esp. legally or morally

Obsess – preoccupy or fill the mind of (someone) continually, intrusively, and to a troubling extent

Obtrude – become noticeable in an unwelcome or intrusive way

Opulent – ostentatiously rich and luxurious or lavish

Quaich – a shallow drinking cup, typically made of wood and having two handles

Qualm – an uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, or fear, esp. about one’s own conduct; a misgiving

Quiescent – in a state or period of inactivity or dormancy

Raillery – good-humored teasing

Ram raid – a robbery in which a shop window is rammed with a vehicle and looted

Rube – a country bumpkin

Satyriasis – uncontrollable or excessive sexual desire in a man

Suasive – serving to persuade

Symmetries – the quality of being made up of exactly similar parts facing each other or around an axis

Tacet – indicating that a voice or instrument is silent

Tiff – a petty quarrel, esp. one between friends or lovers

Tyro – a beginner or novice

Ubiquitous – present, appearing, or found everywhere

Ubiety – the condition of being in a definite place

Uprush – a sudden upward surge or flow, esp. of a feeling

Valor – great courage in the face of daner, esp. in battle

Vanguard – a group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas

Veer – change direction suddenly

Vie – compete eagerly with someone in order to do or achieve something

Vulgarian – an unrefined person, esp. one with newly acquired power or wealth

Waif – a homeless and helpless person, esp. a neglected or abandoned child

Wallflower – a person who has no one to dance with or who feels shy, awkward, or excluded at a party

Wanton – sexually immodest or promiscuous

Wynd – a narrow street or alley

Xylography – the art of making woodcuts or wood engravings, esp. by a relatively primitive technique

Xiphoid – sword-shaped

Xeric – containing little moisture; very dry

Yak – a trivial or unduly persistent conversation

Yearn – have an intense feeling of longing for something, typically something that one has lost or been separated from

Yomp – a march with heavy equipment over difficult terrain

Zany – amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic

Zeal – great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective

Zowie – expressing astonishment or admiration


Do you have a favorite word? What is it? I want to know.


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Bianca Dean is a writer from NYC. She's specialized in writing, marketing and graphic design.