Can You Define These Fancy-Sounding Words?

By: Annette

Can You Define These Fancy-Sounding Words?
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About This Quiz

It's about to get all high-falutin' up in here! There are some pretty fancy words in the English language, but most people can't define them all. Are you going to be one of the chosen few? This may turn into an abattoir (slaughterhouse).
Acidulous
Acidic
Something that is acidulous is acidic or sour. Tell that sarcastic SOB that he is being acidulous.
Fun
Pithy

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Adroit
Happy
Free
Quick
When you do something adroitly, you're doing it quickly or with much skill. It's a fancier way of saying "adept."

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Belladonna
Beautiful woman
A plant
Both
Did you know that Belladonna is a fancy name for a seriously poisonous plant? It's also Italian for "pretty woman."

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Tabernacle
Holy place
A tabernacle is like a church, only more so. Beginning priests wouldn't be running the show here!
Demon
Tool

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Celluloid
Stormy
Transparent
Something that is transparent is described as being celluloid. It's also colorful, and is used to describe photographic film.
Boring

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Bibliophile
A cynic
A book lover
A bibliophile is a fancy word for someone who loves books. A book collector is a bibliophile.
A predator

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Cadence
A dance
A military salute
Rhythm of language
Every language has its own cadence, or rhythm. It also refers to the lilt of a language.

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Coquette
A flirt
Oh, that saucy little coquette! This is the fancy way of referring to a woman who is a sexual tease or flirt.
A clown
A rabbit

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Dapple
Explosion
Roadway
A spot
A dainty little dapple is merely a spot of mottled marking. These dapples usually appear in clusters.

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Legerity
Quickness
Legerity comes from the French word, and it refers to agility and dexterity. It's important to place croquet with a great deal of legerity.
Lethargy
Apathy

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Alabaster
Green
Grey
Translucent white
Do not say to the woman that she has lovely pale skin. To really impress her, tell her that she has alabaster skin.

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Dell
Hat
Bag
Wooded valley
A dell is a little wooded valley or vale. For instance, we're all aware of the farmer in the dell.

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Echelon
Elevator
Level
An echelon is a level or tier. When you're in the upper echelon, you're the cream of the crop.
Roof

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Leviathan
A dance
The apocalypse
A large animal
A leviathan is an exceptionally large animal. A whale is often referred to as a leviathan.

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Effluvium
Hair
Foul discharge
Effluvium is a fancy word for foul discharge or emissions. Idiots might hurl rank effluvium from their mouths.
Flower

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Clemency
Fire
Refuge
Mercy
Clemency is a fancy word for mercy, or an act of mercy. You must beg for the judge's clemency.

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Élan
Vivacity
Élan refers to a kind of vivacity or brio. It's also an ardor or gusto.
A bird
The sky

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Literati
Homeless people
Ballet dancers
Intelligentsia
The literati are also referred to as the intelligentsia. They are the educated class, and they're known for being quite literate.

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Brio
Vivacity
Gusto
Esprit
All of the above
Brio refers to a kind of joie de vivre! Let's all aspire to be more brio in this life!

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Ennui
Excitement
Candor
Discontent
Ennui is a sort of spiritual or psychic discontent. It's also a listless or a weariness.

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Cinnabar
Opulent
Red
Cinnabar is a word for the color of bright, glowing red! The villain's eyes were sinister and cinnabar.
Serene

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Equestrian
Relating to dogs
Dealing with agriculture
Relating to horses
Equestrian is in reference to anything dealing with horses. When going on a hunt in the countryside, you're undertaking an equestrian expedition.

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Esoterica
Sexy
Rare
Esoterica are items that are rare and esoteric. They're also obscure and sometimes valuable.
Common

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Forte
A niche
Someone's forte is the niche within which they excel. For instance, taking quizzes might be your personal forte.
A classification
A game

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Gale
Cloud
Wind
A gale is a rough gust of wind. People sometimes say that it is "blowing a gale" outside.
Persian dish

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Gambol
An addiction
To jump about
To gambol is to skip or jump along merrily. If you're having a good day, then you might gambol about in the heath.
A Christmas song

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Caliginous
Misty
Oh, just gaze across the way at that caliginous dawn. It's dim, obscure, gloomy and tenebrous.
Overused
Insane

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Heath
Uncultivated land
The heath is an uncultivated piece of land. Folks in Britain are always taking jaunty walks in the heath.
Mall
Fountain

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Capricious
Lofty
Whimsical
When something is capricious, it's quite whimsical and impulsive. It's also unpredictable.
Horrifying

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Heliotrope
Purple
Flower
Both
Heliotrope refers to the color light purple, and also to a flower. Oh, Delilah, I do adore your heliotrope cashmere sweater.

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Iscariot
Traitorous
Oh, Judas Iscariot! You tyrant! Iscariot refers to something that is treacherous, or someone who has committed betrayal.
Loving
Famous

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Kismet
Tea
Gluttony
Fate
Kismet refers to fate, fortune, and chance. Hold onto the faith, and experience Kismet!

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Amulet
Horse
Carriage
Charm
That charm that you bought at Rite Aid is not a charm at all. It's an amulet! It wards off evil and impurity.

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Knell
A gully
A bank
Solemn ring
To knell is to solemnly ring the bells. You will hear a knell during a funeral procession.

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Lacuna
Reptile
Empty space
A lacuna is an empty space or omission. When there is a gap in chronology, it's known as a lacuna.
Type of pizza

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