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Complex Words To Use In An Essay

It’s not easy trying to write an essay in a language that is not your native tongue. If you’re planning on studying abroad in an English-speaking country, you’re going to have to get used to completing assignments in English. When writing an essay, you’ll use different terminology than you would if you were speaking with your friends or your classmates. We’ve put together a list of some of the most impressive words you can include in your essay writing in English. Take a look and see how many you can use.

1. Indeed

A term used by academics. Put this word at the beginning of a sentence and no one will ever question whether your point is correct or not. It is a way to let people know you are 100% sure of what you are saying.

Example: Indeed, Shakespeare was one of the most famous writers of his time.

2. Nonetheless

For every argument you make in an essay, the opposite arguments must also be made so you can prove that your side of the argument is more correct. This is where the word nonetheless comes in. It says that in spite of the opposite argument, the point of your essay is still valid.

Example:  Their donation was quite small. Nonetheless, it was for a worthy cause.

3. Thus

Short, but elegant. This means “as a result of,” or “due to this.” Thus is a great word that can be used to begin your concluding sentence.

Example: I crossed the finish line first, thus becoming the winner.

4. Furthermore

This word is perfect for combining ideas; furthermore lets people know that you are adding more information to a sentence without sounding too boring about it.  

Example: Paris is a great place to visit because of its scenery. Furthermore, it has beautiful summers.”

5. Anomaly

An anomaly is something that stands out from the rest of your argument. If you have a series of results, or a list of objects, and a particular result does not fit in with the rest, then this is an anomaly.

Example: All of the results fit my theory, except for one anomaly, which appears to disagree.

6. Methodology

The “must-have” word of any academic essay. If your essay has an argument, how did you get to it? Whether you read a few books, or conducted an extensive set of interviews and studies, the way you form your argument sounds instantly smarter by calling it your methodology.

Example: The methodology I used for this essay was complicated yet revealing.

7. Concur

To agree with, or to be of the same opinion. This can be very useful in an essay when going through the opinions of other researchers and/or academics.

Example: A selection of academics concur that the results show and increase in city pollution.

Have any other words that didn’t make our list? Share them in the comment section below!

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  • accolade

    a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

  • acrimony

    a rough and bitter manner

  • angst

    an acute but unspecific feeling of anxiety

  • anomaly

    deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule

  • antidote

    a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison

  • avant-garde

    radically new or original

  • baroque

    relating to an elaborately ornamented style of art and music

  • bona fide

    not counterfeit or copied

  • boondoggle

    work of little or no value done merely to look busy

  • bourgeois

    being of the property-owning class

  • bravado

    a swaggering show of courage

  • brogue

    a thick and heavy shoe

  • brusque

    marked by rude or peremptory shortness

  • Byzantine

    of or relating to or characteristic of the Byzantine Empire or the ancient city of Byzantium

  • cacophony

    loud confusing disagreeable sounds

  • camaraderie

    the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability

  • capricious

    determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

  • carte blanche

    complete freedom or authority to act

  • caustic

    capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action

  • charisma

    personal attractiveness that enables you to influence others

  • cloying

    overly sweet

  • deja vu

    the experience of thinking a new situation already occurred

  • dichotomy

    a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses

  • dilettante

    an amateur engaging in an activity without serious intention

  • disheveled

    in disarray; extremely disorderly

  • elan

    enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness

  • ennui

    the feeling of being bored by something tedious

  • epitome

    a standard or typical example

  • equanimity

    steadiness of mind under stress

  • equivocate

    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

  • esoteric

    understandable only by an enlightened inner circle

  • euphemism

    an inoffensive expression substituted for an offensive one

  • fait accompli

    an irreversible accomplishment

  • fastidious

    giving careful attention to detail

  • faux pas

    a socially awkward or tactless act

  • fiasco

    a complete failure or collapse

  • finagle

    achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

  • Freudian slip

    a slip-up that (according to Sigmund Freud) results from the operation of unconscious wishes or conflicts and can reveal unconscious processes in normal healthy individuals

  • glib

    artfully persuasive in speech

  • gregarious

    temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others

  • harbinger

    something indicating the approach of something or someone

  • hedonist

    someone motivated by desires for sensual pleasures

  • heresy

    a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion

  • idiosyncratic

    peculiar to the individual

  • idyllic

    charmingly simple and serene

  • indelicate

    slightly indecent, offensive, or improper

  • infinitesimal

    immeasurably small

  • insidious

    working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way

  • junket

    dessert made of sweetened milk coagulated with rennet

  • kitsch

    excessively garish or sentimental art

  • litany

    any long and tedious address or recital

  • lurid

    glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism

  • Machiavellian

    of or relating to amoral or conniving political principles

  • malaise

    a general feeling of discomfort, uneasiness, or depression

  • malinger

    avoid responsibilities and duties

  • mantra

    literally a `sacred utterance' in Vedism

  • maudlin

    effusively or insincerely emotional

  • mercenary

    a person hired to fight for another country than their own

  • minimalist

    a conservative advocating only minor reforms in government

  • misnomer

    an incorrect or unsuitable name

  • narcissist

    someone who is excessively self-centered

  • nirvana

    the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation

  • non sequitur

    a reply that has no relevance to what preceded it

  • nouveau-riche

    characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position

  • oblivion

    the state of being disregarded or forgotten

  • ogle

    look at with amorous intentions

  • ostentatious

    intended to attract notice and impress others

  • ostracize

    expel from a community or group

  • panacea

    hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases

  • paradox

    a statement that contradicts itself

  • peevish

    easily irritated or annoyed

  • perfunctory

    hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

  • philistine

    a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits

  • precocious

    characterized by exceptionally early development

  • propriety

    correct behavior

  • quid pro quo

    something for something

  • quintessential

    representing the perfect example of a class or quality

  • red herring

    diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue

  • revel

    take delight in

  • rhetoric

    study of the technique for using language effectively

  • scintillating

    having brief brilliant points or flashes of light

  • spartan

    unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment

  • stigma

    a symbol of disgrace or infamy

  • stoic

    seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive

  • suave

    having a sophisticated charm

  • Svengali

    someone (usually maleficent) who tries to persuade or force another person to do his bidding

  • sycophant

    a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage

  • teetotaler

    a total abstainer

  • tete-a-tete

    a private conversation between two people

  • tirade

    a speech of violent denunciation

  • tryst

    a secret rendezvous, especially between lovers

  • ubiquitous

    being present everywhere at once

  • unrequited

    not returned in kind

  • untenable

    incapable of being defended or justified

  • vicarious

    experienced at secondhand

  • vile

    morally reprehensible

  • waft

    a long flag; often tapering

  • white elephant

    a valuable possession whose upkeep is excessively expensive

  • zealous

    marked by active interest and enthusiasm

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