Tired of using the same words to describe things over and over again? Possibly need a caption for your Instagram photo and don't know what to use?

Once you see some of these rare words, try using them in conversation, and show people how much smarter you are. A plus for a good vocabulary is that on encountering uncommon words while reading, you're less likely to need to stop to look it up.

So, next time you want to spice up your everyday vocabulary, try one of these words.

1. Elysian

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(adj.) Beautiful or creative; divinely inspired; peaceful and perfect.

2. Serendipity

People on the beach

(n.) Finding something good without looking for it.

3. Eumoirous

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(adj.) Happiness due to being honest and wholesome.

4. Wanderlust

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(n.) A strong desire to travel and explore the world.

5. Espoir


(n.) Hope

6. Fernweh


(n.) An ache for distant places; the craving for travel.

7. Logastellus

Love of words

(n.) A person whose love of words is greater than their knowledge of words

8. Lypophrenia


(n.) A vague feeling of sadness seemingly without any cause.

9. Redamancy

I love you

(n.) The act of loving the one who loves you; a love returned in full.

10. Bibliophilia


(n.) The love of books

11. Sophrosyne

Happy brain

(n.) A healthy state of mind, characterized by self-control, moderation, and a deep awareness of one's true self, and resulting in true happiness.

12. Metanoia

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(n.) The journey of changing one's mind, heart, self, or way of life.

13. Clinomania

Staying in bed

(n.) Excessive desire to stay in bed.

14. Ataraxia

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(n.) A state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquility.