Stalwart/stubbornNicole Fornabaio /Rd.com
Here’s an example of two words that overlap in certain ways but aren’t synonyms at all: Both “stalwart” and “stubborn” describe a state of being unmovable. Whereas “stalwart” has a positive connotation (someone who is stalwart is steady and reliable), “stubborn” connotes a negative judgment (being stubborn implies some level of ignorance along with the steadiness). Add these fancy words to your vocabulary to sound instantly smarter.
Obtuse/abstruseNicole Fornabaio /Rd.com
Some people say “obtuse” when they mean “abstruse,” and this is unfortunate because “obtuse” is an insult: it means dim-witted. By contrast, “abstruse” refers to something that is difficult to understand in general. To put it another way, just because you have trouble understanding an abstruse concept doesn’t mean you’re obtuse. Make sure you’re not using any of these 70 words (and phrases) wrong.