Long and exotic words (like defenestration or sesquipedalian) are often more fascinating than useful. By comparison, this list offers words that can enrich a conversation without sounding ridiculous.
not attracting or demanding a lot of attention; not showy or flashy; quiet and polite
Words It Might Replace:
modest; unassuming; shy; coy
"As William and Kate sang prayers from the specially designed hymn sheets, the two sisters looked on unassumingly. But despite their demure appearance, rumours even began to surface today that one of the women was a secret 'ninja nun' intended to protect the Royal couple by pouncing on any intruders." Daily Mail, May 1, 2011