33 French Vocabulary to Express “Attitudes” (Les Attitudes)


Last Updated: August 23, 2021

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Grow your French vocabulary by studying the words on feelings, thoughts, mindsets, manners and attitudes. The sooner you start, the better. An awesome goal is to pick up a couple of nouns and adjectives each day and review in 30 days. Start slow and gradually increase the number of words per day.

Express Attitudes In French

People’s attitudes depend on their innate personality traits as well as on their circumstances.

Some people, for example, seem to be endowed with patience (la patience), while others easily succumb to impatience (l’impatience). Note that nouns ending in -té are feminine, while nouns ending in -isme are masculine.

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le couragecourage
la douceur gentleness
l’enthousiasme (m.)excitement
la fierté pride
la générositégenerosity
l’idéalisme (m.)idealism
l’indépendance (f.)independence
l’innocence (f.) innocence
l’optimisme (m.)optimism
la politesse politeness
la prudence prudence
le réalismerealism
le zèle zeal

Some less-pleasant attitudes

l’agressivité (f.) aggressiveness
l’arrogance (f.) arrogance
l’égoïsme (m.)selfi shness
l’ennui (m.) boredom
l’envie (f.) envy
l’esprit rebelle (m.)rebelliousness
l’imprudence (f.) recklessness
l’insolence (f.) rudeness
la lâcheté cowardice
la paresse laziness
le pessimismepessimism
la témérité boldness, recklessness
le sarcasmesarcasm
le snobisme snobbery

Personality traits (les traits de caractère)

l’avarice (f.) greed
la foi faith
l’héroïsme (m.) heroism
l’humour (m.) humor
l’ingénuité (f.)ingenuity
la malice malice


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Frederic Bibard is the founder of Talk in French, a company that helps french learners to practice and improve their french. Macaron addict. Jacques Audiard fan. You can contact him on Instagram

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