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kaleidoscope

tube in which patterns made by the reflection in mirrors of colored pieces of glass, etc., produce interesting symmetrical effects

People found a new source of entertainment while peering through the kaleidoscope; they found the ever-changing patterns fascinating.

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ken

range of knowledge

I cannot answer your question since this matter is beyond my ken.

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killjoy

grouch; spoilsport

At breakfast we had all been enjoying our bacon and eggs until that killjoy John started talking about how bad animal fats and cholesterol were for our health.

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kindle

start a fire; inspire

Her teacher's praise kindled a spark a hope inside her.

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kindred

related; similar in nature or character

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn were two kindred spirits.

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kismet

fate

kismet is the Arabic word for "fate."

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kleptomaniac

person who has a compulsive desire to steal

They discovered that the wealthy customer was a kleptomaniac when they caught her stealing some cheap trinkets.

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knavery

rascality

We cannot condone such knavery in public officials.

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knead

mix; work dough

Her hands grew strong from kneading bread.

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knell

tolling of a bell, especially to indicate a funeral, disaster, etc.; sound of the funeral bell

"The curfew tolls the knell of parting day."

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knit

contract into wrinkles

Whenever David worries, his brow knits in a frown.

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knoll

little, round hill

Robert Louis Stevenson's grave is on a knoll in Samoa; to reach the grave site, you must climb uphill and walk a short distance along a marked path.

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knotty

intricate; difficult; tangled

What to Watson had been a knotty problem to Sherlock Holmes was simplicity itself.

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kudos

honor; glory; praise

The singer complacently received kudos on his performance from his entourage.

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