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impotent

(adj.) powerless; lacking strength

Without the gun, he felt impotent.

syn: ineffective, helpless

ant: potent, powerful

2

imprecation

(noun) a curse

Jennifer was so angry she pronounced an imprecation on him, his family, and all his friends.

3

jocular

(adj.) humorous, lighthearted

Dad was in such a good mood that we all enjoyed dinner because of his jocular manner.

syn: joking; witty, amusing

ant: solemn, morose

4

juxtapose

(verb) to place side by side for comparison

To reach a decision, list the good points that might result and then list the bad. Examine the juxtaposed lists and see if the positives outweigh the negatives.

5

kinetic

(adj.) pertaining to motion

To demonstrate kinetic energy, he pushed a steel ball off the table.

6

kismet

(noun) destiny; fate; fortune (one's lot in life)

He said that it was a lucky accident that they had met; she said it was kismet.

7

knell

(noun) a sound made by a bell rung slowly for a death or funeral

Standing at the side of the grave in the rain, they could faintly hear the knell of a church bell.

8

labyrinth

(noun) a complicated network of winding passages; a maze

The mice were made to run through a labyrinth in order to reach their food.

9

lachrymose

(adj.) tearful, weepy

It was time for the girl to get over her lachrymose behavior and start smiling again.

10

laconic

(adj.) using few words; short; concise

He was a laconic man who wasted few words.

syn: pithy, taciturn

ant: verbose, loquacious

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lambent

(adj.) softly bright or radiant; running or moving lightly over a surface

Lambent flames gently licked the logs.

12

languid

(adj.) sluggish; drooping from weakness

The hot summer day made everyone feel languid.

syn: listless, feeble, drooping

ant: robust, vigorous

13

lascivious

(adj.) lustful or lewd; inciting sexual desire

He had a lascivious smile that disgusted the other people in the room.

syn: wanton, obscene

ant: wholesome, decent

14

legerdemain

(noun) sleight of hand; deception

The magician's act was an extraordinary feat of legerdemain.

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libertine

(noun) one who leads an immoral life

During the day he pretended to be righteous, but at night he was a libertine.