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jaded

tired by excess or over-use; slightly cynical

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jangling

clashing, jarring; harshly unpleasant (in sound)

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jargon

nonsensical talk; specialized language

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jaundice

yellowish discoloration of skin

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jaundiced

affected by jaundice; prejudiced or embittered

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jettison

to cast off, throw cargo overboard

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jingoism

belligerent support of one's country

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jocular

jovial, playful, humorous

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jubilee

special anniversary

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judicious

sensible, showing good judgement

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juggernaut

huge force destroying everything in its path

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juncture

point where two things are joined

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jurisprudence

philosophy of law

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juxtaposition

side by side placement

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keen

having a sharp edge; intellectually sharp, perceptive

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kernel

innermost, essential part; seed grain, often in a shell

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keynote

note or tone o which a musical key is founded; main idea of a speech, program, etc

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kindle

to set fire to or ignite; excite or inspire

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kinetic

relating to motion; characterized by movement

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knell

sound of a funeral bell; omen of death or failure

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kudos

fame, glory, honor

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labyrinth

maze

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laceration

cut or wound

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lachrymose

tearful

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lackadaisical

idle, lazy; apathetic, indifferent

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laconic

using few words

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laggard

dawdler, loafer, lazy person

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lament (v)

to deplore, grieve

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lampoon (v)

to attack with satire, mock harshly

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languid

lacking energy, indifferent, slow

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lap (v)

to drink using the tongue; to wash against

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lapidary

relating to precious stones

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larceny

theft of property

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larder

place where food is stored

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largess

generosity; gift

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larynx

organ containing vocal cords

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lassitude

lethargy, sluggishness

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latent

present but hidden; potential

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laudable

deserving of praise

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laxity

carelessness

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leery

suspicious

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legerdemain

trickery

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legible

readable

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legislate

to decree, mandate, make laws

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lenient

easygoing, permissive

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lethargy

indifferent inactivity

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levitate

to rise in the air or cause to rise

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levity

humor, frivolity, gaiety

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lexicon

dictionary, list of words

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liberal (adj)

tolerant, broad-minded; generous, lavish

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liberation

freedom, emancipation

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libertarian

one who believes in unrestricted freedom

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libertine

one without moral restraint

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licentious

immoral; unrestrained by society

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lien

right to possess and sell the property of a debtor

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limpid

clear, transparent

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lineage

ancestry

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linguistics

study of language

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liniment

medicinal liquid used externally to ease pain

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lionize

to treat as a celebrity

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lissome

easily flexed, limber, agile

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listless

lacking energy and enthusiasm

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literate

able to read and write; well read and educated

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lithe

moving and bending with ease; graceful

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litigation

lawsuit

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livid

discolored from a bruise; reddened with anger

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loathe

to abhor, despise, hate

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locomotion

movement from place to place

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logo

corporate symbol

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loiter

to stand around idly

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loquacious

talkative

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low (v)

to make a sound like a cow, moo

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lucid

clear and easily understood

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ludicrous

laughable, ridiculous

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lugubrious

sorrowful, mournful

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lumber (v)

to move slowly and awkwardly

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luminary

bright object; celebrity; source of inspiration

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luminous

bright, brilliant, glowing

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lunar

relating to the moon

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lurid

harshly shocking, sensational; glowing

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lurk

to prowl, sneak

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luscious

very good-tasting

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luxuriance

elegance, lavishness

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lyrical

suitable for poetry and song; expressing feeling