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inveterate
adj. deep-rooted; habitual


an inveterate smoker
invidious
adj. designed to create ill will or envy

We disregarded her invidious remarks bc we realized how jealous she was
inviolable
adj. secure from corruption, attack or violation; unassailable


Batman considered his oath to Gotham City inviolable; nothing could make him break his promise
invocation
n. prayer for help; calling upon as a reference or support


the service opens w/ an invocation
invoke
v. call upon; ask for


She invoked her advisor's help
invulnerable
adj. incapable of injury
iota
n. very small quantity


She hadn't an iota of common sense
irascible
adj. irritable; easily angered


irascible temper
irate
adj. angry
iridescent
adj. exhibiting rainbowlike colors

iridescent hues of the oil
irksome
adj. annoying; tedious


he found working on the assembly line irksome
irreproachable
adj. blameless; impeccable


his conduct at the party was irreproachable
irresolute
adj. uncertain how to act; weak

leaders should never be irresolute
irretrievable
adj. impossible to recover or regain; irreparable
isthmus
n. narrow neck of land connecting two larger bodies of land
itinerant
adj. wandering; traveling

an itinerant peddler
jabber
v. chatter rapidly or unintelligibly


jabbering away in French when I can't understand
jaded
adj. fatigued; surfeited (To feed or supply to excess, satiety, or disgust)


jaded apetite
jaundiced
adj. prejudiced (envious, hostile, or resentful); yellowed


bc she disliked Susan, she looked at her paintings with a jaundiced eye
jaunt
n. trip; short journey
jaunty
adj. lighthearted; animated; easy and carefree

he danced away in a jaunty style
jettison
v. throw overboard


the captain had to jettison most of his cargo
jibe
v. agree; be in harmony w/

their stories just don't jibe
jingoist
n. extremely aggressive and militant patriot; warlike chauvinist(biased devotion to any group, attitude, or cause)
jocose
adj. given to joking


a very jocose salesman
jocular
adj. said or done in jest

jocular remark
jollity
n. gaiety; cheerfulness
jostle
v. shove; bump

he was jostled by the crowds
jubilation
n. rejoicing


there was great jubilation when the armistice was announced
judicious
adj. sound in judgement; wise

judicious investment
juggernaut
n. irresistible crushing force


nothing survives in the path of the juggernaut
juncture
n. crisis; joining point


At this critical juncture...
junket
n. trip, esp one taken for pleasure by an official at public expense

her trip was merely a pollitical junket
junta
n. group of persons joined in political intrigue (secret or underhadn scheme; clandestine love affair); cabal (small group of secret plotters)
jurisprudence
n. science of law

he was a student of jurisprudence
ken
n. range of knowledge


this matter is beyond my ken
kernel
n. central or vital part; whole seed (as of corn)

buried somewhere is a kernel of truth
killjoy
n. grouch; spoilsport
kindred
adj. related; similar in nature or character

they were two kindred spirits
kismet
n. fate


Kismet is the Arabic word for "fate"
kleptomaniac
n. person who has a comopulsive desire to steal
knave
n. untrustworthy person; rogue; scoundrel

Anyone named Tricky Dick clearly has the reputation of a knave
knead
v. mix; work dough


kneading bread
knell
n. tolling of a bell, esp to indicate a funeral, disaster, etc; sound of the funeral bell
knit
v. contract into wrinkles; grow together


his brow knits in a frown
he broke his leg, so he sits around all day waiting for the bones to knit
knoll
n. little, round hill
knotty
adj. intricate; difficult; tangled


a knotty problem
labile
adj. likely to change; unstable

adolescent girls are emotionally labile
laborious
adj. demanding much work or care; tedious

a laborious task
lachrymose
adj. producing tears

his voice has a lachrymose quality
lackadaisical
adj. lacking purpose or zest; halfhearted; languid


bc his mind was somewhere else, he did a lackadaisical job
lackluster
adj. dull

a lackluster performance
laconic
adj. brief and to the point


the characters portrayed by Clint Eastwood are laconic types
laggard
adj. slow; sluggish


the lazyass was laggard in carrying out orders