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inveterate
deep-rooted; habitual; CF. grow old
invidious
designed to create ill will or envy; tending to rouse ill will or envy; Ex. invidious comparison
invincible
unconquerable
inviolable
secure from corruption, attack, or violation(or profanation); unassailable; Ex. inviolable oath/rights; N. inviolability
invocation
prayer for help (used in invoking); calling upon as a reference or support; act of invoking
invoke
call and bring into use (a right or law); call on/upon (a higher power or god) for help; ask for; beg for; conjure (a spirit); Ex. invoke the veto power; Ex. invoke one's advisor/God
invulnerable
incapable of injury; impossible to damage or injure
iota
very small quantity
irascible
irritable; easily angered
irate
angry; CF. ire: anger; wrath
iridescent
exhibiting rainbowlike colors; Ex. iridescent oil slick; N. iridescence
irksome
annoying; tedious; V. irk: annoy
ironic
expressing irony; occurring in an unexpected and contrary manner
irony
hidden sarcasm or satire; use of words that seem to mean the opposite of what they actually mean; use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning
irreconcilable
impossible to reconcile; incompatible; not able to be resolved
irrefutable
indisputable; incontrovertible; undeniable
irrelevant
not applicable; unrelated
irremediable
incurable; uncorrectable; impossible to remedy
irreparable
not able to be corrected or repaired; impossible to repair
irrepressible
unable to be restrained or held back; impossible to hold back
irreproachable
beyond reproach; blameless; impeccable; Ex. irreproachable conduct
irresolute
uncertain how to act; weak; lacking in resolution; indecisive; N. irresolution
irretrievable
impossible to recover or regain; CF. retrieve
irreverence
lack of proper respect or reverence; ADJ. irreverent
irrevocable
unalterable; irreversible; impossible to revoke
isotope
varying from of an element
isthmus
narrow neck of land connecting two larger bodies of land
itinerant
wandering; traveling from place to place (to perform work); Ex. itinerant preacher
itinerary
plan of a trip; record of a trip
jabber
chatter rapidly or unintelligibly
jaded
tired or uninterested by surfeit; fatigued; surfeited; worn out; wearied; Ex. jaded appetite
jargon
language used by special group; technical terminology; gibberish; nonsensical or incoherent talk
jaundiced
yellowed; prejudiced (envious, hostile, or resentful) from long and disappointing experience of human affairs; Ex. with a jaundiced eye
jaunt
trip; short journey
jaunty
cheerful and pleased with life; lighthearted; animated; easy and carefree; dapper in appearance; Ex. jaunty person/hat
jeopardize
endanger; imperil; put at risk; N. jeopardy: danger
jettison
throw overboard (from a ship or plane)
jibe
agree; be in harmony with; gibe
jingoist
extremely aggressive and militant patriot; warlike chauvinist; N. jingoism: extreme nationalism
jocose
given to(having a tendency of) joking
jocular
said or done in jest or playfully; marked by joking
jocund
merry
jollity
gaiety; cheerfulness; ADJ. jolly: merry; gay
jostle
shove; bump; push against (someone) rather roughly; Ex. jostled by the crowds
jovial
good-natured; merry; cheerful
jubilation
rejoicing; great joy
judicious
sound on judgment; wise
juggernaut
irresistible crushing force; overwhelming advancing force that crushes everything in its path
juncture
crisis; point in time; joining point; joint; act of joining
junket
trip especially one taken for pleasure by an official at public expense
junta
group of persons joined in political intrigue; cabal; group of military officers ruling a country after seizing power (by force)
jurisprudence
science of law
juxtapose
place side by side; CF. next
kaleidoscope
tube in which patterns made by the reflection in mirrors of colored pieces of glass, etc. produce interesting symmetrical effects; series of changing events; Ex. kaleidoscope of European history; CF. beautiful
ken
range of knowledge; Ex. beyond one's ken
kernel
central or vital part; core; whole seed (as of corn)
killjoy
grouch; spoilsport; one who intentionally spoils the pleasure of others
kindle
start a fire; ignite; inspire; arouse
kindred
related; belonging to the same group; similar in nature or character; Ex. kindred languages; N: relative; kin; kinship
kinetic
producing motion; of motion
kismet
fate; destiny; Ex. Kismet is the Arabic word for fate.
kleptomaniac
person who has a compulsive desire to steal
knave
untrustworthy person; rogue; scoundrel; jack; N. knavery
knead
mix; work dough; mix and work into a uniform mass (with the hands); Ex. knead dough
knell
tolling of a bell especially to indicate a funeral, disaster, etc.; sound of the funeral bell; V.
knit
contract into wrinkles; grow together; join together closely; make (a fabric or garment) by interwining yarn or thread; Ex. knit the brow; Ex. The bones should knit together in a few weeks.
knoll
little round hill; hillock
knotty
intricate; difficult; tangled; CF. knot
kudos
honor; glory; acclaim or praise for exceptional achievement
labile
likely to change; unstable; Ex. emotionally labile; N. lability
laborious
demanding much work or care; tedious
labyrinth
maze
laceration
torn ragged wound; V. lacerate: tear (the skin as with broken glass); wound
lachrymose
producing tears; tearful
lackadaisical
lacking interest or effort; lacking purpose or zest; lazy; halfhearted; languid
lackluster
lacking luster(shine; gloss); dull
laconic
brief and to the point; using few words; terse
laggard
slow; sluggish; N: one who lags; straggler