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judicious
exercising sound judgement
- The judge was far from judicious, blatantly telling everyone in the courtroom that the defendant looked guilty.
juxtapose
to place side by side
- Comedy and tragedy were juxtaposed in the play.
kinetic
having to do with motion; lively; active
- The speeding bullet had a lot of kinetic energy.
labyrinth
a maze
- The building was a labyrinth of dark corridors.
laconic
using few words to the point of seeming rude
- The manager's laconic dismissal letter left the fired employee angry.
lament
to mourn
- Sam lamented his decision to a wear a t-shirt during the snow storm.
lampoon
to satirize; to mock
- The students lampooned their foreign teacher.
languish
to become weak or depressed
- The longer Keith remained unemployed, the more he languished and less likely it became that he would find another job.
largess
generous giving of gifts
- The largless of the wealthy businessman helped the fundraisers reached their goal.
latent
present, but not visible; potential
- Even at the age of four, Mariah was a latent shopaholic.
laud
to praise; to applaud
- The bank manager lauded the hero who trapped the escaping robber.
levity
lightness; frivolty
- The speaker's levity was not appreciated by the funeral attendees.
libel
a written or published falsehood
- The executive claimed that the newspaper had committed libel when it called him corrupt.
loquacious
talking a lot or too much
- Brianne was so loquacious that many people tried to avoid her.
lucid
clear; easy to understand
- The professor's lecture was lucid.
lugubrious
exaggeratedly mournful
- The valedictorian turned lugubrious during his speech when he began to sob.
machination
scheming activity for an evil purpose
- The ruthless machinations of the conspirators were aimed at nothing less than overthrowing the government.
magnanimous
forgiving; unresentful
- The boxer was magnanimous in defeat.
magnate
rich; powerful
- Donald Trump is one of America's most magnate men.
malaise
a feeling of depression; uneasiness
- Malaise descended on the finance class when the teacher announced a quiz.
malfeasance
an illegal act, especially by a public official
- President Ford officially pardoned President Nixon before he could be convicted of any malfeasance.
malignant
causing harm
- Luckily, the fire was not found malignant.
malinger
to pretend to be sick to avoid doing work
- Amarosa often malingered when it was her turn to do housework.
malleable
easy to shape or bend
- He was just like clay, very malleable.
mandate
a command or authorization to do something
- The president felt the landslide vote had given him a mandate to do whatever he wanted.
manifest
visible; evident
- His anger was manifest.
manifesto
a public declaration of beliefs or principles, usually political
- Jeff's article about the election was a manifesto of his political views.
marshal
to arrange in order
- The general marshaled his troops before the attack.
martial
warlike; having to do with combat
- The school principle declared martial law when riots erupted throughout the school.
matriculate
to enroll, especially at college
- He matriculated to the local junior college as soon as he finished high school.
maudlin
silly; overly sentimental
- The high school reunion grew more maudlin as more memories were shared.
maverick
a nonconformist; a rebel
- The maverick police officer used illegal means to track down criminals.
maxim
a fundamental principle; an old saying
- We tried to live our lives according the maxim that it is better to give than to receive.
mellifluous
sweetly flowing
- her piano playing was mellifluous.
mendacious
lying; dishonest
- The jury saw right through the mendacious witness.
mendicant
a beggar
- Mendicants line the street of downtown Seattle.
mercurial
emotionally unpredictable
- My manager is mercurial, which makes it hard to determine what mood she will be in.
microcosm
the world in minature
- Our community is a microcosm of the larger world.
milieu
environment; surroundings
- The farmer in the big city felt out of his milieu.
misanthropic
hating mankind
- The monsters were misanthropic.
mollify
to soften; to soothe
- The mother was unable to mollify the crying baby.
monolithic
massive; solid
- The corporation was monolithic.
moribund
dying
- The sentator's political ideas were moribund.
morose
gloomy; sullen
- Todd was always so morose that he was never any fun to be around.
munificent
very generous; lavish
- The munificent millionaire gave lots of money to any charity that came to him with a request.
myopia
nearsightedness
- The president suffered from economic myopia.
myriad
a huge number
- There are a myriad of numbers why I do not like him.
nebulous
vague; hazy
- His views were so nebulous that no one was able to tell what he thought about anything.
nefarious
evil
- The criminal had committed many nefarious acts.
neologism
a new word or phrase
- At one time every word was a neologism.
nepotism
showing favortism to friends or family in business or politics
- Clarence was counting on nepotism when he married the boss's daughter.
nihilism
the belief that there are no values or morals in the universe
- The nihilist did not believe in any objective standards of right or wrong.
nominal
in name only; insignificant
- Scott was the nominal chair of the committe, but Marisol was the one who ran things.
novel
new; original
- Ray had a novel approach to doing homework; he didn't do it.
noxious
harmful; offensive
- smoking is a noxious habit.
nuance
a subtle difference or distiniction
- I am incapable of nuance; everything for me is is either black or white.
obdurate
stubborn and insensitive
- Kevin's obdurate refusal to listen to the plan was disappointing.
obfuscate
to darken; to confuse
- The spokesperson's attempt to explain what happened only obfuscated the situation.
oblique
indirect; at an angle
- She insulted him obliquely.
oblivion
total forgetfulness
- The young actor was headed for oblivion.
obscure
unknown; hard to understand
- The comedy club was filled with obsucure comedians.
obsequious
fawning; subservient
- The band's groupies were always obsequious.
obtuse
insensitive; blockheaded
- Karen was so obtuse that she didn't realize for several days that Caleb had asked her to marry him.
officious
annoyingly eager to help or advise
- The officious woman always was sticking her nose in other people's business.
onerous
burdensome; oppresive
- We were given the onerous task of cleaning the filthy room.
opaque
impossible to see through
- The windows in the celebrity's house were opaque.
opulent
luxurious
- Everything in the opulent palace was made of gold.
ostensible
apparent (but misleading)
- Treveor's ostensible kindness toward Kim belied his deep dislike for her.
ostentatious
excessively conspicuous; showing off
- The designer's use of expensive materials was ostentatious.