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jabber
jargon
jaundiced
jaunt
jaunty
jealousy
jettison
jewel
jingoist
jocose
jocular
jollity
jostle
jovial
jubilant
jubilation
judicious
juicy
jungle
junta
jurisprudence
juxtaposition
kaleidoscope
kernel
kerosene
killjoy
kiln
kindle
kinetic
kleptomaniac
knave
knoll
knotty
laborious
laboriously
lachrymose
lackadaisical
lackluster
laconic
laggard
lament
lampoon
languid
languish
languor
larder
largely
largess
larva
lassitude
lasting
latitude
laud
laudable
laurels
lava
lawn
leadership
leak
leap
leaven
lecherous
lechery
legacy
legend
legerdemain
legislation
lengthen
leopard
lethargic
lethargy
levity
lexicographer
lexicon
liberally
liberate
liberator
libertarian
libertine
libretto
licentious
lilliputian
limber
limerick
limpid
linchpin
linen
linguistic
linguistics
liniment
lionize
liquid
liquidate
lisp
listless
litany
literary
literate
lithe
litter
liver
loath
loathsome
locally
locate
lofty
loiter
loll
longevity
loom
lope
loquacious
lore
lout
lugubrious
lull
luminary
luminous
lummox
lunge
lurk
luster
lustrous
luxuriant
lyrically
macabre
machination
macrocosm
madrigal
maelstrom
magnate
magnetic
magnificence
magnificent
magnify
magnitude
maim
maladroit
malady
malaise
malapropism
malcontent
malediction
malefactor
malevolent
malfeasance
malfunction
malign
malingerer
malleable
mallet
malodorous
mammoth
maniacal
mannerism
mansion
manual
manure
marble
marquee
marred
marsupial
martinet
massive
masterpiece
matchless
materialism
matriarch
matriculate
maul
maverick
mawkish
meander
meddlesome
mediate
megalomania
melee
mellifluous
melodious
melodrama
memory
menagerie
mendacious
mendicant
mercurial
meridian
mesmerize
messy
metallurgical
metaphor
meteorology
meticulous
metropolis
mettle
miasma
microbe
microcosm
mighty
migrant
migratory
milestone
milieu
militant
mimetic
mimic
mimicry
mincing
minuscule
minute
minutia
mire
mirth
misanthrope
misapprehension
miscellany
mischance
misconception
misconstrue
miserly
misgiving
misnomer
misrepresent
missive
mitigate
mnemonic
modest
modicum
modulate
mold
mollify
molt
molten
monarch
monastic
monochromatic
monolithic
monopolize
monopoly
monosyllabic
monotony
montage
monumental
moodiness
mordant
mores
moribund
mortify
mosaic
mote
motif
motivation
motive
mottled
mourning
muddle
muffle
muggy
multifaceted
multifarious
multiform
multilingual
multiple
multiplicity
multistory
munificent
murky
muscular
musky
mutability
muted
mutinous
myopic
mystify
myth
mythical


jabber: Read  talk rapidly, unintelligibly, or idly

jargon: Read  language used by a special group; technical terminology; nonsensical or meaningless talk

jaundiced: Read  prejudiced; affected by jaundice which causes yellowing of skin; yellow or yellowish

jaunt: Read  short trip or excursion, usually for pleasure; short journey

jaunty: Read  gay in manner, appearance, or action; easy and carefree

jealousy: Read  envy; jealous attitude or disposition

jettison: Read  throw overboard; eject from boat, submarine, aircraft, or spaceship

jewel: Read  gemstone; costly ornament of precious metal or gem

jingoist: Read  extremely aggressive and militant patriot; one who advocates aggressive nationalism

jocose: Read  given to joking; merry; humorous

jocular: Read  humorous, amusing or joking; sportive; not serious

jollity: Read  gayness; splendor; cheerfulness or celebration

jostle: Read  come into rough contact with while moving; make one's way by pushing or elbowing

jovial: Read  good-natured; marked by good cheer; cheerful and good-humored

jubilant: Read  happy; merry; joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success

jubilation: Read  rejoicing; feeling of extreme joy

judicious: Read  exhibiting good judgment or sound thinking; prudent

juicy: Read  full of juice; lucrative; richly interesting

jungle: Read  land densely overgrown with tropical vegetation; dense, confused mass

junta: Read  group of men joined in political intrigue; group of military officers ruling a country

jurisprudence: Read  philosophy or science of law; division or department of law

juxtaposition: Read  act of positioning close together; side-by-side position

kaleidoscope: Read  tube in which patterns made by reflection in mirrors of colored pieces of glass; produce interesting symmetrical effects

kernel: Read  central or vital part; most material and central part; grain or seed as of corn

kerosene: Read  flammable hydrocarbon oil used as fuel in lamps and heaters

killjoy: Read  one who spoils pleasure or fun of others; spoilsport

kiln: Read  large oven; furnace

kindle: Read  build or fuel a fire; cause to glow; light up; inspire

kinetic: Read  relating to, or produced by motion; dynamic

kleptomaniac: Read  person who has compulsive desire to steal

knave: Read  untrustworthy person; deceitful and unreliable scoundrel; man of humble birth; male servant

knoll: Read  small rounded hill or mound; top or crown of hill

knotty: Read  tied in knots; covered with knots or knobs; difficult to understand or solve

laborious: Read  demanding much work or care; tedious

laboriously: Read  in a laborious manner; in a manner requiring much labor

lachrymose: Read  weeping or inclined to weep; tearful; showing sorrow

lackadaisical: Read  lacking purpose or zest; halfhearted; lacking spirit or liveliness

lackluster: Read  dull; lacking luster or shine

laconic: Read  brief; effectively cut short; marked by use of few words

laggard: Read  slow; sluggish; wasting time

lament: Read  grieve; express sorrow; regret deeply

lampoon: Read  ridicule; subject to abusive ridicule expressed in work of art

languid: Read  lacking energy or vitality; weak; sluggish; lacking spirit or liveliness

languish: Read  lose animation; be or become weak or feeble; lose strength or vigor

languor: Read  feeling of lack of interest or energy; depression

larder: Read  pantry; place where food is kept

largely: Read  in a large manner; for the most part; mainly

largess: Read  generous gift; money or gifts bestowed

larva: Read  newly hatched, wingless, often wormlike form of many insects before metamorphosis

lassitude: Read  state or feeling of weariness, diminished energy, or listlessness

lasting: Read  continuing or remaining for a long time; enduring; durable

latitude: Read  freedom from normal restraints; angular distance north or south of the earth's equator

laud: Read  give praise to; glorify; celebrate or honor

laudable: Read  deserving of praise; worthy of high praise

laurels: Read  honors conferred for some notable achievement; credit

lava: Read  hot liquid rock from a volcano that becomes solid as it cools

lawn: Read  landscape; grassland, usually tended or mowed; meadow

leadership: Read  guidance; direction; authority; position or office of a leader

leak: Read  escape fluid from container through a hole or crack; tell anonymously; reveal

leap: Read  jump; hop; place jumped over or from

leaven: Read  cause to rise, especially by fermentation; add a rising agent to

lecherous: Read  vigorously passionate; excessive desire, especially in sexual activity

lechery: Read  unrestrained indulgence in sexual activity; impurity in thought and deed

legacy: Read  gift made by a will; something handed down from an ancestor

legend: Read  explanatory list of symbols on a map; unverified story handed down from earlier times

legerdemain: Read  show of skill or deceitful cleverness, considered magical by naive observers

legislation: Read  lawmaking; the act of making or enacting laws ; law enacted by a legislative body

lengthen: Read  extend; make or become longer

leopard: Read  large feline of African and Asian forests usually having a tawny coat with black spots

lethargic: Read  drowsy; dull; indifferent or apathetic

lethargy: Read  inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy

levity: Read  lack of seriousness; lightness of manner or speech, especially when inappropriate

lexicographer: Read  author or compiler of dictionary; one employed in making of vocabulary or wordbook of language

lexicon: Read  dictionary; a stock of terms used in particular profession, subject, or style; vocabulary

liberally: Read  freely; unrestrictedly; in a liberal manner

liberate: Read  set free, as from oppression, confinement, or foreign control; discharge; release

liberator: Read  someone who releases people from captivity

libertarian: Read  one who advocates individual rights and free will

libertine: Read  free thinker, usually used disparagingly; one without moral restraint

libretto: Read  text of dramatic musical work, such as opera

licentious: Read  amoral; unrestrained; lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint

lilliputian: Read  extremely small; very small person; trivial or petty

limber: Read  capable of moving, bending, or contorting easily

limerick: Read  humorous short verse; nonsense song or verse

limpid: Read  clear, transparent or bright; calm, untroubled, and without worry

linchpin: Read  something that holds or links various parts together

linen: Read  fabric woven with fibers from the flax plant; thread made from fibers of the flax plant

linguistic: Read  relating to language or linguistics; relating to study of language

linguistics: Read  humanistic study of language and literature

liniment: Read  medicinal liquid that is rubbed into skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain

lionize: Read  look on or treat a person as celebrity; visit famous places in order to revere them

liquid: Read  fluid; juice; substance in fluid state

liquidate: Read  settle accounts to pay them off; clear up

lisp: Read  pronounce the letter s imperfectly; give s and z the sound of th; speak hesitatingly with low voice, as if afraid

listless: Read  lacking in spirit or energy to exert effort

litany: Read  repetitive or incantatory recital; long and tedious address

literary: Read  knowledgeable about literature; of or relating to or characteristic of literature

literate: Read  educated; schooled; one who can read and write

lithe: Read  flexible; moving and bending with ease

litter: Read  disorderly accumulation of objects; carelessly discarded refuse, such as wastepaper

liver: Read  large and complicated reddish-brown glandular organ located in upper right chest

loath: Read  unwilling or reluctant; filled with disgust or aversion; dislike

loathsome: Read  highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust

locally: Read  in that area; to a restricted area of the body

locate: Read  find; monitor; settle; determine or specify the position or limits o

lofty: Read  high, tall, having great height; idealistic, implying over-optimism

loiter: Read  stand idly about; linger aimlessly; proceed slowly or with many stops

loll: Read  be lazy or idle; move, stand, or recline in relaxed manner

longevity: Read  long life; great duration of life; long duration or continuance, as in an occupation

long-lasting: Read  existing for a long time

loom: Read  appear or take shape, usually in enlarged or distorted form

lope: Read  gallop slowly; run or ride with steady, easy gait; travel an easy pace with long strides

loquacious: Read  talkative; given to continual talking; chattering

lore: Read  legend; wisdom; knowledge acquired through education or experience

lout: Read  awkward and stupid person; troublemaker, often violent

lugubrious: Read  mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to exaggerated degree

lull: Read  moment of calm; a period of calm weather; temporary quiet and rest

luminary: Read  celebrity; person who is an inspiration to others; person who has achieved eminence in specific field

luminous: Read  shining; emitting light, especially emitting self-generated light

lummox: Read  big or clumsy, often stupid person

lunge: Read  quick forward dive or reach; thrust

lurk: Read  stealthily lie in waiting; exist unperceived

luster: Read  shine, polish or sparkle; soft reflected light

lustrous: Read  giving out or shedding light, as sun or fire; reflecting light; having brilliant surface

luxuriant: Read  abundant; rich and splendid; fertile

lyrically: Read  in a lyrical manner; in a manner that is pleasing to hear, as singing

macabre: Read  suggesting the horror of death and decay; gruesome

machination: Read  clever scheme or artful plot, usually crafted for evil purposes

macrocosm: Read  the whole universe or entire world; complex structure, such as society, considered as single entity that contains numerous smaller-scale structures

madrigal: Read  song for two or three unaccompanied voices; short poem, often about love, suitable for being set to music

maelstrom: Read  whirlpool; powerful circular current of water

magnate: Read  powerful or influential person, especially in business or industry

magnetic: Read  having the properties of attracting iron or steel; captivating; attractive; being to draw or pull

magnificence: Read  grandeur; splendor; grand or imposing beauty

magnificent: Read  grand or noble in thought or deed; outstanding of its kind

magnify: Read  intensify; increase; make greater in size; enlarge

magnitude: Read  extent; greatness of rank, size, or position

maim: Read  wound seriously; cause permanent loss of function of limb or part of body

maladroit: Read  showing lack of skill; clumsy or awkward

malady: Read  disease, disorder, or ailment; unwholesome condition

malaise: Read  general sense of depression or unease; vague feeling of bodily discomfort, as at beginning of illness

malapropism: Read  comic misuse of word, especially by confusion with one of similar sound

malcontent: Read  person dissatisfied with current conditions; discontented person

malediction: Read  curse; evil speaking; utterance of curse or execration

malefactor: Read  criminal; one who does evil or injury to another

malevolent: Read  having or exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others; malicious

malfeasance: Read  misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by public official

malfunction: Read  failure; breakdown; faulty or abnormal functioning

malign: Read  speak evil of; bad-mouth; defame

malingerer: Read  one who feigns illness to escape duty

malleable: Read  capable of being shaped by pounding; impressionable

mallet: Read  hammer; a tool resembling a hammer but with a large head; a light drumstick with a rounded head

malodorous: Read  foul-smelling; having bad or offensive odor

mammoth: Read  gigantic; of great comparative size

maniacal: Read  wildly disordered; excessive enthusiasm or excitement; insane

mannerism: Read  exaggerated display; behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual

mansion: Read  dwelling-house of the better class; a large or stately residence

manual: Read  guide book; hand-operated

manure: Read  fertilizer; any animal or plant material used to fertilize land; spread manure

marble: Read  hard crystalline metamorphic rock that takes a high polish

marquee: Read  large tent, often with open sides, used chiefly for outdoor entertainment; roof like structure

marred: Read  damaged or disfigured by injury or rough wear

marsupial: Read  any mammal of which the female typically has a pouch in which it rears its young, such as kangaroo or koala

martinet: Read  strict disciplinarian; one who demands absolute adherence to forms and rules

massive: Read  enormous; colossal; consisting of great mass; containing a great quantity of matter

masterpiece: Read  chief excellence or great talent; outstanding work of art or craft

matchless: Read  incomparable; having no match or equal; unsurpassed; peerless

materialism: Read  philosophical theory that matter is the only reality

matriarch: Read  woman who rules a family, clan, or tribe; highly respected woman who is a mother

matriculate: Read  enroll in college or graduate school

maul: Read  handle someone or something in a rough way; cause serious physical wounds

maverick: Read  independent in thought and action

mawkish: Read  insincerely emotional; showing a sickly excess of sentiment

meander: Read  follow a winding and turning course; move aimlessly and idly without fixed direction

meddlesome: Read  inclined to interfere in other people's business; intrusive in offensive manner

mediate: Read  resolve or settle differences by working with all conflicting parties

megalomania: Read  mental disorder with delusions of grandeur

melee: Read  fight in which the combatants are mingled; hand to hand conflict; noisy riotous fight

mellifluous: Read  flowing or dropping like honey; sweetly or smoothly flowing, especially in sound

melodious: Read  harmonious; euphonic; agreeable to hear; producing agreeable, especially musical, sounds

melodrama: Read  drama, characterized by exaggerated emotions, stereotypical characters, and interpersonal conflicts

memory: Read  faculty of mind by which it retains the knowledge of previous thoughts, impressions, or events

menagerie: Read  collection of live wild animals on exhibition; enclosure in which wild animals are kept

mendacious: Read  lying; habitually dishonest; speaking falsely

mendicant: Read  beggar; religious friar forbidden to own personal property who begs for living

mercurial: Read  capricious; liable to sudden unpredictable change; quick and changeable in temperament

meridian: Read  imaginary circle on surface of the earth through the north and south poles at right angles to the equator; noon

mesmerize: Read  hypnotize; attract strongly, as if with magnet; bring into a state of mesmeric sleep

messy: Read  dirty; unorganized; disorderly; unpleasantly difficult to settle or resolve

metallurgical: Read  pertaining to art or skill of removing metals from ores

metaphor: Read  implied comparison; one thing conceived as representing another; symbol

meteorology: Read  earth science dealing with phenomena of the atmosphere; predicting what the weather will be

meticulous: Read  excessively careful; marked by extreme care in treatment of details

metropolis: Read  major city, especially chief city of country or region

mettle: Read  quality of endurance and courage; good temperament and character

miasma: Read  swamp gas; heavy, vaporous atmosphere, often emanating from decaying matter; pervasive corrupting influence

microbe: Read  germ; minute life form; microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease

microcosm: Read  small, representative system having analogies to larger system; miniature model of something

mighty: Read  having or showing great strength or force or intensity

migrant: Read  habitually moving from place to place especially in search of seasonal work; wandering

migratory: Read  wandering; moving from place to place; unsettled

milestone: Read  landmark; significant development

milieu: Read  environment; person’s social setting or environment

militant: Read  fighting or warring; having a combative character; aggressive

mimetic: Read  imitative; exhibiting mimicry

mimic: Read  copy or imitate closely, especially in speech, expression

mimicry: Read  imitation; act, practice, or art of mimicking

mincing: Read  speaking or walking affectedly or with caution; affectedly elegant and nice

minuscule: Read  very small; tiny; lowercase letter

minute: Read  extremely small; short note

minutia: Read  petty details; small particular or detail; a minute or trivial matter of fact

mire: Read  cause to sink or become stuck in; hinder, entrap, or entangle

mirth: Read  gladness and gaiety, especially when expressed by laughter

misanthrope: Read  one who hates or mistrusts mankind

misapprehension: Read  wrong apprehension of one's meaning or of a fact; misunderstanding

miscellany: Read  collection of various items, parts, or ingredients, especially one composed of diverse literary works

mischance: Read  unfortunate occurrence; mishap; bad luck

misconception: Read  mistaken thought, idea, or notion; erroneous conception; false opinion

misconstrue: Read  interpret incorrectly; misjudge; mistake the meaning of

miserly: Read  indicative of lack of generosity; cautious with money

misgiving: Read  feeling of doubt, distrust, or apprehension

misnomer: Read  error in naming person or place; name wrongly or unsuitably applied to a person or an object

misrepresent: Read  give false or incorrect impression, often deliberately; serve unsatisfactorily as representative

missive: Read  letter; written message; messenger

mitigate: Read  make less severe or harsh; moderate

mnemonic: Read  assisting, or intended to assist the memory

modest: Read  humble; less ambitious; moderate

modicum: Read  limited quantity; small or moderate amount; any small thing

modulate: Read  tone down in intensity; regulate; change from one key to another

mold: Read  distinctive character or type; shape or pattern

mollify: Read  make less rigid or softer; calm in temper or feeling

molt: Read  shed or cast off hair or feathers

molten: Read  made liquid by heat; glowing red-hot; being in a state of fusion

monarch: Read  king; sole and absolute ruler; sovereign, such as a king or empress

monastic: Read  related to monks or monasteries; removed from worldly concerns

monochromatic: Read  having only one color; viewing only one color, total color blindness

monolithic: Read  constituting or acting as a single, often in rigid or uniform

monopolize: Read  dominate; occupy; have and control fully and exclusively

monopoly: Read  exclusive control or possession of something; domination

monosyllabic: Read  having only one syllable; speaking in curt

monotony: Read  uniformity or lack of variation; continual increase, or continual decrease; tedium as a result of repetition

montage: Read  photographic composition combining elements from different sources

monumental: Read  massive; taking a great amount of time and effort to complete; in manner of a monument

moodiness: Read  feeling of depression or gloom; sullenness

mordant: Read  bitingly painful; harshly ironic or sinister; serving to fix colors in dyeing

mores: Read  conventions; moral standards; accepted traditional customs

moribund: Read  dying; in dying state; approaching death; about to die

mortify: Read  cause to experience shame or humiliation; embarrass

mosaic: Read  picture design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into surface

mote: Read  tiny piece of anything; very small particle

motif: Read  dominant theme or central idea; repeated figure or design in architecture or decoration

motivation: Read  incentive; psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal

motive: Read  emotion, desire, physiological need; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior

mottled: Read  spotted with different shades or colors

mourning: Read  expression of deep sorrow because someone has died

muddle: Read  make muddy; mix confusedly; think, act, or proceed in confused or aimless manner

muffle: Read  bare end of nose between nostrils

muggy: Read  warm and extremely humid; moist; damp; moldy

multifaceted: Read  having many facets or aspects

multifarious: Read  varied; greatly diversified; made up of many differing parts

multiform: Read  occurring in or having many forms or shapes

multilingual: Read  using or having ability to use several languages

multiple: Read  having, or consisting of more than one part; many

multiplicity: Read  state of being multiplex or various; condition of being numerous; a large number

multistory: Read  building that having more than one story

munificent: Read  very liberal in giving; showing great generosity

murky: Read  dark and gloomy; thick with fog; vague

muscular: Read  having or suggesting great physical power; of or relating to or consisting of muscle

musky: Read  having odor of musk, a secretion produced by certain animals, such as otter or civet

mutability: Read  ability to change in form; fickleness

muted: Read  silent; muffled; toned down; indistinct

mutinous: Read  unruly; rebellious; turbulent and uncontrollable

myopic: Read  nearsighted; lacking foresight; narrow minded

mystify: Read  bewilder purposely; confuse or puzzle mentally; make obscure or mysterious

myth: Read  legend; fable; a traditional story accepted as history

mythical: Read  legendary; fictitious; existing in myth