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inviolable
Detail    speak
a. secure from corruption, attack, or violation; unassailable
Batman considered his oath to keep the people of Gotham City inviolable: nothing on earth could make him break this promise.
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irascible
Detail    speak
a. irritable; easily angered; excited by or arising from anger
Miss Minchin's irascible temper intimidated the younger schoolgirls, who feared she'd burst into a rage at any moment.
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ire
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n. anger; wrath; keen resentment; irritate
The waiter tried unsuccessfully to placate the ire of the diner who had found a cockroach in her soup.
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iridescent
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a. exhibiting or giving out colors like those of rainbow; gleaming or shimmering with rainbow colors
She admired the iridescent hues of the oil that floated on the surface of the water.
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irremediable
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a. incurable; uncorrectable; impossible to remedy or correct
The error she made was irremediable; she could see no way to repair it.
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irreproachable
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a. perfect or blameless in every respect; faultless; impeccable
Homer's conduct at the office party was irreproachable; even Marge didn't have anything bad to say about how he behaved.
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irresolute
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a. uncertain how to act or proceed; undecided; lacking in resolution
Once you have made your decision, don't waver; a leader should never appear irresolute.
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irretrievable
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a. impossible to recover or regain; irreparable
The left fielder tried to retrieve the ball, but it flew over the fence, bounced off a wall, and fell into the sewer: it was irretrievable.
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irreverence
Detail    speak
n. lack of proper respect; disrespectful act or remark
Some audience members were amused by the irreverence of the comedian's jokes about the Pope; others felt offended by his lack of respect for their faith.
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jaundiced
Detail    speak
a. prejudiced; affected by jaundice which causes yellowing of the skin; yellow or yellowish
Because Sue disliked Carolyn, she looked at Carolyn's paintings with a jaundiced eye, calling them formless smears.
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jingoist
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n. extremely aggressive and militant patriot; one who advocates aggressive nationalism
Always bellowing 'America first, the congressman was such a jingoist you could almost hear the sabers rattling as he marched down the halls.
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jocose
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a. given to joking; merry; humorous
The salesman was so jocose that many of his customers suggested that he become a stand-up comic.
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jocular
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a. humorous, amusing or joking; sportive; not serious
Although Bill knew the boss hated jokes, he couldn't resist making one jocular remark.
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jollity
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n. gayness; splendor; cheerfulness or celebration
The festive Christmas dinner was a merry one, and old and young alike joined in the general jollity.
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jostle
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v. come into rough contact with while moving; make one's way by pushing or elbowing
In the subway station, the crowds jostle him.
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jubilation
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n. rejoicing; feeling of extreme joy
There was great jubilation when the armistice was announced.
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junta
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n. group of men joined in political intrigue; a group of military officers ruling a country
As soon as he learned of its existence, the dictator ordered the execution of all of the junta members.
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jurisprudence
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n. philosophy or science of law; a division or department of law
He was more a student of jurisprudence than a practitioner of the law.
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juxtaposition
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n. act of positioning close together; side-by-side position
It is the result of the juxtaposition of contrasting colors.
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kleptomaniac
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n. person who has compulsive desire to steal
They discovered that the wealthy customer was a kleptomaniac when they caught her stealing some cheap trinkets.
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