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jejune

uninteresting and intellectually undemanding OR lacking maturity or sophistication

jeremiad

a long recitation of mournful complaints

jingo

an extreme patriot, especially somebody who advocates hostility toward other countries

juxtaposition

to place two or more things together, especially in order to suggest a link between them or emphasize the contrast between them

kowtow

to behave in an extremely submissive way in order to please somebody in a position of authority OR an extremely submissive act aimed at pleasing somebody in a position of authority

koan

a zen Buddhist riddle used to focus the mind during meditation and to develop intuitive thinking

lachrymose

crying or tending to cry easily and often OR so sad as to make people cry

laconic

using very few words

laissez-faire

the principle that the economy works best if private industry is not regulated and markets are free OR refusal to interfere in other people's affairs, or the practice of letting people do as they wish

lexicon

a reference book that alphabetically lists words and their meanings, e.g. of an ancient language OR the entire stock of words belonging to a branch of knowledge or known by somebody

loquacious

tending to talk a great deal

lucubrate

a written work resulting from prolonged study, often having a scholarly or pedantic style OR long hard study, especially at night

lugubrious

extremely mournful, sad, or gloomy

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