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13 terms

JKL Words

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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