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indomitable (adj)

not easily defeated or discouraged, or invincible

ineluctable (adj)

inescapable, something that can't be avoided

inevitable (adj)

that which cannot be avoided, certain to happen

iniquitous (adj)

grossly improper, unjust or wicked

innate (adj)

existing naturally, often from birth

inscrutable (adj)

difficult to understand, unreadable

insular (adj)

standing alone or isolated; it also means provincial and narrow-minded

interregnum (n)

a period of time or break between two successive governments

intimate (n)

someone who is a close friend

intractable (adj)

hard to manage or stubborn

inured (adj)

being used to something difficult or painful

invective (n)

an insult or sharp and nasty criticism

inveigle (v)

to persuade someone with kind words, to flatter to get something you want

invidious (adj)

extremely unpleasant or offensive

invigorate (v)

to fill with energy or to enliven

inviolable (adj)

secure from harm, safe from danger, or something that can't be crossed

invocation (n)

request to god or spirit for help or protection

invulnerable (adj)

very secure, something that can't be hurt

iota (n)

a very small amount, extremely small quantity

irascible (adj)

easily angered or quick-tempered

irate (adj)

angry or extremely upset

irreverence (n)


itinerant (adj)

traveling around or migrant

jaded (adj)

worn out; made insensitive by excess

jargon (n)

refers to words or terms used by people in specific fields or occupations

jaundiced (adj)

affected by negative feelings or being prejudiced or biased

jaunt (n)

a short trip for pleasure

jaunty (adj)

buoyantly self-confident or dapper

jettison (v)

to throw overboard or to get rid of things so as to achieve stability in a vessel or aircraft

jingoist (n)

someone who shows extreme nationalism

jocose (adj)

playful or humorous

jollity (n)

great happiness, merriness, and joy

jubilant (adj)

triumphant or thrilled

judicious (adj)

having good judgment or being balanced and wise

juggernaut (n)

something with great power and force that destroys everything in its path

junta (n)

a small group that rules a country after a revolution

jurisprudence (n)

the philosophy of law or the collected system of legal rulings

jut (v)

to protrude or to stick out past the ordinary limit

juxtapose (v)

to put things side by side to compare them

kernel (n)

inner part of a seed or, more generally, the central part of something

killjoy (n)

someone who ruins the fun

kindle (v)

to build or light a fire, to inspire, or to become bright

kindred (adj)

very much alike, having much in common or being related in some way

kleptomaniac (n)

someone who has the uncontrollable impulse to steal

knave (n)

a villain, someone without decency or honesty

knell (n)

the ominous sound of a bell or a signal of disaster

knoll (n)

a small slope or incline, small hill

labyrinth (n)

a maze or a confusing network of passages

laceration (n)

a deep cut or wound

lachrymose (adj)

causing or inclined to shed tears

lackluster (adj)

lacking in brightness, energy or vitality

laconic (adj)

brief with words, concise or something said with few words

laggard (n)

one who is slow and falls behind or a slowpoke

lampoon (v)

to make fun of or to mock

languish (v)

to lose vigor and vitality, to become weak

languor (n)

a lack of energy, lack of interest or spirit

lap (v)

to drink liquid, usually by dipping it up with one's tongue

larceny (n)

theft, robbery

larder (n)

a place where food is stored, pantry

lassitude (n)

feeling of being tired, or weariness of mind or body; it also means a condition of indifference

laudable (adj)

worthy of being praised or honored

lavish (adj)

occurring in great amounts; it also means generous in giving or spending

leaven (v)

to lighten and/or cause to rise

leery (adj)

cautious, skeptical or attentive

legerdemain (n)

sleight of hand, trickery, or manipulation

lethargy (n)

a great lack of energy, sluggishness or dullness

leverage (n)

an increased means of accomplishing a purpose with increased influence

levitate (v)

to hover or cause to rise and float in the air

levy (v)

to issue a tax or fine, to demand payment for something

lexicographer (n)

one who writes or compiles a dictionary

liability (n)

a disadvantage, drawback or unnecessary burden

libel (n)

a false statement written out of a desire to damage someone's reputation

libretto (n)

the words of an opera or similar musical composition

licentious (adj)

immoral and improper, especially in regards to sexual activity

lilliputian (adj)

tiny, extremely small

limber (adj)

flexible or being able to bend one's body easily

limerick (n)

a short humorous five-line poem

limpid (adj)

perfectly clear, transparent, or unclouded

linchpin (n)

a pin that attaches the wheel to the axle; it also means a vital element

lineage (n)

a line of descendants or members of the same group or family

liniment (n)

a soothing liquid or gel that's rubbed on injured skin

lionize (v)

to treat a person as a celebrity

lissome (adj)

having a flexible body, athletic

lithe (adj)

being easily bendable or flexible

litigant (n)

someone involved in a lawsuit

loll (v)

to lean or lounge in a relaxed manner

lugubrious (adj)

deeply sad and gloomy in an exaggerated way

lumen (n)

a unit of measure for the flow of light

mace (n)

an ancient weapon with a spiked ball on one end, also a ceremonial staff

macerate (v)

to soften or break down into parts, usually by soaking in a liquid

machinations (n)

secret plots or schemes, usually with evil intent

madrigal (n)

a short, poetic song for 2-3 voices, with no music

maelstrom (n)

a large whirlpool or a confused or disorderly state of things

magnanimous (adj)

very generous and kind

malapropism (n)

a comical or embarrassing misuse of words

malcontent (adj)

someone who is discontented or rebellious

malediction (n)

a curse, cruel words

malefactor (n)

someone who does harm, a bad person, like a criminal

malevolent (adj)

wishing harm to someone, showing ill will or mean-spirited

malfeasance (n)

wrongdoing or misconduct, specially by a public figure

malicious (adj)

having or showing ill will, wicked

malleable (adj)

able to be hammered, pounded, or pressed into shapes without breaking

mandate (n)

an authoritative command or order

manifest (v)

to make clear or evident, to reveal, or to appear

manifesto (n)

a public declaration of motives and intentions by a government, person, or group

manumit (v)

to set free, as from slavery

marginal (adj)

being on the outer or lower limits, borderline

marquee (n)

refers to the area that hangs over the entrance of a theater

martial (adj)

warlike or military

martinet (n)

someone who is strict or who sticks to the rules

masochist (adj)

one who receives pleasure from being dominated, mistreated, or hurt physically

matriarch (n)

a woman who rules her family or tribe; it can also mean a highly respected elderly woman

maudlin (adj)

overly emotional, sappy

maul (v)

to injure by beating or tearing

maverick (n)

someone who takes an independent stand; it can also mean a wild, unbranded animal that has strayed

mawkish (adj)

emotional to the point of being unpleasant

meander (v)

to take a winding or aimless course

meddlesome (adj)

being inclined to interfere or tamper with something or someone

medley (n)

a diverse mix, a jumble of things

meek (adj)

submissive, lacking initiatives; mild in nature

melee (n)

a fight involving several people, a chaotic battle or brawl

mellifluous (adj)

like honey, sweet and smooth

menagerie (n)

a collection of wild or exotic animals kept for exhibition; or an unusual and varied group

mendicant (n)

a person who lives by begging

menial (adj)

fit for servants, basic, or low

mercenary (adj)

working for payment only or motivated by a desire for money, especially a soldier paid to serve in a foreign military

mesmerize (v)

to hypnotize, captivate, or spellbind

metaphor (n)

a word or phrase that draws a comparison between two unlike things

metaphysical (adj)

abstract or related to philosophical discussions around reality, truth and being etc

metaphysics (n)

the branch of philosophy that seeks to explain the nature of being or reality

meticulous (adj)

extremely or excessively careful about details

mettle (n)

an inherent quality of character or courage

miasma (n)

a poisonous atmosphere, sickening air or something like it

microcosm (n)

a little world, miniature

migratory (adj)

relates to animals or other creatures that move from place to place

milieu (n)

cultural and social surroundings, environment

mimic (trv)

to imitate or copy something else

minion (n)

an employee, hireling, or subordinate

minutiae (n)

small or relatively unimportant details

mirth (n)

joyfulness or merriment, especially when characterized by laughter

misanthrope (n)

someone who hates other people

miscellany (n)

a miscellaneous collection or assortment

misdemeanor (n)

any minor offense for which the punishment is typically a fine or short imprisonment

modicum (n)

a small amount, a bit

modulate (v)

to change or to tone down

mollycoddle (n)

an excessively pampered boy

molt (v)

to shed an outer covering, such as skin, feathers, etc

monastic (adj)

secluded and simple, often monk-like

monolithic (adj)

massive, solid and uniform in appearance

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