100 SAT Words Beginning with "J," "K," and "L"

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  1. jaded
    bored or apathetic after experiencing too much of something
    After so long on the road, beaches and ruins might have left me jaded, and breathtaking views might no longer take my breath away.New York Times (Jul 26, 2011)
  2. jargon
    technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject
    He has complained that officials' speeches and writings were clogged with Party jargon and demanded more plain speaking.
  3. jaunt
    a journey taken for pleasure
    He got the idea during afternoon jaunts around the neighborhood with his daughter, Iris, then 9, who rode her bicycle while Mr. Cronin jogged.New York Times (Jun 2, 2010)
  4. jaunty
    having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air
    Yet his mood was jaunty and he cheerfully claimed to have achieved his ambition, thus far, of getting through February without touching alcohol.
  5. jeer
    laugh at with contempt and derision
    The mob jeered, and derided, and insulted her in every conceivable way.Abbott, John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot)
  6. jejune
    lacking interest or significance or impact
    The works called good are dry and jejune, soon consummated, often of questionable value, and leaving behind them when finished a sense of vacuity.Jefferies, Richard
  7. jeopardize
    pose a threat to; present a danger to
    Furthermore, Facebook could jeopardize Google’s online dominance by developing its own search capabilities. Forbes (Dec 30, 2011)
  8. jest
    activity characterized by good humor
    Everybody was in the highest spirits; every jest or bit of fun was caught, bandied back and forth, and passed on with new trimmings.Kelly, Florence Finch
  9. jettison
    throw away, of something encumbering
    In the editing room, they jettisoned material they had once deemed essential but came to view as extraneous.Seattle Times (Feb 20, 2012)
  10. jibe
    an aggressive remark directed at a person
    We would jibe one another, laugh at a fellow to his chagrin, and when we were angry bawl each other out unmercifully.Davis, James J. (James John)
  11. jingoist
    an extreme bellicose nationalist
    And, hell, I'm no jingoist, but surely we can do better in this country than importing our drugs from Mexico, right?
  12. jocular
    characterized by jokes and good humor
    Maria saw every thing, and marked well the expression of Mr. Stokes's face, so serious, so unlike his usual jocular tone.Newby, Emma
  13. jollity
    feeling jovial and full of good humor
    Smiling faces, mirth, and jollity abound everywhere, and good feeling unites all men as brethren on this most popular of all the Dutch festivals.Hough, P. M.
  14. jostle
    make one's way by pushing or shoving
    "This morning there was a lot of people trying to jostle and barge into the queue, but fortunately everyone had a number," he said.
  15. jovial
    full of or showing high-spirited merriment
    He looked a gentleman all over, and his merry laugh and jovial manner made one certain at once that he was a general favourite.Brereton, F. S. (Frederick Sadleir)
  16. jubilant
    full of high-spirited delight
    As the results poured in, a jubilant, well-heeled crowd thronged the street outside the party's headquarters, dancing and cheering.
  17. judicious
    marked by the exercise of good judgment in practical matters
    It is judicious to consult a physician immediately, in punctured or lacerated wounds, because they often induce the most dangerous diseases.Cutter, Calvin
  18. juggernaut
    a massive inexorable force
    Welch transformed GE into a sleek juggernaut that dominated market segments from jet engines and locomotives to finance.Washington Post (Aug 1, 2010)
  19. juncture
    a point in time when a critical decision must be made
    At critical junctures throughout the crisis, Mrs. Merkel has resisted appeals to appease the financial markets by lowering borrowing costs.New York Times (Dec 7, 2011)
  20. junket
    a trip taken by an official at public expense
    Mr. Abramoff arranged for junkets, including foreign golfing destinations, for the members of Congress he was trying to influence.New York Times (Feb 27, 2010)
  21. junta
    a group of officers who rule a country after seizing power
    The stock soared 10.2% in London after Mali's military junta agreed to reinstate the country's constitution following last month's coup.Wall Street Journal (Apr 10, 2012)
  22. jurisdiction
    the territory within which power can be exercised
    Governments are exercising power over people outside their jurisdictions through global Internet companies.Slate (Jan 30, 2012)
  23. jurisprudence
    the collection of rules imposed by authority
    And American jurisprudence is supposed to be guided by lofty ideals, not the bottom line; our laws should be moral, not mercenary.New York Times (Apr 17, 2010)
  24. justify
    defend, explain, or make excuses for by reasoning
    “He still relies on his dead father’s authority to justify his rule.”New York Times (Apr 15, 2012)
  25. juxtapose
    place side by side
    In other words, black and white, when juxtaposed, mutually reinforce each other.Luckiesh, Matthew
  26. keen
    demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
    His keen eyes had detected a small, swiftly moving object on the horizon--the expected patrol boat.Westerman, Percy F. (Percy Francis)
  27. ken
    range of what one can know or understand
    Ah, but the Eyes Divine look long and see far; things beyond the human ken are all revealed.Brady, Cyrus Townsend
  28. kindle
    cause to start burning
    At a little distance a fire had been quickly kindled and cooking was already going on.Stoddard, William O.
  29. kinetic
    characterized by motion
    But when the can is opened, the potential energy quickly converts to kinetic energy as the fake snake jumps out.Scientific American (Apr 5, 2012)
  30. kinship
    relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption
    Alexander the Great extended his conquests as far eastward as India, whose native inhabitants claim kinship with European peoples through a common Aryan ancestry.Whitney, Orson F.
  31. knave
    a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
    The merchant subsequently turned out a very great knave, cheating Tom on various occasions, and finally broke, very much in his debt. Borrow, George Henry
  32. knead
    use the hands to mix and work something into a uniform mass
    He did not look at her as he spoke, but kept on diligently smoothing and kneading the soft clay.Heyse, Paul
  33. knell
    the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death
    "If she dies," he had said, and the words rang in my ears like a funeral knell.Boothby, Guy
  34. knit
    make by needlework with interlacing yarn
    Poor farming families took up extra work in the villages such as making gloves, knitting stockings, or spinning yarn.Reilly, S. A.
  35. knoll
    a small natural hill
    At the very base of the hill or knoll alluded to, they halted.Ellis, Edward Sylvester
  36. knotty
    highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
    I am, at this present writing, perplexed and plagued with two knotty problems in politics.Adams, Abigail
  37. labile
    readily undergoing change or breakdown
    We are rather like the labile chemical compounds: our molecules readily rearrange themselves.Ellis, Havelock
  38. lachrymose
    showing sorrow
    She had got rid of her tears before she came down to dinner, but still she was melancholy and almost lachrymose.Trollope, Anthony
  39. lackadaisical
    idle or indolent especially in a dreamy way
    She was rather listless and lackadaisical, but seemed to be well content so that she could lie within sight of the Master and dream.Buxton, Robert Hugh
  40. lackluster
    lacking brilliance or vitality
    But his momentum dwindled just as quickly after a pair of lackluster debate performances.Chicago Tribune (Feb 1, 2012)
  41. laconic
    brief and to the point
    I thought the circumstances warranted conciseness, and my being laconic, if necessary.Waller, Mary E. (Mary Ella)
  42. lament
    express grief verbally
    They went through the passages weeping and lamenting.Colum, Padraic
  43. lampoon
    a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style
    Granted, all are outrageously exaggerated, but a discerning eye can detect the truth that lurks behind any satire, parody, or lampoon.Anonymous
  44. lancet
    an acutely pointed Gothic arch
    Nothing of the sacred edifice remained, however, but the Gothic front, with its deep portal and grand lancet window, already described.Irving, Washington
  45. languid
    lacking spirit or liveliness
    I felt languid, disinclined for all that was serious,—in fact, lazy.Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix
  46. languish
    lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
    He would have found production suspended, or languishing.Knight, Charles
  47. languor
    a feeling of lack of interest or energy
    Now, on that evening an inexplicable languor made him dreamy; his eyes followed in vain the text; his rebellious thoughts were scattered.Unknown
  48. lassitude
    weakness characterized by a lack of vitality or energy
    He told by her very attitude that now there was lassitude, even weariness in her.Blackwood, Algernon
  49. latent
    potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
    But the whole future man is already hidden, not yet declared, but latent all the same in the child's heart.Adler, Felix
  50. latter
    referring to the second of two things or persons mentioned
    More missiles were fired carefully—not to do damage, but to discourage the intruders; the latter were held at bay for another twelve hours.Gallun, Raymond Z.
  51. laudable
    worthy of high praise
    In newspaper obituaries, it was long customary to lavish praise on the subjects, noting laudable traits of character.New York Times (Oct 25, 2010)
  52. lavish
    characterized by extravagance and profusion
    In Colorado, Blagojevich — whose penchant for expensive suits and lavish spending were outlined at his first trial — will have no luxuries.
  53. leery
    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
    People in China wounded by gunshots are often leery of going to hospitals, fearing that they will face questioning and possibly retaliation by the authorities.New York Times (Jan 23, 2012)
  54. legacy
    a gift of personal property by will
    Like other heirs to civil rights legacies, Mr. Boykin finds himself facing expectations he did not seek.New York Times (Feb 11, 2012)
  55. legerdemain
    an illusory feat
    Everything short of this is trick, legerdemain, sleight of hand.Stanton, Elizabeth Cady
  56. legislate
    make laws or bills
    "We will dispense with the conventional wisdom that bigger bills are always better," he said, "that fast legislating is good legislating."Slate (Feb 4, 2011)
  57. legitimacy
    undisputed credibility
    The Fathers of the Church never called in question the validity or the legitimacy of such Baptisms.Gibbons, James
  58. legitimate
    authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law
    To make them seem legitimate, grant applications included the names of real scientists, established research institutes and existing companies, he says.Nature (Jun 15, 2011)
  59. leisure
    time available for ease and relaxation
    He says that young Lincoln often called at his office and borrowed books to read at home during leisure hours.Herndon, William H.
  60. leniency
    mercifulness as a consequence of being tolerant
    There is no more room for leniency or tolerance in enforcing law ...
  61. lethal
    of an instrument of certain death
    He was executed by lethal injection at Stateville Correctional Center in 1994.
  62. lethargic
    deficient in alertness or activity
    Then, stolidly, with set mouth, she went on with her work, movements a little slower, perhaps, a bit lethargic, surely, bungling now and then.Titus, Harold
  63. lethargy
    weakness characterized by a lack of vitality or energy
    Then he, as it were, awoke, and got up on his legs, but again felt the same lethargy, and fell.Jefferies, Richard
  64. levee
    an embankment built to prevent a river from overflowing
    In some cases, levees would be set back farther from rivers, creating flood buffers and shallow flood-plain-style habitat.New York Times (Mar 2, 2012)
  65. level
    a relative position or degree of value in a graded group
    Also, the over 80% participation level Sunday means there are few idle voters to mobilize.
  66. leverage
    strategic advantage; power to act effectively
    If things continue to improve faster than expected, Obama could have some leverage in future decisions on budget cutting or further stimulus.BusinessWeek (Feb 14, 2012)
  67. leviathan
    the largest or most massive thing of its kind
    Tearing along at well over her contract speed, the 27,500-ton leviathan meant business.Westerman, Percy F. (Percy Francis)
  68. levity
    a manner lacking seriousness
    At the same time, avoid jesting, merriment, or undue levity, as it will be out of place, and appear heartless.Hartley, Cecil B.
  69. lexicon
    a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words
    A grim new noun has entered the lexicon—"99ers," people whose 99 weeks of extended jobless benefits have all run dry.BusinessWeek (Aug 12, 2010)
  70. liability
    something that holds you back
    “There’s a PR liability, if not a real liability, if some guy’s stoned and messes up on a rig,” he said.
  71. liaison
    a means of communication between groups
    After his parents divorced — an amicable parting — Trayvon served as a liaison between them, "sending little messages back and forth between us," says Martin.
  72. libation
    a serving of an alcoholic beverage
    By his Falstaffian girth, he appeared a man not averse to good living, nor one to deny himself plentiful libations of American home-brewed ale.Fisher, Harrison
  73. libel
    a false and malicious publication
    Libel and slander like "racist," "fascist," "bigot," etc. color every news report of every counter-jihad action.
  74. lilliputian
    very small
    Despite its Brobdingnagian length, the quartet consists of Lilliputian parcels: succinct gestures, tiny shudders, rising and falling melodic cells.New York Times (Apr 13, 2010)
  75. limber
    capable of moving or bending freely
    To stay healthy and limber, the players twist their bodies into a series of poses like pigeon, downward dog and eagle.New York Times (May 1, 2010)
  76. limpid
    clear and bright
    However clear and limpid the stream may look, I never forget that its source was in foulness!Lever, Charles James
  77. lineage
    the kinship relation between an individual and progenitors
    He has long suspected his Jewish lineage - Judaism is passed down through the mother's side.Washington Post (Jul 30, 2010)
  78. linger
    remain present although waning or gradually dying
    The virus spreads easily through the air, and in closed rooms, infected droplets can linger for up to two hours after the sick person leaves.
  79. linguistic
    consisting of or related to language
    Basque separatists have been murdering Spaniards in the name of political, linguistic and cultural independence, just as Franco imprisoned anyone who spoke Basque or Catalan.New York Times (Apr 22, 2010)
  80. lionize
    assign great social importance to
    In 2004, when Mr. Foster raised questions about cost estimates by the Bush administration, Democrats lionized him as a paragon of integrity.New York Times (Apr 24, 2010)
  81. liquidate
    convert into cash
    Eurex Clearing began liquidating, or selling off, positions after MF Global defaulted, a process it had completed by the following day, November 2.
  82. lissome
    moving and bending with ease
    In this garden the musicians played, and the tawny dancers writhed and curved their lissome bodies, in dramatic Eastern dances.Hartley, C. Gasquoine (Catherine Gasquoine)
  83. listless
    lacking zest or vivacity
    Always an athletic, outgoing man, he became listless and quiet, sleeping much of the day and avoiding his friends.New York Times (Oct 11, 2010)
  84. literal
    limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text
    The problem is that, so far, it is quite literal with its translations and lacks the nuance of someone who speaks the language.BBC (Oct 29, 2010)
  85. lithe
    moving and bending with ease
    She put both feet, visible beneath her short skirt, suddenly very close together, and curved her lithe body in an abrupt burlesque bow.Fawcett, Edgar
  86. litigation
    a legal proceeding in a court
    On Thursday, after years of litigation, a frustrated judge decided Moroun had obstructed the law once too often, and threw him in jail for contempt.
  87. livid
    furiously angry
    He stopped, strangled with passion, his tall figure towering above her, his face livid, his hands clutched in rage.Dixon, Thomas
  88. loll
    be lazy or idle
    It was, as is usual with trading posts, surrounded by a number of Indian wigwams, the denizens of which were lazily lolling in the sun.Seville, William P.
  89. longevity
    the property of having lived for a considerable time
    There, on the hill, gazing seaward, where fishing smacks moved, I rubbed the horny bark, envying the tree’s longevity and its years ahead.Bartlett, Paul Alexander
  90. loquacious
    full of trivial conversation
    A loquacious fellow, who nevertheless finds time to eat and sleep, is continually talking; but a great river flows continuously.Bierce, Ambrose
  91. lucid
    transparently clear; easily understandable
    It is an argument — a sustained, lucid case in which points are made logically and backed by evidence and reason.New York Times (Mar 29, 2012)
  92. lucrative
    producing a sizeable profit
    As a professional, Tanner earned more than $2 million and signed lucrative endorsement deals.New York Times (Feb 13, 2012)
  93. ludicrous
    inviting ridicule
    At the first blush it had appeared ludicrous—incredible; but, on reflection, there was, he found, nothing so extravagant in it.Trollope, Frances Eleanor
  94. lugubrious
    excessively mournful
    In the gay capital of France he led a wretched life, in constant dread of future disaster, and ceaselessly uttering lugubrious prognostications.Baird, Henry Martyn
  95. lull
    make calm or still
    Terence, lulled by tears, had fallen asleep long since upon the floor.Wingfield, Lewis
  96. luminary
    a celebrity who is an inspiration to others
    Founded in 1947, the group's members have included such luminaries as Walt Disney, Spencer Tracy and another American president, Ronald Reagan.Seattle Times (Apr 11, 2011)
  97. lunar
    of or relating to or associated with the moon
    But when the Moon shrinks to a crescent - as it has this week - lunar light pollution is less of an issue.
  98. lurid
    glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism
    The Ukrainian press, not surprisingly, had a field day with the story, writing thinly sourced exposés filled with lurid details.New York Times (Nov 18, 2011)
  99. lurk
    lie in wait or behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
    The Cape Mounted Rifles went out in skirmishing order, ahead of the infantry, keeping a vigilant look-out for lurking foes.Henty, G. A. (George Alfred)
  100. lustrous
    reflecting light
    For instance, in chemical composition the lustrous diamond is nothing but crystallized carbon.Various

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