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Itinerant (eye-TIN-er-unt), adjective Describes a person who, or anything that, travels from position to put with a function. whereas i used to be among jobs, I labored as an ITINERANT farmer. jetsam (JET-sum), noun fabric thrown overboard to lighten the weight of a boat at risk. because the send jam-packed with seawater, Madame Fontaine pleaded with the sailor to not throw her trunk of garments overboard with the remainder of the JETSAM sinking underneath the wild waves. jihad (jee-HAD), noun An Islamic holy warfare; a sour battle or dispute entered over an issue of precept. The terminology should be difficult, Mr. Ambassador; to us it was once a terrorist act, yet to these sympathetic with the gang that planted the bomb it used to be a holy act undertaken as a part of a JIHAD. jingoistic (jin-go-ISS-tik), adjective Aggressively and overbearingly patriotic. A jingo is an individual whose patriotism is expressed in bellicose rhetoric (for example, injunctions to organize for war). somebody who's jingoistic is blindly and aggressively nationalistic. Such JINGOISTIC babbling can hardly ever be acknowledged to go for warm recommendation to a head of country. juggernaut (JUG-ur-not), noun An item or strength so strong that it flattens or destroys whatever in its direction. The earthquake did a few minor structural harm to town, however the twister that per week later used to be a JUGGERNAUT, destroying each domestic and development it touched. junket (JUNK-it), noun A leisure journey, day out, or day trip; usually, a excitement journey taken by means of public officers for the ostensible function of collecting proof. The congressman’s eight-week journey to Oahu, supposedly to survey the Hawaiian method of future health care, is just the newest of a protracted sequence of JUNKETS that decision into query his skill to regulate public assets with integrity. kilter (KIL-tur), noun operating situation; right place; order. even though I had used a degree and ruler while placing the portray, i'll see that it used to be off-KILTER while I stepped again a number of ft. labyrinth (LAB-uh-rinth), noun An complex or outsized maze; anywhere or state of affairs during which getting one’s bearings turns out tough or most unlikely. As a part of his scan, Herman timed how lengthy it took many of the breeds of mice to make it via a LABYRINTH to a dish bearing a section of cheese. laconic (luh-KON-ik), adjective Of few phrases. Speech that's concise or terse is laconic. Cooper’s performances are LACONIC, yet the entire extra robust for his or her terseness. laggard (LAG-urd), noun person who lags in the back of or loiters. A laggard fails to maintain. we've accomplished our a part of the venture, Mr. Miller; it's the LAGGARDS within the accounting division who've now not. laity (LAY-uh-tee), noun a bunch of non secular worshipers differentiated from the clergy; contributors of the lay neighborhood. Bishop Riley, ever conscious that his predecessor have been criticized for his inaccessibility, made some degree of mingling with the LAITY up to attainable. lalapalooza (la-luh-puh-LOO-zuh), noun anything extraordinary or strange. The charity carnival concluded with a LALAPALOOZA of a parade, during which the mayor rode a unicycle and juggled grapefruits to the sound of untamed applause.