Glossary of L-O-1

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laborious adj
labyrinth n
A maze
lacerate v
To tear rudely or raggedly
lackadaisical adj
lactation n
The secretion of milk
lacteal adj
lactic adj
Pertaining to milk
laddie n
A lad
ladle n
A cup-shaped vessel with a long handle, intended for dipping up and pouring liquids
laggard adj
Falling behind
landholder n
landlord n
A man who owns and lets a tenement or tenements
landmark n
A familiar object in the landscape serving as a guide to an area otherwise easily lost track
landscape n
A rural view, especially one of picturesque effect, as seen from a distance or an elevation
languid adj
languor n
Lassitude of body or depression
lapse n
A slight deviation from what is right, proper, or just
lascivious adj
lassie n
A little lass
latent adj
latency n
The state of being dormant
later adv
At a subsequent time
lateral adj
Directed toward the side
latish adj
Rather late
lattice n
Openwork of metal or wood, formed by crossing or interlacing strips or bars
laud v
To praise in words or song
laudable adj
laudation n
High praise
laudatory adj
Pertaining to, expressing, or containing praise
laundress n
laureate adj
Crowned with laurel, as a mark of distinction
lave v
To wash or bathe
lawgiver n
A legislator
lawmaker n
A legislator
lax adj
Not stringent or energetic
laxative adj
Having power to open or loosen the bowels
lea n
A field
leaflet n
A little leaf or a booklet
leaven v
To make light by fermentation, as dough
leeward n
That side or direction toward which the wind blows
left-handed adj
Using the left hand or arm more dexterously than the right
legacy n
A bequest
legalize v
To give the authority of law to
legging n
A covering for the leg
legible adj
That may be read with ease
legionary n
A member of an ancient Roman legion or of the modern French Legion of Honor
legislate v
To make or enact a law or laws
legislative adj
That makes or enacts laws
legislator n
A lawgiver
legitimacy n
Accordance with law
legitimate adj
Having the sanction of law or established custom
leisure n
Spare time
leniency n
lenient adj
Not harsh
leonine adj
Like a lion
lethargy n
Prolonged sluggishness of body or mind
levee n
An embankment beside a river or stream or an arm of the sea, to prevent overflow
lever n
That which exerts, or through which one may exert great power
leviathan n
Any large animal, as a whale
levity n
levy v
To impose and collect by force or threat of force
lewd adj
Characterized by lust or lasciviousness
lexicographer n
One who makes dictionaries
lexicography n
The making of dictionaries
lexicon n
A dictionary
liable adj
Justly or legally responsible
libel n
liberalism n
Opposition to conservatism
liberate v
To set free or release from bondage
licentious adj
licit adj
liege adj
lien n
A legal claim or hold on property, as security for a debt or charge
lieu n
lifelike adj
lifelong adj
Lasting or continuous through life
lifetime n
The time that life continues
ligament n
That which binds objects together
ligature n
Anything that constricts, or serves for binding or tying
light-hearted adj
Free from care
ligneous adj
Having the texture of appearance of wood
likelihood n
A probability
likely adj
liking n
limitation n
A restriction
linear adj
Of the nature of a line
liner n
A vessel belonging to a steamship-line
lingo n
lingua n
The tongue
lingual adj
Pertaining to the use of the tongue in utterance
linguist n
One who is acquainted with several languages
linguistics n
The science of languages, or of the origin, history, and significance of words
liniment n
A liquid preparation for rubbing on the skin in cases of bruises, inflammation, etc
liquefacient adj
Possessing a liquefying nature or power
liquefy v
To convert into a liquid or into liquid form
liqueur n
An alcoholic cordial sweetened and flavored with aromatic substances
liquidate v
To deliver the amount or value of
liquor n
Any alcoholic or intoxicating liquid
listless adj
literacy n
The state or condition of knowing how to read and write
literal adj
Following the exact words
literature n
The written or printed productions of the human mind collectively
lithe adj
lithesome adj
lithograph n
A print made by printing from stone
lithotype n
In engraving, an etched stone surface for printing
litigant n
A party to a lawsuit
litigate v
To cause to become the subject-matter of a suit at law
litigious adj
littoral adj
Of, pertaining to, or living on a shore
liturgy n
A ritual
livelihood n
Means of subsistence
livid adj
Black-and-blue, as contused flesh
loam n
A non-coherent mixture of sand and clay
loath adj
loathe v
To abominate
locative adj
Indicating place, or the place where or wherein an action occurs
loch n
A lake
locomotion n
The act or power of moving from one place to another
lode n
A somewhat continuous unstratified metal- bearing vein
lodgment n
The act of furnishing with temporary quarters
logic n
The science of correct thinking
logical adj
Capable of or characterized by clear reasoning
logician n
An expert reasoner
loiterer n
One who consumes time idly
loneliness n
longevity n
Unusually prolonged life
loot v
To plunder
loquacious adj
lordling n
A little lord
lough n
A lake or loch
louse n
A small insect parasitic on and sucking the blood of mammals
lovable adj
low-spirited adj
lowly adv
lucid adj
Mentally sound
lucrative adj
Highly profitable
ludicrous adj
luminary n
One of the heavenly bodies as a source of light
luminescent adj
Showing increase of light
luminescence n
Showing increase
luminosity n
The quality of giving or radiating light
luminous adj
Giving or radiating light
lunacy n
Mental unsoundness
lunar adj
Pertaining to the moon
lunatic n
An insane person
lune n
The moon
lurid adj
Ghastly and sensational
luscious adj
Rich, sweet, and delicious
lustrous adj
luxuriance n
Excessive or superfluous growth or quantity
luxuriant adj
Abundant or superabundant in growth
luxuriate v
To live sumptuously
lying n
lyre n
One of the most ancient of stringed instruments of the harp class
lyric adj
Fitted for expression in song
macadamize v
To cover or pave, as a path or roadway, with small broken stone
machinery n
The parts of a machine or engine, taken collectively
machinist n
One who makes or repairs machines, or uses metal-working tools
macrocosm n
The whole of any sphere or department of nature or knowledge to which man is related
madden v
To inflame with passion
Madonna n
A painted or sculptured representation of the Virgin, usually with the infant Jesus
magician n
A sorcerer
magisterial adj
Having an air of authority
magistracy n
The office or dignity of a magistrate
magnanimous adj
Generous in treating or judging others
magnate n
A person of rank or importance
magnet n
A body possessing that peculiar form of polarity found in nature in the lodestone
magnetize v
To make a magnet of, permanently, or temporarily
magnificence n
The exhibition of greatness of action, character, intellect, wealth, or power
magnificent adj
Grand or majestic in appearance, quality, or action
magnitude n
maharaja n
A great Hindu prince
maidenhood n
maintain v
To hold or preserve in any particular state or condition
maintenance n
That which supports or sustains
maize n
Indian corn: usually in the United States called simply corn
makeup n
The arrangements or combination of the parts of which anything is composed
malady n
Any physical disease or disorder, especially a chronic or deep-seated one
malaria n
A fever characterized by alternating chills, fever, and sweating
malcontent n
One who is dissatisfied with the existing state of affairs
malediction n
The calling down of a curse or curses
malefactor n
One who injures another
maleficent adj
malevolence n
Ill will
malevolent adj
Wishing evil to others
malign v
To speak evil of, especially to do so falsely and severely
malignant adj
Evil in nature or tending to do great harm or mischief
malleable adj
mallet n
A wooden hammer
maltreat v
To treat ill, unkindly, roughly, or abusively
man-trap n
A place or structure dangerous to human life
mandate n
A command
mandatory adj
Expressive of positive command, as distinguished from merely directory
mane n
The long hair growing upon and about the neck of certain animals, as the horse and the lion
man-eater n
An animal that devours human beings
maneuver v
To make adroit or artful moves: manage affairs by strategy
mania n
maniac n
a person raving with madness
manifesto n
A public declaration, making announcement, explanation or defense of intentions, or
manlike adj
Like a man
manliness n
The qualities characteristic of a true man, as bravery, resolution, etc
mannerism n
Constant or excessive adherence to one manner, style, or peculiarity, as of action or
manor n
The landed estate of a lord or nobleman
mantel n
The facing, sometimes richly ornamented, about a fireplace, including the usual shelf above it
mantle n
A cloak
manufacturer n
A person engaged in manufacturing as a business
manumission n
manumit v
To set free from bondage
marine adj
Of or pertaining to the sea or matters connected with the sea
maritime adj
Situated on or near the sea
maroon v
To put ashore and abandon (a person) on a desolate coast or island
martial adj
Pertaining to war or military operations
Martian adj
Pertaining to Mars, either the Roman god of war or the planet
martyrdom n
Submission to death or persecution for the sake of faith or principle
marvel v
To be astonished and perplexed because of (something)
masonry n
The art or work of constructing, as buildings, walls, etc , with regularly arranged stones
masquerade n
A social party composed of persons masked and costumed so as to be disguised
massacre n
The unnecessary and indiscriminate killing of human beings
massive adj
Of considerable bulk and weight
masterpiece n
A superior production
mastery n
The attainment of superior skill
material n
That of which anything is composed or may be constructed
materialize v
To take perceptible or substantial form
maternal adj
Pertaining or peculiar to a mother or to motherhood
matinee n
An entertainment (especially theatrical) held in the daytime
matricide n
The killing, especially the murdering, of one's mother
matrimony n
The union of a man and a woman in marriage
matrix n
That which contains and gives shape or form to anything
matter of fact n
Something that has actual and undeniable existence or reality
maudlin adj
Foolishly and tearfully affectionate
mausoleum n
A tomb of more than ordinary size or architectural pretensions
mawkish adj
Sickening or insipid
maxim n
A principle accepted as true and acted on as a rule or guide
maze n
A labyrinth
mead n
A meadow
meager adj
mealy-mouthed adj
Afraid to express facts or opinions plainly
meander v
To wind and turn while proceeding in a course
mechanics n
The branch of physics that treats the phenomena caused by the action of forces
medallion n
A large medal
meddlesome adj
medial adj
Of or pertaining to the middle
mediate v
To effect by negotiating as an agent between parties
medicine n
A substance possessing or reputed to possess curative or remedial properties
medieval adj
Belonging or relating to or descriptive of the middle ages
mediocre adj
meditation n
The turning or revolving of a subject in the mind

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