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undefined, object
copy deck
lateral
of or coming from the side
s loft
room or space under the roof; attic
libel
defamatory written statement; act of writing something that smears a person's character; V. ADJ. libelous
n lagoon
shallow body of water or lake near a sea; lake separated from a sea by sandbars or coral reefs
n larder
pantry; place where food is kept
s lag
move or develop more slowly; straggle; Ex. lag behind the rest; N.
n litigation
lawsuit; N. litigant: one party in a lawsuit; V. litigate
n libido
psychic and emotional energy or urges behind human activity; sexual desire
n leaven
add leaven to; cause to rise or grow lighter; enliven; N: agent, such as yeast, that causes dough to rise (by fermentation); element that lightens or enlivens
n litany
supplicatory prayer; prayer in which the priest calls out and the people replies in the same words
n laconic
brief and to the point; using few words; terse
n lode
metal-bearing vein(long deposit of an ore)
n loom
appear or take shape (usually in an enlarged, indistinct, or distorted form); Ex. The shadow of the gallows loomed threateningly. N: apparatus for making thread into cloth
liaison
contact that keeps parties in communication; communication between groups; one that maintains communication; go-between; secret love affair; V. liaise: keep a connection
s enliven
make lively or spirited; animate
n laity
laypersons; laymen; persons not connected with the clergy
n libretto
text of an opera or oratorio; CF. book
loathe
detest; ADJ. loathsome: arousing loathing; offensive; Ex. loathsome smell
n legerdemain
sleight(dexterity) of hand; CF. light of hand
s linger
loiter or dawdle; be slow in leaving; delay going; continue or persist; be slow to disappear; Ex. The smell lingered for days.
n lancet
small surgical tool for making incisions
languish
lose animation or strength
s feature
distinctive part of the faces (as the eyes or mouth); features: overall appearance of the face; prominent or distinctive quality; prominent article; film; V: make prominent
n luminary
celebrity (in a specific field); dignitary; object that gives light (as a celestial body)
legend
explanatory list of symbols on a map
s lance
pierce with a lance; cut into; N: spearlike weapon
n levee
earthen or stone embankment to prevent flooding; CF. raise
n low
moo; make the sound of a cow
n lap
take in food or drink with one's tongue; splash gently; Ex. waves lapping the shore; N: front area from the waist to the knees of a seated person
s margin
border; room; allowance beyond what is needed; Ex. margin of safety
n larceny
theft; Ex. petit larceny
n ludicrous
laughable; ridiculous; trifling
log
record of a voyage or flight; record of day-to-day activities; section of a trunk; V.
leniency
mildness; permissiveness; ADJ. lenient: not severe in judgment or punishment
s permissive
allowing much freedom; lenient; Ex. permissive society
n levitate
rise and float in the air (especially by magical means); CF. light
laborious
demanding much work or care; tedious
n libertine
debauched person; dissolute or licentious person; rou\'e; CF. free
listless
lacking in spirit or energy; languid
languor
lack of physical or mental energy; lassitude; depression
n lull
moment of calm; period of reduced activity; Ex. a lull in the rain; V: cause to become less active; cause to sleep or rest; Ex. lull the opponents into a false sense of security; CF. lullaby
linguistic
pertaining to language
lucid
easily understood; clear; intelligible; N. lucidity
n lien
legal claim or right on a property
s rou\'e
lecherous man
n levy
impose (a fine); collect (a payment); impose or collect (a tax); Ex. levy a tax on tobacco
s noose
loop formed in a rope
n luscious
pleasing to taste or smell; delicious
n liability
drawback; handicap; debts; obligation; responsibility; condition of being liable; ADJ. liable: likely; responsible (for paying)
longevity
long life; long duration
loquacious
talkative; N. loquacity
s halfhearted
exhibiting little interest or enthusiasm
n livid
lead-colored; black and blue (as from a bruise); ashen; enraged; extremely angry
n lax
careless; negligent; not paying enough attention; Ex. lax service
n limn
draw; outline; describe; CF. line ?
s marginal
of a margin; barely within a limit; Ex. marginal effect/writing ability
s willowy
flexible; pliant; slender; CF. willow
s lounge
stand, sit, or lie in a lazy, relaxed way
s lust
intense sexual desire; intense eagerness; V.
n lectern
reading desk or stand for a public speaker
n lineaments
features especially of the face; distinctive shape or contour of the face; CF. line
n lustrous
shining; brilliant; Ex. lustrous hair
leonine
like a lion
n loll
lounge about
n luxuriant
abundant; growing healthily and in large amounts; excessively ornate; rich and splendid; fertile; Ex. luxuriant forests/prose; CF. luxurious, luxuriate
lament
grieve; express sorrow; N. lamentation
languid
lacking energy or vitality; weary; sluggish; listless
n latitude
freedom from narrow limitations
n leery
(of someone) suspicious; wary; cautious
s rag
scrap of cloth; ADJ. ragged: old and torn; seeming unfinished and imperfect; Ex. ragged debut/performance
lunar
pertaining to the moon
n limber
flexible; supple; pliable; V.
n lassitude
languor; weariness; listlessness
lethal
deadly
labyrinth
maze
lucrative
profitable; producing wealth
lethargic
drowsy; dull; N. lethargy: state of sluggishness and inactivity
lofty
very high
n lithe
flexible; supple; CF. limber
s liquidate
settle accounts; pay off (a debt); clear up; eliminate; kill or abolish
n lampoon
ridicule; N: written attack ridiculing or satirizing a person, group, or institution
s slink
move furtively; ADJ. slinky: stealthy; furtive; sneaky (as in ambush)
loiter
hang about/around; stand idly about; linger
s abode
dwelling place; home
n lurk
stealthily lie in waiting; slink; exist unperceived
n lucre
money; profit; Ex. filthy lucre
n leeway
room to move; margin; latitude; Ex. leeway for the deadline
n litotes
understatement for emphasis; Ex. ``not bad(=pretty good)''
n laggard
slow; sluggish; N: one who lags; straggler
s license
official or legal permission; latitude of action or speech; excessive freedom that causes harm or damage; V.
lascivious
lustful
s understate
state with less truth than seems warranted by the facts; Ex. He understated the seriousness of the crime; N. understatement; OP. overstate
n lachrymose
producing tears; tearful
n lackluster
lacking luster(shine; gloss); dull
s lionize
treat (a person) as a celebrity
s persist
continue in existence; last; continue in a course of action in spite of opposition; Ex. persist in/with something; ADJ. persistent
n lope
gallop slowly
n lank
long and thin; Ex. Lank, gaunt, Abraham Lincoln
libidinous
lustful
n ligneous
like wood
s gallows
framework from which a noose is suspended (used for execution by hanging)
n lumen
unit of light energy (one candle's worth)
n luster
shine; gloss (of a polished surface)
n lurid
wild; sensational; graphic; gruesome; horrible; Ex. lurid details of the murder
lewd
lustful
s lubricate
apply a lubricant to; N. lubricant: substance that reduces friction
legacy
gift made by a will; something handed down from an ancestor
n lout
clumsy person; ADJ. loutish; CF. from countrysides ?
levity
lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity; lightness of manner
n limbo
region near heaven or hell where certain souls are kept; prison (slang); Ex. Purgatory and Limbo
s list
tilt (as of a ship); lean over (to one side)
n largess
generous gift (given to people who do not have enough)
s dignitary
person of high rank or position
s rip
tear or be torn quickly and violently; Ex. The sail ripped under the force of the wind; N.
n lexicographer
compiler of a dictionary; CF. lexicography: work of compiling a dictionary
s layman
man who is not a cleric; man who is nonprofessional
licentious
amoral; lewd and lascivious; unrestrained
n luminous
shining (esp. in the dark); issuing light; Ex. luminous paint/road signs
n limpid
crystal clear
n lumber
move heavily or clumsily; Ex. The bear lumbered through the woods; N: timber
lechery
gross lewdness; lustfulness; ADJ. lecherous; N. lecher: lecherous man
s straggle
stray or fall behind (a main group); spread out in a scattered group; Ex. straggling marathon racer; Ex. straggling branch
latent
present but not yet noticeable or active; dormant; hidden; N. latency; CF. potential
n labile
likely to change; unstable; Ex. emotionally labile; N. lability
n laceration
torn ragged wound; V. lacerate: tear (the skin as with broken glass); wound
lineage
descent; ancestry
s abide
dwell; abide by: comply with; put up with; tolerate; Ex. abide by the rules; Ex. I can't abide rude people.
n lackadaisical
lacking interest or effort; lacking purpose or zest; lazy; halfhearted; languid
n lilliputian
extremely small; CF. Lilliput in Gulliver's Travels
s filth
dirty matter; ADJ. filthy
s lunatic
insane; Ex. lunatic asylum
n lavish
liberal; wasteful; generous or wasteful in giving or using; abundant; profuse; great; Ex. decorated lavishly; V. give in abundance
laud
praise; N. ADJ. laudable: praiseworthy; ADJ. laudatory: expressing praise
n loath
reluctant; unwilling; disinclined; Ex. Romeo and Juliet were both loath for him to go.
n lugubrious
mournful; sorrowful
n lexicon
dictionary

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