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Lagoon
shallow body of water near a sea; lake
Laity
laypersons; persons not connected with the clergy
Lambaste
beat; thrash verbally or physically
LAMENT / LAMENTATION
grieve; express sorrow
Lampoon
ridicule
Lancet
small surgical tool for making incisions
Languid
weary; sluggish; listless
Languish
lose animation or strength
Languor
lassitude; depression
Lank
long and thin
Lap
take in food or drink with one's tongue; splash gently
Larceny
theft
Larder
pantry; place where food is kept
Largess
generous gift
Lascivious
lustful
Lassitude
languor; weariness
Latent/Latency
potential but undeveloped; dormant; hidden
Lateral
coming from the side
Latitude
freedom from narrow limitations
LAUD // LAUDATORY / LAUDIBLE
praise
Lax
careless
Leaven
cause to rise or grow lighter; enliven
Lechery/Lecherous
gross lewdness; lustfulness
Lectern
reading desk
Leery
suspicious; cautious
Leeway
room to move; margin
Legacy
a gift made by will
legend
explanatory symbols on a map
Legerdemain
sleight of hand
LENIENCY / LENIENT
mildness; permissiveness
Leonine
like a lion
Lethargic
drowsy; dull
Levee
earthen or stone embankment to prevent flooding
Levitate
float in the air (esp. by magical means)
Levity
Lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity
Levy
impost (a fine); collect (a payment)
Lewd
Lustful
Lexicographer
compiler of dictionary
Lexicon
dictionary
Liability
drawback; debts
Liason
contract that keeps parties in communication; go-between; secret love affair
Libel/Libelous
defamatory statement; act of writing something that smears a person's character
Libertine
debauched person; roue
Libidinous
lustful
Libido
emotional urges behind human activity
Libretto
text of an opera
Licentious
amoral; lewd and lascivious; unrestrained
Lien
legal claim on a property
Ligneous
like wood
Abase
degrade ; lower; humiliate
Abash
embarrass; humiliate
Abate
subside; moderate; diminish
Abbreviate
shorten
Abdicate
renounce
Aberrant/Aberration
abnormal; deviating from usual
Abet
Assist (usually doing something wrong)
Abeyance
Suspended action
Abor
detest; hate
Abject
wretched; lacking pride
Abjure
renounce upon oath; disavow
Ablution
washing
Abnegation
self-sacrifice; renunciation
Abolish
cancel; put an end to
Abominable/Abominate
detestable; extremely unpleasant / loathe; hate
Lilliputian
extremely small
Limber
flexible
Limbo
region near heaven or hell where certain sould are kept; a prison (slang)
Limn
draw; ouline; describe
Limpid
clear
Lineage
descent; ancestry
Lineaments
features, esp. of face
Linger
loiter or dawdle; continue or persist
Lionize
treat as a celebrity
Liquidate
settle accounts; clear up
List
tilt; turn over
Listless
lacking in spirit or energy
Litany
supplicatory prayer
Lithe
flexible; supple
Litigation/Litigant
lawsuit
Litotes
understatement for emphasis
Livid
lead-colored; black and blue; ashen; enraged
Loath
disinclined; reluctant
Loathe/Loathsome
detest
Lode
metal-bearing vein
Lofty
very high
Log
record of a voyage or flight; record of day-today activities
Loiter
hang around; linger
Loll
lounge about
Loom
appear to take shape (usually in an enlarged or distorted form)
Lope
gallop slowly
LOQUACIOUS / LOQUACITY
talkative
ENVIRON/ENVIRONS
surround; enclose
ENTRANCE
put under spell; carry away with emotion
ENTREE
Entrance; way in
EPITAPH
inscription in memory of a dead person
ENGENDER
cause; produce
EPIC
long heroic poem, novel, or similar work of art
ERUDITE
learned; scholarly
ENSCONCE
settle comfortably
ENERVATE/ENERVATION
Weaken
EQUABLE
tranquil; steady; uniform
ESPIONAGE
spying
ENUNCIATE
utter or speak, esp. distinctly
EON
long period
ENDURING
lasting; surviving
ENHANCE
improve; increase
ENNUI
Boredom
ERRATIC
unpredictable; odd
EPITHET
word or phrase characteristically used to describe a person or thing
EQUANIMITY
calmness of temperment; composure
EQUIPOISE
balance; balancing force; equilibrium
ESTEEM
respect; value
EQUINE
resembling a horse
ETHERAL
light; heavenly; unusually refined
ESTIMABLE
worthy of esteem; admirable
EQUINOX
period of equal days and nights; beginning of spring and autumn
ENMITY
ill will; hatred
ENIGMA/ENIGMATIC
puzzle; mystery / obscure; puzzling
ENRAPTURE
Please excessively
ENTOMOLOGY
Study of insects
ENTERPRISING
full of initiative
EPISTEMOLOGIST
Philosopher who studies the nature of knowledge
ENCUMBER
Burden
EQUIVICAL
Ambiguous; intentionally misleading
lie; mislead; attempt to conceal truth
ENORMITY
hugeness
EPILOGUE
Short speech at conclusion of dramatic work
ENSUE
Follow as a consequence; result
EQUITABLE/EQUITY
fair; impartial
fairness; justice
ESCAPADE
prank; fighty conduct
ETHNOLOGY
study of humankind (branch of anthropology in which study of mankind based on race)
ENTREAT
plead; ask earnestly
ENTHRALL
Capture; enslave
ENTAIL
require; necessitate; involve
ENTREPRENEUR
businessperson; contractor
ENGROSS
occupy fully
ENUMERATE
list; mention one by one
EPICURE/EPICUREAN
Connoisseur of food and drink
ESPOUSE
adopt ; support
EQUILIBRIUM
balance
ENTICE
lure; attract; tempt
ESTRANGED/ESTRANGEMENT
separated ; alienated
EPAULET
ornament worn on the shoulder (of a uniform etc.)
ERRANT
wandering
EPOCH
period of time
EQUESTRIAN
rider on horseback
ETHOS
underlying character of a culture, group, etc.
EPHEMERAL
short-lived; fleeting; transient
ETYMOLOGY
study of word parts
EULOGISTIC
praising
ENFRANCHISE
Admit of rights of citizenship (esp. right to vote)
ENDEMIC
Prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country.
ENDUE
Provide with some quality; endow
ENJOIN
command; order; forbid
ENDORSE/ENDORSEMENT
Approve ; support
ETHNIC
relating to races
ENERGIZE
invigorate; make forceful and active
EUGENIC
pertaining to the improvement of race
ENTITY
Real being
EPISODIC
loosely connected
EPIGRAM
witty thought or saying, usually short
EPITOME/EPITOMIZE
perfect example of embodiment
ESOTERIC
hard to understand; known only to the chosen few
ESCHEW
avoid
ESSAY
Make an attempt at ; test
ENGAGE/ENGAGING
attract; hire; pledge oneself; confront / Attractive; charming
ENDEARMENT
fond word or act
EROTIC
sexual content
FLIPPANT
lacking proper seriousness
FLIT
fly; dart lightly; pass swiftly by
FLOE
mass of floating ice
FLORA
Plants of a region or era
FLORID
ruddy; reddish; flowery
FLOTSAM
drifing wreckage
FLOUNDER
struggle and thrash about; proceed clumsily and falter
FLOURISH
grow well
FLOUT
mock; reject; show contempt for
FLUCTUATE
waver;shift
FLUENCY
smoothness of speech
FLUKE
unlikely occurence; stroke of fortune
FLUSTER
confuse
FLUTED
having vertical parallel grooves (as in the piller)
FLUX
flowing; series of changes
FODDER
Coarse food for the cattle, horses etc
FOIBLE
weakness; slight fault
FOIL
contrast
defeat; frustrate
FOIST
insert improperly; palm off
FOLIAGE
masses of leaves
FOMENT
stir up; instigate
FOOLHARDY
RASH
FOP
Dandy; man excessively preoccupied with the clothes
FORAY
raid
FORBEARANCE
patience
FORD
place where the river can be crossed on foot
FOREBEARS
Ancestors
FOREBODING
Premonition of evil
FORENSIC
suitable to debate or courts of law
FORESHADOW
give an indication beforehand; portend; prefigure
FORESIGHT
ability to foresee future happenings; prudence
FORESTALL
prevent by taking action in advance
FORGO
give up; do without
FORLORN
sad and lonely; wretched
FORMALITY
ceremonious quality; something done just for form's sake
FORMIDABLE
inspiring fear or apprehension; difficult; awe-inspiring
FORSAKE
desert; abandon; renounce
FORSWEAR
renounce; abandon
FORTE
strong point or special talent
FORTHRIGHT
straightforward; frank; direct
FORTITUDE
Bravery; courage
FORTUITOUS
accidental; by chance
FOSTER
rear; encourage
FOUNDER
fail completely; sink
FRACAS
Noisy quarrel; brawl; melee
FRACTIOUS
unruly; disobedient; irritable
FRAIL
weak
FRANCHISE
right granted by authority; right to vote; license to sell a product in a partidular territory
FRANTIC
wild
FRAUDULENT
cheating; deceitful
FRAUGHT
filled or charged with; causing emotional distress
FRAY
brawl
wear away by friction
FRENETIC
frenzied; frantic
FRENZIED
madly excited
FRESCO
painting on plaster (usually fresh)
FRET
be annoyed or vexed
FRICTION
clash in opinion; rubbing against
FRIEZE
ornamental band on a wall
FRIGID
intensely cold
FRITTER
waste
FRIVOLOUS
lacking in seriousness; self-indulgently carefree; relatively unimportant
FROLICSOME
prankish; gay
FROND
fern leaf; palm or banana leaf
FROWARD
stubbornly contrary; obstinately disobedient
FRUCTIFY
bear fruit
FRUGALITY/FRUGAL
thrift; economy
FRUITION
bearing of fruit; fulfilment; realization
FRUSTRATE
thwart; defeat
FUGITIVE
fleeting or transitory; roving
FULCRUM
support on which a lever rests
FULMINATE
denounce thunderously; explode
FULSOME
disgustingly excessive
FUNCTIONARY
official
FUNERAL
sad; solemn
FUROR
frenzy; great excitement
FURTIVE
stealthy; sneaky
FUSILLADE
simultaneous firing or outburst (of missiles, questions etc.,)
FUSION
union; blending; synthesis
FUTILE
union; blending; synthesis
GADFLY
animal-biting fly; an irritating person
GAFFE
social blunder
FALLACIOUS
false;misleading
Mistaken idea based on flawed resoning; invalid argument
FALLIBLE
liable to err
FALLOW
ploughed but not sowed; uncultivated
FALTER
hesitate
FANATACISM/FANATIC
Excessive zeal; extreme devotion to a belief or cause
FANCIED / FANCY
imagined; unreal
notion; whim; inclination
FANFARE
call by bugles or trumpets; showy display
FARCE
broad comedy; mockery
FASTITIOUS
Difficult to please; squeamish
FATALISM
Belief that events are determined by forces beyond one's control
FATHOM
comprehend; investigate
FATUOUS
brainless; inane; foolish, yet smug; Fatheads
FAUNA
animals of a period or region
FAWNING
trying to please by behaving obsequiously, flattering, or cringing
FAZE
disconcert; dismay
FEASIBLE
pratical
FEBRILE
Feverish
FECKLESS
feeble and ineffective; careless and irresponsible
FECUNDITY
Fertility; fruitfulness
FEIGN
pretend
FEINT
trick; shift; sham blow
FELICITOUS
apt; suitable expressed; well chosen
appropriateness (of a remark, choice, etc.); happiness
FELL
cruel; deadly
cut or knock down, bring down (with a missile)
FELON
person convicted of a grave crime
FERAL
not domestic; wild
FERMENT
agitation; commotion
FERRET
Drive or hunt out of hiding
FERVENT
ardent; hot
FERVID
ardent
FERVOR
glowing ardor; intensity of feeling
FESTER
rankle; produce irritation or resentment
FESTIVE
Joyous; celebratory
FETE
honor at a festival
FETID
malodorous; foul-smelling
FETTER
shackle
FIASCO
total failure
FIAT
command; authorization
FICKLE
changeable; faithless
FICTITIOUS
imaginary
FIDELITY
loyalty
FIGMENT
invention;imaginary thing
FIGURATIVE
not literal, but metamorpical; using a figure of speech
FIGURINE
small ornamental statuette
FILCH
steal
FILIAL
pertaining to son or daughter
FILIBUSTER
block legislation by making long speeches
FILIGREE
Delicate, lacelike metalwork
FILING
particle removed by a file
FINALE
conclusion
FINESSE
delicate skill
FINICKY
too particular; fussy
FINITE
limited
FIREBRAND
hothead; troublemaker
FISSURE
crevice
FITFUL
spasmodic; intermittent
FLACCID
flabby
FLAG / FLAGGING
droop; grow feeble
FLAGRANT
conscpicuously wicked; blatant; outrageous
FLAIL
thresh grain by hand; strike or slap; toss about
FLAIR
talent
FLAMBOYANT
ornate
FLAUNT
display ostentatiously
FLAY
strip off skin; plunder; whip; attack with harsh criticism
FLECK
spot
FLEDGLING
inexperienced
FLEECE
wool coat of a sheep
Rob;plunder
FLICK
light stroke as with a whip
FLINCH
hesitate; shrink
GAINSAY
deny
GAIT
manner of walking or running; speed
GALE
windstorm; gust of wind; emotional outburst (laughter, tears)
GALL
annoy; chafe
GALLEON
large sailing ship
GALVANIZE
stimulate by shock; stir up; revitalize
GAMBIT
opening in chess in which a piece is sacrificed
GAMBOL
romp; skip about; leap playfully
GAMELY
in a spirited manner; with courage
GAMUT
entire range
GARBLED
mixed up; jumbled; distorted
GARGANTUAN
huge; enormous
GARGOYLE
waterspout carved in grotesque figures on a building
GARISH
overbright in color; gaudy
GARNER
gather; store up
GARRULOUS
loquacious; wordy; talktive
GASTRONOMY
science of preparing and serving good food
GAUCHE
clumsy; coarse and uncouth
GAUDY
flashy; showy
GAUNT
lean and angular; barren
GAVEL
hammerlike tool; mallet
GAWK
stare foolishly; look in open-mouthed awe
GAZETTE
official periodical publication
GENEALOGY
record of descent; lineage
GENERALITY
vague statement
GENIALITY
cheerfulness; kindliness; sympathy
GENRE
particular variety of art or literature
GENTEEL
well-bred; elegant
GENTILITY
those of gentle birth; refinement
GENTRY
people of standing; class of people just below nobility
GENUFLECT
bend the knee as in worship
GERMANE
pertinent; bearing upon the case at hand
GERMINAL
creative
GERONTOCRACY
government ruled by old peole
GERRYMANDER
change voting district lines in order to favor a political party
GESTATE
evolve, as in prenatal growth
GESTICULATION
motion; gesture
GHASTLY
horrible
GIBE
mock
GIDDY
light-hearted; dizzy
GINGERLY
very carefully
GIST
essence
GLACIAL
like a glacier; extremely cold
GLARING
highly conspicuous; harshly bright
GLEAN
gather leavings
GLIB
fluent; facile; slick
GLOAT
express evil satisfaction; view malevolently
GLOSS OVER
explain away
GLOWER
scowl
GLUT
overstock
GLUTINOUS
sticky; viscous
GNARLED
twisted
GNOME
twisted
GOAD
urge on
GORGE
narrow canyon; steep, rocky cleft

stuff oneself
GORY
bloody
GOSSAMER
sheer; like cobwebs
GOUGE
tear out

overcharge
GOURMAND
epicure; person who takes excessive pleasure in food and drink
GRANARY
storehouse for grain
GRANDEUR
impressiveness; stateliness; majesty
GRANDILOQUENT
pompous; bombastic; using high-sounding language
GRANDIOSE
pretentious; high-flown; ridiculously exaggerated; impressive
GRANULATE
form into grains
GRAPPLE
wrestle; come to grips with
GRATE
make a harsh noise; have an unpleasant effect; shred
GRATIFY
please
GRATIS
free
GRATUITOUS
given freely; unwarranted; uncalled for
GRATUITY
tip
GERGARIOUS
sociable
GRIEVANCE
cause of complaint
GRILL
question severely
GRIMACE
facial distortion to show feeling such as pain. disgust, etc.
GRISLY
ghastly
GROTTO
small cavern
GROUSE
complain; fuss
GROVEL
crawl or creep on ground; remain prostrate
GRUDGING
unwilling; reluctant; stingy
GRUEL
thin; liquid porridge
GRUELING
exhausting
GRUESOME
grisly; horrible
GRUFF
rough-mannered
GUFFAW
boisterous laughter
GUILE
deceit; duplicity; wiliness; cunning
GUILELESS
without deceit
GUISE
appearance; costume
GULL
trick; hoodwink
GULLIABLE
easily deceived
GUSTATORY
affecting the sense of taste
GUSTO
enjoyment; enthusiasm
GUSTY
windy
GUY
cable or chain attached to something that needs to be braced or steadied
GYROSCOPE
apparatus used to maintain balance
HABITUATE
accustom or familiarize; addict
HACKLES
hairs on back and neck, especially of a dog
HAGGARD
wasted away; gaunt
HAGGLE
argue about prices
HALCYON
calm; peaceful
HALE
healthy
HALLOWED
healthy
HAP
chance; luck
HAPHAZARD
random; by chance
HAPLESS
unfortunate
HARANGUE
long/ passionate, and vehement speech
HARBINGER
forerunner
HARBOR
provide a refuge for; hide
HARDY
sturdy; robust; able to stand inclement weather
HARPING
tiresome dwelling on a subject
HARROWING
agonizing; distressing; traumatic
HAZY
slightly obscure
HEADLONG
hasty; rash
HECKLER
person who verbally harasses others
HEGEMONY
dominance, especially of one nation over others
HEINOUS
atrocious; hatefully bad
HERMETIC
sealed by fusion so as to be airtight

obscure and mysterious; occult
HERMITAGE
home of a hermit
HERPETOLOGIST
one who studies reptiles
HEW
cut to pieces with az or sword
HEYDEY
time of greatest success; prime
HIATUS
gap; pause