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laity
n. laypersons; persons not connected w/ the clergy

The Laity does not always understand the clergy's problems
lambaste
v. beat; thrash verbally or physically


the champion lambasted his opponent
lampoon
v. ridicule

this article lampoons...
lancet
n. small surgical tool for making incisions
languid
adj. weary; sluggish; listless

illness made her languid and pallid (pale/faint)
languish
v. lose animation or strength


even during such hardships, she refused to languish
languor
n. lassitude; depression


he could not overcome his languor
lank
adj. long and thin


lanky!
lap
v. take in food w/ one's tongue; splash gently

the cat lapped her milk
larceny
n. theft

he was charged w/ larceny
larder
n. pantry; place where food is kept


he checked the larder for food
largess
n. generous gift

She distributed largess to the poor
lascivious
adj. lustful


lascivious impulses
lassitude
n. languor; weariness


I surrendered to my growing lassitude and took a nap
latitude
n. freedom from narrow limitations


I think you have permitted your son too much latitude in this matter
laud
v. praise


lauded for her efforts to raise money
lax
adj. careless

service at this restaurant is lax and inattentive
leaven
v. cause to rise or grow lighter; enliven

as bread dough is leavened, it puffs up
lechery
n. gross lewdness; lustfulness


In his youth he led a life of lechery and debauchery (excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures; intemperance)
lectern
n. reading desk
leery
adj. suspicious; cautious

i'm leery about how fresh this sushi is
legacy
n. a gift made by a will

part of my legacy from my parents
legerdemain
n. sleight of hand
sleight = skill / dexterity


The magician demonstrated his renowned legerdemain
leonine
adj. like a lion
levee
n. earthen or stone embankment to prevent flooding
levity
n. lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity
levy
v. impose (a fine); collect (a payment)


levy taxes
lewd
adj. lustful


they found his lewd stories objectionable (causing objection/dispute)
lexicographer
n. compiler of a dictionary
lexicon
n. dictionary
liability
n. drawback; debts

Her lack of an extensive vocabulary was a liability that she was able to overcome
liaison
n. contact that keeps parties in communication; go-between; secret love affair

Romeo's romantic liaison w/ Juliet
libel
n. defamatory statement; act of writing something that smears a person's character

sue him for libel
libertine
n. debauched (excessive indulgence; debased)person, roue (licentious; dissolute person - immoral)
libidinous
adj. lustful


libidinous behavior
libido
n. emotional urges behind human activity


suppress the libido
libretto
n. text of an opera

the author of the libretto
licentious
adj. amoral; lewd and lascivious; unrestrained

licentious behavior
lien
n. legal claim on a property

lien upon the estate
ligneous
adj. like wood


Petrified wood is ligneous in appearance
lilliputian
adj. extremely small
limber
adj. flexible


Ballet classes kept him limber
limbo
n. region near heaven or hell where certain souls are kept; a prison (slang)
limn
v. draw; outline; describe
limpid
adj. clear

the limpid stream
lineaments
n. features, esp of the face


he sketched the lineaments of her face
lionize
v. treat as a celebrity


She enjoyed being lionized and adored by the public.
liquidate
v. settle accounts; clear up


liquidate all his debts
list
v. tilt; lean over


the flagpole lists to one side
listless
adj. lacking in spirit or energy
litany
n. supplicatory (humble prayer) prayer
lithe
adj. flexible; supple (flexible; limber)


Her figure was lithe and willowy
litigation
n. lawsuit
litotes
n. understatement for emphasis
livid
adj. lead-colored; black and blue; ashen; enraged

his face was so livid w/ rage
loath
adj. reluctant; disinclined

we were both loath for him to go
lode
n. metal-bearing vein (body of ore/metal)
lofty
adj. very high


lofty ambitions
loll
v. lounge about

They lolled around their chairs watching TV
loom
v. appear or take shape ( usu in an enlarged or distorted form)

The shadow of the gallows loomed threateningly above the small boy
lope
v. gallop slowly


the horsees loped along