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lout
n. clumsy person


The delivery boy is an awkard lout.
low
v. moo


hear the cattle low
lucrative
adj. profitable


He turned his hobby into a lucrative profession
lucre
n. money

--> lucrative (profitable)
ludicrous
adj. laughable; trifling
lugubrious
adj. mournful
lull
n. moment of calm


we waited under the shelter for a lull in the rain
lumber
v. moving heavily or clumsily


the bear lumbered through the woods
lumen
n. unit of light energy ( one candle's worth)


brightness measured in lumens
luminary
n. celebrity; dignitary (person who holds high rank or office)

--> think luminous
lurid
adj. wild; sensational; graphic; gruesome

lurid cover stories in OK!
lurk
v. stealthily lie in waiting; slink; exist unperceived

what evil lurks around in the hearts of men
luscious
adj. pleasing to taste or smell


the ripe peach was luscious
luster
n. shine; gloss


the soft luster of the silk
lustrous
adj. shining

luster --> shine

lustrous eyes
luxuriant
adj. abundant; rich and splendid; fertile


luxuriant hair
macabre
adj. gruesome; grisly


the morgue is a macabre spot
mace
n. ceremonial staff; clublike medieval weapon
macerate
v. soften by soaking in liquid; waste away


the strawberries had been soaking in champagne for so long that they began to macerate
Machiavellian
adj. crafty; double-dealing

He resorted to Machiavellian tactics in order to get ahead.
machinations
n. evil schemes or plots
maculated
adj. spotted; stained
madrigal
n. pastoral song
maelstrom
n. whirlpool

the canoe was tossed about in the maelstrom
magisterial
adj. authoritative; imperious (domineering; haughty)

the doctor laid down th elaw to his patient in a magisterial tone of voice
magnanimity
n. generosity
magnate
n. person of prominence or influence
magniloquent
adj. boastful, pompous

magniloquent speech
maim
v. mutilate; injure


the hospital could not take care of all that was maimed in the railroad accident
maladroit
adj. clumsy; bungling
malady
n. illness


a mysterious malady swept the country
malaproprism
n. comic misuse of a word
malcontent
n. person dissatisfied w/ existing state of affairs


a few malcontents in Congress
malediction
n. curse


the witch uttered dreadful maledictions
malefactor
n. evildoer; criminal
malevolent
adj. wishing evil
malfeasance
n. wrongdoing
malicious
adj. hiteful; spiteful


Cinderella's malicious stepsisters
malign
v. speak evil of; bad-mouth; defame


She refused to listen to Susan malign her friend Linda
malignant
adj. injurious; tending to cause death; aggresively malevolent


malignant tumor
malingerer
n. one who feigns illness to escape duty
malleable
adj. capable of being shaped by pounding; impressionable


gold is malleable
mammoth
adj. gigantic; enormous


memorizing this list is a mammoth undertaking
manacle
v. restrain; handcuff


the police manacled the prisoner
mandate
n. order; charge

the pres had a mandate from the people to end poverty
mangy
adj. shabby; wretched


the mangy rug that the dog destroyed
manifest
adj. evidlent; visible; obvious


His embarrassment when he met Madonna was manifest
manifestation
n. outward demonstration; indication


Mozart's early attraction to the harpsichord was the first manifestation of his pronounced musical bent
manifesto
n. declaration; statement of policy


the Communist manifesto
manifold
adj. numerous; varied


I really appreciate your manifold kindness
mannered
adj. affected; not natural

Gatsby adopted a mannered, artificial way of speech
manumit
v. emancipate (free fm restraint/bondage) ; free from bondage



The owners were willing to manumit their slaves.
maritime
adj. bordering on the sea; nautical


The maritime Provinces depend on the sea for their wealth
marked
adj. nonticeable; targeted for vengeance

he walked w/ a marked limp

As British Ambassador, he knew he was a marked man
marred
adj. damaged; disfigured

She had to refinish the marred surface of the table
marshal
v. put in order


you have a minute to marshal your thoughts before presenting
martinet
n. strict disciplinarian.

one who strictly follows the rules/methods
masochist
n. person who enjoys his own pain
matrix
n. point of origin; array of numbers or algebraic symbols; mold or die


Some claim the Nile Valley was the matrix of Western Civilization
maudlin
adj. effusively sentimental


Whenever a particularly maudlin tearjerker was playing at the movies, Marvin would embarrass himself by weeping copiously
maul
v. handle roughly


The rockstar was mauled by his overexcited fans.