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lagoon
shallow body of water or lake near a sea; lake separated from a sea by sandbars or coral reefs
laity
laypersons; laymen; persons not connected with the clergy
lament
grieve; express sorrow; N. lamentation
lampoon
ridicule; N: written attack ridiculing or satirizing a person, group, or institution
lancet
small surgical tool for making incisions
languid
lacking energy or vitality; weary; sluggish; listless
languish
lose animation or strength
languor
lack of physical or mental energy; lassitude; depression
lank
long and thin; Ex. Lank, gaunt, Abraham Lincoln
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
larceny
theft; Ex. petit larceny
larder
pantry; place where food is kept
largess
generous gift (given to people who do not have enough)
lascivious
lustful
lassitude
languor; weariness; listlessness
latent
present but not yet noticeable or active; dormant; hidden; N. latency; CF. potential
lateral
of or coming from the side
latitude
freedom from narrow limitations
laud
praise; N. ADJ. laudable: praiseworthy; ADJ. laudatory: expressing praise
lavish
liberal; wasteful; generous or wasteful in giving or using; abundant; profuse; great; Ex. decorated lavishly; V. give in abundance
lax
careless; negligent; not paying enough attention; Ex. lax service
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
lechery
gross lewdness; lustfulness; ADJ. lecherous; N. lecher: lecherous man
lectern
reading desk or stand for a public speaker
leery
(of someone) suspicious; wary; cautious
leeway
room to move; margin; latitude; Ex. leeway for the deadline
legacy
gift made by a will; something handed down from an ancestor
legend
explanatory list of symbols on a map
legerdemain
sleight(dexterity) of hand; CF. light of hand
leniency
mildness; permissiveness; ADJ. lenient: not severe in judgment or punishment
leonine
like a lion
lethal
deadly
lethargic
drowsy; dull; N. lethargy: state of sluggishness and inactivity
levee
earthen or stone embankment to prevent flooding; CF. raise
levitate
rise and float in the air (especially by magical means); CF. light
levity
lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity; lightness of manner
levy
impose (a fine); collect (a payment); impose or collect (a tax); Ex. levy a tax on tobacco
lewd
lustful
lexicographer
compiler of a dictionary; CF. lexicography: work of compiling a dictionary
lexicon
dictionary
liability
drawback; handicap; debts; obligation; responsibility; condition of being liable; ADJ. liable: likely; responsible (for paying)
liaison
contact that keeps parties in communication; communication between groups; one that maintains communication; go-between; secret love affair; V. liaise: keep a connection
libel
defamatory written statement; act of writing something that smears a person's character; V. ADJ. libelous
libertine
debauched person; dissolute or licentious person; rou\'e; CF. free
libidinous
lustful
libido
psychic and emotional energy or urges behind human activity; sexual desire
libretto
text of an opera or oratorio; CF. book
licentious
amoral; lewd and lascivious; unrestrained
lien
legal claim or right on a property
ligneous
like wood
lilliputian
extremely small; CF. Lilliput in Gulliver's Travels
limber
flexible; supple; pliable; V.
limbo
region near heaven or hell where certain souls are kept; prison (slang); Ex. Purgatory and Limbo
limn
draw; outline; describe; CF. line ?
limpid
crystal clear
lineage
descent; ancestry
lineaments
features especially of the face; distinctive shape or contour of the face; CF. line
linguistic
pertaining to language
listless
lacking in spirit or energy; languid
litany
supplicatory prayer; prayer in which the priest calls out and the people replies in the same words
lithe
flexible; supple; CF. limber
litigation
lawsuit; N. litigant: one party in a lawsuit; V. litigate
litotes
understatement for emphasis; Ex. ``not bad(=pretty good)''
livid
lead-colored; black and blue (as from a bruise); ashen; enraged; extremely angry
loath
reluctant; unwilling; disinclined; Ex. Romeo and Juliet were both loath for him to go.
loathe
detest; ADJ. loathsome: arousing loathing; offensive; Ex. loathsome smell
lode
metal-bearing vein(long deposit of an ore)
lofty
very high
log
record of a voyage or flight; record of day-to-day activities; section of a trunk; V.
loiter
hang about/around; stand idly about; linger
loll
lounge about
longevity
long life; long duration
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
lope
gallop slowly
loquacious
talkative; N. loquacity