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lampoon
ridicule; N: written attack ridiculing or satirizing a person, group, or institution
lancet
small surgical tool for making incisions
lassitude
languor; weariness; listlessness
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
levee
earthen or stone embankment to prevent flooding; CF. raise
levity
lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity; lightness of manner
liability
drawback; handicap; debts; obligation; responsibility; condition of being liable; ADJ. liable: likely; responsible (for paying)
libertine
debauched person; dissolute or licentious person; rou\'e; CF. free
libretto
text of an opera or oratorio; CF. book
limbo
region near heaven or hell where certain souls are kept; prison (slang); Ex. Purgatory and Limbo
limn
draw; outline; describe; CF. line ?
list
tilt (as of a ship); lean over (to one side)
litany
supplicatory prayer; prayer in which the priest calls out and the people replies in the same words
lithe
flexible; supple; CF. limber
litotes
understatement for emphasis; Ex. ``not bad(=pretty good)''
livid
lead-colored; black and blue (as from a bruise); ashen; enraged; extremely angry
lout
clumsy person; ADJ. loutish; CF. from countrysides ?
lugubrious
mournful; sorrowful
lurid
wild; sensational; graphic; gruesome; horrible; Ex. lurid details of the murder
macabre
gruesome; grisly; ghastly; CF. of death
macerate
soften by soaking in liquid; waste away; Ex. macerate powdered wood to make paper
Machiavellian
crafty; double-dealing; of the political doctrine of Machiavelli, which holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuing political power
machinations
evil schemes or plots; schemes or plots to achieve an evil end; V. machinate
madrigal
pastoral song; song for several singers without instruments
magnanimity
generosity; ADJ. magnanimous: generous
maim
mutilate; injure lastingly; disable; cripple; Ex. maimed for life
mangle
tear or cut to pieces; mutilate or disfigure; Ex. badly mangled bodies
malady
illness
malapropism
comic misuse of a word; CF. Mrs. Malaprop
malediction
curse
malfeasance
wrongdoing; misconduct (by a public official)
malingerer
one who feigns illness to escape duty; V. malinger: feign illness to avoid work
manacle
restrain; handcuff; N.
mangy
shabby; wretched; suffering from mange; of bad appearance
manumit
emancipate; free from slavery or bondage
martinet
strict disciplinarian; person who demands total obedience to rules and orders; CF. Jean Martinet
masochist
person who enjoys his own pain; CF. masochism
maudlin
effusively sentimental
maul
handle roughly; batter; injure by beating; Ex. mauled by his overexcited fans; N: heavy long-handled hammer
mauve
pale purple
mawkish
mushy(sentimental) and gushy; icky-sticky sentimental; excessively and objectionably sentimental
mealymouthed
indirect in speech (when something unpleasant must be said); hypocritical; evasive
meander
wind or turn in its course; follow a winding or turning course; move aimlessly and idly
medley
mixture
megalomania
mania for doing grandiose things; mental disorder characterized by delusions of wealth, power, or importance
menagerie
collection of wild animals on exhibition; zoo
mendacious
lying; habitually dishonest; N. mendacity
mendicant
beggar; ADJ: living as a beggar
mercenary
motivated solely by money or gain; N.
mercurial
capricious; quick and changing; fickle; containing the element mercury; Ex. mercurial temper; CF. mood
meretricious
flashy; tawdry; attractive on the surface but of no real value; Ex. metericious argument/jewel; CF. prostitute
metaphysical
pertaining to speculative philosophy; of metaphysics; N. metaphysics: branch of philosophy that examines the nature of reality
mete
measure; distribute; administer; Ex. mete out justice/punishment
meteoric
like a meteor; swift; momentarily brilliant; Ex. meteoric rise to fame; N. meteor
miasma
swamp gas; heavy vaporous atmosphere often emanating from decaying matter; pervasive corrupting influence; noxious atmosphere or influence
milieu
social environment; means of expression; Ex. feel out of one's milieu; Ex. His proper milieu is watercolor.
militate
work against; Ex. militate against the chances of promotion; CF. serve as a soldier
minatory
menacing; threatening
mincing
affectedly dainty(delicate); V. mince: cut (esp. meat) into very small pieces; walk with exaggerated primness; walk in an unnatural way, taking little short steps; Ex. The actor minced across the stage; CF. mincemeat; CF. mincer
minion
servile dependent; obsequious follower
mire
entangle; stick in swampy ground; stick or sink in mire; N: bog; deep mud; Ex. sucked deeper into the mire
misadventure
mischance; ill luck; Ex. death by misadventure
miscellany
mixture of writings on various subjects; collection of various items
misdemeanor
minor crime; misdeed; wrongdoing
misgivings
doubts