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lambent

\ˈlam-bənt\

D. flickering; glowing

E. lambent sunlight glinting off the waves

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lampoon

\lam-ˈpün\

D. to attack or ridicule

E. He said such ridiculous things that he was often the target of lampoons in the press.

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languid

\ˈlaŋ-gwəd\

D. weak; listless

E. It was a hot, languid summer day. / They proceeded at a languid pace.

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languish

D. to loose vigor; to droop

E. older people, especially, were languishing during the prolonged heat wave

5

larceny

\'lär-ce'-nē\

D. theft

E. He was arrested and charged with larceny.

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largess

\lär-'je-zhes\

D. generosity

e. He relied on the largesse of friends after he lost his job.

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lascivious

\lə-ˈsi-vē-əs\

D. lewd; lustful

E. was fired for making lascivious remarks to a coworker

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lassitude

D. weariness

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latent

\ˈlā-tənt\

D. hidden or undeveloped

E. he has a latent talent for acting that he hasn't had a chance to express yet

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lateral

\ˈla-tə-rəl

D. pertaining to the side or sides

E. from the lateral view you can see how thick the wall really is

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latitude

D. freedom to act

E. students are allowed considerable latitude in choosing courses

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laudatory

D. praising

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leaven

\ˈle-vən\

D. to spread sth into sth else to bring about a gradual change

E. a serious book that includes a few humorous stories as leaven

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lecherous

\ˈle-chə-rəs\

D. lustful

E. most of the male patrons at the bar appeared to be lecherous conventioneers looking for some action

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legerdemain

\ˌle-jər-də-ˈmān\

D. trickery

E. the reduction of the deficit is due in part to financial legerdemain that masks the true costs of running the government

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lesion

\ˈlē-zhən\

D. an injury

E. skin/brain lesions

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lethal

\ˈlē-thəl\

D. deadly

E. a potentially lethal dose of a drug

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lethargic

D. dull; sluggish

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levity

D. gaiety; excessive or unseemly frivolity

E. the teachers disapprove of any displays of levity during school assemblies

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liaison

\ˈlē-ə-ˌzän\

D. a linking up

E. She acts as a liaison between the police department and city schools.

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libel

\ˈlī-bəl\

D. false printed material intended to harm a person's reputation

E. He sued the newspaper for libel.

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libertine

\ˈli-bər-ˌtēn\

D. one who lives a morally unrestrained life (especially sexually)

E. There was an especial article in the law which opened wide the door to libertine husbands and debauched wives.

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libidinous

\lə-'bi-də-nəs\

D. lustful; lewd

E. a novel about a libidinous lawyer who becomes an abject slave to his sexual addiction

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licentious

\lī-ˈsen(t)-shəs\

D. morally unrestrained

E. a moralist who decried what she regarded as the licentious and corrupt culture of the entertainment industry

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liege

\ˈlēj\

D. a name for a feudal lord or his subject

E. his liege lord

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lieu

\ˈlü\

D. place (in leu of=in stead of)

E. They took cash in lieu of the prize they had won.

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limn

\ˈlim\

D. to paint or draw; to describe in words

E. he limned the scene in the courtroom so perfectly I could practically see it

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limpid

D. clear

E. her eyes are the blue of a limpid stream of water

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literal

D. word-for-word; actual

E. The literal meaning of “know your ropes” is “to know a lot about ropes,” while figuratively it means “to know a lot about how to do something.”

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lithe

\ˈlīth\

D. flexible; flexible and grace

E. the lithe body of a dancer / treading with a lithe silent step

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litigation

\li-tə-ˌ'gā-shən\

D. carrying out a lawsuit

E. They agree to litigate all disputes in this court.

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littoral

\ˈli-tə-rəl\

D. pertaining to the shore or coast

E. littoral warfare includes amphibious landings

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livid

\'li-vid\

D. black-and-blue; lead colored; angry

E. was livid at his son's disobedience / livid bruises

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loath

\ˈlōth\

D. reluctant

E. She was loath to admit her mistakes.

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loathe

\ˈlōth\

D. to detest

E. They were rivals who truly loathed each other.

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locution

D. a word or phrase; a style of speech

E. We were taught to avoid certain locutions when speaking. / in the poet's somewhat affected locution, word order is often reversed and so we have “the sea serene”

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logistic

\lō-ˈjis-tik\

D. transporting a mass amount of men and equipments

E. the logistics of moving the company to a new building / A logistics firm was hired for the deliveries.

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longevity

\län-ˈje-və-tē\

D. long living

E. Better medical treatment has led to greater longevity.

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loquacious

\lō-ˈkwā-shəs\

D. talkative

E. a loquacious and glib politician

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lout

\ˈlau̇t\

D. a stupid person

E. Howard's rude behavior at the country club earned him a reputation as a lout.

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lubricity

\lü-ˈbri-sə-tē\

D. smoothness; instability; lustfulness

E. the wonderful lubricity of this new oil. / the lubricity of fame and fortune.

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lucent

\ˈlü-sənt\

D. shining; giving off light

E. the moon was a lucent orb in the cloudless autumn sky

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lucid

D. transparent; clear

E. lucid instructions / a lucid mind / a lucid stream

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lucrative

D. profitable

E. The business has proved to be highly lucrative.

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lucre

\ˈlü-kər\

D. money

E. it's usually lucre and not lust that motivates someone to set up a pornographic Web site

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ludicrous

\ˈlü-də-krəs\

D. amusing or laughable through obvious absurdity

E. the ludicrous sight of their teacher in a Halloween costume / a ludicrous and easily detected attempt to forge his father's signature on a note to school