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lachrymose (adj)

full of tears

On his deathbed, Jean Valjean tells Cosette and Marius not to weep for him; he wants them to be happy, not lachrymose.


laconic (adj)

brief and to the point; using few words

The classic cowboy hero is a laconic figure, someone generally described as the strong, silent type.


lassitude (n)

lack of energy

After a massage and a long soak in the hot tub, I surrendered to my growing lassitude and lay down for a nap.


latent (adj)

potential but undeveloped

Polaroid pictures were popular in their time because people enjoyed the novelty of watching the latent photographic image gradually appear on what had seemed a blank sheet of paper.


laud (v)

give praise to

World leaders lauded the heroic efforts of the rescue workers after the Haitian earthquake.


lethargic (adj)

lacking energy

In class, Laura tried to stay alert and listen to the professor, but the stuffy room made her lethargic; she felt as if she was about to nod off.


levity (n)

lack of proper seriousness

Stop giggling and wriggling around in the pew; such levity is improper in church.


libertine (n/adj)

debauched and dissolute person

Although Anna was aware of Don Juan's reputation as a libertine, she foolishly thought she could reform him and help him abandon his dissolute way of life.


limn (v)

outline with clear, sharp details

Paradoxically, the more realistic the details this artist chooses, the better able she is to limn her fantastic, other-worldly landscapes.


listless (adj)

lacking in spirit or energy

We had expected the young puppy to be lively and playful, and so his drooping head and listless manner had us worried.


loquacious (adj)

inclined to talk excessively

Though our daughter barely says a word to us these days, put a cell phone in her hand and you'll see how loquacious she can be: our phone bills are out of sight!


lumber (v)

move heavily

Bulky and massive, the overloaded garbage truck lumbered down the narrow street.


luminous (adj)

issuing light

In the pitch-dark bedroom, all we could see was the luminous dial of the alarm clock.