Starting with L

  1. Labefaction
    Deterioration or downfall
  2. Labile
    Liable to change, easily altered
  3. Laborious
    Requiring considerable time and effort
  4. Labyrinth
    An intricate and confusing arrangement
  5. Lacerate
    Tear or make deep cuts in flesh or skin
  6. Laches
    Unreasonable delay in asserting a claim, which may result in its dismissal
  7. Lackadaisical
    Lacking enthusiasm and determination, carelessly lazy
  8. Lackey
    A servant
  9. Lacklustre
    Lacking in vitality, force, or conviction
  10. Laconic
    Speech or a  style of writing using very few words
  11. Lacuna
    An unfilled space, a gap
  12. Laggard
    A person who makes slow progress and falls behind others
  13. Laic
    Of the laity, secular
  14. Laissez-faire
    The policy of leaving things to take their own coure without interfering
  15. Lambaste
    Criticise someone or something harshly
  16. Lambent
    Glowing, gleaming or flickering with a soft radiance
  17. Lament
    A passionate expression of grief or sorrow
  18. Lampoon
    Publicly criticise someone or something by using ridicule, irony or sarcasm
  19. Languid
    Having or showing a disinclination for physical exertion or effort
  20. Languish
    Lose or lack vitality, grow weak
  21. Languor
    Tiredness or inactivity, especially when pleasurable
  22. Lapidary
    Relating to the engraving, cutting or polishing of stones & gems
  23. Lapse
    A brief or temporary failure of concentration, memory or judgement
  24. Lapsus linguae
    A slip of the tongue
  25. Larceny
    Theft of personal property
  26. Largesse
    Generosity in bestowing money or gifts upon others
  27. Lascivious
    Feeling or reveraling an overt sexual interest or desire
  28. lassitude
    A state of physical or mental weariness, lack of energy
  29. Latent
    Existing but not yet developed or manifest, hidden or concealed
  30. Latitude
    Scope for freedom of action or thought
  31. Latter
    • Occuring or situated nearer to the end of something than the beginning
    • Recent
    • Denoting the second or second mentioned of two people or things
  32. Laud
    Praise highly
  33. Laureate
    A person who is honoured with an award for outstanding creative or intellectual acheivement
  34. Lavish
    Sumptuously rich, elaborate or luxurious
  35. Lax
    Not sufficiently strict, severe or careful
  36. Learned
    Having acquired much knowledge through study
  37. Leaven
    A pervasive influence that modifies something or transforms it for the better
  38. Lecher
    A lecherous man
  39. Leer
    Look or gaze in a lascivious or unpleasant way
  40. Legerdemain
    Deception, trickery
  41. Legible
    Clear enough to read
  42. Legitimate
    Conforming to the law or to rules
  43. Lenient
    More merciful or tolerant than expected
  44. Lenity
    The quality of being kind or gentle
  45. Leonine
    Resembling a lion or lions
  46. Lese-majesty
    Presumptious or disrespectful behaviour
  47. Lest
    To avoid the risk of
  48. Lethal
    Sufficient to cause death
  49. Lethargy
    Lack of energy and enthusiasm
  50. Leviathan
    A thing that is very large or powerful, especially an organisation
  51. Levitate
    Rise or cause to rise and hover in the air
  52. Levity
    The treatment oof a serious matter with humour or lack of due respect
  53. Lewd
    Crude and offensive in a sexual way
  54. Lex talionis
    The law of retaliation, whereby a punishment resembles the offence committed in kind and degree
  55. Lexicon
    The vocabulary of a person, language or branch of knowledge
  56. Lexis
    The total stock of words in a language
  57. Liaise
    Cooperate on a matter of mutual concern
  58. Libation
    A drink poured out as an offering to a deity
  59. Liberal
    Willing to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from one's own
  60. Libertarian
    A person who believes in free will
  61. Libertine
    A person who freely indulges in sensual pleasures without regard to moral principles
  62. Libido
    Sexual desire
  63. Licentious
    Promiscuous and unprincipled in sexual matters
  64. Licit
    Not forbidden, lawful
  65. Lief
    As happily, as gladly
  66. Lien
    A right to keep possession of property belonging to another person until a debt owed by that person is discharged.
  67. Lieu
  68. Ligneous
    Made, consisting of, or resembling wood
  69. Lilliputian
    A trivial or very small person or thing
  70. Lilt
    A characteristic rising and falling of the voice when speaking
  71. Limacine
    Relating to or having the characteristics of slugs
  72. Limbo
    An uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution; an intermediate state or condition
  73. Limbus
    The border or margin of a structure
  74. Limelight
    The focus of public attention
  75. Liminal
    Relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process
  76. Limn
    Depict or describe in painting or words
  77. Limpet
    People and things that cling tightly
  78. Limpid
    Completely clear and transparent
  79. Lineage
    Direct descent from an ancestor
  80. Linchpin
    A person or thing vital to an enterprise or organisation
  81. Linctus
    Thick liquid medicine, especially cough medicine
  82. Lingua franca
    A language that is adopted as a common language between speakers whose native languages are different
  83. Lissom
    Thin, supple and graceful
  84. Listless
    Lacking energy or enthusiasm
  85. Litany
    A tedious recital or repetitive series
  86. Literal
    Taking words in their usual or most basic sense without metaphor or exaggeration
  87. Literate
    Someone who can read or write
  88. Literati
    Well-educated people who are interested in literature
  89. Literatim
    Letter by letter
  90. Lithe
    Thin, supple and graceful
  91. Litigious
    Excessively prone to litigate
  92. Litotes
    A figure of speech in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary as in not bad at all
  93. Litterateur
    A writer of literary works
  94. Littoral
    Relating to the shore of a lake, sea or ocean
  95. Livid
    Angry and enraged
  96. Loafer
    An idler, someone who does not work
  97. Loath
    Reluctant, unwilling
  98. Loathe
    To feel hatred, disgust or intense aversion for
  99. Lobotomise
    Make someone less able to function mentally or emotionally
  100. Locale
    A place where something happens or is set, or that has particular events associated with it
  101. Locomote
    Move from one place to another
  102. Locomotion
    Movement or the ability to move from one place to another
  103. Locus
    A particular position or place where something occurs or is situated
  104. Locus classicus
    A passage considered to be the best known or most authoritative on a particular subject
  105. Locution
    A word or phrase, especially with regard to style or idiom
  106. Lodestar
    Something that serves as a guide or on which attention is fixed
  107. Lofty
    Haughty, proud
  108. Logic
    Reasoning conducted or assessed according to strict principles of validity
  109. Logion
    A saying attributed to Christ
  110. Logistics
    The detailed organisation and implementation of a complex operation
  111. Logomachy
    An argument about words
  112. Logophilia
    The love of words
  113. Logophile
    A lover of words
  114. Logorrhoea
    A tendency to extreme loquacity
  115. Loiter
    Stand or wait around without apparent purpose
  116. Lollop
    Move in an ungainly way in a series of clumsy paces or bounds
  117. Lonesome
    Solitary or lonely
  118. Longevity
    Long life
  119. Longing
    Prolonged, unceasing or earnest desire
  120. Loom
    Appear as a vague form, especially one that is large or threatening
  121. Lope
    A long, easy stride
  122. Loquacious
    Tending to talk a great deal
  123. Lore
    A body of traditions and knowledge on a subject or held by a particular group, typically passed from person to person by word of mouth
  124. Lorgnette
    A pair of eyeglasses mounted on a long handle
  125. Louche
    Disreputable or sordid in a rakish or appealing way
  126. Lour
    Look angry or sullen; scowl
  127. Lovelorn
    Unhappy because of unrequited love
  128. Lowlight
    A low point, a point at which things are at their worst
  129. Lubber
    A big, clumsy person
  130. Lucent
    Glowing with or giving off light
  131. Lucid
    Clear or transparent, easily understood
  132. Lucrative
    Profitable, remunerative
  133. Lucre
    Money, especially when regarded as sordid or distasteful or gained in a dishonourable way
  134. Lucubrate
    Write or study, especially by night
  135. Luculent
    Clearly expressed
  136. Luddite
    person who opposes the introduction of new technology
  137. Ludicrous
    Ridiculous, amusingly absurd
  138. Lugubrious
    Looking or sounding sad or dismal
  139. Lukewarm
    Moderately warm, tepid
  140. Luminary
    A person who inspires or influences others, especially one prominent in a particular sphere
  141. Luminous
    Giving off light, bright or shining
  142. Lumpenproletariat
    The unorganised and unpolitical lower orders of society who are not interested in revolutionary advancement
  143. Lupine
    Resembling the wolf
  144. Lurid
    Presented in vividly shocking or sensational terms
  145. Luscious
    Appealing strongly to the senses
  146. Lust
    Sexual desire or appetite
  147. Lustre
    A gentle sheen or soft glow
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