Thursday, 19 May 2011


Jacqueminot: crimson rose
Jaunt: short excursion for pleasure, brief stay
Jejune: naïve, juvenile, simplistic, uninteresting, superficial
Kaleidoscope: optical item that utilizes mirrors to create interior symmetrical visions
Kismet: fate, fortune, chance, faith thereof
Knell: to ring slowly and solemnly, funeral bell-ring
Labyrinth: maze, puzzling complex or circuitous plan
Lacerate: to cut or tear irregularly, to distress, mangle
Laconic: brief in speech, matter-of-fact, terse, using few words
Lacquer: varnish that dries via evaporation
Lacuna: omission or empty space, gap in chronology
Lagniappe: gift for extended patronage, gift or compensation for valued customers
Lambent: glowing, gleaming, or flickering with a soft radiance, of humor or fire
Laminate: to beat or compress into a thin plate or sheet, to divide into thin layers
Languid: characterized by disinclination for physical exertion
Laodicean: indifferent or lukewarm in politics and or religion
Lapis Lazuli: gemstone of intense blue
Largesse: the generous giving of gifts, a generous or courteous gift, charitable donation
Lascivious: lewd, lustful, prurient
Lassitude: weariness, lack of energy or motivation
Lathe: machine for shaping a piece of material by rotating it rapidly along its axis
Lattice: open framework of material, typically in a crisscross pattern
Lavadero: laundry room, place to wash gold
Lavender: light purple
Lavish: expended, bestowed, or occurring in profusion, using or giving in great amounts
Layer: single thickness of a material covering a surface
Legerity: mental or physical agility, dexterity, or quickness
Leitmotif: musical passage associated to a specific situation, character, or idea
Lemniscate: the infinity symbol, any figure-eight symbol
Lemonade: beverage typically consisting of lemon juice, sugar, and water
Lethe: condition of forgetfulness, oblivion
Leveret: baby rabbit, a young rabbit
Leviathan: very large animal, especially a whale, something of unusually large size
Levitation: the act of floating, supernatural floating
Lexiphanes: pretentious word user, bombastic or magniloquent person
Liaison: illicit sexual relationship, case of contact between two parties, usually a person
Libeccio: southwest wind occurring in Italy
Lilliputian: very small, tiny, pertaining to Lilliput
Lilt: cadence of voice, rhythm of language or sentences, good vocal or musical structure
Limerence: extended infatuation or crush, contrast love
Limn: to delineate via depictions or suffuse things with light
Limousine: slender car used for formal occasions, notably expensive
Limpid: unclouded, clear, lucid, defined and deep
Lineaments: pl. the distinguishing or characteristic features of something immaterial
Linguistics: pl. the study of human speech, languages, and writing
Linoleum: type of floor covering
Liquid: a state of matter, compare gas and solid, readiness to flow, type of sound
Lissom: supple, easily bent, lithe, flexible
Listless: lacking energy or disinclined to exert effort, lethargic
Litany: large amount, plethora, long and tedious address or recital
Literati: intelligentsia, the educated class, clerisy, a group of litterateurs
Lithe: readily bent, supple, flexible, marked by effortless grace
Lithium: silvery, soft, highly-reactive metal
Lithosphere: outermost shell of a planet, the crust and uppermost mantle
Litterateur: literary-minded person, one devoted to the study or writing of literature
Lixiviation: act of separating soluble from insoluble substances via water or solvent
Lochetic: lying in wait for prey, used especially of insects
Loom: the art of weaving, to come into view as a massive, distorted, or indistinct image
Loquacious: characterized by talking, talking freely or too much, excessively talkative
Lorgnette: a pair of eyeglasses or opera glasses with a handle
Lubricious: slippery with oil or lubricant, offensively lewd or intending to be lewd
Lucent: shining, gleaming, brilliantly
Lugubrious: gloomy or dismal, especially exaggerated
Lullaby: song or tune devised to lull something to sleep
Luminal: of or pertaining to the lumen (the measure of light perceived by the human eye)
Luminary: one who is an inspiration to others, one who attained success in a chosen field
Lunacy: insanity, insanity with brief moments of clarity
Lunula: white crescent at the base of the fingernail
Luscious: delicious, sexy, cloying, alluring
Lustrous: having noticeable or vivid luster and sheen
L’esprit de l’escalier: “staircase wit” usage of a witty retort after the moment has passed

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