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lucid
adj. easily understood; clear; intelligible
lucrative
adj. profitable
ludicrous
adj. ridiculous; laughable; absurd
lugubrious
adj. mournful
lull
n. moment of calm
lull
v. soothe; cause one to relax one's guard; subside
lumber
v. move heavily or clumsily
luminary
n. celebrity; dignitary
luminous
adj. shining; issuing light
lummox
n. big, clumsy, often stupid person
lunar
adj. pertaining to the moon
lunge
v. quickly dive forward; thrust
lurid
adj. wild; sensational; graphic; gruesome
lurk
v. stealthily lie in waiting; slink; exist unperceived
luscious
adj. pleasing to taste or smell
luster
n. shine; gloss
lustrous
adj. shining
luxuriant
adj. abundant; rich and splendid; fertile
machinations
n. evil schemes or plots
madrigal
n. pastoral song
maelstrom
n. whirlpool
magnanimous
adj. generous; greathearted
magnate
n. person of prominence and influence
magnitude
n. greatness; extent
maim
v. mutilate; injure
maladroit
adj. clumsy; bungling
malady
n. illness
malaise
n. uneasiness; vague feeling of ill health
malapropism
n. comic misuse of a word
malcontent
n. person dissatisfied with existing state of affairs
malediction
n. curse
malefactor
n. evildoer; criminal
malevolent
adj. wishing evil
malfeasance
n. wrongdoing
malicious
adj. hateful; spiteful
malign
v. speak evil of
malignant
adj. injurious; tending to cause death; aggressively malevolent
malingerer
n. one who feigns illness to escape duty
malleable
adj. capable of being shaped by pounding; impressionable
malodorous
adj. foul-smelling
mammal
n. a vertebrate animal whose female suckles its young
mammoth
adj. gigantic; enormous
mandate
n. order; charge
mandatory
adj. obligatory; compulsory
maniacal
adj. raging mad; insane
manifest
adj. evident; visible; obvious
manifesto
n. declaration; statement of policy
manipulate
v. operate with one's hands; control or play upon (people, forces, etc.) artfully
mannered
adj. affected; not natural
marital
adj. pertaining to marriage
maritime
adj. bordering on the sea; nautical
marked
adj. noticeable or pronounced; targeted for vengeance
marquee
n. canopy above an entrance, under which one can take shelter; rooflike shelter above a theatrical entrance
marred
adj. damaged; disfigured
marshal
v. put in order
marsupial
n. one of a family of mammals that nurse their offspring in pouch
martial
adj. warlike
martinet
n. strict disciplinarian
martyr
n. one who voluntarily suffers death for his or her religion or cause; great sufferer
masochist
n. person who enjoys his own pain
material
adj. made of physical matter; unspiritual; important
materialism
n. preoccupation with physical comforts and things
maternal
adj. motherly
matriarch
n. woman who rules a family or larger social group
matriculate
v. enroll
matrix
n. point of origin; array of numbers or algebraic symbols; mold or die
maudlin
adj. effusively sentimental
maul
v. handle roughly