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left-handed
adj. Using the left hand or arm more dexterously than the right.
legalize
v. To give the authority of law to.
legible
adj. That may be read with ease.
legionary
n. A member of an ancient Roman legion or of the modern French Legion of Honor.
legislator
n. A lawgiver.
leonine
adj. Like a lion.
lethargy
n. Prolonged sluggishness of body or mind.
lexicographer
n. One who makes dictionaries.
lexicography
n. The making of dictionaries.
lexicon
n. A dictionary.
liberalism
n. Opposition to conservatism.
licentious
adj. Wanton.
licit
adj. Lawful.
light-hearted
adj. Free from care.
ligneous
adj. Having the texture of appearance of wood.
lingual
adj. Pertaining to the use of the tongue in utterance.
linguist
n. One who is acquainted with several languages.
liniment
n. A liquid preparation for rubbing on the skin in cases of bruises, inflammation, etc.
listless
adj. Inattentive.
lithograph
n. A print made by printing from stone.
litigant
n. A party to a lawsuit.
litigate
v. To cause to become the subject-matter of a suit at law.
littoral
adj. Of, pertaining to, or living on a shore.
liturgy
n. A ritual.
loam
n. A non-coherent mixture of sand and clay.
locative
adj. Indicating place, or the place where or wherein an action occurs.
locomotion
n. The act or power of moving from one place to another.
logician
n. An expert reasoner.
loiterer
n. One who consumes time idly.
loquacious
adj. Talkative.
lordling
n. A little lord.
lough
n. A lake or loch.
low-spirited
adj. Despondent.
luminary
n. One of the heavenly bodies as a source of light.
luminescence
n. Showing increase.
luminescent
adj. Showing increase of light.
luminosity
n. The quality of giving or radiating light.
lune
n. The moon.
luxuriance
n. Excessive or superfluous growth or quantity.
luxuriant
adj. Abundant or superabundant in growth.
luxuriate
v. To live sumptuously.
lyre
n. One of the most ancient of stringed instruments of the harp class.
machinist
n. One who makes or repairs machines, or uses metal-working tools.
macrocosm
n. The whole of any sphere or department of nature or knowledge to which man is related.
magisterial
adj. Having an air of authority.
magistracy
n. The office or dignity of a magistrate.
magnate
n. A person of rank or importance.
magnetize
v. To make a magnet of, permanently, or temporarily.
maharaja
n. A great Hindu prince.
maize
n. Indian corn: usually in the United States called simply corn.
malady
n. Any physical disease or disorder, especially a chronic or deep-seated one.
malediction
n. The calling down of a curse or curses.
malefactor
n. One who injures another.
maleficent
adj. Mischievous.
malevolence
n. Ill will.
malleable
adj. Pliant.
maltreat
v. To treat ill, unkindly, roughly, or abusively.
manlike
adj. Like a man.
manliness
n. The qualities characteristic of a true man, as bravery, resolution, etc.
mannerism
n. Constant or excessive adherence to one manner, style, or peculiarity, as of action or conduct.
manumit
v. To set free from bondage.
martyrdom
n. Submission to death or persecution for the sake of faith or principle.
masonry
n. The art or work of constructing, as buildings, walls, etc., with regularly arranged stones.
matricide
n. The killing, especially the murdering, of one''s mother.
mawkish
adj. Sickening or insipid.
mealy-mouthed
adj. Afraid to express facts or opinions plainly.
meander
v. To wind and turn while proceeding in a course.
medial
adj. Of or pertaining to the middle.
meliorate
v. To make better or improve, as in quality or social or physical condition.
mellifluous
adj. Sweetly or smoothly flowing.
melodious
adj. Characterized by a sweet succession of sounds.
mendacious
adj. Untrue.
mercantile
adj. Conducted or acting on business principles; commercial.
meretricious
adj. Alluring by false or gaudy show.
mesmerize
v. To hypnotize.
metallurgy
n. The art or science of extracting a metal from ores, as by smelting.
metempsychosis
n. Transition of the soul of a human being at death into another body, whether human or beast.
metonymy
n. A figure of speech that consists in the naming of a thing by one of its attributes.
metronome
n. An instrument for indicating and marking exact time in music.
mettlesome
adj. Having courage or spirit.
microcosm
n. The world or universe on a small scale.
micrometer
n. An instrument for measuring very small angles or dimensions.
microscopy
n. The art of examing objects with the microscope.
mien
n. The external appearance or manner of a person.
migrant
adj. Wandering.
migratory
adj. Wandering.
militarism
n. A policy of maintaining great standing armies.
militate
v. To have weight or influence (in determining a question).
ministration
n. Any religious ceremonial.
misadventure
n. An unlucky accident.
misanthropic
adj. Hating mankind.
misanthropy
n. Hatred of mankind.
misapprehend
v. To misunderstand.
miscount
v. To make a mistake in counting.
misdeed
n. A wrong or improper act.
mislay
v. To misplace.
mismanage
v. To manage badly, improperly, or unskillfully.
misogamy
n. Hatred of marriage.
misrepresent
v. To give a wrong impression.
misrule
v. To misgovern.