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ADJECTIVES (A-L)

abashed: adj. - feeling a loss of confidence or poise: embarrassed, self-conscious, uneasy [antonym: unabashed]
abderian: adj. - inclined to constant silly laughter or absurd playfulness: foolish, merry, ridiculous
abecedarian: adj. (see also n.) - 1. having to do with the alphabet 2. being arranged alphabetically (as for beginning readers) 3. involving only the most simple and basic facts or principles; the fundamental or simplest aspects of something: basic, elementary, primary, rudimentary
abstemious: adj. - sparingly used or consumed, especially in eating and drinking: abstinent, moderate, temperate
abstracted: adj. - thinking in such a deep or serious way that you seem not to notice the world around you: absent-minded, distracted, engrossed, entranced, inattentive, lost in thought, oblivious, preoccupied, unengaged, withdrawn
acidulous: adj. - 1. mildly acidic, sour, or harsh in taste: sharp, tart 2. mildly sharp or harsh in manner or tone: bitter, caustic
acquiescent: adj. - agreeing or consenting to something without protest
acrid: adj. - 1. unpleasantly sharp, harsh, or bitter to the taste or smell: pungent 2. caustic in language or tone: acerbic, bitter, blistering, corrosive, sulfurous, venomous, virulent, vitriolic
ad hoc: adj. (see also adv. ) - (Latin) describes something contrived purely for the purpose at hand rather than planned carefully in advance; literally, "for this" or "toward this": impromptu, improvised, makeshift
adiabatic: adj. - (Physics) describes a process in which there is no heat transfer (no overall gain or loss of heat)
adjuvant: adj. - 1. serving to aid or contribute: auxiliary, helping 2. assisting in the prevention, relief, or cure of disease
adscititious: adj. - 1. added or taken from something outside itself; not inherent or innate: additional, adventitious, extrinsic 2. not part of the real or essential nature of a thing: secondary, supplemental
adventitious: adj. - 1. added from the outside; not essentially inherent: adscititious, extrinsic 2. (Biology) out of the proper or usual place (as, "adventitious buds or roots")
affable: adj. - easy and pleasant to speak to; receiving others kindly and conversing with them in a free and friendly manner: approachable, cordial, courteous, friendly, good-natured, pleasant, polite, sociable, warm
affluent: adj. (see also n.) - 1. having an abundance of money, possessions, or wealth -- especially having enough money to buy things for pleasure (this word is used to describe both wealthy individuals and wealthy societies): moneyed, rich, wealthy, well-to-do 2. flowing freely or abundantly, as though from a fountain: copious, flush, plentiful, profuse
agglutinative: adj. (see also n.) - 1. forming words by combining simple words or word components without alteration 2. united as if by glue
agog: adj. - full of keen anticipation or excitement: astir, desiring, eager
akimbo: adj. (see also adv.) - with hands on hips and elbows bent outward
alfresco: adj. (see also adv.) - taking place or located in the open air: outdoor, outdoors
alluvial: adj. (see also n.) - consisting of earth and sand that has been left by rivers, floods, glaciers, etc.
alopecoid: adj. - of or resembling a fox: fox-like
amandine: adj. - filled, cooked, or served with almonds
amaranthine: adj. (see also n.) - 1. eternally beautiful and unfading, like the legendary amaranth flower: everlasting, undying 2. of a dark reddish purple color
ambivalent: adj. - 1. feeling two or more opposing attitudes or emotions (such as love and hate) about a person, object, or idea at the same time; having mixed feelings 2. feeling uncertain or indecisive about the issue or action under debate: apathetic, undecided
anachronism: adj. - 1. an error in chronology; especially a chronological misplacing of persons, events, objects, or customs in regard to each other 2. a person or a thing that is chronologically out of place; especially one from a former age that is incongruous in the present
anacreontic: adj. - describes a short, easy, lyrical poem dealing with love and wine, named for the Greek poet Anacreon
analgesic: adj. (see also n.) - capable of relieving pain: analgetic, anodyne, soothing
analgetic: adj. (see also n.) - capable of relieving pain: analgesic, anodyne, soothing
ancillary: adj. - 1. in a position of lesser importance: subordinate, subservient 2. relating to something that is added but is not essential (as a workbook is to a textbook): accessory, additional, adjunct, adjuvant, appurtenant, auxiliary, extra, secondary, subsidiary 3. providing support or help for somebody or something: assisting, helping, supplementary, supporting
anodyne: adj. (see also n.) - 1. capable of soothing suffering or eliminating pain: analgesic, analgetic, relieving 2. soothing to the mind or feelings: comforting, relaxing 3. uncontroversial to the point of being dull; unlikely to cause offense or disagreement: bland, harmless, inoffensive, innocuous
anoetic: adj. - not subject to conscious attention; having an indefinite, relatively passive, conscious being; characteristic of the ''fringe'' or ''margin'' of consciousness
anorgasmic: adj. - incapable of having an orgasm
anorthic: adj. - (crystallography) having three unequal crystal axes intersecting at oblique angles
antediluvian: adj. - 1. of or relating to the period before the flood described in the Bible: Noachian 2. made, evolved, or developed a long time ago: aged, age-old, antique, hoary, old, timeworn, venerable
anthophilous: adj. - 1. living or growing on flowers, as certain insects 2. feeding on flowers: anthophagous
anthropomorphic: adj. - ascribing human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to an animal, god, inanimate object, or natural phenomena: personification [antonym: theriomorphic]
anticholinergic: adj. (see also n.) - blocking nerve impulses that are part of the stress response by inhibiting or blocking the action of acetylcholine at a receptor site on a nerve cell [see also: anticholinergic drug (n.)]
antithalian: adj. - opposed to or disapproving of comedy, laughter, or fun; describes the attitude of a spoilsport, killjoy, grinch, or "wet blanket": grave, mean, serious [antonym: thalian]
apodictic: adj. - necessarily true or logically certain; evident beyond contradiction: incontestable, incontrovertible, irrefutable, indisputable, indubitable, irrebuttable, irrefragable, obvious, proven, self-evident, sure, undeniable, unquestionable
apollonian: adj. - 1. characterized by clarity, harmony, and restraint: balanced , disciplined, harmonious, measured, moderate, ordered, poised, sober, rational [antonyms: bacchanalian, dionysian] 2. serenely high-minded: noble 3. having the properties of classic beauty 4. (Capitalized) of, relating to, or resembling Apollo, the Greek god of sun light, prophesy, poetry, music and healing, and was also famous for his great physical beauty 5. according to the philosophy of Nietzsche: of or embodying the power of critical reason as opposed to the creative-intuitive
apotropaic: adj. - intended or designed to ward off evil (as a ritual or symbol)
apposite: adj. - strikingly appropriate; very well-suited to the circumstance: applicable, apropos, apt, fitting, germane, pertinent, relevant
aquiline: adj. - 1. of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an eagle 2. curved down like an eagle's beak: hooked
arabesque: adj. (see also n.) - 1. characterized by or having an intricate pattern of interlaced lines, often forming flowers, geometric shapes or animal figures 2. describes a musical style having a fancifully ornate melody, usually played on the piano
arachnoid: adj. (see also n.) - describes something that appears similar to a spider web
ardent: adj. - 1. characterized by intense feeling: fervent, fierce, fiery, impassioned, passionate, torrid 2. feeling or showing great enthusiasm, eagerness, or devotion: vehement, zealous 3. glowing or shining brightly like fire
arrant: adj. - 1. used to emphasize that somebody or something is an extreme example, especially of something disapproved of: complete, consummate, downright, gross, notorious, thoroughgoing, unmitigated, utter 2. notoriously or preeminently bad: shameless
assiduous: adj. - showing persistence, care, and hard-working effort in doing something: diligent, industrious, persevering, sedulous, unceasing
atavistic: adj. (see also n.) - 1. relating to or displaying the recurrence of a genetic feature that has been absent for several generations 2. relating to or displaying the kind of behavior that seems to be a product of impulses long since suppressed by society's rules; uncivilized and instinctive: animal, barbarian, barbarous, brutish, childlike, crude, ignorant, naive, raw, rough, rude, rudimentary, savage, simple, uncultivated, uncultured, underdeveloped, undomesticated, unlearned, unrefined, unsophisticated, untamed, untaught, untrained, untutored, vestigial, wild 3. returning to something ancient or ancestral 4. (of behavior) happening because of a very old, natural, and basic habit from the distant past, not because of a conscious decision or present need or usefulness
august: adj. - inspiring awe, admiration, or respect; full of dignity and honor: distinguished, esteemed, grand, impressive, majestic, noble, revered, venerable
aureate: adj. - 1. inflated and pompous in style 2. elaborately or excessively ornamented: flamboyant, florid, showy 3. having the deep, slightly brownish color of gold: gilded, golden
autochthonous: adj. - formed or originating in the place where found: indigenous, native
autoecious: adj. - (relating to parasites, especially rust fungi) having all stages of a life cycle occurring on the same host
avuncular: adj. - of or having to do with an uncle; regarded as characteristic of an uncle, especially in benevolence, kindness, indulgence or tolerance
babblative: adj. - tending to babble: effusive, garrulous, long-winded, loquacious, prating, prattling, talkative, verbose, wordy
bacchanalian: adj. - relating to or given to reveling and drunkenness, such as at the festival of the Roman god Bacchus (Greek god Dionysus): dionysian [antonym: apollonian]
banausic: adj. - 1. related to or concerned with earning a living -- used as an insult 2. practical or materialistic rather than uplifting or inspiring; with no art, creativity, or imagination: dull, functional, insipid, mechanical, ordinary, routine, undistinguished, unrefined, utilitarian
Barmecidal: adj. - providing only the illusion of abundance
bathetic: adj. - [see also: bathos (n.)] 1. extremely commonplace or trite 2. over-enthusiastically or insincerely emotional: maudlin, mawkish, mushy, romantic, schmaltzy, sentimental, slushy, soppy
batrachophagous: adj. - feeding on frogs
beguiling: adj. [see also: beguile (v.) & guile (n.)] - 1. able to gain people's interest or devotion, especially due to being deceptively alluring; describes someone or something which seems attractive, but is truly dangerous: bewitching 2. misleading or dishonest: cunning, sly, wily
beholden: adj. - bound in gratitude: indebted, obliged
bellicose: adj. - ready or inclined to quarrel, fight, or go to war: belligerent, contentious, pugnacious, quarrelsome
benefic: adj. - of, having, or exerting a favorable or beneficent influence
benignant: adj. - 1. characterized by kindness and warm courtesy, especially of a king to his subjects: gracious 2. pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence: benign, favorable
berserk: adj. (see also adv.) - [see also: berserker (n.)] 1. violently or destructively frenzied; out of control, especially as a result of anger: crazed, deranged, enraged 2. unrestrained, as with enthusiasm or appetite: wild 3. in a murderous frenzy as if possessed by a demon: demoniac, possessed
bespoke: adj. - 1. (of clothing) made to fit a particular person: custom-made, made-to-order, tailored 2. making or selling custom-made articles of clothing
bespoken: adj. - pledged to be married: betrothed, engaged, spoken for
bibacious: adj. - overly fond of drinking or addicted to drinking, especially alcohol: alcoholic, bibulous
bifid: adj. - divided into two equal lobes or parts by a median cleft
bifurcate: adj. (see also v.) - forked or divided into two parts or branches, as the Y-shaped styles of certain flowers
bilious: adj. - 1. relating to or containing bile (a foul smelling green fluid made in the liver and stored in the gall bladder 2. (Medicine) suffering from a liver disorder, especially an excessive secretion of bile 3. appearing to suffer from indigestion or illness, especially by turning a sickly shade of green: ill, sick, unwell 4. very unpleasant in mood, especially as if suffering from indigestion: cranky, ill-humored, ill-tempered, irritable, peevish
bletcherous: adj. - pertaining to something poorly or disgustingly designed; aesthetically unappealing
bootless: adj. - without advantage or benefit: fruitless, futile, unavailing, useless, vain
boustrophedon: adj. - designating or of an ancient form of writing in which the lines run alternately from right to left and left to right. Literally meaning "turning like oxen in plowing," the word stems from Greek "bous," ox, and "strephein," to turn. Sometimes the early Greeks would write back and forth in this fashion. In such documents, the Greek letter B and other reversible letters would be written facing in either direction, depending on which way the line turned
brachycephalic: adj. - having the skull short in proportion to its breadth: short-headed
brackish: adj. - 1. somewhat salty 2. not appealing to the taste: distasteful, repulsive, unpalatable
brazen: adj. - 1. shockingly bold -- especially in a harsh, offensive, or shameless way: cheeky, disrespectful, insolent 2. made of brass; having the color, strength, or other qualities of brass: brassy 3. loud and harsh-sounding, as if hitting brass
Brobdingnagian: adj. - of extraordinary size (this word came from Brobdingnag, the fictitious land of giants in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels): colossal, enormous, gigantic, immense [antonym: Lilliputian]
brusque: adj. - abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt: gruff, rough, rude, short
bucolic: adj. - 1. relating to or characteristic of shepherds, herdsmen, or flocks: pastoral 2. relating to or characteristic of the countryside or country life, especially an idyllic rural life (often found in poetry)
buggish: adj. - 1. causing fear, dread or terror; provoking distress or horror: dreadful, frightful 2. obstinate, irritated or upset 3. resembling a bug (i.e. an insect)
bumptious: adj. - crudely, presumptuously, or loudly self-assertive
cack-handed: adj. - (British) 1. lacking skill, especially with the hands: awkward, clumsy, ham-handed 2. left-handed
cadential: adj. - 1. (Music) relating to the beat of a dance or a march that follows a set rhythm (also known as a cadence) 2. (Music) relating to a certain kind of elaborate solo, played or sung (sometimes improvised) near the end of a section of music, known as a cadenza 3. relating to the drop in the pitch of the voice, as at the end of a sentence
callipygian: adj. - having well-shaped buttocks
callow: adj. - lacking adult perception, experience, or judgment: immature
canescent: adj. - 1. growing white; assuming a color approaching to white; grayish white 2. covered with fine whitish hairs or down: hoary
canny: adj. - [see also: uncanny] 1. good at understanding or judging situations, especially in one's personal life or in business: expert, knowing, sagacious, shrewd, skilled, wise 2. careful enough and smart enough not to be tricked; difficult to fool: cautious, clever, prudent, wary 3. cautious or restrained in spending money: frugal, thrifty
canorous: adj. - richly melodious; pleasant sounding: musical, tuneful
capacious: adj. - able to contain much: ample, commodious, large, roomy, spacious
capernoited: adj. - 1. slightly intoxicated or tipsy; lightly pifflecated or nimptopsical 2. irritably or peevishly drunk
captious: adj. - 1. marked by a disposition to find fault or raise objections 2. calculated to entrap or confuse, as in an argument
carbon neutral: adj. - describes governments, individual people, and especially companies that reduce their greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide) emissions in order to combat global warming. This can be achieved by: A) generating energy in ways which do not emit carbon dioxide (such as solar power, wind power, etc.); and B) planting enough trees to absorb the carbon dioxide that is produced
catawampus: adj. (see also adv.) - (also spelled 'cattywampus') in a diagonal position or arrangement: askew, awry, catercorner, lop-sided, misaligned
catercorner: adj. (see also adv.) in a diagonal or oblique position or line: catawampus, cattywampus
celluloid: adj. (see also n.) - artificial, as if portrayed in a film: synthetic
chary: adj. - [see also charily (adv.)] 1. cautiously reluctant to do something: hesitant, vigilant, wary 2. reluctant to share, give, or use something: frugal, sparing 3. fussily concerned 4. characterized by shyness or modesty: timid
cheiloproclitic: adj. - being attracted to a person's lips; attracted to lips
chiliastic: adj. (see also n.) - relating to or believing in the millennium of peace and happiness when Jesus returns
chintzy: adj. (see also n.) - 1. embarrassingly stingy: cheap, miserly, penny-pinching 2. of very poor quality: bum, cheap, cheesy, crummy, gaudy, inferior, punk, sleazy, tinny, trashy 3. (British) describes a fussy, quaint, or fakely genteel style of decoration that is fussy and tasteless
choleric: adj. - 1. easily irritated; inclined to anger: bad-tempered, hot-headed, irascible, short-tempered 2. indicating or expressing anger; excited by anger: angry
chthonic: adj. - relating to the underworld as described in Greek mythology
circadian: adj. - characterized by or occurring in approximately 24-hour periods or cycles (as of biological activity or function)
circuitous: adj. 1. having a circular or winding course 2. not being forthright or direct in language or action
circumambient: adj. - being on all sides: encompassing, surrounding
cislunar: adj. - situated between the earth and the moon: sublunary
clandestine: adj. - marked by, held in, or conducted with secrecy: covert, surreptitious
clement: adj. - inclined to be merciful or forgiving: easy, compassionate, lenient, mild
clithridiate: adj. - keyhole-shaped
coeval: adj. (see also n.) - of the same era; originating or existing during the same period of time (usually followed by 'with')
colubrine: adj. - 1. of, relating to, or resembling a snake: ophidian, serpentine, snake-like 2. snake-like in being cunning or crafty 3. relating to or belonging to the colubrid family of snakes (mostly harmless temperate-to-tropical terrestrial snakes, usually living in trees or in the water; includes King snakes, garter snakes, and nonvenomous water snakes)
commensurate: adj. - 1. equal in size, extent, or duration as something else 2. corresponding or matching in size, degree, extent, or amount; suitable in amount or quality compared to something else: in proportion, proportionate 3. measurable by a common standard or using compatible units; describes units of measurement that belong to the same system such as feet and inches or centimeters and meters
complaisant: adj. - showing a desire to please: compliant, obliging
concomitant: adj. (see also n.) - occurring or existing concurrently: accompanying, attendant
concordant: adj. - showing harmony, unity, or agreement: in accord, accordant, agreeing, chiming, compatible, congenial, congruous, consistent, consonant, correspondent, harmonious, in keeping, sympathetic, symphonic
condign: adj. - suitable to the fault or crime: adequate, deserved
connubial: adj. - relating to marriage or the relationship between a married couple: conjugal, matrimonial
consanguineous: adj. - of the same blood; related by birth; descended from the same parent or ancestor: akin
contemporaneous: adj. - originating, existing, or occurring at the same time: contemporary
contumacious: adj. - stubbornly and openly rebellious against authority; flagrantly defiant: contrary, disobedient, incorrigible, insubordinate, obstinate, willful
conversant: adj. - 1. knowing about something from experience or study -- usually followed by 'with': familiar (with), knowledgeable (about), well informed (about) 2. able to discuss something knowledgeably
convivial: adj. - 1. describes an event or a person characterized by feelings of friendliness: cheerful, delightful, friendly, fun, lively 2. describes a social gathering that has the atmosphere of a party, feast, or other fun event: entertaining, festive, jolly, merry 3. describes a person who greatly enjoys the company of others: sociable
copacetic: adj. - (slang) very satisfactory or acceptable: excellent, fine, good, OK, swell
cordon bleu: adj. - (French) literally, "blue ribbon"; 1. describes cooking or food of the highest class or quality 2. describes a chef or cook of the highest class or quality: master chef 3. describes a way of preparing meat, especially veal, by rolling a thin slice of the meat around cheese and ham, then coating it in breadcrumbs
corrasable: adj. - able to be erased: erasable
corrugated: adj. - shaped or folded into alternating parallel grooves and ridges: furrowed, wavy, wrinkled {image}
cortinate: adj. - cobweb-like
corvine: adj. - similar to or characteristic of crows: crow-like
corybantic: adj. - wildly excited: agitated, frenzied, unrestrained (from Greek 'Korubantes', the priests of the Phrygian goddess Cybele, who performed wild dances) [see also: Corybant (n.)]
cosmogonic: adj. (see also n.) - (Astrophysics) dealing with the origin, history, structure and dynamics of the universe
cowled: adj. - 1. having the head enclosed in a cowl or hood: hooded 2. having the shape of a hood
crapulous: adj. - 1. marked by excessive indulgence, especially in eating or drinking: intemperance 2. sick from excessive indulgence in liquor
craven: adj. (see also n.) - lacking the least bit of courage, and so deserving disrespect, ridicule, or even hatred from others; cowardly in the extreme: fainthearted, gutless, spineless, yellow-bellied
crepuscular: adj. - 1. related to or similar to twilight, especially by being only partially lighted: dim, glimmering, indistinct, obscure 2. (Ecology) describes animals (such as certain insects and birds) that are most active during twilight hours (during or near sunrise/dawn and sunset/dusk) [Animals that are primarily active during the day are diurnal, while those most active at night are nocturnal.]
crescent: adj. - marked by an increase
cupreous: adj. - 1. consisting of or containing copper 2. having a reddish-brown color, like that of polished copper
daedal: adj. - 1. complex or ingenious in design or function: intricate 2. finely or skillfully made or employed: artistic, clever, cunning, ingenious 3. decorated or adorned with many things, especially natural wonders: rich [see also: Daedalus (n.)]
damask: adj. (see also n.) - having the deep pink color of the damask rose
dank: adj. - unpleasantly cool and moist: clammy, damp
dasypygal: adj. - having a hairy buttocks
debonair: adj. - (also spelled 'debonaire') 1. describes a man of sophisticated charm, elegant manners, confidence and style: suave, urbane 2. looking well-dressed, sophisticated, and at ease: elegant, gracious, polite 3. having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air: affable, carefree, chipper, genial, jaunty, lighthearted, nonchalant
decadent: adj. - (see also n.) experiencing, providing, or involving so much pleasure that it almost seems morally wrong: debauched, degenerate, indulgent, self-indulgent, spoiled, wasteful
decorous: adj. - marked by proper behavior and good taste: correct, decent
deleterious: adj. - causing harm, damage, or injury -- especially when harmful to health in a subtle or unexpected, yet longterm or serious way: baneful, damaging, destructive, injurious, noxious, pernicious, toxic
deliquesce: adj. - 1. to melt away or to disappear as if by melting 2. (chemistry) to dissolve gradually and become liquid by attracting and absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts, acids, and alkalies 3. to become fluid or soft with age, as certain fungi 4. to form many small divisions or branches - used especially of the veins of a leaf
demotic: adj. - 1. relating to or involving ordinary people: colloquial, common, popular 2. relating to or involving the ordinary, current form of a language used in everyday speech and writing, especially describing modern Greek 3. relating to or written in a simplified form of the ancient Egyptian hieratic writing
depilatory: adj. (see also n.) - having the capability to remove hair, wool, or bristles from the body
desiccated: adj. (see also v.) - 1. thoroughly dried out: arid 2. lacking vitality, spirit or animation: lifeless 3. preserved by removing natural moisture
desultory: adj. - 1. jumping from one subject to another without order or rational connection; moving from one thing to another without a plan or purpose: aimless, disconnected, immethodical 2. by the way; as a digression; not connected with the subject: tangential 3. coming disconnectedly or occurring haphazardly: chance, random 4. disappointing in performance or progress
diaphanous: adj. - 1. of such fine texture as to allow light to pass through: cobwebby, gauzy, gossamer, see-through, sheer, translucent, transparent, vaporous 2. extremely faint or slight: fragile, insubstantial, vague
diffident: adj. - 1. lacking self-confidence; distrustful of one's own powers: bashful, timid 2. characterized by modest reserve: unassertive
dilatory: adj. - 1. tending to put off what ought to be done at once; given to procrastination 2. intended to cause delay
dionysian: adj. - 1. of an ecstatic, orgiastic, or irrational nature; relating to or involving drunkenness and sexual activity: bacchanalian, drunk, excessive, frenzied, passionate, reckless, undisciplined, uninhibited, unrestrained [antonym: apollonian] 2. (Capitalized) of, relating to, or resembling Dionysus (Roman god Bacchus), the Greek god of wine, fertility and drama 3. according to the philosophy of Nietzsche: of or displaying the spontaneously creative-intuitive power as opposed to critical-rational power
diplostemonous: adj. - (Botany) having twice as many stamens as petals, as the geranium
discursive: adj. - 1. passing from one topic to another; ranging over a wide field: digressive, rambling 2. utilizing, marked by, or based on analytical reasoning
disingenuous: adj. - not speaking the complete truth; pretending to be straightforward and honest while withholding information; feigning ignorance: artful, calculating, deceptive, dishonest, fake, hypocritical, insincere
dissolute: adj. - loose in morals and conduct; marked by indulgence in sensual pleasures or vices
diuretic: adj. (see also n.) - tending to increase the flow of urine
dogmatic: adj. - 1. related to dogma (a religion's set of beliefs, especially when the questioning of said beliefs is strongly discouraged or repressed): doctrinaire, orthodox 2. describes someone who arrogantly makes unproved or unprovable assertions: arbitrary, authoritarian, dictatorial, narrow-minded
droll: adj. - amusing in a strange or quaint way; oddly humorous; whimsically funny: diverting, farcical, humorous, ludicrous, odd, queer, quirky, ridiculous, zany
ebullient: adj. - 1. overflowing with enthusiasm or excitement: bubbly, ecstatic, effervescent, exhilarated, exuberant, high-spirited, lively 2. boiling up or over: bubbling
eccentric: adj. - 1. not the usual or normal way of acting or thinking: bizarre, freakish, freaky, flaky, off-the-wall, odd, outlandish, outre, strange, unconventional, unusual, weird, whimsical 2. deviating from a circular path, as in an oval-shaped orbit 3. not situated at or in the geometric center: nonconcentric
edacious: adj. - 1. strongly desiring to eat or consume -- especially in large amounts: devouring, gluttonous, ravenous, voracious 2. relating to eating
effete: adj. - 1. having lost vitality or strength: depleted, exhausted, powerless, spent, weak, worn out 2. characterized by excess, self-indulgence, and moral decay: decadent, excessive, over-refined 3. unable to reproduce: barren, infertile, unproductive
eldritch: adj. - suggesting the operation of supernatural influences, especially when sinister: creepy, eerie, ghastly, ghostly, odd, spooky, strange, uncanny, unearthly, unnatural, weird
eleemosynary: adj. - 1. dependent on charity 2. contributed as an act of charity: benevolent, charitable, gratuitous, philanthropic
emeritus: adj. (see also n.) - retired but retaining an honorary title corresponding to that held immediately before retirement
emollient: adj. (see also n.) - 1. softening and soothing, especially to the skin 2. making less harsh or abrasive: mollifying
en banc: adj. - (French) (Law) having all the judges of an appeals court present for a hearing (rather than the usual minimal amount, or quorum), especially in jurisdictions where there are multiple three- or four-judge panels. En banc hearings typically occur when an unusually significant issue is at stake, or when both parties (defendant and plaintiff) and the court agree to it; literally, "in (the full) bench" or "by (the full) court"
endemic: adj. - 1. describes a disease regularly found among particular people or in a certain region 2. prevailing in or confined to a particular region or people (such as endemic plants or animals): indigenous, native 3. characteristic of a particular place or in a certain area: common, typical
epidemic: adj. (see also n.) - spreading more quickly or more widely than would usually be expected
equable: adj. - 1. equal and uniform; free from extremes: steady, unvarying 2. not easily disturbed; not variable or changing: even-tempered, placid, serene
equine: adj. - of, relating to, or characteristic of a horse
eristic: adj. - given to provoking controversy for its own sake and often employing questionable or false arguments: argumentative
erogenous: adj. - responsive or sensitive to sexual stimulation; arousing sexual desire
ersatz: adj. - being an imitation or a substitute, usually an inferior one: artificial, counterfeit, ingenuine, simulated, synthetic
erudite: adj. - characterized by extensive reading or knowledge: bookish, brainy, intellectual, learned, literate, pedantic, scholarly
erumpent: adj. - bursting through or as if through a surface or covering -- said of certain fungi which burst through the texture of leaves
esoteric: adj. - 1. intended for or understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge, especially when gaining such knowledge requires initiation into a special group: arcane, mysterious, occult [antonym: exoteric] 2. not publicly disclosed: confidential, hidden, secret 3. difficult to understand: abstruse
estival: adj. - characteristic of or relating to the summer
esurient: adj. - 1. devouring or craving food in great quantities: edacious, rapacious, ravenous, voracious, wolfish 2. extremely hungry: famished, ravenous, sharp-set, starved 3. ardently or excessively desirous -- often followed by 'for': avid, greedy
ethereal: adj. - 1. characterized by lightness and insubstantiality: aeriform, aerial, airy, diaphanous, evanescent, filmy, gauzy, impalpable, intangible, sheer, transparent, vaporous 2. highly refined: delicate, exquisite, gossamer 3. of the celestial spheres; not of this world: celestial, heavenly, spiritual, supernal 4. (Chemistry) of or relating to a chemical ether
ethnocentric: adj. - characterized by or based on the attitude that one's own culture, enthicity, or nationality is superior
evanescent: adj. - liable to vanish or pass away like vapor: brief, ephemeral, fleeting, momentary, transitory
ex cathedra: adj. (see also adv.) - (Latin) with the full authority of office or rank; from the seat of authority (used especially to describe pronouncements of the Pope that are made from his official chair of authority, which are considered infallible by Roman Catholics); literally, "from the (teacher's) chair" or "from the throne"
exigent: adj. - 1. requiring immediate aid or action: critical, pressing 2. requiring much effort or expense: demanding, exacting
exiguous: adj. - excessively scanty: inadequate, meager
existential: adj. - 1. relating to, affirming or dealing with existence (especially human existence); based on experience: empirical 2. having being in time and space 3. concerned with or involving an individual as radically free and responsible 4. (Linguistics) of or relating to a verbal construction that indicates existence, such as the words "there is" in the sentence "There is a cat on the mat."
exoteric: adj. - 1. not confined to an inner circle of disciples or initiates; publicly available 2. capable of being understood by most people, not just an informed or select minority; suited to the public: popular [antonym: esoteric] 3. of or relating to the outside: external 4. of external origin; arising outside the organism: exogenous
extant: adj. - still existing; not destroyed, lost, or extinct
facetious: adj. - 1. joking or jesting often inappropriately: waggish 2. meant to be humorous or funny; not serious
facile: adj. - 1. done or achieved with little effort or difficulty: easy, effortless, simple 2. made or arrived at without any serious thought or depth of feeling and therefore of little value or significance; ignoring the complexities of an issue: superficial 3. working, acting, or speaking with effortless ease and fluency: fluent, ready
facinorous: adj. - extremely wicked or evil
fallacious: adj. - 1. embodying a fallacy: erroneous, false, wrong 2. tending to deceive or mislead: delusive, dishonest, duplicitous, mendacious, treacherous
farctate: adj. - 1. the state of being stuffed with matter or with food to the point of bursting: crammed, filled, full, satiated, stuffed 2. (Botany) filled solid, such as a "farctate leaf" (as opposed to tubular or hollow)
fatuitous: adj. - complacently stupid: fatuous, foolish, mindless, unintelligent
fatuous: adj. - 1. foolish and unintelligent; feeble in mind: asinine, fatuitous, foolish, inane, mindless, silly, stupid, weak 2. without reality: delusive, illusory, unreal
favonian: adj. - 1. associated with or relating to the west wind (Zephyr): westerly 2. like the west wind in being mild or gentle: benign, favorable, harmless, soft
febrile: adj. - of or pertaining to fever; indicating fever or derived from it: feverish
feckless: adj. - 1. lacking purpose or vitality: feeble, ineffective 2. not fit to assume responsibility; unable or unwilling to do anything useful: careless, incompetent, ineffectual, inept, irresponsible
fecund: adj. - 1. capable of producing offspring or vegetation: fruitful, fertile 2. intellectually productive: prolific 3. able to produce many different and original ideas: imaginative
felicitous: adj. - 1. very well suited or expressed: appropriate, apt 2. marked by happiness or good fortune: delightful, pleasant
feminal: adj. - having the characteristics traditionally associated with women: feminine, womanly
fetid: adj. - having a strong, offensive smell: foul, funky, malodorous, nauseating, noisome, rancid, rank, smelly, stale, stinky
fiduciary: adj. - relating to the holding of something in trust for another
filial: adj. - 1. relating to or appropriate to a child's relationship with, or feelings toward, his or her parents 2. having or assuming the relationship of a child or offspring to its parents 3. (Genetics) designating the generation or the sequence of generations following the parental generation
filipendulous: adj. - suspended by, or strung upon, a thread
fissile: adj. - 1. capable of being split, cleft, or divided in the direction of the grain or along natural planes of cleavage (describes wood, crystals, and rocks such as slate and schist): cleavable 2. describes materials that are capable of sustaining a chain reaction of nuclear fission (using neutrons with zero kinetic energy). They can be used to fuel a thermal reactor (with a neutron moderator), a fast reactor (with no moderator), and a nuclear explosive [see also: fissionable]
fissionable: adj. - describes any materials with atoms that can undergo nuclear fission [see also: fissible]
fissiparous: adj. 1. reproducing by spontaneous biological fission 2. tending to break up into parts or break away from a main body: factious
flagitious: adj. - 1. disgracefully or shamefully criminal; grossly wicked (said of acts, crimes, etc.): scandalous, villainous 2. guilty of enormous crimes or scandalous vices (said of persons): corrupt, profligate
flexuous: adj. - having many turns or bends: circuitous, sinuous, winding
floptical: adj. - a trademarked name for a type of disk that uses both magnetic and optical techniques for storing information. Floptical describes both the disk drive and the 3 1/2-inch disk that fits into it. The disk can store up to 21 megabytes of information, yet it looks similar to the standard, 3 1/2-inch disks
flummoxed: adj. - describing someone confused: perplexed, puzzled
foppish: adj. - affecting extreme elegance in dress and manner: dandified
friable: adj. - easily crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder
froward: adj. - habitually or stubbornly unwilling to obey or agree, and therefore difficult to deal with: antagonistic, balky, contrary, defiant, disobedient, insubordinate, intractable, oppositional, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, uncooperative, ungovernable
frugivorous: adj. - fruit-eating
fugacious: adj. - 1. lasting but a short time: ephemeral, fleeting 2. (botanical) falling soon after blooming, as some flowers
fuliginous: adj. - 1. having the color or consistency of soot or smoke: dark, dusky, smoky, sooty 2. similar to soot in cloudiness or obscurity: cloudy, murky, obscure
fulsome: adj. - 1. describes someone whose attempts to be charming or flattering come off as forced, fake, excessive, or obviously and distastefully self-serving: fawning, ingratiating, oleaginous, smarmy, sycophantic, unctuous 2. great in amount or intensity: abundant, copious, full, generous, lavish, plenteous 3. offensive to the taste or sensibilities, especially due to excess or grossness: cloying, gross, nauseous 4. (Shakespeare) lustful, obscene, wanton
fusty: adj. - 1. smelling of damp, dust, mildew, decay or age: ill-smelling, moldy, musty, stale-smelling, rank 2. old-fashioned and conservative in style, appearance, habits, or attitudes: antique, out-dated
gambrinous: adj. - being full of beer
gauche: adj. - lacking grace, especially social grace: awkward, tactless
gelid: adj. - extremely cold: icy
geosynchronous: adj. - marked by an orbit with a period of 24 hours so that a position in such an orbit is fixed with respect to the earth
gimcrack: adj. (see also n.) - cheap and tastelessly showy: brassy, flashy, garish, gaudy, loud, meretricious, tacky, tawdry, trashy
glabrous: adj. - lacking hairs, bristles unevenness, or projections: bald, hairless, smooth
gliddery: adj. - giving no sure footing: slick, slippery, smooth
gossamer: adj. - extremely light, delicate, or tenuous
graminivorous: adj. - feeding on grass
gubernatorial: adj. - of or pertaining to a governor
hale: adj. - free from disease and weakening conditions: healthy
hardydardy: adj. (see also n.) - foolish daring
harrowing: adj. - [see also: harrow (n. & v.)] causing feelings of fear, horror, pain, or disgust: agonizing, distressing, heartbreaking, traumatic, unsettling, upsetting
Hegelian: adj. (see also n.) - of, relating to, or characteristic of Hegel, his philosophy, or his dialectic method (influenced existentialists, Marx, etc.)
hendecasyllabic: adj. (see also n.) - containing eleven syllables
hermetic: adj. [see also: hermetically (adv.)] - 1. completely sealed so that no air can pass in or out (of something, such as a container): air-tight 2. protected against or sealed off from outside influence: impenetrable, impervious, isolated, uninfluenced 3. difficult or confusing for outsiders to understand: abstruse, obscure, recondite 4. associated with or involving magic or alchemy: magical, mystical, occult 5. of or relating to the writings or teachings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus (Greek name for the Egyptian god Thoth, who wrote works on astrology, magic, alchemy, and medicine and created a magic airtight seal)
heterodox: adj. - contrary to or different from an acknowledged standard, a traditional form, or established beliefs, especially in church doctrine or dogma: dissident, heretical, unconventional, unorthodox
heuristic: adj. (see also n.) - 1. a method of problem solving or investigation which uses intelligent guesswork based on experience or trial and error rather than set rules to find a solution; unlike an algorithm, heuristic techniques cannot guarantee a solution, but they may provide the only way to approach a complex or new problem 2. relating to or using a teaching method that encourages learners to discover solutions for themselves 3. (Computer Science) used to describe a computer program that can modify itself in response to the user's feedback or which can change to alternative methods at successive stages of the program; examples include Spell Check and anti-virus programs which attempt to detect new or unknown viruses by the examination of program code for functions associated with viral activity
hidebound: adj. - 1. stubbornly unwilling to change habits or ideas, especially prejudiced ones: bigoted, inflexible, narrow-minded, obstinate, rigid 2. oriented toward the past; confined to the past; extremely traditional or conservative 3. describes when the skin of livestock (horses, cows, etc.) is dry, stiff, and bound tightly to the flesh (so that it cannot be pulled up into a roll or wrinkle) -- often due to poor feeding, which causes a loss of fat and connetive tissue 4. describes when the bark of a tree is so tight that it slows or prevents growth
hircine: adj. - characteristic of or resembling a goat, especially in odor
hirsute: adj. - covered with coarse stiff hairs; set with bristles: hairy, shaggy
hoary: adj. - 1. gray or white as if with age 2. so old as to inspire great respect: ancient
honorificabilitudinitatibus: adj. - (a nonsense word from medieval literature) with honor
hortative: adj. - (same as 'horatory') giving strong encouragement; urging towards some particular course of action or behavior; intended to pressure someone to do something: advisory, consultative, exhortative
hufty-tufty: adj. - having or showing arrogant superiority towards people whom one views as unworthy: bragging, swaggering
hugger-mugger: adj. (see also adv., n., & v.) - 1. characterized by or done with hidden aims or methods: clandestine, concealed, hush-hush, secret, sly, surreptitious, undercover 2. in utter disorder: confused, disorderly, jumbled, muddled, slovenly
hypnagogic: adj. - 1. involving or concerning the semiconscious state between being awake and falling asleep (unusually vivid or intense dreams may occur during this drowsy transitional period) [see also: hypnagogic hallucinations (n.), hypnopompic] 2. causing drowsiness or sleep (as a drug for sleep aid may do): sleep-inducing, somniferous, somnolent, soporific
hypnopompic: adj. - involving or concerning the semiconscious state between being asleep and becoming completely awake (unusually vivid or intense dreams may occur during this drowsy transitional period) [see also: hypnagogic, hypnopompic hallucinations (n.)]
igneous: adj. - 1. of, containing, or having the nature of fire: fiery 2. produced by the action of fire; specifically, formed by volcanic action or intense heat, as rock solidified from molten magma or lava
impavid: adj. - not fearful or timid: fearless, intrepid, unafraid, undaunted
impeccable: adj. - 1. not capable of sinning or liable to sin 2. free from fault or blame: flawless
impecunious: adj. - not having money: destitute, impoverished, indigent, needy, penniless, poor, poverty-stricken
impetuous: adj. - 1. marked by impulsive passion or vehemence 2. marked by force and violence of movement or action
importunate: adj. - troublesomely urgent; overly persistent in request or demand; unreasonably solicitous
impregnable: adj. - incapable of being taken by assault: impenetrable, unassailable, unconquerable
impromptu: adj. - 1. made, done, or formed on the spur of the moment: improvised 2. composed or uttered without previous preparation: extemporaneous
impudent: adj. - lacking in modesty or shame: immodest, shameless
inaniloquent: adj. - speaking foolishly or saying silly things; prone to foolish or empty babbling
incarnadine: adj. (see also v. & n.) - 1. having the pinkish color of flesh 2. having the color red, especially bloodred: crimson
inchoate: adj. - 1. just beginning to form or develop; describes an initial or early stage in development: developing, incipient, new, rudimentary, unfinished 2. lacking structure or organization; imperfectly or incompletely formed or developed: chaotic, disorganized, messy, underdeveloped, vague
incipient: adj. - beginning to exist or appear
incognito: adj. (see also adv.) - with one's identity concealed; in disguise
incommunicado: adj. (see also adv.) - without the means or right to communicate
incontrovertible: adj. - too clear or certain to admit of dispute: incontestable, indisputable, indubitable, irrefragable, self-evident, undeniable, unquestionable
indelible: adj. - 1. describes marks or objects which cannot easily be removed, erased, or washed away 2. incapable of being forgotten: memorable
indigent: adj. - extremely poor; not having the necessities of life, such as food, clothing and shelter: destitute, impecunious, impoverished, needy, penniless, poor, poverty-stricken
indolent: adj. - 1. avoiding work or activity due to habitual laziness: idle, inactive, slothful, sluggish 2. encouraging laziness or inactivity, as hot and humid weather may do 3. (Medicine) causing little or no pain, due to being inactive or benign (as a non-cancerous tumor) 4. (Medicine) slow to heal, develop, or spread
indubitable: adj. - too evident to be doubted: incontestable, incontrovertible, indisputable, irrefragable, self-evident, undeniable, unquestionable
ineffable: adj. - 1. unable to be described in words, especially due to being too strange, too wonderful, or too intense: indescribable, inexpressible, unutterable 2. forbidden to be uttered, especially regarding a word that is too sacred to be said aloud: taboo, unspeakable, verboten
ineluctable: adj. - impossible to avoid or evade: inescapable, inevitable
infrangible: adj. - 1. not capable of being broken or separated into parts 2. not able to be infringed or violated
ingenuous: adj. - 1. having a childlike innocence or trust, sometimes to the point of being foolish: naive 2. openly candid and sincere, especially describing someone who is unable to mask their feelings or to be deceitful; not devious or holding back: frank, genuine, straightforward, unreserved, unrestrained
insensate: adj. - 1. lacking sensation or awareness: comatose, inanimate 2. lacking human feeling or sensitivity: brutal, cruel 3. lacking sense: foolish, stupid
insidious: adj. - 1. awaiting a chance to entrap: treacherous 2. harmful but enticing: seductive 3. having a gradual, cumulative effect so as to be well established before becoming apparent: subtle
insolent: adj. - 1. casually disrespectful: arrogant, impolite, insulting, rude 2. unrestrained by social conventions or expectations: bold, brazen, unabashed
insouciant: adj. - without worry, anxiety, guilt, or other emotional troubles; free from concern: blithe, carefree, easygoing, lighthearted, nonchalant, unconcerned, untroubled
insular: adj. - 1. not interested in people, things or ideas outside your own group, region, way of thinking, or style of living; concerned only with local matters and familiar ideas; limited in outlook: conservative, conventional, narrow-minded, parochial, provincial [antonyms: broad-minded, open, welcoming] 2. relating to, part of, or originating on an island 3. having the characteristics of an island, especially by being isolated or cut off from outside influence: confined, separate, solitary 4. resembling an island in attiude or personality by being emotionally distant from others: aloof, detached 5. (Anatomy) relating to a collection of cells or tissue whose form resembles an island
intestine: adj. - concerned with a country or nation's internal affairs: civil, domestic, internal, national [antonyms: international, local]
intractable: adj. - 1. not easily governed, managed, or tamed; stubbornly resistant to outside influence or control: headstrong, obstinate, willful 2. not easily shaped or manipulated: inflexible, tough, unbending, unyeilding 3. (regarding a disease) not easily treated, relieved, or cured 4. (regarding a problem) not easily remedied or solved
intransigent: adj. - refusing to compromise: uncompromising
invidious: adj. - 1. tending to provoke jealousy, resentment, or hatred in other people: detestable, obnoxious, odious, offensive, repugnant, scandalous 2. calculated to create ill will or resentment or give offense: hateful, libelous, spiteful 3. containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice; making or implying an unfair distinction: discriminatory, injurious, unjust 4. concerning discrimination that arises from the creation of a classification that is arbitrary, irrational, or capricious and not related to a legitimate purpose
involute: adj. (see also n.) - 1. describes budding leaves, flower petals, and some sea shells that form an increasingly tight spiral: coiled {budding leaves and nautilus shell} 2. very complex, such as involving curves on top of other curves: circuitous, complicated, convoluted, elaborate, intricate, sinuous, snarly
irascible: adj. - prone to anger; easily provoked to anger: hot-tempered
irenic: adj. - tending to promote peace: conciliatory, pacific
irrefragable: adj. - 1. impossible to refute: incontestable, incontrovertible, indisputable, indubitable, self-evident, undeniable, unquestionable 2. impossible to break or alter
itinerant: adj. (see also n.) - passing or traveling from place to place: wandering
jackleg: adj. (see also n.) - 1. lacking skill or training: amateur, incompetent, untrained 2. characterized by dishonesty or a lack of professional standards: unscrupulous, untrustworthy 3. intended or made for temporary use and usually of inferior quality: makeshift
jejune: adj. - 1. lacking interest or significance; not intellectually demanding: boring, dull, insipid, uninteresting, unstimulating 2. lacking maturity or sophistication: childish, immature, juvenile, naive, puerile, simplistic 3. lacking knowledge or experience: ignorant, uninformed 4. (Food) lacking in nutritional value; not providing proper nourishment; having little or no substance: deficient 5. not fertile: barren
jocoserious: adj. - describes something said half jokingly and half seriously, or behavior that mingles mirth and seriousness
jocund: adj. - full of or expressing high-spirited merriment: cheerful, genial, light-hearted, mirthful
Kafkaesque: adj. - of, relating to, or suggestive of Franz Kafka or his writings, especially having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical quality
kinetic: adj. - 1. relating to the force or energy of things in motion 2. related to, caused by, or producing motion: active, dynamic, energizing, lively
kosher: adj. - 1. (Judaism) conforming to the strict dietary laws of Judaism in the Bible, which determines the type of food eaten, the kinds of foods combined in one meal, how an animal is killed, and ritual purification; derived from the Hebrew word "kasher," which means "proper" or "pure" 2. allowed by law or regarded as correct or proper: legitimate, permissible 3. not false or fake: authentic, genuine
labile: adj. - 1. constantly or frequently undergoing change (for example, someone with frequent mood swings has labile emotions); easy to change or likely to undergo change: fluctuating, shifting 2. readily open to change; easily altered: adaptable 3. (Science) constantly or frequently undergoing chemical or physical change (for example, radioactive elements); easily changed; likely to change: unstable, volatile
lachrymose: adj. - 1. given to tears or weeping; suffused with tears: tearful 2. causing or tending to cause tears: mournful
laconic: adj. - using or involving the fewest words necessary; concise to the point of seeming rude or mysterious. [Laconia was the region surrounding Sparta in ancient Greece. The Spartans took great pride in their brevity of speech. When Philip of Macedon threatened, "If I enter Laconia, I will raze Sparta to the ground," the entire reply from Sparta was a single word: "If."]: brief, brusque, pithy, succinct
lacustrine: adj. - 1. of or relating to lakes 2. living or growing in or along the edges of lakes
lambent: adj. - 1. playing lightly on or over a surface: flickering 2. softly bright or radiant; gently glowing: luminous 3. effortlessly light, brilliant and graceful, as wit or humor
languid: adj. - lacking vigor and energy: exhausted, indifferent, lackadaisical, languorous, listless, slow-moving, sluggish, spiritless, weak, weary
Laodicean: adj. - lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics
lapidary: adj. (see also n.) - 1. having to do with precious stones or gems 2. exacting and high quality, such as worthy to be cut into a monument or gem -- especially when describing a style of writing: concise, elegant, precise, refined, tight
lascivious: adj. - describes someone with intense or unbridled sexual desire: lecherous, lewd, licentious, lusty, unchaste, wanton
leiotrichous: adj. - having smooth, or nearly smooth, hair: straight-haired [antonym: ulotrichous]
lenticular: adj. - 1. convex (bulging outward) on both sides -- resembling the shape of lentil seed (typically used to describe a galaxy, cloud, lens, or other object of this shape): biconvex, lentil-shaped 2. related to a lens or lenses
Lilliputian: adj. - used to describe a person or thing that is very small (After Lilliput, a country in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, whose people were only 6 in./15 cm tall) [antonym: Brobdingnagian]
liminal: adj. - 1. of or relating to a threshold (the starting point for a new state or experience) 2. belonging to the point of conscious awareness below which something cannot be experienced or felt; barely perceptible
lissome: adj. - 1. characterized by easy flexibility and grace: flexible, limber, lithe, supple 2. light and quick in action: active, agile, nimble 3. athletically slim
littoral: adj. - characteristic of or found on a shore, especially a seashore
livid: adj. - 1. very angry: enraged, furious 2. having an ashy-gray color, especially from illness or strong emotion: ashen, blanched, bloodless, leaden, pale, pallid 3. discolored by bruising or from strangulation: black-and-blue 4. feeling or appearing strangled because of strong emotion
loquacious: adj. - full of excessive talk: babblative, effusive, garrulous, long-winded, talkative, verbose, voluble, wordy
louche: adj. - of questionable taste or morality: decadent, disreputable, dubious, rakish, shady
lubricious: adj. - 1. having or showing too great an interest in sex, especially in an unpleasant way: lecherous, lewd, lustful, obscene, prurient, salacious, wanton 2. having a slippery or smooth quality, as with oil or grease
lucid: adj. - 1. easily understandable, as when something has been explained or demonstrated in a clear and simple way: evident, obvious, unmistakable 2. mentally clear or sane, as when someone insane has a "lucid" period: rational 3. (Dreams) describes a kind of dream in which the dreamer realizes that they are asleep and may be able to control the dream 4. able to be seen through clearly, as with a window pane that is neither tinted nor dirty 5. shining or emitting light: radiant
Lucullan: adj. - characterized by extravagance or overindulgence, especially with regard to food: extravagant, lavish, lush, luxurious, opulent, plush, profuse
ludic: adj. - adj. - playful, especially in a spontaneous, aimless way: antic, frolicsome, whimsical
lugubrious: adj. - mournful, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree: dismal, gloomy, sorrowful, woeful