lax

  1. emptying easily or excessively

    Synonyms : loose
  2. lacking in rigor or strictness

    Synonyms : slack
    Examples :
    • such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable
    • lax in attending classes
  3. lacking in firmness or tension; not taut

    Antonyms : tense
    Examples :
    • a lax rope
  4. pronounced with muscles of the tongue and jaw relatively relaxed (e.g., the vowel sound in `bet')

    Antonyms : tense

lavish

  1. expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns

    Synonyms : shower
    Type Of : consume, squander, ware, waste
  2. very generous

    Synonyms : munificent, overgenerous, too-generous, unsparing, unstinted, unstinting
    Examples :
    • distributed gifts with a lavish hand
    • the critics were lavish in their praise
  3. characterized by extravagance and profusion

    Synonyms : lucullan, plush, plushy
    Examples :
    • a lavish buffet

laud

  1. praise, glorify, or honor

    Synonyms : exalt, extol, glorify, proclaim
    Type Of : praise

largess

  1. liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit

    Synonyms : largesse, magnanimity, munificence, openhandedness
    Type Of : liberality, liberalness
  2. a gift or money given (as for service or out of benevolence); usually given ostentatiously

    Synonyms : largesse
    Type Of : gift

larceny

  1. the act of taking something from someone unlawfully

    Synonyms : stealing, theft, thievery, thieving
    Type Of : felony

languish

  1. have a desire for something or someone who is not present

    Synonyms : ache, pine, yearn, yen
    Type Of : yearn, hanker, long
  2. lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief

    Synonyms : pine away, waste
    Type Of : weaken
  3. become feeble

    Synonyms : fade
    Type Of : degenerate, deteriorate, devolve, drop
    Examples :
    • The prisoner has been languishing for years in the dungeon

languid

  1. lacking spirit or liveliness

    Synonyms : dreamy, lackadaisical, languorous
    Examples :
    • a languid mood
    • a languid wave of the hand

lance

  1. a surgical knife with a pointed double-edged blade; used for punctures and small incisions

    Synonyms : lancet
    Type Of : surgical knife
  2. an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish

    Synonyms : fishgig, fizgig, gig, spear
    Type Of : implement
  3. a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon

    Synonyms : shaft, spear
    Type Of : weapon system, weapon, arm
  4. move quickly, as if by cutting one's way

    Type Of : go, locomote, move, travel
    Examples :
    • Planes lanced towards the shore
  5. open by piercing with a lancet

    Type Of : open, open up
    Examples :
    • lance a boil
  6. pierce with a lance, as in a knights' fight

    Type Of : pierce, thrust

learnedness

  1. profound scholarly knowledge

    Synonyms : encyclopaedism, encyclopedism, eruditeness, erudition, learning, scholarship
    Type Of : education

lampoon

  1. ridicule with satire

    Synonyms : satirise, satirize
    Type Of : blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, rib, ridicule, roast
  2. a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way

    Synonyms : burlesque, mockery, parody, pasquinade, put-on, send-up, sendup, spoof, takeoff, travesty
    Type Of : caricature, imitation, impersonation