1. marked by low spirits; showing no enthusiasm

    Synonyms : dispirited
    Examples :
    • reacted to the crisis with listless resignation
  2. lacking zest or vivacity

    Examples :
    • he was listless and bored


  1. a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage

    Synonyms : ass-kisser, crawler, sycophant, toady
    Type Of : flatterer, adulator
  2. a male servant (especially a footman)

    Synonyms : flunkey, flunky
    Type Of : retainer, servant


  1. a German art song of the 19th century for voice and piano

    Type Of : song, vocal

let down

  1. move something or somebody to a lower position

    Synonyms : bring down, get down, lower, take down
    Type Of : displace, move
  2. fail to meet the hopes or expectations of

    Synonyms : disappoint
    Type Of : baffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart


  1. a soft silver-white univalent element of the alkali metal group; the lightest metal known; occurs in several minerals

    Synonyms : atomic number 3, lithium
    Type Of : metallic element, metal
  2. being one more than fifty

    Synonyms : 51, fifty-one
  3. Chinese distance measure; approximately 0.5 kilometers

    Type Of : linear unit, linear measure


  1. someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person

    Synonyms : layperson, secular
    Antonyms : clergyman
    Type Of : common man, common person, commoner

lateral thinking

  1. a heuristic for solving problems; you try to look at the problem from many angles instead of tackling it head-on

    Type Of : heuristic, heuristic program, heuristic rule


  1. the act of making less strict

    Synonyms : liberalisation, relaxation
    Type Of : alleviation, easement, easing, relief


  1. the learned profession that is mastered by graduate study in a law school and that is responsible for the judicial system

    Synonyms : practice of law
    Type Of : learned profession
    Examples :
    • he studied law at Yale
  2. a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society

    Synonyms : natural law
    Type Of : concept, construct, conception
  3. the collection of rules imposed by authority

    Synonyms : jurisprudence
    Type Of : collection, assemblage, accumulation, aggregation
    Examples :
    • civilization presupposes respect for the law
  4. the force of policemen and officers

    Synonyms : constabulary, police, police force
    Type Of : force, personnel, law enforcement agency
    Examples :
    • the law came looking for him
  5. the branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do

    Synonyms : jurisprudence, legal philosophy
    Type Of : philosophy
  6. a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature

    Synonyms : law of nature
    Type Of : construct, concept, conception
    Examples :
    • the laws of thermodynamics
  7. legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity

    Type Of : legal document, legal instrument, instrument, official document
    Examples :
    • there is a law against kidnapping


  1. property that is leased or rented out or let

    Synonyms : lease, rental
    Type Of : property, holding, belongings