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LABOR
LABOR, n. One of the processes by which A acquires property for B.
LAND
LAND, n. A part of the earth's surface, considered as property. The theory that land is property subject to private ownership and control is the foundation of modern society, and is More…
LANGUAGE
LANGUAGE, n. The music with which we charm the serpents guarding another's treasure.
LAOCOON
LAOCOON, n. A famous piece of antique scripture representing a priest of that name and his two sons in the folds of two enormous serpents. The skill and diligence with which the old man More…
LAP
LAP, n. One of the most important organs of the female system — an admirable provision of nature for the repose of infancy, but chiefly useful in rural festivities to support plates of More…
LAST
LAST, n. A shoemaker's implement, named by a frowning Providence as opportunity to the maker of puns. Ah, punster, would my lot were cast, Where the cobbler is unknown, So More…
LAUGHTER
LAUGHTER, n. An interior convulsion, producing a distortion of the features and accompanied by inarticulate noises. It is infectious and, though intermittent, incurable. Liability to More…
LAUREATE
LAUREATE, adj. Crowned with leaves of the laurel. In England the Poet Laureate is an officer of the sovereign's court, acting as dancing skeleton at every royal feast and singing-mute More…
LAUREL
LAUREL, n. The _laurus_, a vegetable dedicated to Apollo, and formerly defoliated to wreathe the brows of victors and such poets as had influence at court. (_Vide supra._)
LAW
LAW, n. Once Law was sitting on the bench, And Mercy knelt a-weeping. "Clear out!" he cried, "disordered wench! Nor come before me creeping. Upon More…
LAWFUL
LAWFUL, adj. Compatible with the will of a judge having jurisdiction.
LAWYER
LAWYER, n. One skilled in circumvention of the law.
LAZINESS
LAZINESS, n. Unwarranted repose of manner in a person of low degree.
LEAD
LEAD, n. A heavy blue-gray metal much used in giving stability to light lovers — particularly to those who love not wisely but other men's wives. Lead is also of great service as a More…
LEARNING
LEARNING, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious.
LECTURER
LECTURER, n. One with his hand in your pocket, his tongue in your ear and his faith in your patience.
LEGACY
LEGACY, n. A gift from one who is legging it out of this vale of tears.
LEONINE
LEONINE, adj. Unlike a menagerie lion. Leonine verses are those in which a word in the middle of a line rhymes with a word at the end, as in this famous passage from Bella Peeler More…
LETTUCE
LETTUCE, n. An herb of the genus _Lactuca_, "Wherewith," says that pious gastronome, Hengist Pelly, "God has been pleased to reward the good and punish the wicked. For by More…
LEVIATHAN
LEVIATHAN, n. An enormous aquatic animal mentioned by Job. Some suppose it to have been the whale, but that distinguished ichthyologer, Dr. Jordan, of Stanford University, maintains More…
The Devil's dictionary from 1911 University Dictionaries
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