lambaste \lam-BAYST\ (transitive verb) -
1 : To give a thrashing to; to beat severely.
2 : To scold sharply; to attack verbally; to berate. "After losing the Higgins account due to clumsy errors, Judith was severely lambasted in front of everyone during the company's weekly meeting."
lenity \LEN-uh-tee\ (noun) -
The state or quality of being lenient; mildness; gentleness of treatment; leniency. "The crime the defendant was being tried for was so heinous that severity was justice, lenity injustice." Lenity comes from Latin lenitas, from lenis, "soft, mild."
limn \LIM\ (transitive verb) -
1 : To depict by drawing or painting.
2 : To portray in words; to describe.
"...Her excellent memory could not limn her lover's features clearly; she had to reread his love letters to be sure that in truth he had existed, that they had loved one another and that the nights in the room of the armoires were not her invention." -- Isabel Allende, 'Daughter of Fortune'
Limn is from Middle English limnen, alteration of luminen, from enluminen, from Medieval French enluminer, from Late Latin illuminare, "to illuminate," ultimately from Latin lumen, "light."
loquacious \loh-KWAY-shuhs\ (adjective) -
1 : Very talkative.
2 : Full of excessive talk; wordy.
"The meeting went on for hours, accommodating loquacious bores who were each allowed their say, although in the end very little to nothing was accomplished."
Loquacious comes from Latin loquax, "talkative," from loqui, "to speak."
lucre \LOO-kuhr\ (noun) -
Monetary gain; profit; riches; money; -- often in a bad sense.
"The need of lucre never looms so large
As when 'tis gotten in some devious way;
It mitigates the blackness of the charge
That every nether level needed pay."
-- Herbert Quick, 'Double Trouble'
Lucre comes from Latin lucrum, "gain, profit." It is related to lucrative, "profitable."
ludic \LOO-dik\ (adjective) - Of or relating to play; characterized by play; playful.
"Watching the children engaged in their ludic pastimes always re-energized Jason's creative batteries."
Ludic derives from Latin ludus, "play." Ludicrous, "amusing or laughable," shares the same root.