Monday, January 28, 2013

THIS WEEK'S WORD . . .Louche - Drop by!


Adjective (ˈlüsh)

Of questionable reputation, in a raffish sort of way.

Louche is less common in speech than in writing. An outlaw with a touch of class, a rake with a hint of glamour, a hipster in some neighborhoods, riff-raff in another, all might be described as louche.

The Latin luscus, one-eyed, shady, disreputable, evolved into the French louche, for cross-eyed or squint-eyed.

The verb form, to louche, became popular in the 19th century Paris to describe the phenomenon of clouding over, as when some louche characters poured water into their class of anise flavored drinks. 

Related Words bad, criminal, immoral, seamy, sordid, unethical, unsavory, wicked; base, contemptible, despicable, detestable, dirty, low, mean, miserable, vile, wretched; black, evil, iniquitous, nefarious, rotten, sinful, unrighteous, vicious, villainous, wrong; blamable, blameworthy, censurable, inglorious, reprehensible; corrupt, debased, debauched, degenerate, depraved, dissolute, gamy (or gamey), libertine, loose, perverted, reprobate

Near Antonyms
decent, ethical, good, honest, just, moral, noble, principled, righteous, upright, upstanding; esteemed, prestigious, reputed, respected; authorized, legal, licensed, permissible, permitted; approved, endorsed (also indorsed), sanctioned; clean, correct, decorous, exemplary, proper, seemly; blameless, commendable, creditable, guiltless

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Despicable Character in 

Mule Cooper, once the overseer of Arbor Rose plantation is a louche!
He wants Sophia's childhood home at all costs . . . and
he'll do anything to obtain it. Even commit murder.
Gavin Langdale, Sophia's best friend while growing up, has returned
from the Civil War. And it just so happens, he'll do anything to protect
Arbor Rose and SOPHIA.

About Land of Falling Stars
Historical/Erotic Romance

 * 25+ FIVE-STAR Reviews
* Book of the Month
* Top Reviewer's Pick
* Recommended Read

After her parents die in a fire, Sophia Whitfield struggles to save her beloved home, Arbor Rose. The Civil War has devastated the South, and another blue coat has come to steal her meager possessions. Before the hated enemy inflicts his destruction, she shoots him . . . and then discovers the soldier is Gavin, the champion of her childhood.

Gavin's dark secret lurks in Sophia’s future. When she discovers the truth, she's torn between a burning hunger for the man she truly loves and loyalty to Jesse, their childhood friend. The despicable acts of war have changed everything Sophia and Gavin once cherished. Yet somewhere deep in their hearts, the mystical Land of Falling Stars still exists.

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