Lettre de Cachet to Libel
Lettre de Cachet (French). An arbitrary warrant of imprisonment; a letter folded and sealed with the king's cachet or little seal. These were secret instructions to the person addressed to proceed against someone named in the letter. The lieutenant-general of police kept an unlimited number of these instruments, and anyone, for a consideration, could obtain one, either to conceal a criminal or to incarcerate someone obnoxious. This power was abolished in the Revolution.
Lettre de Jerusalem A letter written to extort money. (See Vidocq: Les Voleurs, i. 240-253.)
Leucadia or Leucas. The promontory from which desponding lovers threw themselves into the sea.
Sappho threw herself from this rock when she found her love for Phaon was in vain.
Thence injured lovers, leaping from above,Leucippus (Greek, Leukippos). Founder of the Atomistic School of Greek philosophy (about B.C. 428).
Leucothea [White Goddess]. So Ino was called after she became a sea-nymph. Her son Palæmon,
called by the Romans Portunus, or Portumnus, was the protecting genius of harbours.
By Leucothea's lovely hands.Leuh The register of the Recording Angel, in which he enters all the acts of the member of the human race. (According to the Koran.)
Levant and Couchant Applied to cattle which have strayed into another's field, and have been there long enough to lie down and sleep. The owner of the field can demand compensation for such intrusion. (Latin, levantes et cubantes, rising up and going to bed.)
Levant and Ponent Winds The east wind is the Levant, and the west wind the Ponent. The former is
from levo, to rise (sunrise), and the latter from pono, to set (sunset).
Forth rush the Levant and the Ponent winds.Levant, the region, strictly speaking, means the eastern shore of the Mediterranean; but is often applied to the whole East.
Levant' He has levanted - i.e. made off, decamped. A levanter is one who makes a bet, and runs
away without paying his bet if he loses. (Spanish levantar el campo, la casa, to break up the camp
or house; our leave.
Levée Levée en masse (French). A patriotic rising of a whole nation to defend their country from invasion.
When I was very young (said Lord Eldon to Mrs. Forster) Lord Mansfield used to hold levées on Sunday evenings.- Twiss: Lord Eldon, vol. i. chap. v. p. 68.Level Best To do one's level best. To exert oneself to the utmost. Au gré de nos pouvoirs. In 1877 Mr. Hale published a book entitled His Level Best.
Level Down To bring society, taxes, wages, etc., to an equality by reducing all to the lowest standard.
Level Up (To). To raise the lower strata of society, or standard of wages, etc., to the level of the higher.
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