2. fortuitously, by chance, by mere chance, as it chanced, by a fluke, by luck or fortune; by good luck, by good fortune, by a piece of luck, by a piece of good luckless, adj. 1. unlucky, unfortunate, fortuneless, unblessed, hapless, down on one's luck, out of luck, unsuccessful, unprosperous, having a streak or run of bad luck; unhappy, woebegone, woeful, forlorn, miserable, wretched, pitiful, pitiable, sorry.
2. ill-fated, ill-starred, star-crossed, born under an evil star, jinxed, hoodooed, hexed, voodooed, Jonah-esque; ill-omened, doomed, foredoomed, cursed, accursed, curse-laden, damned, Brit. Dial, fey; unpropi-tious, inauspicious, unfavorable, untoward, adverse, contrary, cross; disastrous, calamitous, catastrophic, ruinous. lucky, adj. 1. fortunate, fortuitous, happy, felicitous, Scot. and North Eng., Irish Eng. sonsy; favored, blessed, blessed with luck, in luck, charmed, born under a lucky star, born with a silver spoon in one's mouth; successful, crowned with success, prosperous, halcyon, rich, well-off, SI. in a good way; flourishing, thriving, booming, succeeding, out in front, ahead of the game, on top, SI. on top of the heap.
2. auspicious, propitious, providential, favorable, advantageous, ripe, expedient; opportune, seasonable, timely, well-timed, just in time, convenient; encouraging, promising, full of promise, of promise; rosy, bright, fair, golden, benign, benignant.
3. Informal, hot, red-hot, Inf. cooking, Inf. smoking, going strong, SI. on. lucrative, adj. profitable, profit-making, gainful, moneymaking, remunerative, paying, well-paying, high-paying, fat; productive, fruitful, feracious, fruc-tuous, generative, yielding, fecund, fertile, rich; well-rewarding, rewarding, worthwhile, worth one's while or time or effort, well-spent; prosperous, valuable, beneficial, advantageous, propitious, favorable, desirable. lucre, n. profit, profits, gain, proceeds, winnings, SI. take, SI. velvet, SI. clean-up; return, fruit, yield, harvest, interest, dividend; remuneration, recompensation, recompense, emolument, pay, payment, paycheck, earnings, income, revenue; money, cash, SI. coin, SI. bucks, SI. green stuff, SI. cabbage, SI. lettuce, SI. spinach, SI. dough, SI. bread, SI. loot, SI. scratch, SI. gravy, SI. moola, SI. do-re-mi, SI. wampum, Disparaging. filthy lucre. See money. lucubrate, v. 1. study, apply oneself, excogitate, cerebrate, con, cogitate, burn the midnight oil; dig, grind, Brit. Inf swot, Brit. Inf. vet, Inf cram, SI. hit the books, SI. crack the books; toil, fag, moil, slave; pore over, concentrate, deliberate, weigh, intellectual-ize; bury oneself in, plunge into, rack one's brains, cudgel one's brains, hammer away at, think hard.
2. discourse, dissertate, Archaic, dissert; expound, exposit, expatiate, descant, explain, explicate; criticize, SI. critique, review, comment on, discuss. lucubration, n. 1. studiousness, application, diligence, assiduity, concentration; study, deliberation, rumination, contemplation; deep thought, headwork, brainwork, SI. grind.
2. dissertation, treatise, thesis, treatment, discussion; exposition, essay, descant, disquisition, screed, pandect; critique, commentary, tract, excursus, Archaic. inditement; explication, explanation, exegesis; manuscript, composition, monograph, opus; work, writing, paper, term paper, research paper. luculent, adj. 1. clear, lucid, crystal clear, clear-cut, graphic, perspicuous; explicit, express, manifest, plain, direct, to the point; understandable, intelligible, comprehensible.
2. cogent, logical, sound, rational, reasonable; credible, plausible, well-founded, well-grounded; convincing, persuasive, inducive, compelling, forcible; unquestionable, irrefutable, incontrovertible, indisputable.
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