nounUS informal, humorous
Used in place of the word ‘liberal’ in a political context where this word is regarded as having negative connotations: liberal is still the L-word, and Mailer is nothing if not the supreme liberal
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- Commentators across the country expressed their shock and horror at hearing the L-word used in political debate.
- American liberalism has transformed itself into the L-word, a curse to be avoided even by some of its foremost champions, such as John Kerry and Nancy Pelosi.
- Moreover, the issues in this campaign are different from those of 16 years ago, when the elder Bush branded Dukakis with the dreaded L-word.
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