1. Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense.

2. Deficiency; want; need; destitution; failure; as, a lack of sufficient food. "She swooneth now and now for lakke of blood." (Chaucer) "Let his lack of years be no impediment." (Shak)

Origin: OE. Lak; cf. D. Lak slander, laken to blame, OHG. Lahan, AS. Lean.

(01 Mar 1998)

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