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macabre

gruesome; grisly; ghastly; CF. of death

mace

ceremonial staff used as a symbol of authority; clublike medieval weapon

macerate

soften by soaking in liquid; waste away; Ex. macerate powdered wood to make paper

Machiavellian

crafty; double-dealing; of the political doctrine of Machiavelli, which holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuing political power

machinations

evil schemes or plots; schemes or plots to achieve an evil end; V. machinate

maculated

spotted; stained; CF. immaculate

madrigal

pastoral song; song for several singers without instruments

maelstrom

violent whirlpool; violent or tublent situation; CF. stream

magisterial

authoritative; imperious; commanding; of a magistrate; Ex. magisterial study of Roman law; Ex. magisterial manner

magistrate

official with power to administer the law

magnanimity

generosity; ADJ. magnanimous: generous

magnate

person of prominence or influence; powerful or influential person (in business or industry); Ex. oil magnate

magniloquent

boastful; pompous

magnitude

greatness (in size or extent); extent

maim

mutilate; injure lastingly; disable; cripple; Ex. maimed for life

makeshift

temporary expedient or substitute (in the case of urgent need); Ex. makeshift shelter

maladroit

clumsy; not skillful; awkward; bungling

malady

illness

malaise

uneasiness; vague feeling of ill health (without any particular pain or appearance of disease)

malapropism

comic misuse of a word; CF. Mrs. Malaprop

malapropos

inappropriate; ADV.

malcontent

person dissatisfied with existing state of affairs; discontented person; ADJ: discontented

malediction

curse

malefactor

evildoer; criminal

maleficient

doing evil; N. maleficience

malevolent

wishing evil; exhibiting ill will; N. malevolence

malfeasance

wrongdoing; misconduct (by a public official)

malicious

hateful; spiteful; expressing malice; N. malice: desire to harm others; spite

malign

speak evil of; bad-mouth(criticize spitefully); defame; ADJ: harmful; Ex. malign influence

malignant

tending to cause death; highly injurious; aggressively malevolent; Ex. malignant tumor

malingerer

one who feigns illness to escape duty; V. malinger: feign illness to avoid work

malleable

(of a metal) capable of being shaped by pounding(beating); pliable; (of someone) impressionable(easily influenced); easily controlled; tractable

malodorous

foul-smelling

mammal

vertebrate animal whose female suckles its young

mammoth

gigantic; enormous

manacle

restrain; handcuff; N.

mandate

order; charge; authoritative command; power to govern another country; power to given to a government; region under administration; V: give a mandate to; place under a mandate; Ex. mandated territory

mandatory

obligatory; compulsory; of a mandate

maneuver(manoeuver)

strategic military or naval movement (done for training purposes); carefully planned process; stratagem; V: carry out a military maneuver; use maneuvers in gaining an end

mange

skin disease (esp. of domestic animals) marked by loss of hair

mangle

tear or cut to pieces; mutilate or disfigure; Ex. badly mangled bodies

mangy

shabby; wretched; suffering from mange; of bad appearance

maniacal

raging mad; insane; N. maniac: insane person; CF. mania: disorder of the mind; intense enthusiasm

manifest

evident; visible; obvious; V: show plainly

manifestation

outward demonstration; manifesting; indication of the presence of something; Ex. manifestation of his pronounced musical bent

manifesto

public declaration of principles; statement of policy

manifold

many in number or kind; numerous; varied

manipulate

operate with one's hands; control or play upon (people, forces, etc.) artfully; maneuver; Ex. how to manipulate publicity and men; ADJ. manipulative

mannered

affected; not natural; Ex. mannered way of speech

mannerism

distinctive behavioral trait; affected style in art (according to a set of styles)

mantle

loose sleeveless outer garment; cloak; something that covers or envelops; the layer of the earth between the crust and the core

manumit

emancipate; free from slavery or bondage

mar

spoil the appearance of

maraud

move in search of plunder; Ex. marauding army

margin

border; room; allowance beyond what is needed; Ex. margin of safety

marginal

of a margin; barely within a limit; Ex. marginal effect/writing ability

marital

pertaining to marriage

maritime

bordering on(adjacent to) the sea; nautical; of the ships or the sea; Ex. Maritime Provinces

marked

noticeable; targeted for vengeance or attack; Ex. marked improvement/man

maroon

leave helpless on a deserted island or coast; ADJ. red brown

marred

damaged; disfigured; V. mar: spoil; disfigure

marrow

soft fatty tissue that fills most bone cavities and is the source of blood cells

marshal

put in order; guide ceremoniously to the correct place; Ex. marshal the children into the museum; N: military officer; official

marsupial

one of a family of mammals that nurse their offspring in a pouch(pocket of skin or leather); CF. kangaroo, opossum, wombat

martial

warlike; of war; Ex. martial art/law

martinet

strict disciplinarian; person who demands total obedience to rules and orders; CF. Jean Martinet

martyr

one who voluntarily suffers death for his or her religion or cause; great sufferer; Ex. martyr to his rheumatism

mash

crush into mash; convert into mash; N: mixture of ground grain and nutrients fed to livestock and fowl

masochist

person who enjoys his own pain; CF. masochism

mason

one who builds or works with stone or brick; N. masonry: work of a mason; stonework or brickwork

masquerade

wear a mask or disguise; pretend; N: costume party or ball at which masks are worn; pretense; disguise

mass

Christian religious ceremony; CF. Mass: ceremony of the Eucharist

masticate

chew

mat

not shiny; matte; having a dull finish; N: flat piece of material used as a floor covering; V.

materialism

preoccupation with physical comforts and things; excessive regard for worldly concerns (rather than spiritual matters)

maternal

motherly; N. maternity: motherhood

matin\'ee(matinee)

dramatic or musical performance given in the afternoon

matriarch

woman who rules a family or larger social group

matriculate

enroll (in college or graduate school); CF. matrix

matrimony

state of being married

matrix

point of origin; array of numbers or algebraic symbols; mold or die; Ex. the matrix of Western civilization

maudlin

effusively sentimental

maul

handle roughly; batter; injure by beating; Ex. mauled by his overexcited fans; N: heavy long-handled hammer

mausoleum

monumental tomb; large stately tomb; CF. Mausolos

mauve

pale purple

maverick

rebel; nonconformist (in a group)

mawkish

mushy(sentimental) and gushy; icky-sticky sentimental; excessively and objectionably sentimental

maxim

proverb; truth pithily stated

mayhem

injury to body; crime of willfully maiming or crippling a person; violent disorder; Ex. mayhem in the zoo; CF. maim

meager

scanty; inadequate

mealymouthed

indirect in speech (when something unpleasant must be said); hypocritical; evasive

meander

wind or turn in its course; follow a winding or turning course; move aimlessly and idly

meddlesome

interfering; V. meddle: interfere

mediate

settle a dispute through the services of an outsider; act as an intermediary; produce by mediating; Ex. mediate a cease-fire

mediocre

ordinary; commonplace; neither good nor bad

meditation

reflection; thought; V. meditate

medium

element that is a creature's natural environment; nutrient setting in which microorganisms are cultivated; appropriate occupation or means of expression; channel of communication; compromise; middle position between extremes; intervening substan

medley

mixture

meek

submissive; patient and long-suffering

megalomania

mania for doing grandiose things; mental disorder characterized by delusions of wealth, power, or importance

melancholy

gloomy; morose; blue; N. ADJ. melancholic; CF. melancholia

melee

fight

mellifluous

(of words or a voice) sweetly or smoothly flowing; melodious; having a pleasant tune

memento

token; reminder of the past; keepsake; Ex. memento of your visit

memoir

memoirs; autobiography; biography

memorial

something, such as a monument or holiday, intended to honor the memory of a person or event; ADJ: commemorative

memorialize

commemorate

menace

threat; V: threaten

menagerie

collection of wild animals on exhibition; zoo

mendacious

lying; habitually dishonest; N. mendacity

mendicant

beggar; ADJ: living as a beggar

menial

suitable for servants; lowly; mean; N: someone who does menial work (esp. servant in a house)

mentor

counselor; teacher

mercantile

concerning trade or merchants

mercenary

motivated solely by money or gain; N.

mercurial

capricious; quick and changing; fickle; containing the element mercury; Ex. mercurial temper; CF. mood

meretricious

flashy; tawdry; attractive on the surface but of no real value; Ex. metericious argument/jewel; CF. prostitute

merger

combination (of two business corporations); act of merging

merit

deserve; ADJ. meritorious: deserving reward or praise

mesmerize

hypnotize; N. mesmerism; CF. Franz Mesmer

metallurgical

pertaining to the art of removing metals from ores; N. metallurgy: science that deals with extracting metals from ores

metamorphosis

change of form; Ex. metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly; V. metamorphose: change by metamorphosis

metaphor

implied comparison; CF. simile

metaphysical

pertaining to speculative philosophy; of metaphysics; N. metaphysics: branch of philosophy that examines the nature of reality

mete

measure; distribute; administer; Ex. mete out justice/punishment

meteoric

like a meteor; swift; momentarily brilliant; Ex. meteoric rise to fame; N. meteor

meter

arrangement of words in the form of poetry (by accentual rhythm)

methodical

systematic; N. method: systematic method of procedure

meticulous

excessively careful (with great attention to detail); painstaking; scrupulous

metrical

metric; written in the form of poetry; Ex. metrical translation of Homer

metropolis

large city

mettle

courage (to continue bravely in spite of difficulties); spirit; ADJ. mettlesome

miasma

swamp gas; heavy vaporous atmosphere often emanating from decaying matter; pervasive corrupting influence; noxious atmosphere or influence

microcosm

small representative world; world in miniature; Ex. microcosm of English society

migrant

changing its habitat; wandering; Ex. migrant birds/workers; N: one that migrates

migratory

wandering; V. migrate: move from one region and settle in another; move periodically from one region to another

milieu

social environment; means of expression; Ex. feel out of one's milieu; Ex. His proper milieu is watercolor.

militant

combative; bellicose; N.

militate

work against; Ex. militate against the chances of promotion; CF. serve as a soldier

militia

army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers

millennium

thousand-year period (as in the New Testament); hoped-for period of happiness and prosperity

mime

pantomime(act without dialogue); mimicry; mimer; V: mimic; pantomime

mimicry

imitation

minatory

menacing; threatening

mincing

affectedly dainty(delicate); V. mince: cut (esp. meat) into very small pieces; walk with exaggerated primness; walk in an unnatural way, taking little short steps; Ex. The actor minced across the stage; CF. mincemeat; CF. mincer

mingle

mix together in close association

miniature

small model; small painting; ADJ: small

minion

servile dependent; obsequious follower

minuscule(miniscule)

extremely small

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