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mediocre
ordinary; commonplace; neither good nor bad
meditation
reflection; thought; V. meditate
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
minion
servile dependent; obsequious follower
minuscule(miniscule)
extremely small
minute
extremely small; CF. minutes: official record of the proceedings at a meeting
minutiae
petty or trivial details; CF. minutia
mirage
unreal reflection; optical illusion
mire
entangle; stick in swampy ground; stick or sink in mire; N: bog; deep mud; Ex. sucked deeper into the mire
mirth
merriment; laughter
misadventure
mischance; ill luck; Ex. death by misadventure
misanthrope
one who hates mankind; misanthropist
misapprehension
error; misunderstanding; V. misapprehend
miscellaneous
made up of a variety of parts
miscellany
mixture of writings on various subjects; collection of various items
mischance
ill luck
mischief
behavior (of children) causing trouble with no serious harm; damage; harm; Ex. mischief to the crops; ADJ. mischievous: causing mischief; playfully troublesome
misconduct
immoral behavior; bad management; V.
misconstrue
interpret incorrectly; misinterpret; misjudge
miscreant
wretch; wrongdoer; villain; Ex. kindness to the miscreant; CF. believe
misdemeanor
minor crime; misdeed; wrongdoing
miserly
stingy; mean
misgivings
doubts
mishap
unfortunate accident
misnomer
wrong or improper name; incorrect designation
misogamy
hatred of marriage
misogynist
hater of woman; CF. misogyny
missile
object to be thrown or projected
missive
letter; written statement; CF. sent
mite
very small object or insect-like creature; small coin
mitigate
appease; moderate; make or become less in force or intensity
mnemonic
pertaining to memory; assisting the memory; N: device, such as as formula or rhyme, used as a mnemonic aid
mobile
movable; not fixed; N. mobility
mock
ridicule; deride; imitate often in derision
mode
prevailing style; current fashion; manner; way of doing something; Ex. in the latest mode; Ex. simple mode of life
modicum
limited quantity; small amount; Ex. He does not have a modicum of sense; CF. moderate
modish
fashionable; conforming to the current fashion
modulate
tone down in intensity; change the intensity or tone of; regulate; change from one musical key to another; Ex. modulate from E to G
mogul
powerful person; Ex. oil moguls; CF. Mogol, Moghul; CF. Mongolian
molecule
the smallest particle (one or more atoms) of a substance that has all the properties of that substance
mollify
soothe an angry person
mollycoddle
pamper; coddle; baby; indulge excessively
molt(moult)
periodically shed or cast off hairs or feathers (for replacement by a new growth)
molten
melted; Ex. molten lava
momentous
very important; N. moment; CF. momentary
momentum
quantity of motion of a moving body; impetus; moving force
monarchy
government under a single ruler
monastic
related to monks or monasteries; removed from worldly concerns
monetary
pertaining to money
mongrel
plant or animal (esp. a dog) of mixed breed; ADJ.
monochromatic
having only one color
monochrome
painting in only one color; ADJ.
monogram
design composed of one or more initials of a name; V.
monograph
scholarly article
monolithic
solidly uniform; unchangeable; unyielding; N. monolith: large block of stone
monotheism
belief in one God
monotony
sameness leading to boredom; monotonousness; ADJ. monotonous; CF. monotone
monumental
massive; impressively large; built as a monument
moodiness
fits of depression or gloom; ADJ. moody: given to changeable moods; subject to periods of depression; gloomy CF. mood:state of mind or emotion
moratorium
legal delay of payment or action; Ex. declare moratorium on the building of new houses
morbid
given to unwholesome or unhealthy thought; moody; characteristic of disease; Ex. morbid curiosity; N. morbidity; CF. disease
mordant
biting; sarcastic; stinging; (apprec.) incisive; cutting; Ex. mordant pen/wit
mores
conventions; moral standards; moral customs
morgue
mortuary; place where bodies are kept before burial or cremation
moribund
dying; at the point of death; CF. death
morose
ill-humored; sullen; sullenly melancholy
mortar
vessel in which substances are crushed with a pestle
mortician
undertaker; CF. death
mortify
humiliate by embarassing excessively; shame; punish the flesh; discipline (one's body) by self-denial; Ex. mortified by her blunder; Ex. mortify the flesh; CF. cause to die
mosaic
picture made of small colorful inlaid tiles; ADJ.
mote
small speck (esp. of dust)
motif
theme; recurrent thematic element in a musical or literary work; single or repeated pattern; figure
motility
ability to move spontaneously; ADJ. motile: moving spontaneously
motley
multi-colored (as of a garment worn by a jester); mixed; heterogeneous; CF. jester: one who jests (as a paid fool at medieval courts)
mottled
blotched in coloring; spotted; Ex. mottled face; V. mottle: mark with blotches of different colors
motto
brief statement used to express a principle
mountebank
charlatan; boastful pretender
muddle
confuse; mix up confusedly; N: state of confusion
muggy
(of weather) warm and damp
mulct
defraud a person of something; swindle; Ex. mulct the boy of his legacy
multifarious
varied; greatly diversified; Ex. multifarious activities
multiform
having many forms
multilingual
having many languages; fluent in several languages
multiplicity
state of being numerous or multiple; large number; Ex. multiplicity of details; ADJ. multiple: of more than one element
mundane
worldly as opposed to spiritual; everyday; of the ordinary; Ex. mundane existence; CF. world
munificent
very generous in giving; Ex. munificent benefactor; N. munificience
mural
wall painting
murky
dark and gloomy; thick with fog; vague; Ex. murky night/fog; N. murk: partial or complete darkness; gloom
murmur
low, indistinct, continuous sound; V. CF. mumble
muse
ponder at length; N: source of inspiration (esp. of a poet)
musky
having the odor of musk; N. musk: odorous substance secreted by an Asian deer
muster
gather; assemble (troops); Ex. muster up one's strength for the ordeal; N.
musty
stale (in odor or taste); spoiled by age; CF. moist
mutablility
ability to change in form; fickleness; ADJ. mutable: able to change; fickle; CF. mutate; CF. mutant
mute
silent; without speech; not pronounced; unable to speak; N: one who is incapable of speech; V: soften the sound, color, shade of
muted
silent; muffled; toned down; Ex. muted traffic noise
mutilate
maim; injure lastingly; deprive of a limb or an essential part
mutinous
unruly; rebellious; Ex. mutinous teenagers; N. mutiny: open rebellion; CF. mutineer
mutter
utter (complaining words) indistinctly in low tones
myopic
nearsighted; lacking foresight; N. myopia
myriad
very large number; ADJ. CF. ten thousand
mystic
of hidden meaning and spiritual power; Ex. mystic ceremonies; N. CF. mysticism
n decry
express strong disapproval of; condemn openly (something dangerous to the public); disparage; Ex. decry the violence of modern films
n dehydrate
remove water from; dry out
n ovation
enthusiastic applause
nadir
lowest point; point on the celestial sphere diametrically opposite the zenith
naivet'e(naivety)
"quality of being unsophisticated; simplicity; artlessness; gullibility; ADJ. naive(na""ive): ingenuous; lacking worldliness; simple; credulous"
narcissist
conceited person; N. narcissism; CF. narcissus
narrative
related to telling a story; N: narrated account; story; V. narrate: tell (a story); CF. narration
nascent
incipient; coming into being or existence; Ex. nascent ability in music
natal
connected with birth; CF. prenatal; CF. postnatal
natation
swimming
natty
neatly or smartly dressed; dapper; smart; Ex. natty dresser
nausea
feeling of sickness and desire to vomit; disgust; CF. seasickness
nauseate
cause to become sick; fill with disgust; fill nausea
nauseous
causing nausea; feeling nausea
nautical
pertaining to ships or navigation
navigable
(of a body of water) wide and deep enough to allow ships to pass through; (of a ship or aircraft) able to be steered
nebula
diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas; galaxy
nebulous
vague; hazy; cloudy; of a nebula; Ex. nebulous proposal
necromancy
black magic; sorcery; dealings with the dead; art that professes to communicate with the spirits of the dead so as to predict the future; CF. necromancer; CF. necro+divination; CF. necro-: death; Ex. necropolis
nectar
drink of the gods; sweet liquid collected by bees
nefarious
very wicked
negate
cancel out; nullify; cause to have no effect; deny; N. negation
negligence
neglect; failure to take reasonable care; ADJ. negligent: neglectful; lax; not taking enough care
negligible
so small, trifling, or unimportant as to be easily disregarded
nemesis
someone seeking revenge; source of downfall or ruin; CF. Nemesis
neologism
new or newly coined word or phrase
neophyte
recent convert; new member of a religious group; beginner; CF. plant
nepotism
favoritism (to a relative); CF. nephew
nether
lower; Ex. nether garments/regions
nettle
irritate; annoy; vex; ADJ. nettlesome
nexus
connection
nib
beak(bill); pen point
nicety
precision; accuracy; minute distinction or difference; Ex. to a nicety: exactly; precisely; Ex. distinguish between niceties
niggardly
meanly stingy; parsimonious; N. niggard: stingy person
niggle
spend too much time on minor points (esp. when finding fault); find fault; Ex. niggle over details; ADJ. niggling
nimble
quick in movement; agile; quick in understanding; Ex. nimble climber/mind
nip
snip off; stop something's growth or development; bite; make numb with cold; Ex. nip the plan; Ex. A guard dog nipped the postman; Ex. fingers nipped by the extreme chill
nirvana
in Buddhist teachings, the ideal state in which the individual loses himself in the attainment of an impersonal beatitude
nocturnal
done or active at night; Ex. nocturnal animals/raids; CF. nocturne
noisome
foul smelling; very unpleasant; unwholesome
nomadic
wandering; N. nomad: tribe who migrates from place to place
nomenclature
terminology(system of specialized words); system of names or naming things
nominal
in name only; of a name; trifling; (of a sum of money) very small; CF. nominate: propose as a candidate; appoint
nonchalance
indifference; lack of concern; composure; ADJ. nonchalant: unconcerned; cool; indifferent; Ex. nonchalant attitude to his debts
noncommittal
neutral; refusing commitment to a particular opinion; unpledged; undecided
nondescript
undistinctive; ordinary; ordinary-looking; Ex. nondescript fellow in a crowd
nonentity
person of no importance; nonexistence
nonplus
put at a loss; bring to a halt by confusion; perplex; CF. no more
nonsense
speech or writing with no meaning; foolish behavior or language; Ex. make (a) nonsense of: spoil; cause to fail
noose
loop formed in a rope
nostalgia
homesickness; longing for the past; Ex. nostalgia for the clothes of 1920s; ADJ. nostalgic
nostrum
questionable medicine; quack medicine; CF. our (remedy)
notable
conspicuous; worthy of note; remarkable; important; distinguished; noted
notch
V-shaped cut in a surface; V.
notoriety
disrepute; ill fame
nourish
provide with food necessary for life and growth
nourishment
something that nourishes; food
nova
star that suddenly becomes much brighter and then returns to its original brightness
novelty
something new; newness; ADJ. novel: new; original
novice
beginner
noxious
harmful; CF. obnoxious
nuance
shade of slight difference in meaning or color; subtle distinction
nubile
marriageable; of marriageable age; CF. connubial
nugatory
worthless; futile
nullify
make invalid; make null; invalidate
numismatist
person who collects coins; N. numismatics: study or collection of money, coins, and medals
nuptial
related to marriage or the wedding ceremony; N. nuptials: wedding ceremony
nuptial
of marriage or the wedding ceremony; N; nuptials; wedding ceremony
nurse
suckle; take care of (as a nurse); bear in mind; Ex. nursing mother; Ex. nurse a hope/grudge against someone
nurture
nourish; feed; educate; rear; care for while it is growing or developing; foster; cultivate; N: something that nourishes; rearing
nutrient
nourishing substance; ADJ: providing nourishment
nutrition
process of nourishing or being nourished; CF. malnutrition
nutritious
providing nourishment
oaf
stupid awkward person; CF. elf
oath
solemn promise; blasphemous use of sacred words to express strong feelings; swear-word; Ex. ``For Christ's sake''
oatmeal
crushed oats used for making porridge
obdurate
stubborn; refusing to change one's belief
obeisance
bow (to show respect and obedience)
obelisk
tall column tapering(becoming gradually narrower toward the end) and ending in a pyramid
obese
excessively fat; N. obesity
obfuscate
confuse; muddle; cause confusion; make needlessly complex; make so confused as to be difficult to understand
obituary
death notice (esp. in a newspaper); ADJ.
objective
not influenced by emotions; fair; N: goal; aim
obligatory
binding; required; compulsory; V. oblige: constrain; make grateful; do a favor; accommodate
oblique
indirect; slanting (deviating from the perpendicular or from a straight line); Ex. oblique reference
obliterate
destroy completely; wipe out; Ex. obliterate the village
oblivion
obscurity; condition of being completely forgotten; forgetfulness
oblivious
inattentive or unmindful; unaware; wholly absorbed; forgetful(having the habit of forgetting)
obloquy
slander; disgrace; infamy
obnoxious
offensive; disagreeable; Ex. obnoxious smell
obscure
dark; vague; unclear; not well known; Ex. obscure meaning/village; V: darken; cover; make unclear; Ex. obscure the moon/meaning
obsequious
slavishly attentive; servile; full of servile compliance; sycophantic
obsequy
funeral ceremony
obsessive
related to thinking about something constantly; of an obsession; preoccupying; N. obsession: compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea; compulsive idea; V. obsess: preoccupy the mind of excessively
obsidian
black volcanic rock
obsolete
outmoded; no longer used
obstetrician
physician specializing in delivery(assisting in giving birth) of babies; N. obstetrics; CF. midwife
obstinate
stubborn; hard to control or treat; Ex. obstinate cough; N. obstinacy
obstreperous
boisterous; noisy and uncontrollable
obtrude
push (oneself or one's ideas) forward or intrude; impose (oneself or one's ideas) on others; butt in; stick out or extrude; thrust out; Ex. obtrude A on B; ADJ. obtrusive; N. obtrusion; CF. unobtrusive