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mausoleum
n. monumental tomb


the body was placed in the family mausoleum
mauve
adj. pale purple
maverick
n. rebel; nonconformist
mawkish
adj. mushy and gushy; icky-sticky sentimental; maudlin


the couple was always mawkish
maxim
n. proverb; a truth pithily stated

Aesop's fables illustrate moral maxims
mayhem
n. injury to body


there was much mayhem during the riot
medium
n. 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

dophins in their medium
culture medium
Film was Anna's medium
she never watched TV - she despised the medium
strike a happy medium
meek
adj. submissive; patient and long-suffering


he never suspected her meek daughter to elope with the man
megalomania
n. mania for doing grandiose things


Developers who spend millions trying to build the world's tallest skyscraper suffer from megalomania
melee
n. fight
mellifluous
adj. sweetly or smoothly flowing; melodious


Italian is a mellifluous language
memento
n. token; reminder


Take this book as a memento of your visit
memorialize
v. commemorate


Let us memorialize his great contribution by...
menagerie
n. collection of wild animals


The mom shouted at the kids, "i'm not running a managerie!"
mendacious
adj. lying; habitually dishonest
mendicant
n. beggar
menial
adj. suitable for servants; lowly; mean


menial tasks
mercantile
adj. concerning trade
mercenary
adj. motivated solely by money or gain
mercurial
adj. capricious; changing; fickle


he was mercurial and therefore unreliable
meretricious
adj. flashy; tawdry


Her jewels were inexpensive but not meretricious
metallurgical
adj. pertaining to the art of removing metals from ores


During his metallurgical research
metaphysical
adj. pertaining to speculative philosophy


metaphysical poets
mete
v. measure; distribute


He tried to be impartial in his efforts to mete out justice
meteoric
adj. swift; momentarily brilliant


We all wondered at his meteoric rise to fame
mediate
v. settle a dispute through an outsider

mediate a dispute
mettle
n. courage; spirit

the race horse proved its mettle
miasma
n. swamp gas; heavy, vaporous atmosphere, often emanating from decaying matter; pervasive corrupting influence


the smog over London was a visibal miasma
microcosm
n. small world; the world in miniature

The village community that Jane Austen depicts serves as a microcosm of English society in her time
migrant
adj. changing its habitat; wandering


These migrant birds return every Spring.
milieu
n. environment; means of expression

the country boy felt out of his milieu in NYC

his proper milieu is watercolor
militant
adj. combative; bellicose

militant attitude
militate
v. work against


Your record of tardiness will militate against your chances of promotion
minatory
adj. menacing; threatening


the witch jabbed a minatory finger at the little girl
mincing
adj. affectedly dainty
minion
n. a servile dependent
minutiae
n. petty details
mirage
n. unreal reflection; optical illusion

mirage in the desert
mire
v. entangle; stick in swampy ground

The rear wheels became mired in mud.
mirth
n. merriment; laughter
misadventure
n. mischance; ill luck


The young explorer met death by misadventure
misanthrope
n. one who hates mankind.
misapprehension
n. error; misunderstanding


To avoid misapprehension...
miscellany
n. mixture of writings on various subjects
mischance
n. ill luck

By mischnance, he lost his wallet
miscreant
n. wretch; villain
misdemeanor
n. minor crime
misgivings
n. doubts


we all have our misgivings
mishap
n. accident


with a little care, you could have avoided this mishap
misnomer
n. wrong name; incorrect designation