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n low
moo; make the sound of a cow
n rectitude
moral correctness; moral uprightness; moral virtue; correctness of judgment
n reprobate
morally disapproved person; person hardened in sin, devoid of a sense of decency; CF. disapproved by God ?
chaste
morally pure; virginal; abstaining from illicit sexual acts; modest; simple (of a style of writing); not highly decorated; austere
s righteous
morally upright; just
phobia
morbid fear
n saturnine
morose; gloomy; Ex. Do not be misled by his saturnine countenance.
s morgue
mortuary; place where bodies are kept before burial or cremation
n tessellated
mosaic; inlaid; Ex. tessellated pattern
optimum
most favorable; optimal; N: most favorable condition
definitive
most reliable; authorative and complete; that cannot be improved; conclusive; decisive; definite; Ex. definitive decision by the supreme court
maternal
motherly; N. maternity: motherhood
n gesticulation
motion; gesture; V. gesticulate: make gestures (while speaking)
n actuate
motivate; activate; cause to act
mercenary
motivated solely by money or gain; N.
n lugubrious
mournful; sorrowful
n orifice
mouthlike opening; small opening (esp. to a cavern or passage of the body); CF. mouth
mobile
movable; not fixed; N. mobility
n shunt
move (a railway train) from one track to another; turn aside; divert; sidetrack; Ex. shunt traffic around an accident; N.
s prance
move about in a spirited manner (proudly and confidently)
s frisk
move about playfully; froric; ADJ. frisky: playful
n wince
move back suddenly; shrink back; flinch; Ex. She winced as she touched the cold body.
accelerate
move faster
n skulk
move furtively and secretly; Ex. He skulked through the less fashionable sections of the city.
s slink
move furtively; ADJ. slinky: stealthy; furtive; sneaky (as in ambush)
n waft
move gently (in air or in seas) by wind or waves; Ex. leaves wafting past the window
n scurry
move hastily; hurry; move briskly
n lumber
move heavily or clumsily; Ex. The bear lumbered through the woods; N: timber
s maraud
move in search of plunder; Ex. marauding army
s lag
move or develop more slowly; straggle; Ex. lag behind the rest; N.
s waver
move or swing back and forth; be uncertain or unsteady in decision or movement; Ex. wavering between accepting and refusing
s dart
move or throw suddenly and quickly
s start
move suddenly or involuntarily; Ex. start at the sight of a snake
fumble
move the fingers and hands awkwardly (in search of something); mishandle or drop a ball that is in play; bungle; botch; spoil by mishandling; N.
s creep
move with body close to the ground; move stealthily or slowly; N.
s sneak
move, give, or take in a quiet, stealthy way; N: one who sneaks; ADJ. sneaky
amorous
moved by sexual love; loving; of sexual love; Ex. amorous advances
impetus
moving force; momentum; force of a moving body; incentive; stimulus; impulse
s slack
moving slowly; sluggish; inactive; (of a rope) loose; negligent; lax; Ex. slack season; Ex. slack in one's work; N. V.
undulating
moving with a wavelike motion; V. undulate; CF. und: wave
s headfirst
moving with the head leading; headlong
n 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)
regicide
murder of a king or queen
s brawny
muscular; having well-developed muscles
n mawkish
mushy(sentimental) and gushy; icky-sticky sentimental; excessively and objectionably sentimental
s overture
musical introduction to a long musical piece; first offer or proposal (to begin talks in the hope of reaching an agreement); Ex. overtures for peace
n reprise
musical repetition; repeating of a piece of music; repeat performance; recurrent action; Ex. reprise in the finale; Ex. constant reprises
n maim
mutilate; injure lastingly; disable; cripple; Ex. maimed for life
correlation
mutual relationship
reciprocal
mutual; given and received in return; exchangeable; interacting; Ex. reciprocal trade agreement
n concerted
mutually agreed on; done together by agreement; Ex. concerted effort; CF. in concert: working together
internecine
mutually destructive
cryptic
mysterious; hidden; secret
occult
mysterious; secret; supernatural; beyond human comprehension; CF. mysterious to human ?; OP. bare
n runic
mysterious; set down in an ancient alphabet; N. rune: one of the letters of an alphabet used by ancient Germanic peoples (cut on stone or wood); magic charm
centaur
mythical figure, half man and half horse
n cleft
N: split
ingenuous
naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated; candid
title
name (of a book, film, etc.); mark of rank; formal appellation as of rank or office (such as Lord or General); right or claim to possession; championship; Ex. title as head of the family; Ex. title to the estate
n appellation
name; title
n recount
narrate or tell (a story); count over again
n gorge
narrow canyon; steep rocky cleft; ravine (made by a stream which runs through it)
n parochial
narrow in scope or outlook; provincial; related to parishes
n isthmus
narrow neck of land connecting two larger bodies of land
n rift
narrow opening in a large mass; break in a friendly relation; Ex. through a rift in the clouds; OP. reconcilation
s interstice
narrow space between things
n ravine
narrow valley with steep sides; gorge; CF. gully, canyon
n philistine
narrow-minded person, uncultured and exclusively interested in material gain; uncultured person who is indifferent to artistic and cultural values; member of an ancient people in Palestine; OP. aesthete
n insularity
narrow-mindedness; isolation; ADJ. insular: of an island; isolated; narrow-minded; CF. peninsula
s commonwealth
nation governed by the people; republic; people of a nation
indigenous
native; Ex. plant indigenous to the New World
corollary
natural consequence (which naturally follows from something else)
s habitat
natural home of a plant or animal; CF. habitation
propensity
natural inclination
n sextant
navigation tool used to determine a ship's latitude and longitude (by measuring the altitudes of stars)
impending
nearing; approaching; about to happen
n propinquity
nearness (in space or relationship); proximity; kinship
proximity
nearness; ADJ. proximate
n myopic
nearsighted; lacking foresight; N. myopia
n dapper
neat and trim (in appearance); (of small men) neat in appearance and quick in movements; neat; spry
n spruce
neat and trim in appearance; smart; Ex. Be spruce for your job interview; V.
deft
neat; skillful
n natty
neatly or smartly dressed; dapper; smart; Ex. natty dresser
requisite
necessary requirement; something required; ADJ: required; necessary
n tautological
needlessly repetitious; Ex. ``It was visible to the eye''; N. tautology: needless repetition of the same sense; statement that is always true
s dereliction
neglect of duty; abandonment
negligence
neglect; failure to take reasonable care; ADJ. negligent: neglectful; lax; not taking enough care
derelict
negligent; (of someone) neglectful of duty; (of something) deserted by an owner; abandoned; N: abandoned property; homeless or vagrant person
remiss
negligent; careless about a duty
n whinny
neigh like a horse; CF. neigh: make the sound which horses make
n titter
nervous giggle; nervous laugh; V.
n overwrought
nervous or excited; extremely agitated; hysterical; wrought-up; CF. wrought: made or done
n aerie(aery,eyrie,eyry)
nest of a large bird of prey
noncommittal
neutral; refusing commitment to a particular opinion; unpledged; undecided
s shoot
new growth from a plant
n neologism
new or newly coined word or phrase
agility
nimbleness; ability to move quickly
outmoded
no longer in fashion or use; no longer stylish; old-fashioned
n patrician
noble; aristocratic; N: person of high rank; aristocrat; CF. member of the governing classes in ancient Rome; CF. plebian
s uproar
noisy confusion