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macabre
gruesome; grisly
mace
ceremonial staff; clublike medieval weapon
macerate
soften by soaking in liquid; waste away
Machiavellian
crafty; double-dealing
machinations
evil schemes or plots
maculated
spotted; stained
madrigal
pastoral song
maelstrom
whirlpool
magisterial
authoritative; imperious
magnanimity
* generosity
magnate
person of prominence or influence
magniloquent
boastful, pompous
maladroit
clumsy; bungling
malady
illness
malaise
uneasiness; vague feeling of ill health
malapropism
comic misuse of a word
malcontent
person dissatisfied with existing state of affairs
malediction
curse
malefactor
evildoer; criminal
malevolent
wishing evil
malfeasance
wrongdoing
malignant
injurious; tending to cause death; aggressively malevolent
malingerer
* one who feigns illness to escape duty
malleable
* capable of being shaped by pounding
manacle
restrain; handcuff
mandate
order; charge
maniacal
raging mad; insane
manifest
evident; visible; obvious
manifestation
outward demonstration; indication
manifold
numerous; varied
manipulate
operate with one's hands; control or play upon (people, forces, etc.) artfully
mannered
affected; not natural
manumit
emancipate; free from bondage
maritime
bordering on the sea; nautical
marked
noticeable; marked for vengeance
marshal
put in order
martial
warlike
martinet
strict disciplinarian, esp. a military one; one who demands absolute adherence to forms and rules
masticate
chew
matriculate
enroll (in college or graduate school)
matrix
point of origin; array of numbers or algebraic symbols; mold or die
maudlin
effusively sentimental
maul
handle roughly
mausoleum
monumental tomb
maverick
* rebel; nonconformist
mawkish
mushy and gushy; icky-sticky sentimental; maudlin
maxim
proverb; a truth pithily stated
mayhem
injury to body
meager
scanty; inadequate
mealymouthed
indirect in speech; hypocritical; evasive
meander
wind or turn in its course
medium
element that is a creature's natural environment; nutrient setting in which microorganisms are cultivated
medium
appropriate occupation or means of expression; channel of communication; compromise
meek
submissive; patient and long-suffering
megalomania
mania for doing grandiose things
melee
fight
mellifluous
sweetly or smoothly flowing; melodious
memorialize
commemorate
mendacious
* lying; habitually dishonest
menial
suitable for servants; lowly; mean
mercantile
concerning trade
mercenary
motivated solely by money or gain
mercurial
capricious; changing; fickle
meretricious
flashy; tawdry
metallurgical
pertaining to the art of removing metals from ores
metamorphosis
* change in form
metaphor
implied comparison
metaphysical
pertaining to speculative philosophy
mete
measure; distribute
meteoric
swift; momentarily brilliant
meticulous
* excessively careful; painstaking; scrupulous
mettle
courage; spirit
miasma
swamp gas; heavy, vaporous atmosphere, often emanating from decaying matter; pervasive corrupting influence
milieu
environment; means of expression
militate
work against
millennium
thousand-year period; period of happiness and prosperity
minatory
menacing; threatening
mincing
affectedly dainty
minutiae
petty details
mire
entangle; stick in swampy ground
mirth
merriment; laughter
misadventure
mischance; ill luck
misanthrope
* one who hates mankind
misapprehension
error; misunderstanding
miscellany
mixture of writings on various subjects
mischance
ill luck
miscreant
wretch; villain
miserly
stingy; mean
misgivings
doubts
misogamy
hatred of marriage
missive
letter
mite
very small object or creature; small coin
mitigate
* appease; moderate
mnemonic
pertaining to memory
mode
prevailing style; manner; way of doing something
modicum
limited quantity
modulate
tone down in intensity; regulate; change from one key to another
mollify
* soothe
mollycoddle
pamper; indulge excessively
molt
shed or cast off hair or feathers
molten
melted
monastic
related to monks or monastaries; removed from worldly concerns
monolithic
solidly uniform; unyielding
monotheism
belief in one God
moratorium
legal delay of payment
morbid
given to unwholesome thought; moody; characteristic of disease
mordant
biting; sarcastic; stinging
mores
conventions; moral standards; customs
moribund
dying
morose
* ill-humored; sullen; melancholy
mortify
humiliate; punish the flesh
mote
small speck
motif
theme
motility
ability to move spontaneously
motley
multicolored; mixed
mottled
blotched in coloring; spotted
mountebank
charlatan; boastful pretender
mulct
defraud a person of something
multifarious
varied; greatly diversified
multiform
having many forms
multiplicity
state of being numerous
mundane
* worldly as opposed to spiritual; everyday
munificent
very generous
murky
dark and gloomy; thick with fog; vague
muse
ponder
musky
having the odor of musk
musty
stale; spoiled by age
mutability
ability to change in form; fickleness
myopic
nearsighted; lacking foresight
myriad
very large number