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misogamy
n. hatred of marriage
mysogynist
n. hater of women
missive
n. letter
modicum
n. limited quantity
modish
adj. fashonable
modulate
v. tone down in intensity; regulate
mollify
v. soothe
mollycoddle
v. pamper; indulge excessively
monastic
adj. of monks or monestaries; removed from worldly concerns
monolithic
adj. solidly uniform; unyielding
moratorium
n. legal delay of payment; suspension of activity
mordant (adj)
adj. biting; sarcastic; stinging
mores
n. conventions; moral standards; customs
mortify
v. humiliate or shame, as by injury to one's pride or self-respect; affect with gangrene or necrosis
mote
n. small speck or particle
mountebank
n. /ˈmaʊntəˌbæŋk/ charlatan; hawker of quack medicines who attracts customers with stories, jokes, or tricks
mulct
v. defraud a person of something
multifarious
adj. vaired; greatly diversified
mundane
adj. worldly instead of spiritual; everyday
munificent
adj. very generous
muse (v)
v. ponder
muster
v. gather; assemble
myopic
adj. nearsighted; lacking foresight
nadir
n. lowest point
narcissist
n. conceited person
nascent
adj. incipient; coming into being
natation
n. swimming
natty
adj. neatly or smartly dressed
necromancy
n. black magic; dealings with the dead
nefarious
adj. very wicked
neologism
n. new or newly coined word or phrase
neophyte
n. recent convert; beginner
nepotism
n. favoritism to a relative
nether
adj. lower; lying or believed to lie beneath the earth's surface; infernal
nettle (v)
v. annoy; vex
nexus
n. means of connection; tie; link; connected series or group; the core or center, as of a matter or situation
nib
n. beak; pen point
nicety
n. precision; delicate or fine point; minute distinction; refined, elegant, or choice feature, as of manner or living
niggardly
adj. meanly stingy; parsimonious
niggle
v. spend too much time on minor points
nihilist
n. absolute skeptic; one who considers beliefs meaningless and existence meaningless
noisome
adj. foul-smelling; unwholesome
nominal
adj. in name only; trifling
nonplus
v. bring to a halt by confusion; perplex; put at a loss as to what to think, say, or do
nostrum
n. questionable medecine
notoriety
n. disrepute; ill fame
nubile
adj. suitable for marriage
numismatist
n. /nuˈmɪzmətɪst, -ˈmɪs-, nyu-/ a specialist in numismatics.; a person who collects numismatic items, esp. coins.
obdurate
adj. stubborn
obeisance
n. movement of the body expressing deep respect or deferential courtesy, as before a superior; a bow, curtsy, or other similar gesture
obfuscate
v. confuse; muddle; cause confusion; make needlessly complex
obloquy
n. /ˈɒbləkwi/ censure, blame, or abusive language aimed at a person or thing, esp. by numerous persons or by the general public.
obsequious
adj. slavishly attentive; servile; sycophantic
obsequy
n. /ˈɒbsɪkwi/ funeral ceremony
obstreperous
adj. /əbˈstrɛpərəs/ boisterous; noisy; resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly
obtrude
v. push oneself or one's ideas forward or intrude; butt in; stick out or extrude
obtuse
adj. blunt; stupid
obviate
v. make unnecessary; get rid of
occlude
v. shut; close
odium
n. detestation; hatefulness; disrepute
officious
adj. meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one's services
ogle
v. look at amorously; make eyes at; stare
oligarchy
n. government by a privileged few
onerous
adj. burdensome
onus
n. /ˈoʊnəs/ burden; responsibility
opiate
n. something that relieves emotions or causes inaction
opprobrium
n. the disgrace or the reproach incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful; infamy.;a cause or object of such disgrace or reproach.
oracular
adj. prophetic; uttered as if with divine authority; mysterious or ambiguous
osseous
adj. made of bone; bony
ostentatious
adj. showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention
outstrip
v. surpass; outdo
overweening
adj. presumptious; arrogant
overwrought
adj. extremely agitated; hysterical
paean
n. song of praise or joy
paleontology
n. study of prehistoric life
palimpsest
n. parchment used for a second time after original writing has been erased
pall (v)
v. to have a wearying or tiresome effect (usually fol. by on or upon).; to become distasteful or unpleasant.; to become satiated or cloyed with something.
pallet
n. small, poor bed
palliate
v. ease pain;make less severe or offensive
pallid
adj. pale; wan
pan (v)
v. criticize harshly
pandemic
adj. widespread; affecting the majority of people
pander
v. cater to the low desires of others
panegyric
n. formal praise
pantomime
n. acting without dialogue
paradigm
n. model; example; pattern
paragon
n. model of perfection
parallelism
n. state of being parallel; similarity; agreement in direction, tendency, or character
paramour
n. illicit lover
paraphernalila
n. equipment; odds and ends
perspicuity
n. /ˌpɜrspɪˈkyuɪti/ clearness of expression; freedom from ambiguity; clearness or lucidity, as of a statement
perspicuous
adj. /pərˈspɪkyuəs/ plainly expressed; lucid
pert
adj. boldly forward in speech or behavior; impertinent; lively; sprightly; in good health
pertinacious
adj. stubborn; persistant
petulant
adj. touchy; peevish; moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, esp. over some trifling annoyance
pharisaical
adj. pertaining to the pharisees who paid scrupulous attention to tradition; self-righteous; hypocritical
philanderer
n. faithless lover; flirt; cheater