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macabre
gruesome and horrifying, often pertaining to death
The book was full of macabre tales of war and plague.
macerate
to soften or separate by soaking in liquid
The dried food on the plate could only be cleaned by macerating it in a sink of soapy water.
machination
plot, scheme usually evil
Only the evilest of men could think up a machination as horrible as 9/11.
maladroit
unskillful or awkward
The president handled the diplomatic crisis in a very maladroit way.
malaproprism
misuse of a word for one that resembles it
Lindsay always points out whenever i use a malaproprism in common speech.
malevolence
wishing to do evil
The malevolence of the criminal made it seem like he would only cause more pain to society if released.
malign
evil, injurious
The gloomy house had a malign influence upon her normal good mood.
malinger
to pretend illness in order to avoid work
I wanted to spend the day with lindsay, but it required me to malinger in order to get out of my duties.
malleable
moldable, adapting
The artist liked the new type of sculpting metal because it was so malleable.
manacle
to hamper or restrain, shackles for hand
He was manacled by his inhibitions.
massacre
cruel killing of a large number of people
The massacre at virginia tech was a horrible tragedy.
matriculation
to register or enroll in a college
He waited numerous months to hear if he was matriculated into Duke.
maudlin
foolishly sentimental
I always would tell maudlin stories when I was drunk.
maul
hurt by rough handling
The book was badly mauled by its borrowers.
maverick
rebel, nonconformist
He was always going against the crowd and getting in trouble doing so, thats how got the nickname maverick.
mellifluous
smoothly flowing
Her mellifluous voice would always sooth me when i was stressed.
mendacity
dishonesty
I could sense the mendacity in his excuse.
mendicant
a beggar
Every day i am solicited by a different mendicant while walking in westwood.
mercurial
changeable, volatile, flighty
The mercurial nature of the stock market lately has made for very big gains and losses.
meretricious
attractive on the surface but of little value
While the ring was beautiful, the meretricious stones made it easily affordable.
mesmerize
hypnotize
Her looks were so stunning that i sat there mesmerized.
meticulous
giving great attention to details
My dad is very meticulous whenever we take a vacation.
mettle
courage and fortitude
To be a hero in war you must be a man of mettle.
middling
medium, moderate or average in size, quantity and quality
The returns on such a larage investment may be only middling.
minatory
menacing, threatening
The minatory men waiting outside of the store made me worry for my safety.
mince
to moderate or restrain for the sake of politeness
Don't mince your words, tell me what you mean.
misanthrope
person who hates mankind
The VT killer must have been a misanthrope to commit the act that he did.
mischevious
harmful, causing problems
The mischevious child was constantly being sent to the principal's office.
miser
person who loves wealth and spends little
Danny can be considered a miser, because he never spends a dime and lives like shit.
misogynist
one who hates women
Some men become so discouraged by women that they become a misogynist.
moderation
quality of being limited or not extreme
Any type of guilty pleasure is acceptable in moderation.
mollify
make calmer or quieter
When dealing with terrorists we try to mollify their demands.
molt
lose feathers before growing new ones
The baby hawks began to molt after about a month in the nest.
morbid
suggesting an unhealthy mental state or attitude, gloomy
He would always mope around school without any explanation for his morbid state.
morose
ill-tempered, unsocial, gloomy
The loner always appeared morose in the corner of the lunchroom.
muffler
any device used for deadening sound
He added a muffler to his machine in order to control its noise output.
multifarious
greatly diversified
His life consisted of many multifarious activities which kept him entertained.
mundane
worldly, common
His life was so boring that i would never listen to his stories of mundane happenings.
myriad
very great number
Without a cloud in the sky i could see the myriad stars of a summer night.