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medley n
A composition of different songs or parts of songs arranged to run as a continuous whole
meliorate v
To make better or improve, as in quality or social or physical condition
mellifluous adj
Sweetly or smoothly flowing
melodious adj
Characterized by a sweet succession of sounds
melodrama n
A drama with a romantic story or plot and sensational situation and incidents
memento n
A souvenir
memorable adj
Noteworthy
menace n
A threat
menagerie n
A collection of wild animals, especially when kept for exhibition
mendacious adj
Untrue
mendicant n
A beggar
mentality n
Intellectuality
mentor n
A wise and faithful teacher, guide, and friend
mercantile adj
Conducted or acting on business principles; commercial
mercenary adj
Greedy
merciful adj
Disposed to pity and forgive
merciless adj
Cruel
meretricious adj
Alluring by false or gaudy show
mesmerize v
To hypnotize
messieurs n
Pl Gentlemen
metal n
An element that forms a base by combining with oxygen, is usually hard, heavy, and lustrous
metallurgy n
The art or science of extracting a metal from ores, as by smelting
metamorphosis n
A passing from one form or shape into another
metaphor n
A figure of speech in which one object is likened to another, by speaking as if the other
metaphysical adj
Philosophical
metaphysician n
One skilled in metaphysics
metaphysics n
The principles of philosophy as applied to explain the methods of any particular science
mete v
To apportion
metempsychosis n
Transition of the soul of a human being at death into another body, whether human or beast
meticulous adj
Over-cautious
metonymy n
A figure of speech that consists in the naming of a thing by one of its attributes
metric adj
Relating to measurement
metronome n
An instrument for indicating and marking exact time in music
metropolis n
A chief city, either the capital or the largest or most important city of a state
metropolitan adj
Pertaining to a chief city
mettle n
Courage
mettlesome adj
Having courage or spirit
microcosm n
The world or universe on a small scale
micrometer n
An instrument for measuring very small angles or dimensions
microphone n
An apparatus for magnifying faint sounds
microscope n
An instrument for assisting the eye in the vision of minute objects or features of objects
microscopic adj
Adapted to or characterized by minute observation
microscopy n
The art of examing objects with the microscope
midsummer n
The middle of the summer
midwife n
A woman who makes a business of assisting at childbirth
mien n
The external appearance or manner of a person
migrant adj
Wandering
migrate v
To remove or pass from one country, region, or habitat to another
migratory adj
Wandering
mileage n
A distance in miles
militant adj
Of a warlike or combative disposition or tendency
militarism n
A policy of maintaining great standing armies
militate v
To have weight or influence (in determining a question)
militia n
Those citizens, collectively, who are enrolled and drilled in temporary military organizations
Milky Way n
The galaxy
millet n
A grass cultivated for forage and cereal
mimic v
To imitate the speech or actions of
miniature adj
Much smaller than reality or that the normal size
minimize v
To reduce to the smallest possible amount or degree
minion n
A servile favorite
ministration n
Any religious ceremonial
ministry n
A service
minority n
The smaller in number of two portions into which a number or a group is divided
minute adj
Exceedingly small in extent or quantity
minutia n
A small or unimportant particular or detail
mirage n
An optical effect looking like a sheet of water in the desert
misadventure n
An unlucky accident
misanthropic adj
Hating mankind
misanthropy n
Hatred of mankind
misapprehend v
To misunderstand
misbehave v
To behave ill
misbehavior n
Ill or improper behavior
mischievous adj
Fond of tricks
miscount v
To make a mistake in counting
miscreant n
A villain
misdeed n
A wrong or improper act
misdemeanor n
Evil conduct, small crime
miser n
A person given to saving and hoarding unduly
mishap n
Misfortune
misinterpret v
To misunderstand
mislay v
To misplace
mismanage v
To manage badly, improperly, or unskillfully
misnomer n
A name wrongly or mistakenly applied
misogamy n
Hatred of marriage
misogyny n
Hatred of women
misplace v
To put into a wrong place
misrepresent v
To give a wrong impression
misrule v
To misgovern
missal n
The book containing the service for the celebration of mass
missile n
Any object, especially a weapon, thrown or intended to be thrown
missive n
A message in writing
mistrust v
To regard with suspicion or jealousy
misty adj
Lacking clearness
misunderstand v
To Take in a wrong sense
misuse v
To maltreat
mite n
A very small amount, portion, or particle
miter n
The junction of two bodies at an equally divided angle
mitigate v
To make milder or more endurable
mnemonics n
A system of principles and formulas designed to assist the recollection in certain instances
moat n
A ditch on the outside of a fortress wall
mobocracy n
Lawless control of public affairs by the mob or populace
moccasin n
A foot-covering made of soft leather or buckskin
mockery n
Ridicule
moderation n
Temperance
moderator n
The presiding officer of a meeting
modernity n
The state or character of being modern
modernize v
To make characteristic of the present or of recent times
modification n
A change
modify v
To make somewhat different
modish adj
Fashionable
modulate v
To vary in tone, inflection, pitch or other quality of sound
mollify v
To soothe
molt v
To cast off, as hair, feathers, etc
momentary adj
Lasting but a short time
momentous adj
Very significant
momentum n
An impetus
monarchy n
Government by a single, sovereign ruler
monastery n
A dwelling-place occupied in common by persons under religious vows of seclusion
monetary adj
Financial
mongrel n
The progeny resulting from the crossing of different breeds or varieties
monition n
Friendly counsel given by way of warning and implying caution or reproof
monitory n
Admonition or warning
monocracy n
Government by a single person
monogamy n
The habit of pairing, or having but one mate
monogram n
A character consisting of two or more letters interwoven into one, usually initials of a
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monograph n
A treatise discussing a single subject or branch of a subject
monolith n
Any structure or sculpture in stone formed of a single piece
monologue n
A story or drama told or performed by one person
monomania n
The unreasonable pursuit of one idea
monopoly n
The control of a thing, as a commodity, to enable a person to raise its price
monosyllable n
A word of one syllable
monotone n
The sameness or monotony of utterance
monotonous adj
Unchanging and tedious
monotony n
A lack of variety
monsieur n
A French title of respect, equivalent to Mr and sir
monstrosity n
Anything unnaturally huge or distorted
moonbeam n
A ray of moonlight
morale n
A state of mind with reference to confidence, courage, zeal, and the like
moralist n
A writer on ethics
morality n
Virtue
moralize v
To render virtuous
moratorium n
An emergency legislation authorizing a government suspend some action temporarily
morbid adj
Caused by or denoting a diseased or unsound condition of body or mind
mordacious adj
Biting or giving to biting
mordant adj
Biting
moribund adj
On the point of dying
morose adj
Gloomy
morphology n
the science of organic forms
motley adj
Composed of heterogeneous or inharmonious elements
motto n
An expressive word or pithy sentence enunciating some guiding rule of life, or faith
mountaineer n
One who travels among or climbs mountains for pleasure or exercise
mountainous adj
Full of or abounding in mountains
mouthful n
As much as can be or is usually put into the or exercise
muddle v
To confuse or becloud, especially with or as with drink
muffle v
To deaden the sound of, as by wraps
mulatto n
The offspring of a white person and a black person
muleteer n
A mule-driver
multiform adj
Having many shapes, or appearances
multiplicity n
the condition of being manifold or very various
mundane adj
Worldly, as opposed to spiritual or celestial
municipal adj
Of or pertaining to a town or city, or to its corporate or local government
municipality n
A district enjoying municipal government
munificence n
A giving characterized by generous motives and extraordinary liberality
munificent adj
Extraordinarily generous
muster n
An assemblage or review of troops for parade or inspection, or for numbering off
mutation n
The act or process of change
mutilate v
To disfigure
mutiny n
Rebellion against lawful or constituted authority
myriad n
A vast indefinite number
mystic n
One who professes direct divine illumination, or relies upon meditation to acquire truth
mystification n
The act of artfully perplexing
myth n
A fictitious narrative presented as historical, but without any basis of fact
mythology n
The whole body of legends cherished by a race concerning gods and heroes
nameless adj
Having no fame or reputation
naphtha n
A light, colorless, volatile, inflammable oil used as a solvent, as in manufacture of paints
Narcissus n
The son of the Athenian river-god Cephisus, fabled to have fallen in love with his reflection
narrate v
To tell a story
narration n
The act of recounting the particulars of an event in the order of time or occurrence
narrative n
An orderly continuous account of the successive particulars of an event
narrator n
One who narrates anything
narrow-minded adj
Characterized by illiberal views or sentiments
nasal adj
Pertaining to the nose
natal adj
Pertaining to one's birth
nationality n
A connection with a particular nation
naturally adv
According to the usual order of things
nausea n
An affection of the stomach producing dizziness and usually an impulse to vomit
nauseate v
To cause to loathe
nauseous adj
Loathsome
nautical adj
Pertaining to ships, seamen, or navigation
naval adj
Pertaining to ships
navel n
The depression on the abdomen where the umbilical cord of the fetus was attached
navigable adj
Capable of commercial navigation
navigate v
To traverse by ship
nebula n
A gaseous body of unorganized stellar substance
necessary adj
Indispensably requisite or absolutely needed to accomplish a desired result
necessitate v
To render indispensable
necessity n
That which is indispensably requisite to an end desired
necrology n
A list of persons who have died in a certain place or time
necromancer n
One who practices the art of foretelling the future by means of communication with the dead
necropolis n
A city of the dead
necrosis n
the death of part of the body
nectar n
Any especially sweet and delicious drink
nectarine n
A variety of the peach
needlework n
Embroidery
needy adj
Being in need, want, or poverty
nefarious adj
Wicked in the extreme
negate v
To deny
negation n
The act of denying or of asserting the falsity of a proposition
neglectful adj
Exhibiting or indicating omission
negligee n
A loose gown worn by women
negligence n
Omission of that which ought to be done
negligent adj
Apt to omit what ought to be done
negligible adj
Transferable by assignment, endorsement, or delivery
negotiable v
To bargain with others for an agreement, as for a treaty or transfer of property
Nemesis n
A goddess; divinity of chastisement and vengeance
neocracy n
Government administered by new or untried persons
neo-Darwinsim n
Darwinism as modified and extended by more recent students
neo-Latin n
Modernized Latin
neopaganism n
A new or revived paganism
Neolithic adj
Pertaining to the later stone age
neology n
The coining or using of new words or new meanings of words
neophyte adj
Having the character of a beginner
nestle v
To adjust cozily in snug quarters
nestling adj
Recently hatched
nettle v
To excite sensations of uneasiness or displeasure in
network n
Anything that presents a system of cross- lines
neural adj
Pertaining to the nerves or nervous system
neurology n
The science of the nervous system
neuter adj
Neither masculine nor feminine
neutral adj
Belonging to or under control of neither of two contestants
nevertheless conj
Notwithstanding
Newtonian adj
Of or pertaining to Sir Isaac Newton, the English philosopher
niggardly adj
Stingy (no longer acceptable to use)
nihilist n
An advocate of the doctrine that nothing either exists or can be known
nil n
Nothing
nimble adj
Light and quick in motion or action
nit n
The egg of a louse or some other insect
nocturnal adj
Of or pertaining to the night
noiseless adj
Silent
noisome adj
Very offensive, particularly to the sense of smell
noisy adj
Clamorous
nomad adj
Having no fixed abode
nomic adj
Usual or customary
nominal adj
Trivial
nominate v
To designate as a candidate for any office
nomination n
The act or ceremony of naming a man or woman for office
nominee n
One who receives a nomination
non-existent n
That which does not exist
non-resident adj
Not residing within a given jurisdiction