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mendacious
adj. lying; habitually dishonest
Distrusting Huck form the start, Mis watson assumed he was mendacious and refused to believe a word he said
feign
v. pretend
Boby feigned illness, hoping that his mother would let him stay home from school
methodical
adj. systematic
An accountant must be methodical and maintain order among his financial records
Mirth
n. merriment; laughter
Sober Malvolio found Sir Toby's mirth improper
Misanthrope
n. one who hates mankind
In Gulliver's Travels, Swift portrays an mage of humanity as vile, degraded beasts; for this reason, various critics consider him a misanthrope
mitigate
v. appease; moderate
Nothing Jason did could mitigate Medea's anger; seh refused to forgive him for betraying her
miserly
adj. stingy; mean
Transformed by his vision on Christmas Eve, mean old scrooge ceased being miserly and became a genrous, kind old man
misnomer
n. wrong name; incorrect designation
His tyrannical conduct proved to all that his nickname, King Eric the Just, was a misnomer
mosaic
n. picture made of colorful small inlaid tiles
The mayor compared the city to a beautiful mosaic made up of people of every race and religion on earth
mundane
adj. worldy as opposed to spiritual; everyday
Uninterested in philosophical or spiritual discussions, Tom talked only of mundane matters such as the daily weather forecast or the latest basketball results
munificent
adj. very generous
Shamelessly fawing over a particularly generous donor, the dean kept on referring to her as "our munificient benefactor"
nefarious
adj. very wicked
The villain's crimes, though various, were one and all nefarious
negate
v. cancel out; nulify; deny
A sudden surge of adrenalin can negate the effects of fatigue; there's nothing like a good shock to wake you up
nonchalance
indifference; lack of concern; composure
Cool, calm, and collected under fire, James bond shows remarkable nonchalance in the face of danger
obdurate
adj. stubborn
he was obdurate in his refusal to listen to our complaints
oblivion
n. obscurity; forgetfulness
After a decade of popularity, Hurston's works had fallen into oblivion; no one bothered to read them anymore
obstinate
adj. stubborn; hard to control or treat
We tried to persuade him to give up smoking, but he was obstinate and refused to change. Blackberry stickers are the most obstinate weedds I know.
odious
adj. hateful; vile
Cinderella's ugly stepstisters had the odious hapbit of popping their zits in public
opaque
adj. dark; not transparent
The opaque window shade kept the sunlight out of the room
orator
n. public speaker
pariah
n. social outcast
If everyone ostracized singer Mariah Carey, would she then be Mariah the pariah?