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62 Cards in this Set

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missive
letter; written statement; CF. sent
mitigate
appease; moderate; make or become less in force or intensity
mnemonic
pertaining to memory; assisting the memory; N: device, such as as formula or rhyme, used as a mnemonic aid
mode
prevailing style; current fashion; manner; way of doing something; Ex. in the latest mode; Ex. simple mode of life
modicum
limited quantity; small amount; Ex. He does not have a modicum of sense; CF. moderate
modish
fashionable; conforming to the current fashion
molt(moult)
periodically shed or cast off hairs or feathers (for replacement by a new growth)
moratorium
legal delay of payment or action; Ex. declare moratorium on the building of new houses
morbid
given to unwholesome or unhealthy thought; moody; characteristic of disease; Ex. morbid curiosity; N. morbidity; CF. disease
mordant
biting; sarcastic; stinging; (apprec.) incisive; cutting; Ex. mordant pen/wit
mores
conventions; moral standards; moral customs
moribund
dying; at the point of death; CF. death
morose
ill-humored; sullen; sullenly melancholy
mote
small speck (esp. of dust)
motif
theme; recurrent thematic element in a musical or literary work; single or repeated pattern; figure
motility
ability to move spontaneously; ADJ. motile: moving spontaneously
motley
multi-colored (as of a garment worn by a jester); mixed; heterogeneous; CF. jester: one who jests (as a paid fool at medieval courts)
mottled
blotched in coloring; spotted; Ex. mottled face; V. mottle: mark with blotches of different colors
mountebank
charlatan; boastful pretender
mulct
defraud a person of something; swindle; Ex. mulct the boy of his legacy
multifarious
varied; greatly diversified; Ex. multifarious activities
munificent
very generous in giving; Ex. munificent benefactor; N. munificience
mural
wall painting
murky
dark and gloomy; thick with fog; vague; Ex. murky night/fog; N. murk: partial or complete darkness; gloom
muster
gather; assemble (troops); Ex. muster up one's strength for the ordeal; N.
musty
stale (in odor or taste); spoiled by age; CF. moist
nadir
lowest point; point on the celestial sphere diametrically opposite the zenith
narcissist
conceited person; N. narcissism; CF. narcissus
natation
swimming
natty
neatly or smartly dressed; dapper; smart; Ex. natty dresser
nebulous
vague; hazy; cloudy; of a nebula; Ex. nebulous proposal
necromancy
black magic; sorcery; dealings with the dead; art that professes to communicate with the spirits of the dead so as to predict the future; CF. necromancer; CF. necro+divination; CF. necro-: death; Ex. necropolis
nefarious
very wicked
nemesis
someone seeking revenge; source of downfall or ruin; CF. Nemesis
neophyte
recent convert; new member of a religious group; beginner; CF. plant
nepotism
favoritism (to a relative); CF. nephew
nettle
irritate; annoy; vex; ADJ. nettlesome
nexus
connection
nicety
precision; accuracy; minute distinction or difference; Ex. to a nicety: exactly; precisely; Ex. distinguish between niceties
niggardly
meanly stingy; parsimonious; N. niggard: stingy person
niggle
spend too much time on minor points (esp. when finding fault); find fault; Ex. niggle over details; ADJ. niggling
nihilist
one who considers traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolutionary terrorist; CF. nihilism: belief that nothing has meaning or value; belief that destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement
nip
snip off; stop something's growth or development; bite; make numb with cold; Ex. nip the plan; Ex. A guard dog nipped the postman; Ex. fingers nipped by the extreme chill
noisome
foul smelling; very unpleasant; unwholesome
nominal
in name only; of a name; trifling; (of a sum of money) very small; CF. nominate: propose as a candidate; appoint
nonchalance
indifference; lack of concern; composure; ADJ. nonchalant: unconcerned; cool; indifferent; Ex. nonchalant attitude to his debts
noncommittal
neutral; refusing commitment to a particular opinion; unpledged; undecided
nondescript
undistinctive; ordinary; ordinary-looking; Ex. nondescript fellow in a crowd
nostrum
questionable medicine; quack medicine; CF. our (remedy)
nonplus
put at a loss; bring to a halt by confusion; perplex; CF. no more
nubile
marriageable; of marriageable age; CF. connubial
nugatory
worthless; futile
nonplus
put at a loss; bring to a halt by confusion; perplex; CF. no more
nubile
marriageable; of marriageable age; CF. connubial
nugatory
worthless; futile
obelisk
tall column tapering(becoming gradually narrower toward the end) and ending in a pyramid
oblique
indirect; slanting (deviating from the perpendicular or from a straight line); Ex. oblique reference
obliterate
destroy completely; wipe out; Ex. obliterate the village
oblivion
obscurity; condition of being completely forgotten; forgetfulness
obnoxious
offensive; disagreeable; Ex. obnoxious smell
obsequy
funeral ceremony
obsidian
black volcanic rock