Vocabulary (M)

Serial Word Meaning
1 macadamize v. To cover or pave, as a path or roadway, with small broken stone
2 machinery n. The parts of a machine or engine, taken collectively
3 machinist n. One who makes or repairs machines, or uses metal-working tools
4 macrocosm n. The whole of any sphere or department of nature or knowledge to which man is related
5 madden v. To inflame with passion
6 Madonna n. A painted or sculptured representation of the Virgin, usually with the infant Jesus
7 magician n. A sorcerer
8 magisterial adj. Having an air of authority
9 magistracy n. The office or dignity of a magistrate
10 magnanimous adj. Generous in treating or judging others
11 magnate n. A person of rank or importance
12 magnet n. A body possessing that peculiar form of polarity found in nature in the lodestone
13 magnetize v. To make a magnet of, permanently, or temporarily
14 magnificence n. The exhibition of greatness of action, character, intellect, wealth, or power
15 magnificent adj. Grand or majestic in appearance, quality, or action
16 magnitude n. Importance
17 maharaja n. A great Hindu prince
18 maidenhood n. Virginity
19 maintain v. To hold or preserve in any particular state or condition
20 maintenance n. That which supports or sustains
21 maize n. Indian corn: usually in the United States called simply corn
22 makeup n. The arrangements or combination of the parts of which anything is composed
23 malady n. Any physical disease or disorder, especially a chronic or deep-seated one
24 malaria n. A fever characterized by alternating chills, fever, and sweating
25 malcontent n. One who is dissatisfied with the existing state of affairs
26 malediction n. The calling down of a curse or curses
27 malefactor n. One who injures another
28 maleficent adj. Mischievous
29 malevolence n. Ill will
30 malevolent adj. Wishing evil to others
31 malign v. To speak evil of, especially to do so falsely and severely
32 malignant adj. Evil in nature or tending to do great harm or mischief
33 malleable adj. Pliant
34 mallet n. A wooden hammer
35 maltreat v. To treat ill, unkindly, roughly, or abusively
36 man-trap n. A place or structure dangerous to human life
37 mandate n. A command
38 mandatory adj. Expressive of positive command, as distinguished from merely directory
39 mane n. The long hair growing upon and about the neck of certain animals, as the horse and the lion
40 man-eater n. An animal that devours human beings
41 maneuver v. To make adroit or artful moves: manage affairs by strategy
42 mania n. Insanity
43 maniac n. a person raving with madness
44 manifesto n. A public declaration, making announcement, explanation or defense of intentions, or motives
45 manlike adj. Like a man
46 manliness n. The qualities characteristic of a true man, as bravery, resolution, etc
47 mannerism n. Constant or excessive adherence to one manner, style, or peculiarity, as of action or conduct
48 manor n. The landed estate of a lord or nobleman
49 mantel n. The facing, sometimes richly ornamented, about a fireplace, including the usual shelf above it
50 mantle n. A cloak
51 manufacturer n. A person engaged in manufacturing as a business
52 manumission n. Emancipation
53 manumit v. To set free from bondage
54 marine adj. Of or pertaining to the sea or matters connected with the sea
55 maritime adj. Situated on or near the sea
56 maroon v. To put ashore and abandon (a person) on a desolate coast or island
57 martial adj. Pertaining to war or military operations
58 Martian adj. Pertaining to Mars, either the Roman god of war or the planet
59 martyrdom n. Submission to death or persecution for the sake of faith or principle
60 marvel v. To be astonished and perplexed because of (something)
61 masonry n. The art or work of constructing, as buildings, walls, etc , with regularly arranged stones
62 masquerade n. A social party composed of persons masked and costumed so as to be disguised
63 massacre n. The unnecessary and indiscriminate killing of human beings
64 massive adj. Of considerable bulk and weight
65 masterpiece n. A superior production
66 mastery n. The attainment of superior skill
67 material n. That of which anything is composed or may be constructed
68 materialize v. To take perceptible or substantial form
69 maternal adj. Pertaining or peculiar to a mother or to motherhood
70 matinee n. An entertainment (especially theatrical) held in the daytime
71 matricide n. The killing, especially the murdering, of one’s mother
72 matrimony n. The union of a man and a woman in marriage
73 matrix n. That which contains and gives shape or form to anything
74 matter of fact n. Something that has actual and undeniable existence or reality
75 maudlin adj. Foolishly and tearfully affectionate
76 mausoleum n. A tomb of more than ordinary size or architectural pretensions
77 mawkish adj. Sickening or insipid
78 maxim n. A principle accepted as true and acted on as a rule or guide
79 maze n. A labyrinth
80 mead n. A meadow
81 meager adj. scanty
82 mealy-mouthed adj. Afraid to express facts or opinions plainly
83 meander v. To wind and turn while proceeding in a course
84 mechanics n. The branch of physics that treats the phenomena caused by the action of forces
85 medallion n. A large medal
86 meddlesome adj. Interfering
87 medial adj. Of or pertaining to the middle
88 mediate v. To effect by negotiating as an agent between parties
89 medicine n. A substance possessing or reputed to possess curative or remedial properties
90 medieval adj. Belonging or relating to or descriptive of the middle ages
91 mediocre adj. Ordinary
92 meditation n. The turning or revolving of a subject in the mind
93 medley n. A composition of different songs or parts of songs arranged to run as a continuous whole
94 meliorate v. To make better or improve, as in quality or social or physical condition
95 mellifluous adj. Sweetly or smoothly flowing
96 melodious adj. Characterized by a sweet succession of sounds
97 melodrama n. A drama with a romantic story or plot and sensational situation and incidents
98 memento n. A souvenir
99 memorable adj. Noteworthy
100 menace n. A threat
101 menagerie n. A collection of wild animals, especially when kept for exhibition
102 mendacious adj. Untrue
103 mendicant n. A beggar
104 mentality n. Intellectuality
105 mentor n. A wise and faithful teacher, guide, and friend
106 mercantile adj. Conducted or acting on business principles; commercial
107 mercenary adj. Greedy
108 merciful adj. Disposed to pity and forgive
109 merciless adj. Cruel
110 meretricious adj. Alluring by false or gaudy show
111 mesmerize v. To hypnotize
112 messieurs n. Gentlemen
113 metal n. An element that forms a base by combining with oxygen, is usually hard, heavy, and lustrous
114 metallurgy n. The art or science of extracting a metal from ores, as by smelting
115 metamorphosis n. A passing from one form or shape into another
116 metaphor n. A figure of speech in which one object is likened to another, by speaking as if the other
117 metaphysical adj. Philosophical
118 metaphysician n. One skilled in metaphysics
119 metaphysics n. The principles of philosophy as applied to explain the methods of any particular science
120 mete v. To apportion
121 metempsychosis n. Transition of the soul of a human being at death into another body, whether human or beast
122 meticulous adj. Over-cautious
123 metonymy n. A figure of speech that consists in the naming of a thing by one of its attributes
124 metric adj. Relating to measurement
125 metronome n. An instrument for indicating and marking exact time in music
126 metropolis n. A chief city, either the capital or the largest or most important city of a state
127 metropolitan adj. Pertaining to a chief city
128 mettle n. Courage
129 mettlesome adj. Having courage or spirit
130 microcosm n. The world or universe on a small scale
131 micrometer n. An instrument for measuring very small angles or dimensions
132 microphone n. An apparatus for magnifying faint sounds
133 microscope n. An instrument for assisting the eye in the vision of minute objects or features of objects
134 microscopic adj. Adapted to or characterized by minute observation
135 microscopy n. The art of examine objects with the microscope
136 midsummer n. The middle of the summer
137 midwife n. A woman who makes a business of assisting at childbirth
138 mien n. The external appearance or manner of a person
139 migrant adj. Wandering
140 migrate v. To remove or pass from one country, region, or habitat to another
141 migratory adj. Wandering
142 mileage n. A distance in miles
143 militant adj. Of a warlike or combative disposition or tendency
144 militarism n. A policy of maintaining great standing armies
145 militate v. To have weight or influence (in determining a question)
146 militia n. Those citizens, collectively, who are enrolled and drilled in temporary military organizations
147 Milky Way n. The galaxy
148 millet n. A grass cultivated for forage and cereal
149 mimic v. To imitate the speech or actions of
150 miniature adj. Much smaller than reality or that the normal size
151 minimize v. To reduce to the smallest possible amount or degree
152 minion n. A servile favorite
153 ministration n. Any religious ceremonial
154 ministry n. A service
155 minority n. The smaller in number of two portions into which a number or a group is divided
156 minute adj. Exceedingly small in extent or quantity
157 minutia n. A small or unimportant particular or detail
158 mirage n. An optical effect looking like a sheet of water in the desert
159 misadventure n. An unlucky accident
160 misanthropic adj. Hating mankind
161 misanthropy n. Hatred of mankind
162 misapprehend v. To misunderstand
163 misbehave v. To behave ill
164 misbehavior n. Ill or improper behavior
165 mischievous adj. Fond of tricks
166 miscount v. To make a mistake in counting
167 miscreant n. A villain
168 misdeed n. A wrong or improper act
169 misdemeanor n. Evil conduct, small crime
170 miser n. A person given to saving and hoarding unduly
171 mishap n. Misfortune
172 misinterpret v. To misunderstand
173 mislay v. To misplace
174 mismanage v. To manage badly, improperly, or unskillfully
175 misnomer n. A name wrongly or mistakenly applied
176 misogamy n. Hatred of marriage
177 misogyny n. Hatred of women
178 misplace v. To put into a wrong place
179 misrepresent v. To give a wrong impression
180 misrule v. To misgovern
181 missal n. The book containing the service for the celebration of mass
182 missile n. Any object, especially a weapon, thrown or intended to be thrown
183 missive n. A message in writing
184 mistrust v. To regard with suspicion or jealousy
185 misty adj. Lacking clearness
186 misunderstand v. To Take in a wrong sense
187 misuse v. To maltreat
188 mite n. A very small amount, portion, or particle
189 miter n. The junction of two bodies at an equally divided angle
190 mitigate v. To make milder or more endurable
191 mnemonics n. A system of principles and formulas designed to assist the recollection in certain instances
192 moat n. A ditch on the outside of a fortress wall
193 mobocracy n. Lawless control of public affairs by the mob or populace
194 moccasin n. A foot-covering made of soft leather or buckskin
195 mockery n. Ridicule
196 moderation n. Temperance
197 moderator n. The presiding officer of a meeting
198 modernity n. The state or character of being modern
199 modernize v. To make characteristic of the present or of recent times
200 modification n. A change
201 modify v. To make somewhat different
202 modish adj. Fashionable
203 modulate v. To vary in tone, inflection, pitch or other quality of sound
204 mollify v. To soothe
205 molt v. To cast off, as hair, feathers, etc
206 momentary adj. Lasting but a short time
207 momentous adj. Very significant
208 momentum n. An impetus
209 monarchy n. Government by a single, sovereign ruler
210 monastery n. A dwelling-place occupied in common by persons under religious vows of seclusion
211 monetary adj. Financial
212 mongrel n. The progeny resulting from the crossing of different breeds or varieties
213 monition n. Friendly counsel given by way of warning and implying caution or reproof
214 monitory n. Admonition or warning
215 monocracy n. Government by a single person
216 monogamy n. The habit of pairing, or having but one mate
217 monogram n. A character consisting of two or more letters interwoven into one, usually initials of a name
218 monograph n. A treatise discussing a single subject or branch of a subject
219 monolith n. Any structure or sculpture in stone formed of a single piece
220 monologue n. A story or drama told or performed by one person
221 monomania n. The unreasonable pursuit of one idea
222 monopoly n. The control of a thing, as a commodity, to enable a person to raise its price
223 monosyllable n. A word of one syllable
224 monotone n. The sameness or monotony of utterance
225 monotonous adj. Unchanging and tedious
226 monotony n. A lack of variety
227 monsieur n. A French title of respect, equivalent to Mr and sir
228 monstrosity n. Anything unnaturally huge or distorted
229 moonbeam n. A ray of moonlight
230 morale n. A state of mind with reference to confidence, courage, zeal, and the like
231 moralist n. A writer on ethics
232 morality n. Virtue
233 moralize v. To render virtuous
234 moratorium n. An emergency legislation authorizing a government suspend some action temporarily
235 morbid adj. Caused by or denoting a diseased or unsound condition of body or mind
236 mordacious adj. Biting or giving to biting
237 mordant adj. Biting
238 moribund adj. On the point of dying
239 morose adj. Gloomy
240 morphology n. the science of organic forms
241 motley adj. Composed of heterogeneous or inharmonious elements
242 motto n. An expressive word or pithy sentence enunciating some guiding rule of life, or faith
243 mountaineer n. One who travels among or climbs mountains for pleasure or exercise
244 mountainous adj. Full of or abounding in mountains
245 mouthful n. As much as can be or is usually put into the or exercise
246 muddle v. To confuse or becloud, especially with or as with drink
247 muffle v. To deaden the sound of, as by wraps
248 mulatto n. The offspring of a white person and a black person
249 muleteer n. A mule-driver
250 multiform adj. Having many shapes, or appearances
251 multiplicity n. the condition of being manifold or very various
252 mundane adj. Worldly, as opposed to spiritual or celestial
253 municipal adj. Of or pertaining to a town or city, or to its corporate or local government
254 municipality n. A district enjoying municipal government
255 munificence n. A giving characterized by generous motives and extraordinary liberality
256 munificent adj. Extraordinarily generous
257 muster n. An assemblage or review of troops for parade or inspection, or for numbering off
258 mutation n. The act or process of change
259 mutilate v. To disfigure
260 mutiny n. Rebellion against lawful or constituted authority
261 myriad n. A vast indefinite number
262 mystic n. One who professes direct divine illumination, or relies upon meditation to acquire truth
263 mystification n. The act of artfully perplexing
264 myth n. A fictitious narrative presented as historical, but without any basis of fact
265 mythology n. The whole body of legends cherished by a race concerning gods and heroes