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lugubrious

D. mournful

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luminary

\ˈlü-mə-ˌner-ē\

D. a body that sheds light; a person who enlightens; any famous person

E. luminaries of the art world / awed by the vast number of luminaries in the night sky

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lurid

\ˈlu̇r-əd\

D. sensational

E. a lurid tale of violence and betrayal / the lurid lighting of a nightclub

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lustrous

D. reflecting light evenly and efficiently without glitter or sparkle (soft)

E. the lustrous glow of an opal

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luxuriant

\läk-'shər-rē-ənt\

D. lush; rich

E. an older man who still has a luxuriant head of hair

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macabre

\mə-ˈkäb\

D. gruesome; horrible

E. a macabre story of murder and madness

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macerate

\ˈma-sə-ˌrāt\

D. to soften by soaking; to break or tear into small pieces

E. garnished with cherries that had been macerated in liqueur

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Machiavellian

\ˌma-kē-ə-ˈve-lē-ən\

D. suggesting the principles of conduct laid down by Machiavelli; specifically : marked by cunning, duplicity, or bad faith

E. yet another tale of a power-mad dictator with a Machiavellian plan to take over the world

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machination

\ˌma-kə-ˈnā-shən\

D. a secret ploy or scheme

E. incredibly complicated machinations to assassinate the president

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magnanimous

D. generous; not petty

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magnate

\ˈmag-ˌnāt\

D. an important person, often in a business

E. a studio magnate who had the biggest stars in Hollywood at his beck and call

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magniloquent

\mag-'ni-lo-kwēnt\

D. lofty or pompous

E. magniloquent boasts

13

maim

\ˈmām\

D. to disable or mutilate (a person)

E. The bomb killed 16 people and maimed several others.

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maladroit

\ˌma-lə-ˈdrȯit\

D. clumsy

E. The governor has been criticized for his maladroit handling of the budget crisis.

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malaise

\mə-ˈlāz\

D. a vague feeling of illness

E. The country's current economic problems are symptoms of a deeper malaise.

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malcontent

\ˌmal-kən-ˈtent\

D. discontented

E. He complained so much that he got a reputation for being a malcontent.

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malediction

\ˌma-lə-ˈdik-shən\

D. a curse

E. the two old women began casting aspersions and heaping maledictions upon one another

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malefaction

\ˌma-lə-ˈfak-shən\

D. an evil deed

e. the town treasurer has been linked to the kickback scheme and other financial malefactions

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malevolent

\mə-ˈle-və-lənt\

D. wishing ill to others

E. the novel grossly oversimplified the conflict as a struggle between relentlessly malevolent villains on one side and faultless saints on the other

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malfeasance

\ˌmal-ˈfē-zən(t)s\

D. a wrongdoing

E. The investigation has uncovered evidence of corporate malfeasance.

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malicious

D. spiteful

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malign

\mə-ˈlīn\

D. to slander

E. both parties to the divorce showed a malign desire to make each other's future life utterly miserable

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malignant

\mə-ˈlig-nənt\

D. evil; harmful

E.a highly malignant form of cancer

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malinger

\mə-ˈliŋ-gər\

D. to pretend to be ill to avoid doing sth

E. His boss suspected him of malingering because of his frequent absences from work.

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malleable

\ˈma-lē-ə-bəl

D. able to be hammered; pliable

E. the cult leader took advantage of the malleable, compliant personalities of his followers

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mammoth

\ˈma-məth\

D. enormous

E. even as sport-utility vehicles go, that one is a mammoth

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manumission

\ˌman-yə-ˈmi-shən\

D. liberation from slavery

E. the official manumission of the slaves came after the Civil War

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mandatory

\ˈman-də-ˌtȯr-ē\

D. required

E. the tests are mandatory for all students wishing to graduate

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maniacal

\mə-ˈnī-ə-kəl\

D. insane; raving

E. the movie's villain was a just a clichéd axe-wielding nutcase with a maniacal laugh

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manifest

\ˈma-nə-ˌfest\

D. apparent or evident

E. His love for literature is manifest in his large library.

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manipulate

D. to work with the hands; to control by unfair means

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manumission

\ˌman-yə-ˈmi-shən\

D. liberation from slavery

E. the official manumission of the slaves came after the Civil War

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marauder

\mə-ˈrȯder\

D. a raider

E. just for kicks, bored teenagers marauded neighborhood houses while their owners were away

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maritime

\ˈmer-ə-ˌtīm\

D. pertaining to the sea

E. The country's maritime industry is an important part of its economy.

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martial

D. pertaining to war or military; warlike

E. martial art / law

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martinet

\ˌmär-t-ˈnet\

D. a strict disciplinarian; a very strict person who demands that other people obey orders or rules completely

E. The prison's warden was a cruel martinet.

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masochist

\'mä-sə-kist\

D. one who enjoys suffering

E. Anyone who goes jogging for two hours a day must be a masochist! / Sadist & Masochist

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masticate

\ˈmas-tə-ˌkāt\

D. to chew up

E. The cows were masticating their food. / mindlessly masticated peanuts while watching the baseball game on TV

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maternal

\mə-ˈtər-nəl\

D. pertaining to mother

E. her maternal instincts told her that something was wrong

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matrix

\ˈmā-triks\

D. a die or mold

E. the complex social matrix in which people live their lives

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maudlin

\'mäd-lin\

D. foolishly sentimental

E. He became maudlin and started crying like a child.

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maunder

\män-dər\

D. to act dreamily or vaguely

E. maundered all over town on his day off

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mauve

\mäv\

D. purple

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maverick

\ˈmav-rik\

D. one who refuses to go along with his group

E. there's always one maverick who has to go his own way

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mawkish

\ˈmä-kish\

D. sickeningly sweet (of unpleasant taste)

E. a mawkish plea for donations to the charity

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maxim

\ˈmak-səm\

D. a principle or truth precisely stated; a saying

E. it's a common maxim that “a watched pot never boils,” but that's not literally true