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1

mayhem

\ˈmā-ˌhem\

D. maiming another person; violence or destruction

E. movies filled with murder and mayhem

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meander

\mē-ˈan-dər\

D. to wind or wander

E. The path meanders through the garden. / The conversation meandered on for hours.

3

mecca

\'me-kä\

D. a place that many people like to visit, especially for a particular reason

E. The coast is a mecca for tourists.

4

mediate

\ˈmē-dē-ət\

D. to help two opposing side come to agreement

E. He has been appointed to mediate the dispute. / He is attempting to mediate a settlement between the company and the striking workers.

5

mediocre

D. ordinary; average

6

mélange

\mā-ˈläⁿzh\

D. a mixture

E. a mélange of architectural styles

7

melee

\ˈmā-ˌlā\

D. a noisy fight among a lot of people

E. a verbal disagreement at the football game soon turned into a general melee involving scores of spectators

8

meliorate

\ˈmēl-yə-ˌrāt\

D. to improve

E. regulations intended to meliorate the working conditions of migrant farm laborers

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mellifluous

\mə-ˈli-flū-əs\

D. sweet and smooth

E. a rich, mellifluous voice that gets her a lot of work in radio and TV commercials

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mendacious

\men-ˈdā-shəs\

D. lying (mend-fault, ex. amend: a-out + mend-fault = to put right)

E. The newspaper story was mendacious and hurtful.

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mendicant

\ˈmen-di-kənt\

D. a beggar

E. those wretched mendicants on the streets of Calcutta

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menial

\ˈmē-nē-əl\

D. pertaining to servants; servile

E. immigrants to that country faced fierce prejudice and could expect to find work only as menials / every command was obeyed in the menial manner of someone who seemed grateful just to be in the presence of a celebrity

13

mentor

D. a wise advisor or teacher

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mercantile

\ˈmər-kən-ˌtēl\

D. pertaining to merchants or trade

E. mercantile system

15

mercenary

D. motivated by money; greedy

E. they were a mercenary couple, who defined themselves not by what they were but by what they owned

16

mercurial

\(ˌ)mər-ˈkyu̇r-ē-əl\

D. like mercury; quick; changeable

E. the boss's mood is so mercurial that we never know how he's going to react to anything

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meretricious

\ˌmer-ə-ˈtri-shəs\

D. superficially alluring

E. the paradise they found was a piece of meretricious trash

18

mesa

\ˈmā-sä\

D. a high, flat land with steep sides

E. a mesa in the Arizona desert

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metamorphosis

\ˌme-tə-ˈmȯr-fə-səs\

D. a change or transportation

E. We have watched her metamorphosis from a shy schoolgirl into a self-confident businesswoman.

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metaphysical

D. pertaining to the nature of being or reality

E. a metaphysical world of spirits / a work that deals with such metaphysical questions as the very nature of knowledge

21

mete

\ˈmēt\

D. to distribute

E. mete out punishment

22

maticulous

D. very careful about details

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mettle

\ˈme-təl\

D. quality of character (especially good character)

E. The competition will test her mettle. / gentlemen of brave mettle

24

miasma

\mī-ˈaz-mä\

D. a vapor rising from a swamp (destructive & decease-causing)

E. a miasma of tobacco smoke / freed from the miasma of poverty

25

mien

\ˈmēn\

D. manner or bearing

E. He has the mien of an ancient warrior. / the stern mien of the librarian suggested that she was not one to put up with any nonsense

26

migrant

D. a person or an animal that moves from place to place

27

militate

\ˈmi-lə-ˌtāt\

D. to work (against)

E. his boyish appearance militated against his getting an early promotion

28

mimetic

\-ˈme-tik\

D. imitative

E. boys have a tendency toward mimetic behavior, often imitating their fathers at a fairly early age

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mimic

D. to imitate

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minatory

\ˈmi-nə-ˌtȯr-ē\

D. threatening

E. the novel's protagonist is haunted by a minatory black specter

31

mincing

\ˈmin(t)-siŋ\

D. acting overly dainty or elegant

E. taking mincing steps

32

minion

D. a favorite (follower); a subordinate

E. most of the top appointments went to the new governor's personal minions and political cronies

33

ministration

D. the carrying out of a minister;s duties; service

34

minutiae (plur. of minutia)

\-shē-ˌē\

D. minor details

E. the minutiae of the contract

35

misadventure

D. a bit of bad luck

E. His vacation turned into a series of misadventures.

36

misanthrope

D. one who dislikes other people

E. a former misanthrope who now professes a newly discovered love of mankind

37

misapprehension

D. misnderstanding

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miscegenation

\(ˌ)mi-ˌse-jə-ˈnā-shən\

D. marriage between a man and a woman of different races

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miscellany

\ˈmi-sə-ˌlā-nē\

D. a collection of varied things

E. a miscellany of old toys

40

misconstrue

D. to misinterpret

E. He deliberately misconstrued everything I said. / It is easy to misconstrue confidence as arrogance.

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miscreant

\ˈmis-krē-ənt\

D. an evil person

E. He supports tough penalties against corporate miscreants. / halt, vile miscreant, and face justice!

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misdemeanor

D. an action that is bad or unacceptable, but not very serious

E. youthful misdemeanours

43

misgiving

D. a doubt or fear

E. I felt some misgiving about his ability to do the job. / They regarded the plan with misgiving.

44

mishap

\ˈmis-ˌhap\

D. an unfortunate (hapless) accident

E. We experienced the usual mishaps of a family vacation. / The fire was a tragic mishap that could have been prevented.

45

misnomer

\ˌmis-ˈnō-mər\

D. the wrong name applied to sth

E. “International Airport” is something of a misnomer, since almost all the arriving and departing flights are local.

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misogynist

\mə-ˈsä-jə-nist\

D. one who hates women (from greek root "misos", hate, and "gyne",women)

E. hatred for men: misandry ("andr" for men) / fondness for women: philogyny