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intractable

unruly; difficult to manage; Ex. intractable problem/child

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intransigence

refusal of any compromise; stubbornness; ADJ. intransigent: uncompromising

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intrepid

fearless

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intrinsic

essential; inherent; built-in

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introspective

looking within oneself; N. introspection: self-examination

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introvert

one who is introspective or inclined to think more about oneself; ADJ. introverted

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intrude

put or force in without being asked; trespass; enter as an uninvited person; Ex. intrude one's own opinion into the report; CF. thrust in

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intuition

immediate insight; power of knowing without reasoning; ADJ. intuitive; V. intuit: know by intuition

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inundate

flood; overflow; submerge; cover completely; Ex. inundated with work

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overwhelm

(of water) cover completely; defeat completely by much greater force; Ex. overwhelmed by grief

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submerge

place under water; dip; go under water; cover completely (as with water); Ex. submerged in work

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engulf

surround and swallow up

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inured

accustomed; hardened; Ex. inured to the Alaskan cold; V. inure: make used to something undesirable; harden; CF. unfeeling

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invalidate

weaken; destroy; make invalid; nullify

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invalid

one incapacitated(disabled) by a chronic illness; ADJ: incapacitated by illness; not valid; null; V: allow to leave (a military force) because of ill-health

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invective

abuse

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inveigh

denounce; utter censure or invective; Ex. inveigh against the evils of drink

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inveigle

deceive; lead astray by deception; wheedle(cajole); Ex. inveigle her into joining the club; CF. interest dishonestly

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inverse

opposite

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invert

turn upside down or inside out; reverse the position or condition of

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inveterate

deep-rooted; habitual; CF. grow old

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invidious

designed to create ill will or envy; tending to rouse ill will or envy; Ex. invidious comparison

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invincible

unconquerable

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inviolable

secure from corruption, attack, or violation(or profanation); unassailable; Ex. inviolable oath/rights; N. inviolability

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invocation

prayer for help (used in invoking); calling upon as a reference or support; act of invoking

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invoke

call and bring into use (a right or law); call on/upon (a higher power or god) for help; ask for; beg for; conjure (a spirit); Ex. invoke the veto power; Ex. invoke one's advisor/God

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invulnerable

incapable of injury; impossible to damage or injure

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iota

very small quantity

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irascible

irritable; easily angered

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irate

angry; CF. ire: anger; wrath

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iridescent

exhibiting rainbowlike colors; Ex. iridescent oil slick; N. iridescence

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irksome

annoying; tedious; V. irk: annoy

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ironic

expressing irony; occurring in an unexpected and contrary manner

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irony

hidden sarcasm or satire; use of words that seem to mean the opposite of what they actually mean; use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning

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irreconcilable

impossible to reconcile; incompatible; not able to be resolved

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irrefutable

indisputable; incontrovertible; undeniable

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irrelevant

not applicable; unrelated

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irremediable

incurable; uncorrectable; impossible to remedy

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irreparable

not able to be corrected or repaired; impossible to repair

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irrepressible

unable to be restrained or held back; impossible to hold back

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irreproachable

beyond reproach; blameless; impeccable; Ex. irreproachable conduct

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irresolute

uncertain how to act; weak; lacking in resolution; indecisive; N. irresolution

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indecisive

marked by indecision; inconclusive; Ex. indecisive battle

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indecision

irresolution; inability to make up one's mind

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irretrievable

impossible to recover or regain; CF. retrieve

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irreverence

lack of proper respect or reverence; ADJ. irreverent

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irrevocable

unalterable; irreversible; impossible to revoke

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isotope

varying from of an element

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isthmus

narrow neck of land connecting two larger bodies of land

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itinerant

wandering; traveling from place to place (to perform work); Ex. itinerant preacher

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itinerary

plan of a trip; record of a trip

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jabber

chatter rapidly or unintelligibly

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jab

poke abruptly with something sharp; punch with short blows

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jaded

tired or uninterested by surfeit; fatigued; surfeited; worn out; wearied; Ex. jaded appetite

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jargon

language used by special group; technical terminology; gibberish; nonsensical or incoherent talk

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jaundiced

yellowed; prejudiced (envious, hostile, or resentful) from long and disappointing experience of human affairs; Ex. with a jaundiced eye

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jaundice

medical condition in which the skin, the white part of the eyes, etc. turn yellow; V: affect with jaundice; affect with prejudice, envy, or hostility; bias

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jaunt

trip; short journey

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jaunty

cheerful and pleased with life; lighthearted; animated; easy and carefree; dapper in appearance; Ex. jaunty person/hat

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jeopardize

endanger; imperil; put at risk; N. jeopardy: danger

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jettison

throw overboard (from a ship or plane)

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jibe

agree; be in harmony with; gibe

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jingoist

extremely aggressive and militant patriot; warlike chauvinist; N. jingoism: extreme nationalism

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jocose

given to(having a tendency of) joking

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jocular

said or done in jest or playfully; marked by joking

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jest

playful remark or act; V. act or speak playfully

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jocund

merry

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jollity

gaiety; cheerfulness; ADJ. jolly: merry; gay

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jostle

shove; bump; push against (someone) rather roughly; Ex. jostled by the crowds

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shove

push forward; push roughly; Ex. pushing and shoving to get on the bus; N.

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bump

hit or knock against with force; N.

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jovial

good-natured; merry; cheerful

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jubilation

rejoicing; great joy

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judicious

sound on judgment; wise

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juggernaut

irresistible crushing force; overwhelming advancing force that crushes everything in its path

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jug

pitcher; container for holding liquids

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juncture

crisis; point in time; joining point; joint; act of joining

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junket

trip especially one taken for pleasure by an official at public expense

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junta

group of persons joined in political intrigue; cabal; group of military officers ruling a country after seizing power (by force)

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jurisprudence

science of law

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jurisdiction

right and power to apply the law; authority

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juridical

of the law and its administration; CF. judicial: of courts of law; CF. judiciary

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juxtapose

place side by side; CF. next

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kaleidoscope

tube in which patterns made by the reflection in mirrors of colored pieces of glass, etc. produce interesting symmetrical effects; series of changing events; Ex. kaleidoscope of European history; CF. beautiful

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ken

range of knowledge; Ex. beyond one's ken

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kernel

central or vital part; core; whole seed (as of corn)

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killjoy

grouch; spoilsport; one who intentionally spoils the pleasure of others

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grouch

bad-tempered complaint; person who keeps complaining; V: complain; grumble

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spoilsport

one who spoils the pleasure of others

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kindle

start a fire; ignite; inspire; arouse

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kindred

related; belonging to the same group; similar in nature or character; Ex. kindred languages; N: relative; kin; kinship

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kinetic

producing motion; of motion

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kismet

fate; destiny; Ex. Kismet is the Arabic word for fate.

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kleptomaniac

person who has a compulsive desire to steal

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knave

untrustworthy person; rogue; scoundrel; jack; N. knavery

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knead

mix; work dough; mix and work into a uniform mass (with the hands); Ex. knead dough

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knell

tolling of a bell especially to indicate a funeral, disaster, etc.; sound of the funeral bell; V.

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toll

sound (a large bell) slowly at regular intervals; N: sound of a bell; fixed tax or charge

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curfew

regulation requiring all people to leave the streets at stated times; signal (as a bell) announcing the hour of a curfew

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knit

contract into wrinkles; grow together; join together closely; make (a fabric or garment) by interwining yarn or thread; Ex. knit the brow; Ex. The bones should knit together in a few weeks.

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crochet

make (a piece of needlework) by looping thread with a hooked needle; N. CF. crotchet

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knoll

little round hill; hillock

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knotty

intricate; difficult; tangled; CF. knot

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kudos

honor; glory; acclaim or praise for exceptional achievement

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entourage

group of attendants; retinue; CF. surround

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labile

likely to change; unstable; Ex. emotionally labile; N. lability

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laborious

demanding much work or care; tedious

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labyrinth

maze

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laceration

torn ragged wound; V. lacerate: tear (the skin as with broken glass); wound

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rip

tear or be torn quickly and violently; Ex. The sail ripped under the force of the wind; N.

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rag

scrap of cloth; ADJ. ragged: old and torn; seeming unfinished and imperfect; Ex. ragged debut/performance

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lachrymose

producing tears; tearful

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lackadaisical

lacking interest or effort; lacking purpose or zest; lazy; halfhearted; languid

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halfhearted

exhibiting little interest or enthusiasm

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lackluster

lacking luster(shine; gloss); dull

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laconic

brief and to the point; using few words; terse

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laggard

slow; sluggish; N: one who lags; straggler

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lag

move or develop more slowly; straggle; Ex. lag behind the rest; N.

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straggle

stray or fall behind (a main group); spread out in a scattered group; Ex. straggling marathon racer; Ex. straggling branch

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lagoon

shallow body of water or lake near a sea; lake separated from a sea by sandbars or coral reefs

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laity

laypersons; laymen; persons not connected with the clergy

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layman

man who is not a cleric; man who is nonprofessional

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lament

grieve; express sorrow; N. lamentation

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lampoon

ridicule; N: written attack ridiculing or satirizing a person, group, or institution

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lancet

small surgical tool for making incisions

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lance

pierce with a lance; cut into; N: spearlike weapon

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languid

lacking energy or vitality; weary; sluggish; listless

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languish

lose animation or strength

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languor

lack of physical or mental energy; lassitude; depression

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lank

long and thin; Ex. Lank, gaunt, Abraham Lincoln

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lap

take in food or drink with one's tongue; splash gently; Ex. waves lapping the shore; N: front area from the waist to the knees of a seated person

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larceny

theft; Ex. petit larceny

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larder

pantry; place where food is kept

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largess

generous gift (given to people who do not have enough)

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lascivious

lustful

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lust

intense sexual desire; intense eagerness; V.

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lassitude

languor; weariness; listlessness

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latent

present but not yet noticeable or active; dormant; hidden; N. latency; CF. potential

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lateral

of or coming from the side

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latitude

freedom from narrow limitations

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laud

praise; N. ADJ. laudable: praiseworthy; ADJ. laudatory: expressing praise

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lavish

liberal; wasteful; generous or wasteful in giving or using; abundant; profuse; great; Ex. decorated lavishly; V. give in abundance

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lax

careless; negligent; not paying enough attention; Ex. lax service

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leaven

add leaven to; cause to rise or grow lighter; enliven; N: agent, such as yeast, that causes dough to rise (by fermentation); element that lightens or enlivens

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enliven

make lively or spirited; animate

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lechery

gross lewdness; lustfulness; ADJ. lecherous; N. lecher: lecherous man

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lectern

reading desk or stand for a public speaker

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leery

(of someone) suspicious; wary; cautious

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leeway

room to move; margin; latitude; Ex. leeway for the deadline

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margin

border; room; allowance beyond what is needed; Ex. margin of safety

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marginal

of a margin; barely within a limit; Ex. marginal effect/writing ability

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legacy

gift made by a will; something handed down from an ancestor

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legend

explanatory list of symbols on a map

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legerdemain

sleight(dexterity) of hand; CF. light of hand

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leniency

mildness; permissiveness; ADJ. lenient: not severe in judgment or punishment

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permissive

allowing much freedom; lenient; Ex. permissive society

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leonine

like a lion

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lethal

deadly

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lethargic

drowsy; dull; N. lethargy: state of sluggishness and inactivity

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levee

earthen or stone embankment to prevent flooding; CF. raise

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levitate

rise and float in the air (especially by magical means); CF. light

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levity

lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity; lightness of manner

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levy

impose (a fine); collect (a payment); impose or collect (a tax); Ex. levy a tax on tobacco

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lewd

lustful

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lexicographer

compiler of a dictionary; CF. lexicography: work of compiling a dictionary

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lexicon

dictionary

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liability

drawback; handicap; debts; obligation; responsibility; condition of being liable; ADJ. liable: likely; responsible (for paying)

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liaison

contact that keeps parties in communication; communication between groups; one that maintains communication; go-between; secret love affair; V. liaise: keep a connection

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libel

defamatory written statement; act of writing something that smears a person's character; V. ADJ. libelous

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libertine

debauched person; dissolute or licentious person; rou\'e; CF. free

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rou\'e

lecherous man

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libidinous

lustful

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libido

psychic and emotional energy or urges behind human activity; sexual desire

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libretto

text of an opera or oratorio; CF. book

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licentious

amoral; lewd and lascivious; unrestrained

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license

official or legal permission; latitude of action or speech; excessive freedom that causes harm or damage; V.

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lien

legal claim or right on a property

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ligneous

like wood

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lilliputian

extremely small; CF. Lilliput in Gulliver's Travels

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limber

flexible; supple; pliable; V.

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limbo

region near heaven or hell where certain souls are kept; prison (slang); Ex. Purgatory and Limbo

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abode

dwelling place; home

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abide

dwell; abide by: comply with; put up with; tolerate; Ex. abide by the rules; Ex. I can't abide rude people.

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limn

draw; outline; describe; CF. line ?

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limpid

crystal clear

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lineage

descent; ancestry

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lineaments

features especially of the face; distinctive shape or contour of the face; CF. line

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feature

distinctive part of the faces (as the eyes or mouth); features: overall appearance of the face; prominent or distinctive quality; prominent article; film; V: make prominent

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linger

loiter or dawdle; be slow in leaving; delay going; continue or persist; be slow to disappear; Ex. The smell lingered for days.

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persist

continue in existence; last; continue in a course of action in spite of opposition; Ex. persist in/with something; ADJ. persistent

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linguistic

pertaining to language

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lionize

treat (a person) as a celebrity

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liquidate

settle accounts; pay off (a debt); clear up; eliminate; kill or abolish

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list

tilt (as of a ship); lean over (to one side)

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listless

lacking in spirit or energy; languid

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litany

supplicatory prayer; prayer in which the priest calls out and the people replies in the same words

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lithe

flexible; supple; CF. limber

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willowy

flexible; pliant; slender; CF. willow

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litigation

lawsuit; N. litigant: one party in a lawsuit; V. litigate

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litotes

understatement for emphasis; Ex. ``not bad(=pretty good)''

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understate

state with less truth than seems warranted by the facts; Ex. He understated the seriousness of the crime; N. understatement; OP. overstate

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livid

lead-colored; black and blue (as from a bruise); ashen; enraged; extremely angry

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loath

reluctant; unwilling; disinclined; Ex. Romeo and Juliet were both loath for him to go.

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loathe

detest; ADJ. loathsome: arousing loathing; offensive; Ex. loathsome smell

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lode

metal-bearing vein(long deposit of an ore)

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lofty

very high

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loft

room or space under the roof; attic

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log

record of a voyage or flight; record of day-to-day activities; section of a trunk; V.

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loiter

hang about/around; stand idly about; linger

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loll

lounge about

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lounge

stand, sit, or lie in a lazy, relaxed way

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longevity

long life; long duration

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loom

appear or take shape (usually in an enlarged, indistinct, or distorted form); Ex. The shadow of the gallows loomed threateningly. N: apparatus for making thread into cloth

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gallows

framework from which a noose is suspended (used for execution by hanging)

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noose

loop formed in a rope

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lope

gallop slowly

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loquacious

talkative; N. loquacity

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lout

clumsy person; ADJ. loutish; CF. from countrysides ?

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low

moo; make the sound of a cow

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lubricate

apply a lubricant to; N. lubricant: substance that reduces friction

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lucid

easily understood; clear; intelligible; N. lucidity

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lucrative

profitable; producing wealth

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lucre

money; profit; Ex. filthy lucre

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filth

dirty matter; ADJ. filthy

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ludicrous

laughable; ridiculous; trifling

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lugubrious

mournful; sorrowful

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lull

moment of calm; period of reduced activity; Ex. a lull in the rain; V: cause to become less active; cause to sleep or rest; Ex. lull the opponents into a false sense of security; CF. lullaby

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lumber

move heavily or clumsily; Ex. The bear lumbered through the woods; N: timber

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lumen

unit of light energy (one candle's worth)

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luminary

celebrity (in a specific field); dignitary; object that gives light (as a celestial body)

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dignitary

person of high rank or position

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luminous

shining (esp. in the dark); issuing light; Ex. luminous paint/road signs

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lunar

pertaining to the moon

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lunatic

insane; Ex. lunatic asylum

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lurid

wild; sensational; graphic; gruesome; horrible; Ex. lurid details of the murder

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lurk

stealthily lie in waiting; slink; exist unperceived

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slink

move furtively; ADJ. slinky: stealthy; furtive; sneaky (as in ambush)

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luscious

pleasing to taste or smell; delicious

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luster

shine; gloss (of a polished surface)

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lustrous

shining; brilliant; Ex. lustrous hair

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luxuriant

abundant; growing healthily and in large amounts; excessively ornate; rich and splendid; fertile; Ex. luxuriant forests/prose; CF. luxurious, luxuriate

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macabre

gruesome; grisly; ghastly; CF. of death

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morgue

mortuary; place where bodies are kept before burial or cremation

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cremate

incinerate (a corpse); N. crematory, crematorium

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mace

ceremonial staff used as a symbol of authority; clublike medieval weapon

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macerate

soften by soaking in liquid; waste away; Ex. macerate powdered wood to make paper

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Machiavellian

crafty; double-dealing; of the political doctrine of Machiavelli, which holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuing political power

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machinations

evil schemes or plots; schemes or plots to achieve an evil end; V. machinate

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maculated

spotted; stained; CF. immaculate

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madrigal

pastoral song; song for several singers without instruments

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maelstrom

violent whirlpool; violent or tublent situation; CF. stream

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magisterial

authoritative; imperious; commanding; of a magistrate; Ex. magisterial study of Roman law; Ex. magisterial manner

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magistrate

official with power to administer the law

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magnanimity

generosity; ADJ. magnanimous: generous

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magnate

person of prominence or influence; powerful or influential person (in business or industry); Ex. oil magnate

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magniloquent

boastful; pompous

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magnitude

greatness (in size or extent); extent

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maim

mutilate; injure lastingly; disable; cripple; Ex. maimed for life

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mangle

tear or cut to pieces; mutilate or disfigure; Ex. badly mangled bodies

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maladroit

clumsy; not skillful; awkward; bungling

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malady

illness

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malaise

uneasiness; vague feeling of ill health (without any particular pain or appearance of disease)

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malapropism

comic misuse of a word; CF. Mrs. Malaprop

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malapropos

inappropriate; ADV.

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malcontent

person dissatisfied with existing state of affairs; discontented person; ADJ: discontented

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malediction

curse

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malefactor

evildoer; criminal

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maleficient

doing evil; N. maleficience

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malevolent

wishing evil; exhibiting ill will; N. malevolence

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malfeasance

wrongdoing; misconduct (by a public official)

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malicious

hateful; spiteful; expressing malice; N. malice: desire to harm others; spite

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malign

speak evil of; bad-mouth(criticize spitefully); defame; ADJ: harmful; Ex. malign influence

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malignant

tending to cause death; highly injurious; aggressively malevolent; Ex. malignant tumor

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malingerer

one who feigns illness to escape duty; V. malinger: feign illness to avoid work

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malleable

(of a metal) capable of being shaped by pounding(beating); pliable; (of someone) impressionable(easily influenced); easily controlled; tractable

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malodorous

foul-smelling

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compost

mixture of decaying organic matter used as fertilizer; V: put or make compost

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mammal

vertebrate animal whose female suckles its young

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vertebrate

having a backbone or spinal column; N: group of animals having a segmented spinal column

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suckle

give or take milk at the breast or udder

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nurse

suckle; take care of (as a nurse); bear in mind; Ex. nursing mother; Ex. nurse a hope/grudge against someone

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mammoth

gigantic; enormous

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manacle

restrain; handcuff; N.

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mandate

order; charge; authoritative command; power to govern another country; power to given to a government; region under administration; V: give a mandate to; place under a mandate; Ex. mandated territory

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mandatory

obligatory; compulsory; of a mandate

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mangy

shabby; wretched; suffering from mange; of bad appearance

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mange

skin disease (esp. of domestic animals) marked by loss of hair

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maniacal

raging mad; insane; N. maniac: insane person; CF. mania: disorder of the mind; intense enthusiasm

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manifest

evident; visible; obvious; V: show plainly

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manifestation

outward demonstration; manifesting; indication of the presence of something; Ex. manifestation of his pronounced musical bent

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pronounced

distinct; very noticeable; Ex. pronounced limp

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manifesto

public declaration of principles; statement of policy

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manifold

many in number or kind; numerous; varied

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manipulate

operate with one's hands; control or play upon (people, forces, etc.) artfully; maneuver; Ex. how to manipulate publicity and men; ADJ. manipulative

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mannered

affected; not natural; Ex. mannered way of speech

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mannerism

distinctive behavioral trait; affected style in art (according to a set of styles)

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manumit

emancipate; free from slavery or bondage

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marital

pertaining to marriage

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maritime

bordering on(adjacent to) the sea; nautical; of the ships or the sea; Ex. Maritime Provinces

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marked

noticeable; targeted for vengeance or attack; Ex. marked improvement/man

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marred

damaged; disfigured; V. mar: spoil; disfigure

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marshal

put in order; guide ceremoniously to the correct place; Ex. marshal the children into the museum; N: military officer; official

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enlist

(cause to) join the armed forces; obtain (help, sympathy, or support)

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marsupial

one of a family of mammals that nurse their offspring in a pouch(pocket of skin or leather); CF. kangaroo, opossum, wombat

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martial

warlike; of war; Ex. martial art/law

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cadet

student at a military school

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martinet

strict disciplinarian; person who demands total obedience to rules and orders; CF. Jean Martinet

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martyr

one who voluntarily suffers death for his or her religion or cause; great sufferer; Ex. martyr to his rheumatism

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masochist

person who enjoys his own pain; CF. masochism

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masticate

chew

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materialism

preoccupation with physical comforts and things; excessive regard for worldly concerns (rather than spiritual matters)

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maternal

motherly; N. maternity: motherhood

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matriarch

woman who rules a family or larger social group

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matriculate

enroll (in college or graduate school); CF. matrix

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matrix

point of origin; array of numbers or algebraic symbols; mold or die; Ex. the matrix of Western civilization

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maudlin

effusively sentimental

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sentimental

swayed by sentiment; appealing to the sentiments

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maul

handle roughly; batter; injure by beating; Ex. mauled by his overexcited fans; N: heavy long-handled hammer

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mausoleum

monumental tomb; large stately tomb; CF. Mausolos

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mauve

pale purple

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maverick

rebel; nonconformist (in a group)

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mawkish

mushy(sentimental) and gushy; icky-sticky sentimental; excessively and objectionably sentimental

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maxim

proverb; truth pithily stated

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mayhem

injury to body; crime of willfully maiming or crippling a person; violent disorder; Ex. mayhem in the zoo; CF. maim

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meager

scanty; inadequate

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mealymouthed

indirect in speech (when something unpleasant must be said); hypocritical; evasive

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meander

wind or turn in its course; follow a winding or turning course; move aimlessly and idly

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meddlesome

interfering; V. meddle: interfere

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mediate

settle a dispute through the services of an outsider; act as an intermediary; produce by mediating; Ex. mediate a cease-fire

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intermediary

intermediate; acting as a mediator; N: mediator; go-between

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mediocre

ordinary; commonplace; neither good nor bad

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meditation

reflection; thought; V. meditate

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medium

element that is a creature's natural environment; nutrient setting in which microorganisms are cultivated; appropriate occupation or means of expression; channel of communication; compromise; middle position between extremes; intervening substance through which something else is transmitted

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medley

mixture

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meek

submissive; patient and long-suffering

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suitor

man who is courting a woman

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megalomania

mania for doing grandiose things; mental disorder characterized by delusions of wealth, power, or importance

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melancholy

gloomy; morose; blue; N. ADJ. melancholic; CF. melancholia

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blue

gloomy; depressed

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melee

fight

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mellifluous

(of words or a voice) sweetly or smoothly flowing; melodious; having a pleasant tune

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memento

token; reminder of the past; keepsake; Ex. memento of your visit

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memorialize

commemorate

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memorial

something, such as a monument or holiday, intended to honor the memory of a person or event; ADJ: commemorative

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menagerie

collection of wild animals on exhibition; zoo

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mendacious

lying; habitually dishonest; N. mendacity

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mendicant

beggar; ADJ: living as a beggar

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alms

money or goods given to the poor

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menial

suitable for servants; lowly; mean; N: someone who does menial work (esp. servant in a house)

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mentor

counselor; teacher

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mercantile

concerning trade or merchants

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mercenary

motivated solely by money or gain; N.

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mercurial

capricious; quick and changing; fickle; containing the element mercury; Ex. mercurial temper; CF. mood

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quicksilver

mercury

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meretricious

flashy; tawdry; attractive on the surface but of no real value; Ex. metericious argument/jewel; CF. prostitute

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vulgar

of the common people; deficient in refinement; not refined; coarse; Ex. vulgar display of wealth; N. vulgarism: vulgarity; crudely indecent word; CF. vulgarian: vulgar person; boor; lout

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merger

combination (of two business corporations); act of merging

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mesmerize

hypnotize; N. mesmerism; CF. Franz Mesmer

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metallurgical

pertaining to the art of removing metals from ores; N. metallurgy: science that deals with extracting metals from ores

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metamorphosis

change of form; Ex. metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly; V. metamorphose: change by metamorphosis

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metaphor

implied comparison; CF. simile

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soar

rise or fly high in the air; Ex. The rocket soared into the sky.

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metaphysical

pertaining to speculative philosophy; of metaphysics; N. metaphysics: branch of philosophy that examines the nature of reality

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mete

measure; distribute; administer; Ex. mete out justice/punishment

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meteoric

like a meteor; swift; momentarily brilliant; Ex. meteoric rise to fame; N. meteor

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methodical

systematic; N. method: systematic method of procedure

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meticulous

excessively careful (with great attention to detail); painstaking; scrupulous

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metropolis

large city

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mettle

courage (to continue bravely in spite of difficulties); spirit; ADJ. mettlesome

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miasma

swamp gas; heavy vaporous atmosphere often emanating from decaying matter; pervasive corrupting influence; noxious atmosphere or influence

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swamp

wetland; marsh; V: flood; overwhelm; drench in with liquid

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microcosm

small representative world; world in miniature; Ex. microcosm of English society

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miniature

small model; small painting; ADJ: small

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migrant

changing its habitat; wandering; Ex. migrant birds/workers; N: one that migrates

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migratory

wandering; V. migrate: move from one region and settle in another; move periodically from one region to another

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milieu

social environment; means of expression; Ex. feel out of one's milieu; Ex. His proper milieu is watercolor.

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militant

combative; bellicose; N.

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militate

work against; Ex. militate against the chances of promotion; CF. serve as a soldier

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militia

army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers

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millennium

thousand-year period (as in the New Testament); hoped-for period of happiness and prosperity

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mimicry

imitation

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mime

pantomime(act without dialogue); mimicry; mimer; V: mimic; pantomime

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minatory

menacing; threatening

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mincing

affectedly dainty(delicate); V. mince: cut (esp. meat) into very small pieces; walk with exaggerated primness; walk in an unnatural way, taking little short steps; Ex. The actor minced across the stage; CF. mincemeat; CF. mincer

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dainty

delicate; delicately beautiful; fastidious; not easy to please; Ex. dainty movement/dress

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exquisite

delicate; very finely made; extremely beautiful; Ex. exquisite piece of jewelry

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choice

delicate; of very fine quality

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minion

servile dependent; obsequious follower

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minuscule(miniscule)

extremely small

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minute

extremely small; CF. minutes: official record of the proceedings at a meeting

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minutiae

petty or trivial details; CF. minutia

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mirage

unreal reflection; optical illusion

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mire

entangle; stick in swampy ground; stick or sink in mire; N: bog; deep mud; Ex. sucked deeper into the mire

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mirth

merriment; laughter

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misadventure

mischance; ill luck; Ex. death by misadventure

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misanthrope

one who hates mankind; misanthropist

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vile

despicable; unpleasant; disgusting; Ex. vile slander

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misapprehension

error; misunderstanding; V. misapprehend

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miscellany

mixture of writings on various subjects; collection of various items

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miscellaneous

made up of a variety of parts

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mischance

ill luck

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misconstrue

interpret incorrectly; misinterpret; misjudge

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miscreant

wretch; wrongdoer; villain; Ex. kindness to the miscreant; CF. believe

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wretch

miserable person; bad or despicable person; ADJ. wretched: miserable; bad; contemptible; vile

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misdemeanor

minor crime; misdeed; wrongdoing

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misconduct

immoral behavior; bad management; V.

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miserly

stingy; mean

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misgivings

doubts

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mishap

unfortunate accident

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misnomer

wrong or improper name; incorrect designation

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misogamy

hatred of marriage

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misogynist

hater of woman; CF. misogyny

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missile

object to be thrown or projected

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missive

letter; written statement; CF. sent

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mite

very small object or insect-like creature; small coin

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mitigate

appease; moderate; make or become less in force or intensity

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mnemonic

pertaining to memory; assisting the memory; N: device, such as as formula or rhyme, used as a mnemonic aid

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mobile

movable; not fixed; N. mobility

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mock

ridicule; deride; imitate often in derision

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mode

prevailing style; current fashion; manner; way of doing something; Ex. in the latest mode; Ex. simple mode of life

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modicum

limited quantity; small amount; Ex. He does not have a modicum of sense; CF. moderate

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modish

fashionable; conforming to the current fashion

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modulate

tone down in intensity; change the intensity or tone of; regulate; change from one musical key to another; Ex. modulate from E to G

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mogul

powerful person; Ex. oil moguls; CF. Mogol, Moghul; CF. Mongolian

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molecule

the smallest particle (one or more atoms) of a substance that has all the properties of that substance

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mollify

soothe an angry person

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mollycoddle

pamper; coddle; baby; indulge excessively

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molt(moult)

periodically shed or cast off hairs or feathers (for replacement by a new growth)

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molten

melted; Ex. molten lava

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momentous

very important; N. moment; CF. momentary

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momentum

quantity of motion of a moving body; impetus; moving force

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monarchy

government under a single ruler

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monastic

related to monks or monasteries; removed from worldly concerns

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monetary

pertaining to money

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monochromatic

having only one color

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monochrome

painting in only one color; ADJ.

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monogram

design composed of one or more initials of a name; V.

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monograph

scholarly article

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monolithic

solidly uniform; unchangeable; unyielding; N. monolith: large block of stone

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monotheism

belief in one God

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monotony

sameness leading to boredom; monotonousness; ADJ. monotonous; CF. monotone

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monumental

massive; impressively large; built as a monument

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moodiness

fits of depression or gloom; ADJ. moody: given to changeable moods; subject to periods of depression; gloomy CF. mood: state of mind or emotion

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moratorium

legal delay of payment or action; Ex. declare moratorium on the building of new houses

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morbid

given to unwholesome or unhealthy thought; moody; characteristic of disease; Ex. morbid curiosity; N. morbidity; CF. disease

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mordant

biting; sarcastic; stinging; (apprec.) incisive; cutting; Ex. mordant pen/wit

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mores

conventions; moral standards; moral customs

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moribund

dying; at the point of death; CF. death

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morose

ill-humored; sullen; sullenly melancholy

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mortician

undertaker; CF. death

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undertaker

funeral director; one whose business is to arrange burials

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mortify

humiliate by embarassing excessively; shame; punish the flesh; discipline (one's body) by self-denial; Ex. mortified by her blunder; Ex. mortify the flesh; CF. cause to die

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mosaic

picture made of small colorful inlaid tiles; ADJ.

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mote

small speck (esp. of dust)

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speck

small piece or mark; Ex. speck of dust in the eye

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motif

theme; recurrent thematic element in a musical or literary work; single or repeated pattern; figure

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motility

ability to move spontaneously; ADJ. motile: moving spontaneously

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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)

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motto

brief statement used to express a principle

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mottled

blotched in coloring; spotted; Ex. mottled face; V. mottle: mark with blotches of different colors

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blotch

spot; blot; CF. blot+botch

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blemish

mar; spoil the beauty or perfection of; N: flaw or defect (that spoils perfection); Ex. blemishes in the crystal; CF. unblemished

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mountebank

charlatan; boastful pretender

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peddle

travel about selling (wares); CF. foot

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muddle

confuse; mix up confusedly; N: state of confusion

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muggy

(of weather) warm and damp

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mulct

defraud a person of something; swindle; Ex. mulct the boy of his legacy

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multifarious

varied; greatly diversified; Ex. multifarious activities

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multiform

having many forms

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multilingual

having many languages; fluent in several languages

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multiplicity

state of being numerous or multiple; large number; Ex. multiplicity of details; ADJ. multiple: of more than one element

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mundane

worldly as opposed to spiritual; everyday; of the ordinary; Ex. mundane existence; CF. world

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munificent

very generous in giving; Ex. munificent benefactor; N. munificience

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mural

wall painting

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murky

dark and gloomy; thick with fog; vague; Ex. murky night/fog; N. murk: partial or complete darkness; gloom

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muse

ponder at length; N: source of inspiration (esp. of a poet)

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musky

having the odor of musk; N. musk: odorous substance secreted by an Asian deer

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muster

gather; assemble (troops); Ex. muster up one's strength for the ordeal; N.

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musty

stale (in odor or taste); spoiled by age; CF. moist

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mutablility

ability to change in form; fickleness; ADJ. mutable: able to change; fickle; CF. mutate; CF. mutant

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muted

silent; muffled; toned down; Ex. muted traffic noise

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mute

silent; without speech; not pronounced; unable to speak; N: one who is incapable of speech; V: soften the sound, color, shade of

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mutilate

maim; injure lastingly; deprive of a limb or an essential part

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mutinous

unruly; rebellious; Ex. mutinous teenagers; N. mutiny: open rebellion; CF. mutineer

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myopic

nearsighted; lacking foresight; N. myopia

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myriad

very large number; ADJ. CF. ten thousand

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nadir

lowest point; point on the celestial sphere diametrically opposite the zenith

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naivet\'e(naivety)

quality of being unsophisticated; simplicity; artlessness; gullibility; ADJ. naive(na\"ive): ingenuous; lacking worldliness; simple; credulous

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narcissist

conceited person; N. narcissism; CF. narcissus

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narrative

related to telling a story; N: narrated account; story; V. narrate: tell (a story); CF. narration

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nascent

incipient; coming into being or existence; Ex. nascent ability in music

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natation

swimming

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natty

neatly or smartly dressed; dapper; smart; Ex. natty dresser

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smart

intelligent; quick and energetic; fashionable; Ex. smart pace/restaurant; V: cause or feel a sharp pain; N: smarting pain

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nauseate

cause to become sick; fill with disgust; fill nausea

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nausea

feeling of sickness and desire to vomit; disgust; CF. seasickness

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nauseous

causing nausea; feeling nausea

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nautical

pertaining to ships or navigation

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navigable

(of a body of water) wide and deep enough to allow ships to pass through; (of a ship or aircraft) able to be steered

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nebulous

vague; hazy; cloudy; of a nebula; Ex. nebulous proposal