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martyr

- someone who gives up his or her life in pursuit of a cause, esp. a religious one
- one who suffers for a cause
- one who makes a show of suffering to arouse sympathy

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matriculate

to enroll, esp. at a college

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maudlin

silly and overly sentimental

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maverick

a nonconformist; a rebel

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mawkish

overly sentimental, maudlin

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maxim

a fundamental principle; an old saying

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melee

a brawl; a confused fight or struggle; a violent free-for-all; tumultuous confusion

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mellifluous

sweetly flowing; pleasant to hear

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menagerie

a collection of animals

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mendacious

lying; dishonest

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mendicant

a beggar

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mercenary

a hired soldier; someone who will do anything for money

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mercurial

emotionally unpredictable; rapidly changing in mood

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microcosm

miniature version of the world

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milieu

environment; surroundings

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mire

marshy; mucky ground

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quagmire

- a swamp or marsh
- figuratively: a complicated predicament

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modulate

to reduce or regulate; to lessen the intensity of

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mollify

to soften; to soothe; to pacify

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monolithic

massive, solid, uniform, and unyielding

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moratorium

a suspension of activity; a period of delay

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mores

customary moral standards

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moribund

dying

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motif

a recurring theme or idea

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motley

extremely varied or diverse; heterogeneous; multicolored