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Malicious

Adj. hateful; spiteful.

Jealous of Cinderella's beauty, her malicious stepsisters expressed their spite by forcing her to do menial tasks.

Malice, N.

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Marred

Adj. damaged; disfigured.

She had to refinish the marred surface of the table.

Mar, V.

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Materialism

N. preoccupation with physical comforts and things.

By its nature, materialism is opposed to idealism, for when the materialists emphasize the needs for the body, the idealist emphasizes the need for the soul.

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Meander

V. wind or turn in its course.

Needing to stay close to a source of water, he followed every twist and turn of the stream as it meandered through the countryside.

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Mercenary

Adj. interested in money or gain.

Andy's every act was prompted by mercenary motives; his first question was always "What's in it for me?"

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Mercurial

Adj. capricious; changing; fickle.

Quick as quicksilver to change, he was mercurial in nature and therefore unreliable.

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Methodical

Adj. systematic.

An accountant must be methodical and maintain order among his financial records.

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Meticulous

Adj. excessively careful; painstaking; scrupulous.

Martha Stewart was a meticulous housekeeper, fussing about each and every detail that went into making up her perfect home.

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Mirth

N. merriment; laughter.

Sober Malvolio found Sir Toby's mirth improper.

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Misanthrope

N. one who hates mankind.

In Gulliver's Travels, Swift portrays an image of humanity as vile, degraded beasts; for this reason, various critics consider him a misanthrope.

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Miserly

Adj. stringy; mean.

Transformed by his vision on Christmas Eve, mean old Scrooge ceased being miserly and became a generous, kind old man.

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Misnomer

N. wrong name; increased designation.

His tyrannical conduct proved to all that his nickname, King Eric the Just, was a misnomer.

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Mitigate

V. appease; moderate.

Nothing Jason did could mitigate Medea's anger; she refused to forgive him for betraying her.

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Mollify

V. soothe.

The airline customer service representative tried to mollify the angry passenger by offering her a seat in first class.

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Morose

Adj. ill-humored; sullen; melancholy.

Forced to take early retirement, Bill acted morose for months; then all of a sudden, he shook off his sudden mood and was his usual cheerful self.

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Mosaic

N. picture made of small inlaid tiles.

The mayor compared the city to a beautiful mosaic madeup of people of every race and religion on earth,

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Mundane

Adj. wordly as opposed to spiritual; everyday.

Uninterested in philosophical or spiritual discussions. Tom talked only of mundane matters such as the daily weather forecast or the latest basketball results.

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Munificent

Adj. very generous.

Shamelessly fawning over a particularly generous donor, the dean kept on referring to her as "our munificent benefactor."

Munificence, N.