M’s part 1

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macabre
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horrible; gruesome
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Machiavellian
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deceitful; tricky
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machination
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evil design
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maelstrom
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whirlpool
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magnanimous
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generous
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magnate
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important person in any field
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maim
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to cripple; to deprive of the use of some part of the body
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maladroit
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clumsy; unskillful; awkard
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malady
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disease; illness
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malaise
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discomfort; uneasiness
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malapropism
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word humorously misused
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malcontent
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one who is dissatisfied
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malediction
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curse
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malefactor
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wrong-doer; villain
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malevolent
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showing ill will or hatred; very dangerous, harmful
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malfeasance
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wrongdoing
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malign
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to speak badly of
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malignant
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evil; deadly
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malingerer
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one who pretends to be sick to avoid work
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malodorous
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bad-smelling; stinking
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manacle
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handcuff; restraint
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mandarin
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influential person
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mandate
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an order; a command
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mangle
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to cut, slash, or crush so as to disfigure
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mangy
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shabby;filthy
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manifest
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evident; obvious
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manifold
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many; varied
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manumit
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to set free
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maraud
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to raid; to plunder
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maritime
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pertaining to hte sea
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marquee
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a rooflike shelter, such as glass, projecting above an outer door
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martial
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warlike
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martinet
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a strict disciplinarian
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martyr
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one who suffers for a cause
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marvel
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to be amazed; to wonder
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masochist
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one who enjoys his own pain and suffering
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masticate
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to chew
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matriarchy
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a social organization in which the mother is the head of the familiy
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matrix
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a place of origin
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maudlin
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excessively sentimental
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maul
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to injure; to handle roughly
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mausoleum
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large tomb for many bodies
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maverick
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a rebel; a nonconformist
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mawkish
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sickeningly sweet; overly sentimental
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maxim
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a proverb or saying
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meager
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inadequate; or poor quality
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meander
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to wander aimlessly
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meddlesome
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interfering; curious
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mediate
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to settle a dispute; to act as a go-between
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medley
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a mixture; a musical selection combining parts from various sources
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megalomania
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false impression of one’s own greatness; tendency to exaggerate
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melee
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noisy fight
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mellifluous
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smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding
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melodramatic
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overly emotional
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memento
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remembrance; a souvenir
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menace
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a threat; a danger
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menage
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household; domestic establishment
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menagerie
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collection of wild or strange animals
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mendacious
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lying; false
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mendicant
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a beggar
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menial
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low; degrading
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mercantile
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pertaining to merchants; commercial
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mercenary
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motivated only by a desire for money
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mercurial
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changeable; fickle; erratic
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meretricious
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gaudy; showy; attractive in a cheap, flashy way
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mesa
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a flat-topped elevation of land with steep rock walls
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mesmerize
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to hypnotize
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metamorphosis
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a change; a transformation
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metaphor
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comparison
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metaphysics
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pertaining to beyond what is natural
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mete
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to distribute in portions
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meteoric
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momentarily dazzling; swift
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meticulous
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excessively careful; finicky
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mettle
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courage; spirit
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miasma
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pollution; poisonous environment
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microcosm
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a miniature world
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mien
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manner; bearing
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milieu
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environment; setting
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militant
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ready and willing to fight
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minion
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a devoted follower; a highly regarded person

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