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Glossary of Kaplan's SAT Vocab (M)

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macabre
adj. having death as a subject; dwelling on the gruesome
macrocosm
n. the whole universe; a large-scale reflection of a part of the greater world
malaise
n. a feeling of unease or depression
malapropism
n. the accidental, often comical, use of a word which resembles the one intended, but has a different, often contradictory meaning
malediction
n. a curse, a wish of evil upon another
malevolent
adj. exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others
malfeasance
n. wrongdoing or misconduct, especially by a public official
malleable
adj. easily influenced or shaped, capable of being altered by outside forces
mannered
adj. artificial or stilted in character
masochist
n. one who enjoys being subjected to pain or humiliation
maverick
n. an independent individual who does not go along with a group
mawkish
adj. sickeningly sentimental
megalomania
n. obsession with great or grandiose performance
mellifluous
adj. having a smooth, rich flow
microcosm
n. a small scale representation of a larger system
milieu
n. the physical or social setting in which something occurs or develops, environment
misanthrope
n. a person who hates or distrusts mankind
misnomer
n. an error in naming a person or place
missive
n. a written note or letter
mitigate
v. to make less severe, make milder
modicum
n. a small portion, limited quantity
mollify
v. to soothe in temper or disposition
mordant
adj. biting and caustic in manner and style
mores
n. fixed customs or manners; moral attitudes
morose
adj. gloomy, sullen
mote
n. a small particle, speck
mutability
n. the quality of being capable of change, in form or character; susceptibility of change
myopic
adj. lacking foresight; having a narrow view or long range perspective

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