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Glossary of SAT 1 Vocab: M (Macabre - Mythical)

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macabre
horrible; gruesome
Machiavellian
deceitful
machination
evil design
macroscopic
visible to the naked eye
maelstrom
whirlpool
magnanimous
generous
magnate
important person in any field
magnitude
size; extent
maim
to cripple; to deprive of the use of some part of the body
maladroit
clumsy; awkward
malady
illness
malaise
discomfort; uneasiness
malapropism
word humorously misused
malcontent
one who is dissatisfied
malediction
curse
malefactor
villain
malevolent
showing ill will or hatred; very dangerous
malfeasance
wrongdoing
malicious
spiteful; vengeful
malign
to speak badly of
malignant
evil; deadly
malingerer
one who pretends to be sick to avoid work
malleable
adaptable
malodorous
bad-smelling
mammoth
huge
manacle
handcuff; restraint
mandarin
influential person
mandate
an order
mandatory
required
mangle
to cut, slash, or crush so as to disfigure
mangy
shabby; filthy
manifest
evident; obvious
manifold
varied; many
manipulate
to handle with skill; to influence a person in a bad way
manumit
to set free
maraud
to raid
marital
pertaining to marriage
maritime
pertaining to the sea
marquee
a roof-like shelter projecting above an outer door
martial
warlike
martinet
a strict disciplinarian
martyr
one who suffers for a cause
marvel
to wonder; to be amazed
masochist
one who enjoys his own pain and suffering
massive
bulky; huge
masticate
to chew
maternal
motherly
matriarchy
a social organization in which the mother is the head of the family
matrix
a place of origin
maudlin
excessively sentimental
maul
to handle roughly; to injure
mausoleum
large tomb for many bodies
maverick
a rebel or nonconformist
mawkish
sickeningly sweet; overly sentimental
maxim
a proverb or saying
meager
inadequate; of poor quality
mean
nasty or offensive; inferior or low; an average
meander
to wander aimlessly
meddlesome
interfering; curious
mediate
to settle a dispute
mediocre
neither good nor bad
meditate
to think deeply; to ponder
medley
a mixture; a musical selection combining parts from various sources
megalomania
false impression of one's own greatness; a tendency to exaggerate
melancholy
sad or depressed
melee
noisy fight
mellifluous
smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding
melodramatic
overly emotional
memento
a souvenir or remembrance
menace
a threat or danger
ménage
domestic establishment or household
menagerie
a collection of wild or strange animals
mendacious
lying; false
mendicant
a beggar
menial
low; degrading
mentor
advisor
mercantile
commercial; pertaining to merchants
mercenary
motivated only by a desire for money
mercurial
changeable; fickle
meretricious
attractive in a cheap, flashy way
mesmerize
to hypnotize
metamorphosis
a change or transformation
metaphor
a comparison (without words "like" or "as")
metaphysics
pertaining to beyond what is natural
mete
(out) to distribute in portions
meteoric
momentarily dazzling; swift
meteorology
study of weather and climate
meticulous
excessively careful; finicky
metropolis
large city
mettle
courage; spirit
miasma
pollution; poisonous environment
microcosm
a miniature world
mien
manner; bearing
migratory
wandering
milieu
environment or setting
militant
ready and willing to fight
millennium
a thousand years
mimic
to imitate
minion
a devoted follower; a highly regarded person
minuscule
very small
minute
sixtieth part of an hour; very small and insignificant
minutiae
insignificant details
mirage
an apparition or illusion
mire
wet, swampy ground; to involve in difficulties
mirth
joy; amusement; laughter
misanthrope
hater of mankind
misapprehension
a misunderstanding
miscegenation
mixture of races, especially through marriage
mischance
unlucky accident; bad luck
misconstrue
to misjudge or misinterpret
miscreant
a villain
misdemeanor
a criminal offense less serious than a felony
misgiving
doubt; suspicion
misnomer
an error in listing the name of a person
misogamy
hatred of marriage
misogynist
woman-hater
missive
letter
mitigate
to become milder
mnemonic
pertaining to memory
mobile
movable; flexible
mock
to lower in esteem; to ridicule
modicum
a small amount
modish
fashionable
modulate
to soften
mogul
powerful person
molest
to disturb
mollify
to pacify
molt
to shed, such as feathers and skin
momentous
very important
monarchy
government by one ruler
monastic
pertaining to a monk; self-denying
monetary
pertaining to money
monitor
one who watches or warns
monograph
a writing on a single subject
monolithic
unyielding; unified
monologue
long speech by one person
monotheism
belief in one god
moot
doubtful; debatable
moratorium
delay
morbid
depressing; gruesome
mores
customs; morals; traditions
moribund
dying
morose
gloomy
mortal
destined to die; causing death
mortify
to embarrass or humiliate
motif
theme
motley
diverse; having different colors
mottled
spotted; blotched; streaked
mountebank
a charlatan; a phony
muddle
to mix up
mulct
to punish with a fine; to obtain money by extortion
mull
(over) to think about or study
multifarious
having many parts; varied
mundane
worldly
munificent
generous
murky
gloomy; dark; unclear
muse
to think deeply
muster
to gather together
musty
stale; moldy
mute
silent
mutilate
to disfigure; to cripple
mutinous
rebellious
muzzle
to restrain or gag
myopic
near-sighted; having a limited point of view
myriad
infinitely vast in number
myrmidon
an unquestioning follower
mythical
imaginary; fictitious

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