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maverick
n. rebel; nonconformist
mawkish
adj. mushy and gushy; icky-sticky sentimental; maudlin
maxim
n. proverb; a truth pithily stated
meager
adj. scanty; inadequate
meander
v. wind or turn in its course
meddlesome
adj. interfering
mediate
v. settle a dispute through services of an outsider
mediocre
adj. ordinary; commonplace
meditation
n. reflection; thought
medley
n. mixture
meek
adj. quiet and obedient; spiritless
melancholy
adj. gloomy; morose; blue
mellifluous
adj. sweetly or smoothly flowing; melodious
membrane
n. thin soft sheet of animal or vegetable tissue
memento
n. token; reminder
menagerie
n. collection of wild animals
mendacious
adj. lying; habitually dishonest
mendicant
n. beggar
menial
adj. suitable for servants; lowly; mean
mentor
n. teacher
mercenary
adj. interested in money or gain
mercurial
adj. capricious; changing; fickle
merger
n. combination (of two business corporations)
mesmerize
v. hypnotize
metallurgical
adj. pertaining to the art of removing metals from ores
metamorphosis
n. change of form; major transformation
metaphor
n. implied comparison
metaphysical
adj. pertaining to the speculative philosophy
methodical
adj. systematic
meticulous
adj. excessively careful; painstaking; scrupulous
metropolis
n. large city
mettle
n. courage; spirit
miasma
n. swamp gas; heavy, vaporous atmosphere, often emanating from decaying matter; pervasive corrupting influence
microcosm
n. small world; the world in miniature
migrant
adj. changing its habitat; wandering
migratory
adj. wandering
milieu
n. environment; means of expression
militant
adj. combative; bellicose
mimicry
n. imitation
mincing
adj. very delicate and not natural; affected dainty
minuscule
adj. extremely small
minute
adj. extremely small
minutiae
n. petty details
mirage
n. unreal reflection; optical illusion
mire
v. entangle; stick in swampy ground
mirth
n. merriment; laughter
misanthrope
n. one who hates mankind
misapprehension
n. error; misunderstanding
miscellany
n. mixture of writings on various subjects
mischance
n. ill luck
misconception
n. mistaken idea
misconstrue
v. interpret incorrectly; misjudge
misdemeanor
n. minor crime
miserly
adj. stingy; mean
misgivings
n. doubts
mishap
n. accident
misnomer
n. wring name; incorrect designation
misrepresent
v. give a false or incorrect impression, often deliberately; server unsatisfactorily as a representative