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GRE M.txt
2011-09-06 06:19:09

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  1. macabre
    gruesome; grisly; ghastly; CF. of death
  2. morgue
    mortuary; place where bodies are kept before burial or cremation
  3. cremate
    incinerate (a corpse); N. crematory
  4. mace
    ceremonial staff used as a symbol of authority; clublike medieval weapon
  5. macerate
    soften by soaking in liquid; waste away; Ex. macerate powdered wood to make paper
  6. Machiavellian
    crafty; double-dealing; of the political doctrine of Machiavelli
  7. machinations
    evil schemes or plots; schemes or plots to achieve an evil end; V. machinate
  8. maculated
    spotted; stained; CF. immaculate
  9. madrigal
    pastoral song; song for several singers without instruments
  10. maelstrom
    violent whirlpool; violent or tublent situation; CF. stream
  11. magisterial
    authoritative; imperious; commanding; of a magistrate; Ex. magisterial study of Roman law; Ex. magisterial manner
  12. magistrate
    official with power to administer the law
  13. magnanimity
    generosity; ADJ. magnanimous: generous
  14. magnate
    person of prominence or influence; powerful or influential person (in business or industry); Ex. oil magnate
  15. magniloquent
    boastful; pompous
  16. magnitude
    greatness (in size or extent); extent
  17. maim
    mutilate; injure lastingly; disable; cripple; Ex. maimed for life
  18. mangle
    tear or cut to pieces; mutilate or disfigure; Ex. badly mangled bodies
  19. maladroit
    clumsy; not skillful; awkward; bungling
  20. malady
  21. malaise
    uneasiness; vague feeling of ill health (without any particular pain or appearance of disease)
  22. malapropism
    comic misuse of a word; CF. Mrs. Malaprop
  23. malapropos
    inappropriate; ADV.
  24. malcontent
    person dissatisfied with existing state of affairs; discontented person; ADJ: discontented
  25. malediction
  26. malefactor
    evildoer; criminal
  27. maleficient
    doing evil; N. maleficience
  28. malevolent
    wishing evil; exhibiting ill will; N. malevolence
  29. malfeasance
    wrongdoing; misconduct (by a public official)
  30. malicious
    hateful; spiteful; expressing malice; N. malice: desire to harm others; spite
  31. malign
    speak evil of; bad-mouth(criticize spitefully); defame; ADJ: harmful; Ex. malign influence
  32. malignant
    tending to cause death; highly injurious; aggressively malevolent; Ex. malignant tumor
  33. malingerer
    one who feigns illness to escape duty; V. malinger: feign illness to avoid work
  34. malleable
    (of a metal) capable of being shaped by pounding(beating); pliable; (of someone) impressionable(easily influenced); easily controlled; tractable
  35. malodorous
  36. compost
    mixture of decaying organic matter used as fertilizer; V: put or make compost
  37. mammal
    vertebrate animal whose female suckles its young
  38. vertebrate
    having a backbone or spinal column; N: group of animals having a segmented spinal column
  39. suckle
    give or take milk at the breast or udder
  40. nurse
    suckle; take care of (as a nurse); bear in mind; Ex. nursing mother; Ex. nurse a hope/grudge against someone
  41. mammoth
    gigantic; enormous
  42. manacle
    restrain; handcuff; N.
  43. mandate
    order; charge; authoritative command; power to govern another country; power to given to a government; region under administration; V: give a mandate to; place under a mandate; Ex. mandated territory
  44. mandatory
    obligatory; compulsory; of a mandate
  45. mangy
    shabby; wretched; suffering from mange; of bad appearance
  46. mange
    skin disease (esp. of domestic animals) marked by loss of hair
  47. maniacal
    raging mad; insane; N. maniac: insane person; CF. mania: disorder of the mind; intense enthusiasm
  48. manifest
    evident; visible; obvious; V: show plainly
  49. manifestation
    outward demonstration; manifesting; indication of the presence of something; Ex. manifestation of his pronounced musical bent
  50. pronounced
    distinct; very noticeable; Ex. pronounced limp
  51. manifesto
    public declaration of principles; statement of policy
  52. manifold
    many in number or kind; numerous; varied
  53. manipulate
    operate with one's hands; control or play upon (people
  54. mannered
    affected; not natural; Ex. mannered way of speech
  55. mannerism
    distinctive behavioral trait; affected style in art (according to a set of styles)
  56. manumit
    emancipate; free from slavery or bondage
  57. marital
    pertaining to marriage
  58. maritime
    bordering on(adjacent to) the sea; nautical; of the ships or the sea; Ex. Maritime Provinces
  59. marked
    noticeable; targeted for vengeance or attack; Ex. marked improvement/man
  60. marred
    damaged; disfigured; V. mar: spoil; disfigure
  61. marshal
    put in order; guide ceremoniously to the correct place; Ex. marshal the children into the museum; N: military officer; official
  62. enlist
    (cause to) join the armed forces; obtain (help
  63. marsupial
    one of a family of mammals that nurse their offspring in a pouch(pocket of skin or leather); CF. kangaroo
  64. martial
    warlike; of war; Ex. martial art/law
  65. cadet
    student at a military school
  66. martinet
    strict disciplinarian; person who demands total obedience to rules and orders; CF. Jean Martinet
  67. martyr
    one who voluntarily suffers death for his or her religion or cause; great sufferer; Ex. martyr to his rheumatism
  68. masochist
    person who enjoys his own pain; CF. masochism
  69. masticate
  70. materialism
    preoccupation with physical comforts and things; excessive regard for worldly concerns (rather than spiritual matters)
  71. maternal
    motherly; N. maternity: motherhood
  72. matriarch
    woman who rules a family or larger social group
  73. matriculate
    enroll (in college or graduate school); CF. matrix
  74. matrix
    point of origin; array of numbers or algebraic symbols; mold or die; Ex. the matrix of Western civilization
  75. maudlin
    effusively sentimental
  76. sentimental
    swayed by sentiment; appealing to the sentiments
  77. maul
    handle roughly; batter; injure by beating; Ex. mauled by his overexcited fans; N: heavy long-handled hammer
  78. mausoleum
    monumental tomb; large stately tomb; CF. Mausolos
  79. mauve
    pale purple
  80. maverick
    rebel; nonconformist (in a group)
  81. mawkish
    mushy(sentimental) and gushy; icky-sticky sentimental; excessively and objectionably sentimental
  82. maxim
    proverb; truth pithily stated
  83. mayhem
    injury to body; crime of willfully maiming or crippling a person; violent disorder; Ex. mayhem in the zoo; CF. maim
  84. meager
    scanty; inadequate
  85. mealymouthed
    indirect in speech (when something unpleasant must be said); hypocritical; evasive
  86. meander
    wind or turn in its course; follow a winding or turning course; move aimlessly and idly
  87. meddlesome
    interfering; V. meddle: interfere
  88. mediate
    settle a dispute through the services of an outsider; act as an intermediary; produce by mediating; Ex. mediate a cease-fire
  89. intermediary
    intermediate; acting as a mediator; N: mediator; go-between
  90. mediocre
    ordinary; commonplace; neither good nor bad
  91. meditation
    reflection; thought; V. meditate
  92. medium
    element that is a creature's natural environment; nutrient setting in which microorganisms are cultivated; appropriate occupation or means of expression; channel of communication; compromise; middle position between extremes; intervening substance through which something else is transmitted
  93. medley
  94. meek
    submissive; patient and long-suffering
  95. suitor
    man who is courting a woman
  96. megalomania
    mania for doing grandiose things; mental disorder characterized by delusions of wealth
  97. melancholy
    gloomy; morose; blue; N. ADJ. melancholic; CF. melancholia
  98. blue
    gloomy; depressed
  99. melee
  100. mellifluous
    (of words or a voice) sweetly or smoothly flowing; melodious; having a pleasant tune
  101. memento
    token; reminder of the past; keepsake; Ex. memento of your visit
  102. memorialize
  103. memorial
  104. menagerie
    collection of wild animals on exhibition; zoo
  105. mendacious
    lying; habitually dishonest; N. mendacity
  106. mendicant
    beggar; ADJ: living as a beggar
  107. alms
    money or goods given to the poor
  108. menial
    suitable for servants; lowly; mean; N: someone who does menial work (esp. servant in a house)
  109. mentor
    counselor; teacher
  110. mercantile
    concerning trade or merchants
  111. mercenary
    motivated solely by money or gain; N.
  112. mercurial
    capricious; quick and changing; fickle; containing the element mercury; Ex. mercurial temper; CF. mood
  113. quicksilver
  114. meretricious
    flashy; tawdry; attractive on the surface but of no real value; Ex. metericious argument/jewel; CF. prostitute
  115. vulgar
    of the common people; deficient in refinement; not refined; coarse; Ex. vulgar display of wealth; N. vulgarism: vulgarity; crudely indecent word; CF. vulgarian: vulgar person; boor; lout
  116. merger
    combination (of two business corporations); act of merging
  117. mesmerize
    hypnotize; N. mesmerism; CF. Franz Mesmer
  118. metallurgical
    pertaining to the art of removing metals from ores; N. metallurgy: science that deals with extracting metals from ores
  119. metamorphosis
    change of form; Ex. metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly; V. metamorphose: change by metamorphosis
  120. metaphor
    implied comparison; CF. simile
  121. soar
    rise or fly high in the air; Ex. The rocket soared into the sky.
  122. metaphysical
    pertaining to speculative philosophy; of metaphysics; N. metaphysics: branch of philosophy that examines the nature of reality
  123. mete
    measure; distribute; administer; Ex. mete out justice/punishment
  124. meteoric
    like a meteor; swift; momentarily brilliant; Ex. meteoric rise to fame; N. meteor
  125. methodical
    systematic; N. method: systematic method of procedure
  126. meticulous
    excessively careful (with great attention to detail); painstaking; scrupulous
  127. metropolis
    large city
  128. mettle
    courage (to continue bravely in spite of difficulties); spirit; ADJ. mettlesome
  129. miasma
    swamp gas; heavy vaporous atmosphere often emanating from decaying matter; pervasive corrupting influence; noxious atmosphere or influence
  130. swamp
    wetland; marsh; V: flood; overwhelm; drench in with liquid
  131. microcosm
    small representative world; world in miniature; Ex. microcosm of English society
  132. miniature
    small model; small painting; ADJ: small
  133. migrant
    changing its habitat; wandering; Ex. migrant birds/workers; N: one that migrates
  134. migratory
    wandering; V. migrate: move from one region and settle in another; move periodically from one region to another
  135. milieu
    social environment; means of expression; Ex. feel out of one's milieu; Ex. His proper milieu is watercolor.
  136. militant
    combative; bellicose; N.
  137. militate
    work against; Ex. militate against the chances of promotion; CF. serve as a soldier
  138. militia
    army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers
  139. millennium
    thousand-year period (as in the New Testament); hoped-for period of happiness and prosperity
  140. mimicry
  141. mime
    pantomime(act without dialogue); mimicry; mimer; V: mimic; pantomime
  142. minatory
    menacing; threatening
  143. mincing
    affectedly dainty(delicate); V. mince: cut (esp. meat) into very small pieces; walk with exaggerated primness; walk in an unnatural way
  144. dainty
    delicate; delicately beautiful; fastidious; not easy to please; Ex. dainty movement/dress
  145. exquisite
    delicate; very finely made; extremely beautiful; Ex. exquisite piece of jewelry
  146. choice
    delicate; of very fine quality
  147. minion
    servile dependent; obsequious follower
  148. minuscule(miniscule)
    extremely small
  149. minute
    extremely small; CF. minutes: official record of the proceedings at a meeting
  150. minutiae
    petty or trivial details; CF. minutia
  151. mirage
    unreal reflection; optical illusion
  152. mire
    entangle; stick in swampy ground; stick or sink in mire; N: bog; deep mud; Ex. sucked deeper into the mire
  153. mirth
    merriment; laughter
  154. misadventure
    mischance; ill luck; Ex. death by misadventure
  155. misanthrope
    one who hates mankind; misanthropist
  156. vile
    despicable; unpleasant; disgusting; Ex. vile slander
  157. misapprehension
    error; misunderstanding; V. misapprehend
  158. miscellany
    mixture of writings on various subjects; collection of various items
  159. miscellaneous
    made up of a variety of parts
  160. mischance
    ill luck
  161. misconstrue
    interpret incorrectly; misinterpret; misjudge
  162. miscreant
    wretch; wrongdoer; villain; Ex. kindness to the miscreant; CF. believe
  163. wretch
    miserable person; bad or despicable person; ADJ. wretched: miserable; bad; contemptible; vile
  164. misdemeanor
    minor crime; misdeed; wrongdoing
  165. misconduct
    immoral behavior; bad management; V.
  166. miserly
    stingy; mean
  167. misgivings
  168. mishap
    unfortunate accident
  169. misnomer
    wrong or improper name; incorrect designation
  170. misogamy
    hatred of marriage
  171. misogynist
    hater of woman; CF. misogyny
  172. missile
    object to be thrown or projected
  173. missive
    letter; written statement; CF. sent
  174. mite
    very small object or insect-like creature; small coin
  175. mitigate
    appease; moderate; make or become less in force or intensity
  176. mnemonic
    pertaining to memory; assisting the memory; N: device
  177. mobile
    movable; not fixed; N. mobility
  178. mock
    ridicule; deride; imitate often in derision
  179. mode
    prevailing style; current fashion; manner; way of doing something; Ex. in the latest mode; Ex. simple mode of life
  180. modicum
    limited quantity; small amount; Ex. He does not have a modicum of sense; CF. moderate
  181. modish
    fashionable; conforming to the current fashion
  182. modulate
    tone down in intensity; change the intensity or tone of; regulate; change from one musical key to another; Ex. modulate from E to G
  183. mogul
    powerful person; Ex. oil moguls; CF. Mogol
  184. molecule
    the smallest particle (one or more atoms) of a substance that has all the properties of that substance
  185. mollify
    soothe an angry person
  186. mollycoddle
    pamper; coddle; baby; indulge excessively
  187. molt(moult)
    periodically shed or cast off hairs or feathers (for replacement by a new growth)
  188. molten
    melted; Ex. molten lava
  189. momentous
    very important; N. moment; CF. momentary
  190. momentum
    quantity of motion of a moving body; impetus; moving force
  191. monarchy
    government under a single ruler
  192. monastic
    related to monks or monasteries; removed from worldly concerns
  193. monetary
    pertaining to money
  194. monochromatic
    having only one color
  195. monochrome
    painting in only one color; ADJ.
  196. monogram
    design composed of one or more initials of a name; V.
  197. monograph
    scholarly article
  198. monolithic
    solidly uniform; unchangeable; unyielding; N. monolith: large block of stone
  199. monotheism
    belief in one God
  200. monotony
    sameness leading to boredom; monotonousness; ADJ. monotonous; CF. monotone
  201. monumental
    massive; impressively large; built as a monument
  202. moodiness
    fits of depression or gloom; ADJ. moody: given to changeable moods; subject to periods of depression; gloomy CF. mood:
  203. moratorium
    legal delay of payment or action; Ex. declare moratorium on the building of new houses
  204. morbid
    given to unwholesome or unhealthy thought; moody; characteristic of disease; Ex. morbid curiosity; N. morbidity; CF. disease
  205. mordant
    biting; sarcastic; stinging; (apprec.) incisive; cutting; Ex. mordant pen/wit
  206. mores
    conventions; moral standards; moral customs
  207. moribund
    dying; at the point of death; CF. death
  208. morose
    ill-humored; sullen; sullenly melancholy
  209. mortician
    undertaker; CF. death
  210. undertaker
    funeral director; one whose business is to arrange burials
  211. mortify
    humiliate by embarassing excessively; shame; punish the flesh; discipline (one's body) by self-denial; Ex. mortified by her blunder; Ex. mortify the flesh; CF. cause to die
  212. mosaic
    picture made of small colorful inlaid tiles; ADJ.
  213. mote
    small speck (esp. of dust)
  214. speck
    small piece or mark; Ex. speck of dust in the eye
  215. motif
    theme; recurrent thematic element in a musical or literary work; single or repeated pattern; figure
  216. motility
    ability to move spontaneously; ADJ. motile: moving spontaneously
  217. motley
    multi-colored (as of a garment worn by a jester); mixed; heterogeneous; CF. jester: one who jests (as a paid fool at medieval courts)
  218. motto
    brief statement used to express a principle
  219. mottled
    blotched in coloring; spotted; Ex. mottled face; V. mottle: mark with blotches of different colors
  220. blotch
    spot; blot; CF. blot+botch
  221. blemish
    mar; spoil the beauty or perfection of; N: flaw or defect (that spoils perfection); Ex. blemishes in the crystal; CF. unblemished
  222. mountebank
    charlatan; boastful pretender
  223. peddle
    travel about selling (wares); CF. foot
  224. muddle
    confuse; mix up confusedly; N: state of confusion
  225. muggy
    (of weather) warm and damp
  226. mulct
    defraud a person of something; swindle; Ex. mulct the boy of his legacy
  227. multifarious
    varied; greatly diversified; Ex. multifarious activities
  228. multiform
    having many forms
  229. multilingual
    having many languages; fluent in several languages
  230. multiplicity
    state of being numerous or multiple; large number; Ex. multiplicity of details; ADJ. multiple: of more than one element
  231. mundane
    worldly as opposed to spiritual; everyday; of the ordinary; Ex. mundane existence; CF. world
  232. munificent
    very generous in giving; Ex. munificent benefactor; N. munificience
  233. mural
    wall painting
  234. murky
    dark and gloomy; thick with fog; vague; Ex. murky night/fog; N. murk: partial or complete darkness; gloom
  235. muse
    ponder at length; N: source of inspiration (esp. of a poet)
  236. musky
    having the odor of musk; N. musk: odorous substance secreted by an Asian deer
  237. muster
    gather; assemble (troops); Ex. muster up one's strength for the ordeal; N.
  238. musty
    stale (in odor or taste); spoiled by age; CF. moist
  239. mutablility
    ability to change in form; fickleness; ADJ. mutable: able to change; fickle; CF. mutate; CF. mutant
  240. muted
    silent; muffled; toned down; Ex. muted traffic noise
  241. mute
    silent; without speech; not pronounced; unable to speak; N: one who is incapable of speech; V: soften the sound
  242. mutilate
    maim; injure lastingly; deprive of a limb or an essential part
  243. mutinous
    unruly; rebellious; Ex. mutinous teenagers; N. mutiny: open rebellion; CF. mutineer
  244. myopic
    nearsighted; lacking foresight; N. myopia
  245. myriad
    very large number; ADJ. CF. ten thousand