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Barrons GRE Vocabulary List 12

manacle: handcuff; shackle for hand or wrist; instrument of iron for fettering the hand
E.g.Then he commanded to cast her into prison and manacle and fetter her.

mandate: authoritative command or instruction; commission of authorizing to administer a territory
E.g.He believes the mandate is an issue best left to the states, and that it is wrong to impose a one-size-fits-all federal plan on the entire nation.

mandatory: obligatory; required or commanded by authority
E.g.These instructions are mandatory, any violation will be severely punished.

mangle: cut or bruise with repeated blows or strokes, making a ragged or torn wound, or covering with wounds; tear in cutting
E.g.The explosions kill them and mangle bodies so badly.

maniacal: wildly disordered; excessive enthusiasm or excitement; insane
E.g.Though Mr. Rochester had locked his mad wife in the attic, he could still hear her maniacal laughter echoing throughout the house.

manifest: clearly apparent to understanding; obvious
E.g.Whatsoever makes manifest, that is, makes plain and clear.

manifestation: revelation; indication of the existence, reality, or presence of something
E.g.A high fever is an early manifestation of the disease.

manifesto: public declaration of principles; statement of policy
E.g.But his advisers said that the detailed response to the issue in the manifesto is a sign that Mr. Brown now understands its significance.

manifold: various in kind or quality; many in number; numerous; multiplied; complicated
E.g.The same threat is repeated in manifold forms to awaken the careless.

mannered: artificial or affected; not natural; having or showing a certain manner
E.g.He would also have seen that Iberville was smoking with deliberation, and drinking with a kind of mannered coolness.

mannerism: exaggerated display; behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
E.g.This list offers product information, price comparisons, user reviews, and ratings for mannerism products.

mantle: loose sleeveless coat worn over outer garments; cloak as a symbol of authority; covering; envelop
E.g.On a summer night, a mantle of dust hangs over the gravel roads.

mar: spoil or damage; impair the soundness, perfection, or integrity of
E.g.They attacked the victory they sought - to mar the election.

margin: border; rim; room
E.g.In the lower house, they will have an even bigger margin.

marginal: of or pertaining to a margin; written or printed in the margin
E.g.Democrats that lost close contests in marginal districts may be willing to seek rematches in 2012 because the demography of their district may be more favorable than now.

marital: relating to marriage; relating to husband
E.g.At this village, men still have more power in marital relationships.

maritime: relating to, or adjacent to the sea; nautical
E.g.We are working to enhance defense and security cooperation in maritime security and combating organized crime.

marked: noticeable or pronounced; having one or more distinguishing marks
E.g.The bloodless takeover stood in marked contrast to a deadly raid of another Gaza aid ship this week.

maroon: in the West Indies and Guiana, a fugitive slave, or a free black person, living in the mountains
E.g.He should be available for his final game in maroon and gold.

marred: damaged or disfigured by injury or rough wear
E.g.She had to refinish the marred surface of the table.

marrow: tissue which fills the cavities of most bones; the essence; the best part
E.g.It was so cold that he felt frozen to the marrow.

marshal: put in order; arrange or place something in line
E.g.At a debate tournament, speakers have only a minute or two to marshal their thoughts before they address their audience.

marsupial: any mammal of which the female typically has a pouch in which it rears its young, such as kangaroo or koala
E.g.The most common marsupial in North America is the opossum.

martial: relating to, or suggestive of war; connected with the armed forces
E.g.Of course, even in martial sports, let's say like boxing, there are a few rules that people should stick to, even a little, don't you think?

martinet: strict disciplinarian; one who demands absolute adherence to forms and rules
E.g.No talking at meals! No mingling with the servants! Miss Minchin was a martinet who insisted that the schoolgirls in her charge observe each regulation to the letter.

martyr: one who makes great sacrifices or suffers to further belief or principle; one who endures great suffering
E.g.For common people, the most important thing about a martyr is they're dead.

mash: mass of mixed ingredients reduced to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure; mess; trouble
E.g.We put butter and milk in mash potato to make it creamy.

masochist: one who obtains pleasure from receiving punishment
E.g.The simple reality is that anybody who wants to be the leader of this country is some kind of masochist with a massively inflated ego.

mason: one whose occupation is to build with stone or brick; one who prepares stone for building purposes
E.g.He asked the mason to make him a tombstone.

masquerade: assembly of persons wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions; dramatic performance by actors in masks
E.g.The masquerade is where fans play instruments and perform skits, dance numbers, and stand-up comedy in costume.

materialism: philosophical theory that matter is the only reality
E.g.By its nature, materialism is opposed to idealism, for where the materialist emphasizes the needs of the body, the idealist emphasizes the needs of the soul.

maternal: motherly; relating to mother or motherhood
E.g.A generous check from the G8 to improve accountability in maternal health would make a very nice Mother's Day gift!

matriarch: woman who rules a family, clan, or tribe; highly respected woman who is a mother
E.g.The matriarch is the glue that binds the entire family together.

matriculate: enroll in college or graduate school
E.g.Incoming students formally matriculate at our college in a special ceremony during which they sign the official register of students.

matrimony: union of man and woman as husband and wife; marriage; wedlock
E.g.The explanation of the intent of matrimony was gone through; and then the clergyman came a step further forward, and, bending slightly towards him.

matrix: situation or surrounding within which something else originates, develops, or is contained; womb
E.g.Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every form of freedom.

maudlin: tearfully sentimental; over-emotional; sickly-sentimental
E.g.One moment he was in maudlin tears and the next he was cracking some miserable joke about the disaster.

maul: handle someone or something in a rough way; cause serious physical wounds
E.g.What can he do for this country besides serenade us with poetry and not maul the English language like Bush?

maverick: one that refuses to abide or be independent; an unbranded range animal
E.g.But, a maverick is also one who cannot be identified as belonging to any specific herd.

mawkish: insincerely emotional; showing a sickly excess of sentiment
E.g.Whenever Gigi and her boyfriend would sigh and get all lovey-dovey, her little brother would shout, "Yuck!" protesting their mawkish behavior.

maxim: proverb; formulation of fundamental principle or general truth
E.g.It appears to me that this maxim is applicable to the medical as well as to the nautical profession.

mayhem: offense of willfully maiming or crippling a person; state of violent disorder; havoc; physical disturbance
E.g.Their riots, arson, and general criminal mayhem forced city officials to greatly expand the police and fire services.

meager: deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent; inadequate; feeble
E.g.As one of 17 siblings he grew up in meager conditions and frequently used cardboard to replace holes in his sneakers when playing basketball growing up.

meander: follow a winding and turning course; move aimlessly and idly without fixed direction
E.g.Needing to stay close to a source of water, he follows every twist and turn of the streams as they meander through the countryside.

meddlesome: inclined to interfere in other people's business; intrusive in offensive manner
E.g.He felt his marriage was suffering because of his meddlesome mother-in-law.

mediate: resolve or settle differences by working with all conflicting parties
E.g.King Solomon was asked to mediate a dispute between two women, each of whom claimed to be the mother of the same child.

mediocre: moderate to inferior in quality; ordinary; commonplace
E.g.He manages to give solid performances even in mediocre movies.

meditation: lengthy intent consideration; long and thoughtful observation; contemplation of spiritual matters
E.g.Too often we think that meditation is only about training the mind, and that actually can lead to problems in our practice.

medley: mixture; musical composition consisting of a series of pieces
E.g.The American, who won his fourth gold medal here in Athens Thursday in the 200-meter individual medley, is the favored swimmer tonight in the 100-meter butterfly.

meek: quiet and obedient; showing patience and humility
E.g.The essence of meek is to be patient with ignorance, slow to anger and never hold a grudge.

megalomania: mental disorder with delusions of grandeur
E.g.Many of the Roman emperors sufferer from severe megalomania.

melancholy: gloomy; feeling of thoughtful sadness; affected by depression
E.g.You are not well, you have no friend to cheer you, and this melancholy is the result.

melee: fight in which the combatants are mingled; hand to hand conflict; noisy riotous fight
E.g.Much of the current financial melee is blamed on the skyrocketing price of oil.

mellifluous: flowing or dropping like honey; sweetly or smoothly flowing, especially in sound
E.g.Italian is a mellifluous language, especially suited to being sung.

memento: token; reminder of past; hint, suggestion, notice, or memorial to awaken memory
E.g.I had to fight with my staff as to whether I should smoke the cigar or keep it as a memento from the President.

memorial: monument; short note or abstract, intended for registry, exhibiting the particulars of a deed
E.g.Russia has reacted furiously to the recent relocation of a Soviet era war memorial in Tallinn.

menace: danger; a threat or the act of threatening; something that is a source of danger; threaten; intimidate
E.g.Whenever the famished great girls had an opportunity, they would coax or menace the little ones out of their portion.

menagerie: collection of live wild animals on exhibition; enclosure in which wild animals are kept
E.g.Whenever the children run wild around the house, Mom shouts, "Calm down! I'm not running a menagerie!"

mendacious: lying; habitually dishonest; speaking falsely
E.g.Distrusting Huck from the start, Miss Watson assumed he was mendacious and refused to believe a word he said.

mendicant: beggar; religious friar forbidden to own personal property who begs for living
E.g."O noble sir, give alms to the poor," cried Aladdin, playing the mendicant.

menial: suitable for servant; having low nature
E.g.Although some exiles struggled in menial jobs in the West, they at least enjoyed the benefits of a peaceful society.

mentor: wise and trusted counselor or teacher
E.g.His mentor is William Gray, who has been studying hurricanes for more than 50 years and produced forecasts for 26.

mercantile: trading; commercial; of or relating to trade or traders
E.g.The ultimate purpose of mercantile policy was to enhance national strength, provide self-sufficiency, and pay for military power.

mercenary: interested in making money; profit oriented; hired for service in foreign army
E.g.South African involvement in mercenary activities was approved in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

mercurial: capricious; liable to sudden unpredictable change; quick and changeable in temperament
E.g.Quick as quicksilver to change, he was mercurial in nature and therefore unreliable.

meretricious: of or pertaining to prostitutes; tastelessly showy; lustful; deceptive; misleading
E.g.The net result is that both the news columns and the editorial columns are commonly meretricious in a high degree.

merger: combination; union of two or more commercial corporations
E.g.For Toshiba, the merger is an attempt to distance itself from unprofitable operations by letting Fujitsu effectively oversee its cellphone business.

merit: virtue; admirable quality or attribute; credit
E.g.I believe that giving work based on gender and not on merit is sexism.

mesmerize: hypnotize; attract strongly, as if with magnet; bring into a state of mesmeric sleep
E.g.Not only is she an Arab-American, but she could mesmerize the Israelis and Arabs into a peace deal.

metallurgical: pertaining to art or skill of removing metals from ores
E.g.During the course of his metallurgical research, the scientist developed a steel alloy of tremendous strength.

metamorphosis: marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function; major transformation
E.g.He proved that the metamorphosis is a perfectly gradual one, and that no sharply separated stages of development.

metaphor: implied comparison; one thing conceived as representing another; symbol
E.g.While maybe the metaphor is a little stretched, Sharon's comparison is mostly brilliant.

metaphysical: without material form or substance; based on abstract reasoning; highly abstract or theoretical; supernatural
E.g.They might be ignorant of certain metaphysical necessities while knowing all the truths about the meanings of their contracts.

methodical: systematic; arranged or proceeding in regular, systematic order
E.g.The preparations for attack are always made with a certain methodical deliberation.

meticulous: excessively careful; marked by extreme care in treatment of details
E.g.One neighbor, who usually uses the truck to haul away lawn debris, always returns the truck in meticulous condition.

metropolis: major city, especially chief city of country or region
E.g.Every evening the terminal is filled with thousands of commuters going from this metropolis to their homes in the suburbs.

mettle: quality of endurance and courage; good temperament and character
E.g.When challenged by the other horses in the race, the thoroughbred proved its mettle by its determination to hold the lead.

miasma: swamp gas; heavy, vaporous atmosphere, often emanating from decaying matter; pervasive corrupting influence
E.g.The smog hung over Victorian London like a dark cloud; noisome, reeking of decay, it was a visible miasma.

microcosm: small, representative system having analogies to larger system; miniature model of something
E.g.The small village community that Jane Austen depicts serves as a microcosm of English society in her time.

migrant: habitually moving from place to place especially in search of seasonal work; wandering
E.g.These migrant birds return every spring.

migratory: wandering; moving from place to place; unsettled
E.g.Nearly all of our native birds are migratory, that is they go south for the winter.

militant: fighting or warring; having a combative character; aggressive
E.g.People are just too preoccupied with trying to survive, to join militant movements.

millennium: span of one thousand years; thousandth anniversary
E.g.The year 2000 and the third millennium is a fantastic stepping stone in the evolution of the human species.

mime: act out without words but with gestures and bodily movements only; imitate
E.g.The acting students mime eating an apple.

mimicry: imitation; act, practice, or art of mimicking
E.g.Her gift for mimicry was so great that her friends said that she should be in the theater.

mincing: speaking or walking affectedly or with caution; affectedly elegant and nice
E.g.Yum-Yum walked across the stage with mincing steps.

mingle: be all mixed up or jumbled together;
E.g.Almost all of the 2,500 athletes who competed in Salt Lake came to mingle and party together in the final gathering of the 77 nations who'd contested the Games.

miniature: very small; model that represents something in a greatly reduced size
E.g.Want to see some great architecture in miniature size?

minion: loyal servant of another, usually more powerful being
E.g.Why give up freedom only to become a minion for authoritarian makers and shakers?

minute: extremely small; short note
E.g.The twins resembled one another closely; only minute differences set them apart.

mirage: unreal reflection; optical illusion
E.g.In economics, a mirage is a naturally occurring phenomenon in which economic statistics are bent to produce an image of a desired outcome.

mire: cause to sink or become stuck in; hinder, entrap, or entangle
E.g.The mud could mire their rear wheels.

mirth: gladness and gaiety, especially when expressed by laughter
E.g.Our mirth is then indeed an ornament to us when we serve God and honor him with it.

misanthrope: one who hates or mistrusts mankind
E.g.In Gulliver's Travels, Swift portrays an image of humanity as vile, degraded beasts; for this reason, various critics consider him a misanthrope.

misapprehension: wrong apprehension of one's meaning or of a fact; misunderstanding
E.g.To avoid misapprehension, I am going to ask all of you to repeat the instructions I have given.

miscellaneous: mixed; mingled; consisting of several things; of diverse sorts; promiscuous; heterogeneous
E.g.A small boy's pockets are likely to contain a miscellaneous collection of objects.

miscellany: collection of various items, parts, or ingredients, especially one composed of diverse literary works
E.g.This is an interesting miscellany of nineteenth-century prose and poetry.

mischance: unfortunate occurrence; mishap; bad luck
E.g.By mischance, he lost his week's salary.

mischief: behavior that causes discomfiture or annoyance in another; tendency to play pranks or cause embarrassment
E.g.The branches of government - executive, legislative and judicial - are equal, so each can prevent the others from causing too much mischief.

misconstrue: interpret incorrectly; misjudge; mistake the meaning of
E.g.Yet any discussion of weight and breast cancer is considered sensitive because some may misconstrue that as the medical establishment blaming women for their disease.

misdemeanor: minor crime; ill behavior; evil conduct; misdeed
E.g.An example of a level three misdemeanor is filing a false police report.

miserly: indicative of lack of generosity; cautious with money
E.g.Transformed by his vision on Christmas Eve, mean old Scrooge ceased being miserly and became a generous, kind old man.

mishap: unfortunate accident; bad luck
E.g.The man who first gets to the winning post without a mishap is the winner.

misnomer: error in naming person or place; name wrongly or unsuitably applied to a person or an object
E.g.The essay did make the point that the name “greenhouse effect” is a misnomer, which is correct.

missile: weapon that is thrown or projected; rocket carrying instruments or warhead
E.g.U.S. defense officials say they believe the missile is a long-range Taepodong-2.

missive: letter; written message; messenger
E.g.The ambassador received a missive from the secretary of state.

mite: very small object or creature; very small contribution or amount of money
E.g."I am sorry my mite is insufficient, my friend," said the clergyman, without again raising his eyes, "it is all I have at present to bestow."

mitigate: make less severe or harsh; moderate
E.g.Nothing Jason did could mitigate Medea's anger; she refused to forgive him for betraying her.

mnemonic: assisting, or intended to assist the memory
E.g.He used mnemonic tricks to master new words.

mobile: movable; not fixed; fluid; unstable
E.g.The mobile blood bank operated by the Red Cross visited our neighborhood today.

mock: treat with ridicule or contempt; mimic; frustrate hopes of
E.g.What we mock is his using that as a catchall excuse for any personal failing or ridiculous policy proposal.

mode: prevailing style; manner; way of doing something; fashion or style
E.g.The main mode is the regular one that keeps the vehicle's straight ahead motion in check.

modicum: limited quantity; small or moderate amount; any small thing
E.g.Although his story is based on a modicum of truth, most of the events he describes are fictitious.

modulate: tone down in intensity; regulate; change from one key to another
E.g.Always singing at the top of her lungs, the budding Brunhilde never learned to modulate her voice.

mogul: rich or powerful person; magnate; small hard mound or bump on a ski slope
E.g.Fifty years ago, textile mogul Allen Gant Sr. introduced the world to the first pair of pantyhose.

molecule: the smallest particle of substance, having all the properties of that substance
E.g.The protein molecule is made up of a number of organic units known as amino acids.

mollify: make less rigid or softer; calm in temper or feeling
E.g.The airline customer service representative tried to mollify the angry passenger by offering her a seat in first class.

molten: made liquid by heat; glowing red-hot; being in a state of fusion
E.g.The city of Pompeii was destroyed by volcanic ash rather than by molten lava flowing from Mount Vesuvius.

momentous: very important; of outstanding significance or consequence
E.g.I knew that was something that would remain momentous in any setting.

momentum: product of a body's mass and its velocity; impelling force or strength; impetus
E.g.He says he's trying to gain momentum from the U.N. to the G-20, to this Copenhagen summit in December.

monarchy: government under a single ruler
E.g.It remains unclear what will happen to the current king, if the monarchy is abolished.

monastic: related to monks or monasteries; removed from worldly concerns
E.g.Withdrawing from the world, Thomas Merton joined a contemplative religious order and adopted the monastic life.

monetary: of or relating to money; nation's currency; financial
E.g.Energy systems have external costs, as environmental and health costs, although these are difficult to assess in monetary and energy terms.

mongrel: progeny resulting from a cross between two breeds; anything of mixed breed
E.g.You also have to imagine that in an odd mongrel accent of Sicilian born and raised, but learned English in a Scottish slum.

monochromatic: having only one color; viewing only one color, total color blindness
E.g.Most people who are color blind actually can distinguish several colors; some, however, have a truly monochromatic view.

monolithic: constituting or acting as a single, often in rigid or uniform
E.g.Knowing the importance of appearing resolute, the patriots sought to present a monolithic front.

monotony: uniformity or lack of variation; continual increase, or continual decrease; tedium as a result of repetition
E.g.What could be more deadly dull than the monotony of punching numbers into a computer hour after hour?

monumental: massive; taking a great amount of time and effort to complete; in manner of a monument
E.g.Writing a dictionary of any language is a monumental task.

moodiness: feeling of depression or gloom; sullenness
E.g.Her recurrent moodiness left her feeling as if she had fallen into a black hole.

moratorium: legal delay of payment; suspension of an ongoing or planned activity
E.g.They say that they also are concerned about the environment but that a moratorium is a recipe for economic disaster.

morbid: caused by disease; pathological or diseased; unhealthy or unwholesome
E.g.He suffered much from a morbid acuteness of the senses.

mordant: bitingly painful; harshly ironic or sinister; serving to fix colors in dyeing
E.g.Roald Dahl's stories are mordant alternatives to blank stories intended for kids.

mores: conventions; moral standards; accepted traditional customs
E.g.In America, Benazir Bhutto dressed as Western women did; in Pakistan, however, she followed the mores of her people, dressing in traditional veil and robes.

moribund: dying; in dying state; approaching death; about to die
E.g.Hearst took a moribund, failing weekly newspaper and transformed it into one of the liveliest, most profitable daily papers around.

morose: ill humored; sullen; depressingly dark; gloomy; persistent
E.g.Though we feel sad at someone's pain and sorrow, feeling morose is difficult while actively wishing the person to be happy.

mortar: vessel in which substances are crushed or ground with a pestle; machine in which materials are ground and blended
E.g.It is so difficult to hurt anyone actually in trenches; I think a mortar is the only thing that can do so.

mortician: funeral director; one whose business is the management of funerals
E.g.That's the job of the mortician is to put them so that they look like they did in life.

mosaic: picture design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into surface
E.g.The mayor compared the city to a beautiful mosaic made up of people of every race and religion on earth.

mote: tiny piece of anything; very small particle
E.g.The tiniest mote in the eye is very painful.

motif: dominant theme or central idea; repeated figure or design in architecture or decoration
E.g.This simple motif runs throughout the entire score.

motley: multi-colored; mixed; having elements of great variety
E.g.He wore a loose tunic and looser trousers, homespun and dyed in motley green and brown.

mottled: spotted with different shades or colors
E.g.When old Falstaff blushed, his face was mottled with embarrassment, all pink and purple and red.

motto: short, suggestive expression of a guiding principle; maxim
E.g.I often win money at cards but never save a penny. "easy come, easy go" is my motto.

muddle: make muddy; mix confusedly; think, act, or proceed in confused or aimless manner
E.g.He tried to muddle the issues, we cannot see the hope that they will be addressed quickly.

muggy: warm and extremely humid; moist; damp; moldy
E.g.The air is slightly muggy from the thunderstorm that passed over at lunch, dark and loud without shedding a drop.

multifarious: varied; greatly diversified; made up of many differing parts
E.g.A career woman and mother, she was constantly busy with the multifarious activities of her daily life.

multiform: occurring in or having many forms or shapes
E.g.Snowflakes are multiform but always hexagonal.

multilingual: using or having ability to use several languages
E.g.Because they are bordered by so many countries, the Swiss people are multilingual.

multiplicity: state of being multiplex or various; condition of being numerous; a large number
E.g.He was appalled by the multiplicity of details he had to complete before setting out on his mission.

mundane: belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly; concerned with commonplaces; ordinary
E.g.Unlike other players, the CEO and Secretariat are less interested in mundane benefits than in value.

munificent: very liberal in giving; showing great generosity
E.g.Shamelessly fawning over a particularly generous donor, the dean kept on referring to her as "our munificent benefactor.".

mural: wall painting; very large image applied directly to a wall or ceiling.
E.g.Another mural is also being developed by Doug Hall and deals with Native Americans during the first Newtonia Civil War battle.

murky: dark and gloomy; thick with fog; vague
E.g.The murky depths of the swamp were so dark that one couldn't tell the vines and branches from the snakes.

murmur: make low, confused, and indistinct sound, like that of running water
E.g.The summer air, the restful quiet, and the drowsing murmur of the bees had had their effect, and she was nodding over her knitting -- for she had no company but the cat, and it was asleep in her lap.

muse: be absorbed in one's thoughts; consider or say thoughtfully
E.g.For a moment we muse about the beauty of the scene, but our thoughts soon change as we recall our own personal problems.

musky: having odor of musk, a secretion produced by certain animals, such as otter or civet
E.g.She left a trace of musky perfume behind her.

musty: stale in odor or taste; dull; out of date; antiquated; out of use; rusty
E.g.Just as clothes dried outside adopt fresh air odors, so do clothes dried in musty basements, the more common scenario.

mute: refraining from producing speech or vocal sound; unable to speak; expressed without speech; unspoken
E.g.At the very least, to be consistent, you should remain mute when confronted with those who do feel they have some grasp on Truth.

muted: silent; muffled; toned down; indistinct
E.g.Thanks to the thick, sound-absorbing walls of the cathedral, only muted traffic noise reached the worshippers within.

mutinous: unruly; rebellious; turbulent and uncontrollable
E.g.The captain had to use force to quiet his mutinous crew.

myopic: nearsighted; lacking foresight; narrow minded
E.g.Stumbling into doors despite the coke bottle lenses on his glasses, the nearsighted doctor is markedly myopic.

myriad: of very large or indefinite number; of ten thousand
E.g.In China, for example, where a number of different dialects are spoken, the same character can be pronounced in myriad ways.

nadir: lowest point; point on sphere opposites zenith diametrically
E.g.Although few people realized it, the Dow-Jones averages had reached their nadir and would soon begin an upward surge.

narcissist: conceited person; someone in love with himself or herself; person full of egoism and pride
E.g.The narcissist is only thinking about herself, not thinking about anybody else's feelings or needs including, in this case, her children's needs.

narrative: story; art, technique, or process of telling story
E.g.The reason I tried to write it in narrative, is I found this to be much more honest way to present the facts of this story.

nascent: incipient; coming into existence; emerging
E.g.If we could identify these revolutionary movements in their nascent state, we would be able to eliminate serious trouble in later years.

natal: of one's birth; accompanying or dating from one's birth; native
E.g.I agree that finding a common ground in which to speak about pro natal policy will be tricky, but much needed.

natty: neatly or smartly dressed; neat, trim, and smart
E.g.Chuck Lowell was there with several of his men, all of them in natty three-piece suits, looking more like successful businessmen than spies.

nausea: feeling of sickness in stomach by an urge to vomit; strong aversion; disgust
E.g.Side effects include dizziness, nausea, and falling asleep.

nauseate: cause to become sick; fill with disgust
E.g.The foul smells began to nauseate him.

nautical: relating to ships, sailors, or navigation
E.g.I dressed myself in nautical rig, and went on deck to see all that I could.

navigable: wide and deep enough to allow ships to pass through; able to be steered
E.g.So much sand had built up at the bottom of the canal that the waterway was barely navigable.

nebula: faint, cloudlike, self-luminous mass of matter situated beyond the solar system among the stars
E.g.You can see nebula in the clear summer sky.

nebulous: lacking definite form or limits; hazy; cloudy
E.g.After twenty years, she had only a nebulous memory of her grandmother's face.

necromancy: belief in magical spells to produce unnatural effects; practice of supposedly communicating with spirits of dead ones to predict future
E.g.The evil sorcerer performed feats of necromancy, calling on the spirits of the dead to tell the future.

nefarious: very wicked; infamous by being extremely wicked
E.g.Our elected leaders, movie stars and sports heroes sometimes engaged in nefarious activities but rarely were they headlined in the daily newspapers.

negate: cancel out; make ineffective or invalid; deny
E.g.A sudden surge of adrenalin can negate the effects of fatigue: there's nothing like a good shock to wake you up.

negligence: neglect; failure to take reasonable care; state or quality of being negligent
E.g.As for employment, this negligence is apparent in a variety of aspects, such as qualification and training.

negligible: so small, trifling, or unimportant that it may be easily disregarded
E.g.Because the damage to his car had been negligible, Michael decided he wouldn't bother to report the matter to his insurance company.

nemesis: someone seeking revenge; source of harm or ruin; opponent that cannot be beaten or overcome
E.g.Ally's main nemesis is Georgia, a beautiful lawyer who also happens to be married to Ally's ex-boyfriend, a partner in her firm.

neologism: new or newly invented word or phrase
E.g.As we invent new technique or profession, we must also invent neologism such as "microcomputer" to describe it.

neophyte: recent convert to a belief; one newly initiated
E.g.This mountain slope contains slides that will challenge anyone, either expert or neophyte.

nepotism: favoring of relatives or friends because of their relationship rather than their abilities
E.g.John left his position with the company because he felt that advancement was based on nepotism rather than ability.

nether: situated down or below; lying beneath, or in the lower part; having a lower position; lower; under;
E.g.Essentially the discussion transcended from the nether regions of the Internet into mainstream political debate in the country.

nettle: cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; vex
E.g.Do not let him nettle you with his sarcastic remarks.

nexus: connection; tie; core or center
E.g.I have not covered the main nexus, the money.

nicety: precision; subtle difference in meaning, opinion, or attitude
E.g.I cannot see any nicety in their reasoning.

nihilist: one who believes traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic
E.g.In his final days, Hitler revealed himself a power-mad nihilist, ready to annihilate all of Western Europe, even to destroy Germany itself.

nimble: light and quick in motion; moving with ease and celerity; lively; swift
E.g.She knitted a pair of mittens for me with her nimble fingers.

nirvana: ideal condition of rest, harmony, stability, or joy; condition of Buddha
E.g.Despite his desire to achieve nirvana, the young Buddhist found that even the buzzing of a fly could distract him from his meditation.

nocturnal: of or relating to or occurring in the night; most active at night
E.g.They wouldn't rest until the large black snake, which appears to be nocturnal, is no longer free.

noisome: foul-smelling; offensive by arousing disgust; harmful or dangerous
E.g.The noisome atmosphere downwind of the oil refinery not only stank, it damaged the lungs of everyone living in the area.

nomadic: leading a wandering life with no fixed abode; changeable; unsettled
E.g.Several nomadic tribes of Indians would hunt in this area each year.

nomenclature: terminology; system of names used in an art or science
E.g.Sharon found Latin word parts useful in translating medical nomenclature.