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malice: Read
/'mælɪs/ n.
enmity of heart; malevolence; ill will; spirit delighting in harm or misfortune to another

malicious: Read
/mə'lɪʃəs/ a. Syn. spiteful
deliberately harmful; spiteful; proceeding from extreme hatred

masquerade: Read
/mæskə'reɪd/;/mæskə'rɛd/ n.
assembly of persons wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions; dramatic performance by actors in masks

maudlin: Read
/'mɔ:dlɪn/ a. Syn. sentimental
tearfully sentimental; over-emotional; sickly-sentimental

meander: Read
/mɪ'ændə(r)/ v.
follow a winding and turning course; move aimlessly and idly without fixed direction

mediocre: Read
/mi:dɪ'oʊkə(r)/ a. Syn. ordinary; commonplace; average
moderate to inferior in quality; ordinary; commonplace

mercenary: Read
/'mɜrsɪnərɪ/;/-nɛrɪ/ a.
interested in making money; profit oriented; hired for service in foreign army

meretricious: Read
/mɛrɪ'trɪʃəs/ a.
of or pertaining to prostitutes; tastelessly showy; lustful; deceptive; misleading

meticulous: Read
/mɪ'tɪkjʊləs/ a. Syn. scrupulous; cautious
excessively careful; marked by extreme care in treatment of details

mettle: Read
/'mɛt(ə)l/ n. Syn. courage; spirit
quality of endurance and courage; good temperament and character

microcosm: Read
/'maɪkrəkɒz(ə)m/ n.
small, representative system having analogies to larger system; miniature model of something

mimic: Read
/'mɪmɪk/ v. Syn. imitate; copy
copy or imitate closely, especially in speech, expression

misanthrope: Read
/'mɪsənθroʊp/ n.
one who hates or mistrusts mankind

misnomer: Read
/mɪs'noʊmə(r)/ n.
error in naming person or place; name wrongly or unsuitably applied to a person or an object

monologue: Read
/'mɒnəlɒg/ n.
speech uttered by a person alone; dramatic soliloquy

morose: Read
/mə'roʊs/ a. Syn. sullen; gloomy
ill humored; sullen; depressingly dark; gloomy; persistent

motley: Read
/'mɒtlɪ/ a. Syn. mixed; heterogeneous
multi-colored; mixed; having elements of great variety

mottled: Read
/'mɒt(ə)ld/ a. Syn. spotted
spotted with different shades or colors

mundane: Read
/'mʌndeɪn/ a. Syn. worldly; earthly; secular
belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly; concerned with commonplaces; ordinary

murky: Read
/'mɜrkɪ/ a. Syn. vague
dark and gloomy; thick with fog; vague

myriad: Read
/'mɪrɪəd/ a. Syn. innumerable; many; countless; numberless
of very large or indefinite number; of ten thousand

nautical: Read
/'nɔ:tɪk(ə)l/ a. Syn. marine; maritime; naval
relating to ships, sailors, or navigation

nettle: Read
/'nɛt(ə)l/ v. Syn. annoy; vex
cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; vex

nocturnal: Read
/nɒk'tɜrn(ə)l/ a. Syn. nightly
of or relating to or occurring in the night; most active at night

noisome: Read
/'nɔɪsəm/ a.
foul-smelling; offensive by arousing disgust; harmful or dangerous

nostalgia: Read
/nə'stældʒə/ n. Syn. homesickness
homesickness; bittersweet longing for things of past.

notorious: Read
/noʊ'tɔ:rɪəs/ a. Syn. disreputable; infamous
disreputable; known widely and usually unfavorably; infamous

novice: Read
/'nɒvɪs/ n. Syn. beginner
beginner; person new to a field or activity

obdurate: Read
/'ɒbdjʊrɪt/;/'ɑbdərɪt/ a. Syn. stubborn; inflexible
hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; not giving in to persuasion

oblivion: Read
/ə'blɪvɪən/ n. Syn. amnesty
condition or quality of being completely forgotten; official overlooking of offenses; amnesty

oblivious: Read
/ə'blɪvɪəs/ a. Syn. forgetful
inattentive or unmindful; lacking all memory; forgetful

obsession: Read
/əb'sɛʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. fascination; mania
compulsive, often unreasonable idea or emotion

obsolete: Read
/'ɒbsəli:t/ a. Syn. outmoded; antiquated
no longer useful; outmoded; antiquated

obtrude: Read
/əb'tru:d/ v.
push oneself or one's ideas forward or intrude; stick out or extrude

obtrusive: Read
/əb'tru:sɪv/ a.
inclined to intrude or thrust one's self or one's opinions upon others; enter uninvited; forward; pushing; intrusive.

obviate: Read
/'ɒbvɪeɪt/ v.
bypass requirement or make it unnecessary; get rid of

omnipotent: Read
/ɒm'nɪpətənt/ a. Syn. infinite
all-powerful; having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force

onus: Read
/'oʊnəs/ n. Syn. burden; responsibility
burden or obligation; difficult or disagreeable responsibility or necessity

ostensible: Read
/ɒ'stɛnsɪb(ə)l/ a. Syn. apparent
put forth or held out as real, actual, or intended; proper or intended to be shown

ostracize: Read
/'ɒstrəsaɪz/ v. Syn. ban
exclude from community or group; banish by popular vote

panacea: Read
/pænə'sɪə/ n.
remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all

panegyric: Read
/pænɪ'dʒɪrɪk/ n.
formal or high praise; formal eulogistic composition intended as public compliment

paradox: Read
/'pærədɒks/ n. Syn. contradiction
something apparently contradictory in nature; statement that looks false but is actually correct

paraphrase: Read
/'pærəfreɪz/ v. Syn. restate; reword
restate text in one's own words, especially to clarify thought of others

parody: Read
/'pærədɪ/ n.
work or performance that imitates another work or performance with ridicule or irony; make fun of

peccadillo: Read
/pɛkə'dɪloʊ/ n.
slight offense; small sin or fault

pecuniary: Read
/pɪ'kju:nɪərɪ/ a.
relating to money; requiring payment of money

pedant: Read
/'pɛdənt/ n.
one who is overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning

pedantic: Read
/pɪ'dəntɪk/ a. Syn. bookish
marked by narrow focus on or display of learning, especially formal rules and trivial points

peremptory: Read
/pə'rɛmptərɪ/;/'pɛrəmptɔ:rɪ/ a. Syn. imperative
offensively self-assured; dictatorial; not allowing contradiction or refusal

pertinacious: Read
/pɜrtɪ'neɪʃəs/;/-tn'eɪʃəs/ a. Syn. stubborn; persistent
stubbornly or perversely persistent; unyielding; obstinate

peruse: Read
/pə'ru:z/ v.
read or examine, typically with great care

perverse: Read
/pə'vɜrs/ a.
stubbornly wrongheaded; directed away from what is right or good

petrify: Read
/'pɛtrɪfaɪ/ v.
convert wood or other organic matter into stony replica; cause to become stiff or stonelike

plagiarism: Read
/'pleɪdʒərɪzəm/ n. Syn. copying; imitation
theft of another's ideas or writings passed off as original

platitude: Read
/'plætɪtju:d/;/-tu:d/ n.
dullness; insipidity of thought; commonplace statement; lack of originality

plebeian: Read
/plɪ'bi:ən/ a.
crude or coarse; unrefined or coarse in nature or manner; common or vulgar

ponderous: Read
/'pɒndərəs/ a. Syn. weighty
slow and laborious because of weight; labored and dull

precarious: Read
/prɪ'kɛərɪəs/ a. Syn. uncertain; risky
uncertain; risky; dangerously lacking in security or stability

precipitous: Read
/prɪ'sɪpɪtəs/ a. Syn. steep; overhasty
extremely steep; descending rapidly, or rushing onward

precocious: Read
/prɪ'koʊʃəs/ a.
advanced in development; appearing or developing early

predatory: Read
/'prɛdətərɪ/;/'prɛdətɔ:rɪ/ a. Syn. carnivorous
living by preying on other animals

predilection: Read
/pri:dɪ'lɛkʃ(ə)n/;/prɛdl'ɛkʃən/ n. Syn. partiality; preference
condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; preference

prelude: Read
/'prɛlju:d/ n. Syn. introduction; forerunner
introduction; forerunner; preliminary or preface

prerogative: Read
/prɪ'rɒgətɪv/ n. Syn. privilege
privilege; unquestionable right; exclusive power to command

prestige: Read
/prɛ'sti:ʒ/ n. Syn. fame; reputation
impression produced by achievements or reputation; recognized distinction or importance

presumption: Read
/prɪ'zʌmpʃ(ə)n/ n.
act of presuming, or believing upon probable evidence; act of assuming; belief upon incomplete proof

procrastinate: Read
/proʊ'kræstɪneɪt/ v. Syn. postpone
postpone or delay needlessly; put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness

prognosis: Read
/prɒg'noʊsɪs/ n. Syn. forecast; prediction
forecasted course of a disease; forecast or prediction; likelihood of recovery from a disease

promontory: Read
/'prɒməntərɪ/;/-tɔ:rɪ/ n. Syn. cliff
natural elevation, especially a rock that projects into the sea; cliff; headland; high cape

promulgate: Read
/'prɒməlgeɪt/ v. Syn. announce
proclaim doctrine or law; make known by official publication

provisional: Read
/prə'vɪʒən(ə)l/ a. Syn. tentative; temporary
temporary; provided for present need only

proximity: Read
/prɒk'sɪmɪtɪ/ n. Syn. nearness; adjacency
state of being proximate; nearness in place, time, or relation

pseudonym: Read
/'sju:dənɪm/;/'su:-/ n.
pen name; fictitious name used when someone performs a particular social role

punitive: Read
/'pju:nɪtɪv/ a. Syn. punishing
punishing; involving punishment; awarding or inflicting punishment