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microcosm
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/'maɪkrəkɒz(ə)m/ n.
small, representative system having analogies to larger system; miniature model of something
The small village community that Jane Austen depicts serves as a microcosm of English society in her time.
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mimic
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/'mɪmɪk/ v. Syn. imitate; copy
copy or imitate closely, especially in speech, expression
Scientists process skin tissue to mimic embryonic stem cells.
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misanthrope
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/'mɪsənθroʊp/ n.
one who hates or mistrusts mankind
In Gulliver's Travels, Swift portrays an image of humanity as vile, degraded beasts; for this reason, various critics consider him a misanthrope.
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misnomer
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/mɪs'noʊmə(r)/ n.
error in naming person or place; name wrongly or unsuitably applied to a person or an object
The essay did make the point that the name “greenhouse effect” is a misnomer, which is correct.
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monologue
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/'mɒnəlɒg/ n.
speech uttered by a person alone; dramatic soliloquy
I am not really a big fan of Sarah either but what she said in her opening monologue is true.
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morose
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/mə'roʊs/ a. Syn. sullen; gloomy
ill humored; sullen; depressingly dark; gloomy; persistent
Though we feel sad at someone's pain and sorrow, feeling morose is difficult while actively wishing the person to be happy.
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motley
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/'mɒtlɪ/ a. Syn. mixed; heterogeneous
multi-colored; mixed; having elements of great variety
He wore a loose tunic and looser trousers, homespun and dyed in motley green and brown.
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mottled
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/'mɒt(ə)ld/ a. Syn. spotted
spotted with different shades or colors
When old Falstaff blushed, his face was mottled with embarrassment, all pink and purple and red.
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mundane
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/'mʌndeɪn/ a. Syn. worldly; earthly; secular
belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly; concerned with commonplaces; ordinary
Unlike other players, the CEO and Secretariat are less interested in mundane benefits than in value.
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murky
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/'mɜrkɪ/ a. Syn. vague
dark and gloomy; thick with fog; vague
The murky depths of the swamp were so dark that one couldn't tell the vines and branches from the snakes.
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myriad
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/'mɪrɪəd/ a. Syn. innumerable; many; countless; numberless
of very large or indefinite number; of ten thousand
In China, for example, where a number of different dialects are spoken, the same character can be pronounced in myriad ways.
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nautical
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/'nɔ:tɪk(ə)l/ a. Syn. marine; maritime; naval
relating to ships, sailors, or navigation
I dressed myself in nautical rig, and went on deck to see all that I could.
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nettle
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/'nɛt(ə)l/ v. Syn. annoy; vex
cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; vex
Do not let him nettle you with his sarcastic remarks.
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nocturnal
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/nɒk'tɜrn(ə)l/ a. Syn. nightly
of or relating to or occurring in the night; most active at night
They wouldn't rest until the large black snake, which appears to be nocturnal, is no longer free.
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noisome
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/'nɔɪsəm/ a.
foul-smelling; offensive by arousing disgust; harmful or dangerous
The noisome atmosphere downwind of the oil refinery not only stank, it damaged the lungs of everyone living in the area.
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nostalgia
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/nə'stældʒə/ n. Syn. homesickness
homesickness; bittersweet longing for things of past.
We've been there for a couple weeks now and the nostalgia is there, but we are trying to keep everything fresh.
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notorious
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/noʊ'tɔ:rɪəs/ a. Syn. disreputable; infamous
disreputable; known widely and usually unfavorably; infamous
They could add a subset of public restrooms around the country where certain notorious events have taken place.
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novice
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/'nɒvɪs/ n. Syn. beginner
beginner; person new to a field or activity
To do this appears so abrupt that the novice is apt to make a further effort to finish up the subject.
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obdurate
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/'ɒbdjʊrɪt/;/'ɑbdərɪt/ a. Syn. stubborn; inflexible
hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; not giving in to persuasion
He was obdurate in his refusal to listen to our complaints.
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oblivion
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/ə'blɪvɪən/ n. Syn. amnesty
condition or quality of being completely forgotten; official overlooking of offenses; amnesty
The only thing keeping McCain from oblivion is his image as a nonpartisan maverick.
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