100 SAT Words Beginning with "M" 100 words

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  1. macabre
    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
    Thus was uncovered one of history’s most macabre bouts of serial killing.
    New York Times (Oct 9, 2011)
  2. machination
    a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends
    With life experiences like those behind her, the extreme plot machinations of Hollywood melodrama must have possessed an everyday familiarity for Stanwyck.
    New York Times (Apr 24, 2010)
  3. maculate
    spot, stain, or pollute
    It fell upon their faces, touching their whiteness with a ruddy tinge, accentuating the stains with which so many of them were freaked and maculated.
    Bierce, Ambrose
  4. maelstrom
    a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
    The entire bowl was now a maelstrom of swirling bodies, legs and arms.
    Browne, Howard
  5. magnanimous
    noble and generous in spirit
    She will love to dwell on that large, generous, magnanimous, open, forgiving heart.
    Various
  6. magniloquent
    lofty in style
    The day was spent in magniloquent addresses, which affected the style of ancient types, urgent exhortations to war, poetical orations, rounds of applause, rapturous demonstrations.
    Dawson, Æneas MacDonell
  7. magnitude
    the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small)
    But an aftershock of almost the same magnitude, less deep that the first quake, hit soon after he finished speaking.
    Chicago Tribune (Apr 11, 2012)
  8. maim
    injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation
    Think of the maimed, the mutilated, the mangled!
    Ingersoll, Robert Green
  9. majestic
    having or displaying great dignity or nobility
    By-and-by the three temples loomed into view, standing in all their beauty on the barren waste, majestic, uninjured, extraordinary.
    Woolson, Constance Fenimore
  10. malady
    any unwholesome or desperate condition
    As with most of the infectious maladies, scarlet fever extended to the Western World through European shipping.
    Various
  11. malaise
    physical discomfort (as mild sickness or depression)
    Sammy was placed on antibiotics in case a bacterial infection was causing his fever and malaise.
    Seattle Times (Dec 19, 2011)
  12. malapropism
    the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar
    New words are eagerly seized; hence the malapropisms and solecisms so frequently made fun of, without appreciation of their cause.
    Reynolds, Stephen Sydney
  13. malevolent
    wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred
    They are malevolent and murderous and may be summoned by black magic.
    The Guardian (Dec 24, 2010)
  14. malice
    feeling a need to see others suffer
    But it would have been easy enough to simply say that no malice was intended and she regretted if anyone was offended by the phrase.
    Time (Jan 18, 2011)
  15. malignant
    dangerous to health; characterized by progressive and uncontrolled growth (especially of a tumor)
    The latest growth is “most likely malignant,” Chávez conceded – aggressively so, medical experts are suggesting – leaving him “preparing to face the worst.”
    Time (Feb 27, 2012)
  16. malingerer
    someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity
    On the other hand, the malingerer may actually produce injuries on his person either to excite commiseration or to escape from work.
    Robertson, W. G. Aitchison (William George Aitchison )
  17. malleable
    easily influenced
    Laws are malleable, and courts can be purchased or influenced to a local’s advantage.
    New York Times (Dec 22, 2010)
  18. manifestation
    a manifest indication of the existence or presence or nature of some person or thing
    Nay, the process was going on within, though its visible manifestations may have ceased.
    Various
  19. manifold
    many and varied; having many features or forms
    Then, too, there are innumerable separate agencies, working in ways manifold and diverse.
    Field, Henry M. (Henry Martyn)
  20. manipulate
    influence or control shrewdly or deviously
    It says Google manipulated Safari users into believing they could permanently opt out of targeted advertising, when in reality they couldn’t.
    New York Times (Feb 17, 2012)
  21. manumit
    free from slavery or servitude
    The slave, now free, would lay down his life for the man who has manumitted him.
    Reid, Mayne
  22. mar
    make imperfect
    This energetic and clear-textured approach allowed for plenty of striking details of percussion and phrasing, marred only by a few brass blemishes.
    New York Times (Mar 10, 2012)
  23. marital
    of or relating to the state of marriage
    In many jurisdictions, if your separately owned property increases in value during the marriage, that increase is also considered marital property.
    Inc (May 25, 2010)
  24. maritime
    relating to or involving ships or shipping or navigation or seamen
    In any case, the report argues, international maritime law in theory obligates ships to come to the assistance of those in trouble at sea.
    Time (Apr 17, 2012)
  25. martyr
    one who suffers for the sake of principle
    Despite the pounding summer sun, Protesters turned out to demand justice for those killed during the revolution, who are seen as martyrs for democracy.
    New York Times (Jul 1, 2011)
  26. materialistic
    marked by materialism
    Moreover, in contrast to the dominant thinking of our age, which is materialistic, King's philosophy is spiritual and religious.
    King, Basil
  27. materialize
    come into being; become reality
    As ties warmed, the two countries discussed joint ventures, though most haven’t materialized.
    BusinessWeek (Feb 3, 2012)
  28. maternal
    characteristic of a mother
    Maternal mortality rates are also high, with 85 women dying in childbirth for every 100,000 live births, Tidey said.
    Reuters (Nov 1, 2011)
  29. matriarchy
    a form of social organization in which a female is the family head and title is traced through the female line
    In effect, however, women owned the country and women governed it; suddenly the matriarchy existed.
    Cox, Irving E.
  30. matrix
    an enclosure within which something originates or develops (from the Latin for womb)
    Today, Web music services are spread across the entire range of the price/convenience/permanence matrix.
    New York Times (Jul 27, 2011)
  31. maturation
    (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level
    Again, that is a very fast maturation rate, making it efficient for breeding in the lab.
    Scientific American (Dec 28, 2011)
  32. maudlin
    effusively or insincerely emotional
    He detested the florid sentimentality of some other universities, the maudlin old grads singing of bright college years!
    Canfield, Dorothy
  33. maul
    injure badly by beating
    Or if Sleepless in Seattle ended with Meg Ryan being graphically mauled to death by an escaped tiger.
    The Guardian (Aug 13, 2010)
  34. maven
    someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
    The Deadhead community boasts any number of recording engineers, lighting experts, rock video mavens, electronic technicians of all descriptions.
    Sterling, Bruce
  35. maverick
    independent in behavior or thought
    He's still the same maverick, independent spirit he has always been.
    The Guardian (Jan 26, 2011)
  36. mawkish
    effusively or insincerely emotional
    Herself full of mawkish sentimentality, her verses could not fail to be foolish, their whole impulse being the ambition that springs from self-admiration.
    MacDonald, George
  37. maxim
    a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
    As we are hastily reading books and papers we continually come across maxims, epigrams, and short, pithy sayings that attract us.
    McCarty, Louis Philippe
  38. mayhem
    violent and needless disturbance
    Although some graffiti had already been removed, evidence of the previous night's mayhem was visible in broken display cases.
    Chicago Tribune (Jan 30, 2012)
  39. meager
    deficient in amount or quality or extent
    Prime Minister John Key said he was spreading his Marmite more thinly to stretch his meager and dwindling supply.
    New York Times (Mar 21, 2012)
  40. meander
    to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
    That route turns out to be a long and meandering one, ending up at an ambiguous, or at least ambivalent, conclusion.
    New York Times (Feb 3, 2012)
  41. mediate
    act between parties with a view to reconciling differences
    The United States has waded into the conflict in recent months saying it was willing to mediate disputes between smaller countries and China.
    New York Times (Nov 19, 2011)
  42. melancholy
    characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
    I heard a melancholy murmuring, something like suppressed sighing and sobbing, with words between that I could not make out.
    Palacio Vald?s, Armando
  43. melee
    a noisy riotous fight
    The Washington Post said the melee broke out in the fourth quarter as members of both teams tackled and threw punches at one another.
    Newsweek (Aug 18, 2011)
  44. mellifluous
    pleasing to the ear
    There was much of this in our great man, whose voice became of the sweetest and most mellifluous key, as he bent before the peer.
    Fitzgerald, Percy Hethrington
  45. melodramatic
    characteristic of acting or a stage performance; often affected
    Its melodramatic characters striking theatrical postures are uninspiring, to put it mildly.
    New York Times (Dec 10, 2010)
  46. memorabilia
    a record of things worth remembering
    Construction workers on Thursday buried a stainless steel time capsule with memorabilia relating to President Franklin D. Roosevelt at Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island.
    New York Times (Apr 13, 2012)
  47. menace
    express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture
    And raising her stick in her shaking hand, she made a gesture so menacing that, fearing she would strike him, my lord stepped back.
    Weyman, Stanley J.
  48. menagerie
    a collection of live animals for study or display
    If my cell were big enough, I should walk round and round as I have seen the caged animals do in menageries.
    Osborne, Thomas Mott
  49. mendacious
    intentionally untrue
    He is tempted to make ambiguous statements; pledges, with secret passages of escape; contracts, with fraudulent constructions; lying excuses, and more mendacious promises.
    Beecher, Henry Ward
  50. mendicant
    a pauper who lives by begging
    In others are the broken-down mendicants who live on soup-kitchens and begging. 
    Ritchie, J. Ewing (James Ewing)
  51. menial
    used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)
    He can always get work at unskilled manual labour, or personal or domestic service—in other words, at menial employment.
    Grayson, David
  52. mercantile
    relating to or characteristic of trade or traders
    But external trade is regulated by governments on the principles of the mercantile system.
    Various
  53. mercenary
    a person hired to fight for another country than their own
    "The Expendables" revolves around a group of mercenaries hired to overthrow a South American dictator.
    Reuters (Aug 13, 2010)
  54. mercurial
    liable to sudden unpredictable change
    Wind energy is notoriously mercurial, with patterns shifting drastically over the course of years, days, even minutes.
    Scientific American (Jan 4, 2012)
  55. meretricious
    tastelessly showy
    Education and extensive reading have preserved them from faults of gaudiness and meretricious ornament.
    Various
  56. mesmerize
    attract strongly, as if with a magnet
    The range of Ms. Traoré’s performance as Barbary — her rich and mesmerizing voice, regal bearing and fluid movement — has enchanted critics.
    New York Times (Oct 25, 2011)
  57. metamorphosis
    a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances
    In the film Nina goes through a metamorphosis onstage, from sweet swan to a thrashing, rabid, seething one, complete with feathers.
    Seattle Times (Dec 2, 2010)
  58. metaphor
    a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity
    We kept coming back to a metaphor of a big-game hunter looking for “ideas” instead of animals.
    Forbes (Aug 30, 2011)
  59. metaphysical
    highly abstract and overly theoretical
    At the same time it is, when formulated, an abstract and metaphysical statement, which one cannot grasp at once, but to which one must grow.
    Wiggin, Kate Douglas Smith
  60. methodical
    characterized by method and orderliness
    Like most men who get through much work, Spencer was very methodical and orderly.
    Thomson, J. Arthur (John Arthur)
  61. meticulous
    marked by precise accordance with details
    Kuhn kept meticulous records, documenting all paintings, exhibits and sales.
    Reuters (Oct 6, 2011)
  62. mettle
    the courage to carry on
    That was a task which tried their mettle, but once met and overcome, it fortified their courage to meet other ordeals.
    Adams, Andy
  63. microcosm
    a miniature model of something
    In some ways what is playing out in this Ulster County town is a more colorful microcosm of affordable housing controversies elsewhere.
    New York Times (Sep 14, 2011)
  64. mien
    dignified manner or conduct
    Then Essex, majestic in mien and regal-looking in demeanour, and seeming to carry on his dress the cost of whole manors.
    Curling, Henry
  65. migration
    the periodic passage of groups of animals (especially birds or fishes) from one region to another for feeding or breeding
    Wheatears complete this 14,500 kilometer journey in nearly 90 days, too, a marathon migration very rare for such little birds.
    Science Magazine (Feb 15, 2012)
  66. milieu
    the environmental condition
    Adams is particularly good at capturing the rivalries, power struggles and pecking order in the newsroom, a milieu she knows intimately.
    New York Times (Feb 19, 2010)
  67. militant
    a militant reformer
    Militants holed up in a tall building were firing rockets in different directions, according to an Associated Press reporter at the scene.
    Time (Apr 15, 2012)
  68. minion
    a servile or fawning dependant
    They were common clay, mere ephemeral puppets, without hope of command, minions to take orders, necessary evils in an age of mechanism and high-speed commerce.
    McFee, William
  69. minuscule
    very small
    The isotopes detected in Western states have been found in minuscule amounts, officials say, much too small to threaten health.
    Forbes (Mar 28, 2011)
  70. mirth
    great merriment
    At times he was as silent and mysterious as the sphinx, at other times brimming over with mirth and merriment.
    Hocking, Silas K. (Silas Kitto)
  71. misanthrope
    someone who dislikes people in general
    The misanthropes pretend that they despise humanity for its weakness.
    Chesterton, G. K. (Gilbert Keith)
  72. misconstrue
    interpret in the wrong way
    Unconsciously and boy-like, he did things which were often misconstrued as downright badness, whereas the boy had not the slightest intention of doing anything wrong.
    Cody, H. A. (Hiram Alfred)
  73. miscreant
    a person without moral scruples
    Among such characters there will be miscreants capable of any crime, and therefore there is always danger.
    Forester, Thomas
  74. misnomer
    an incorrect or unsuitable name
    "Boiled" custard is rather a misnomer as on no account must the boiling point be reached in cooking, for if the custard bubbles it curdles.
    McClure, Mary Jane
  75. mitigate
    lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
    Affliction is allayed, grief subsides, sorrow is soothed, distress is mitigated.
    Webster, Noah
  76. mnemonic
    of or relating to or involved the practice of aiding the memory
    He was able to beef up his memory by learning mnemonic techniques.
    Scientific American (Mar 25, 2011)
  77. modest
    limited in size or scope
    For women’s coaches, however, third-party funds are modest, if they exist at all.
    New York Times (Apr 3, 2012)
  78. modicum
    a small or moderate or token amount
    He volunteered a modicum of advice, limited in quantity, but valuable.
    Bolderwood, Rolf
  79. mollify
    cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
    Some cups of very good coffee had somewhat mollified him, and he came out smiling and talking in tolerably restored humor.
    Child, Lydia Maria Francis
  80. momentous
    of very great significance
    By this momentous act Lewis XVI., without being conscious of its significance, went over to the democracy.
    Figgis, John Neville
  81. monetary
    relating to or involving money
    The world's major central banks are opening up the monetary spigots once again, pumping new money into their economies to bolster growth.
    Wall Street Journal (Feb 15, 2012)
  82. moniker
    a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name)
    He has been going by his childhood moniker for so long, it is the only name most people know.
    Seattle Times (Apr 10, 2012)
  83. monolithic
    characterized by massiveness and rigidity and total uniformity
    The two layers are placed within 10 minutes of each other, the purpose being to secure a monolithic or one-piece slab.
    Gillette, Halbert Powers
  84. monotheism
    belief in a single God
    From that it passes on to monotheism, the belief in one God, who is the sole author and creator of the universe.
    Stace, W. T. (Walter Terence)
  85. monotonous
    sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch
    The old man stopped suddenly, having told all his story in a dull, monotonous voice, with little feeling and no dramatic display.
    Allen, Grant
  86. moot
    of no legal significance (as having been previously decided)
    Emanuel also declined to say whether he will consider a write-in campaign -- a moot point if the high court deems him ineligible.
    BusinessWeek (Jan 25, 2011)
  87. moratorium
    suspension of an ongoing activity
    Drilling activity was suspended on June 12 under a moratorium the U.S. placed on exploration in waters deeper than 500 feet.
    Washington Post (Feb 28, 2011)
  88. morbid
    suggesting the horror of death and decay
    I have been attending a lot of funerals recently and this has brought back to the fore my morbid fascination with funerals.
    BBC (Mar 30, 2010)
  89. mores
    (sociology) the conventions that embody the fundamental values of a group
    Societal attitudes toward servants are often shaped by ingrained mores about caste and class.
    New York Times (Apr 5, 2012)
  90. morose
    showing a brooding ill humor
    He was never jolly now, but always discontented, and generally querulous, morose, or violently angry.
    Maxwell, W. B. (William Babington)
  91. mortify
    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
    She could have wished that there should never be moonlight more, so shamed and mortified and humiliated did she feel.
    Oliphant, Mrs. (Margaret)
  92. motif
    a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration
    Mr. Dine’s other recurring motifs — hearts, tools and Venuses — are scattered throughout the other galleries and the museum grounds.
    New York Times (Apr 14, 2012)
  93. motley
    consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds
    All sorts and conditions of men were represented in the huge and motley throng.
    Brady, Cyrus Townsend
  94. mull
    reflect deeply on a subject
    Thinkers like Aristotle have mulled over such questions for centuries, says philosopher Mark Vernon in the Magazine's series on modern ethical dilemmas.
    BBC (Jan 25, 2011)
  95. multitudinous
    too numerous to be counted
    Here, along the lines of multitudinous houses, up one street and down another, he wondered which of them might be occupied by her.
    London, Jack
  96. mundane
    found in the ordinary course of events
    But researchers say one thing has not changed and spans the divides - the temporary escape from the mundane routine of everyday life.
    BBC (May 21, 2010)
  97. munificent
    very generous
    My munificent, generous angel will come now and then, and from her cornucopia shower her gifts upon me.
    Sienkiewicz, Henryk
  98. mutiny
    open rebellion against constituted authority (especially by seamen or soldiers against their officers)
    Slaves make insurrection; soldiers or sailors break out in mutiny; subject provinces rise in revolt.
    Fernald, James Champlin
  99. myriad
    a large indefinite number
    In this case, hundreds of drugs are involved, each with myriad approved uses in various animals.
    New York Times (Apr 12, 2012)
  100. mythical
    based on or told of in traditional stories; lacking factual basis or historical validity
    Dating back to classical antiquity, Corinth was reputedly the home of Pegasus, the winged mythical horse.
    Reuters (Jul 11, 2011)