M magnanimity Generous and kind, esp. toward a competitor or enemy The team's manager was magnanimous in victory, and praised the losing team. maladroit Awkward in movement or unskilled in behaviour or action She can be a little maladroit in social situations. malediction Words that are intended to bring bad luck to someone or that express the hope that someone will have bad luck malign Causing or intending to cause harm or evil Foreign domination had a malign influence on local politics. manifest To show something clearly, through signs or actions The illness first manifested itself in/as severe stomach pains. martial Relating to soldiers, war, or life in the armed forces mastic To not allow yourself to have something, especially something you like or want matron A married woman who is old enough and of a high enough social class to have the respect of others melancholy Sad a melancholy piece of music mellifluous Having a pleasant and flowing sound The mellifluous sound of the cello mendicant Someone, especially a member of a religious group, who lives by asking people they do not know for money menial (of work) needing little skill or education: a menial job mesmerize To have someone's attention completely so that they cannot think of anything else milieu the people, physical, and social conditions and events that provide the environment in which someone acts or lives: miscreant Someone who behaves badly or does not obey rules We need to discourage miscreants. mitigate To make something less harmful, unpleasant, or bad: It is unclear how to mitigate the effects of tourism on the island. modicum A small amount of something good such as truth or honesty There's not even a modicum of truth in her statement. morbid Too interested in unpleasant subjects, especially death: a morbid fascination with death muse To think about something carefully and for a long time I began to muse about/on the possibility of starting my own business.