Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Magnanimity (noun) 
the quality or state of being generous
Always known for his magnanimity, John Fenson left his family with a sizeable
inheritance after his death.

Magnification (noun) 
enlargement; the act of making something bigger
Many inclusions are not discernable to the naked eye and require magnification to
become apparent.

Magnitude (noun) 
the quality of being enormous
No could have predicted beforehand the magnitude of the earthquake which was to
occur in Alaska.

Mainstream (noun) 
the prevailing trend, fashion, etc.
Following Thriller, Quincy Jones worked on fewer mainstream dance projects outside
of Michael Jackson's Bad.

Majestic (adjective) 
large and impressive in size, scope, or extent
A majestic movie theater built in Hollywood fifty years ago has finally been torn down.

Makeshift (adjective) 
characterized as an usually crude and temporary substitute for something: resource
“We want to make people aware that the captive-bred seahorse is a much better buy,"
said production manager Ken Maher, from the makeshift laboratory in Connemara,
west Ireland. 

Malfunction (noun) 
to work improperly due to mechanical difficulties
At the lower end of the esophagus, a one way valve (the esophageal sphincter) prevents
the backsplash of stomach contents upward into the esophagus. A malfunction of this
valve is the most common cause of heartburn.

Malice (noun) 
a desire to harm others or to see others suffer
The way the argument played out proved that the customer had convincingly showed
malice toward the worker.

Malnutrition (noun) 
faulty or inadequate nourishment needed to sustain life
An anorexic person, with protruding ribs and resembling a skeleton, often has to be
hospitalized for malnutrition and forced to eat. 

Manageable (adjective) 
capable of being governed
Because enrollment must be kept to a manageable level, early application at a
university of your choice is recommended.

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