Law Dictionary – Legal Words ( M )

macadamize To cover or pave, as a path or roadway, with small broken stone.

machinery The parts of a machine or engine, taken collectively.

machinist One who makes or repairs machines, or uses metal-working tools.

macrocosm The whole of any sphere or department of nature or knowledge to which man is related.

madden To inflame with passion.

Madonna A painted or sculptured representation of the Virgin, usually with the infant Jesus.

magician A sorcerer.

magisterial Having an air of authority.

magistracy The office or dignity of a magistrate.

magnanimous Generous in treating or judging others.

magnate A person of rank or importance.

magnet A body possessing that peculiar form of polarity found in nature in the lodestone.

magnetize To make a magnet of, permanently, or temporarily.

magnificence The exhibition of greatness of action, character, intellect, wealth, or power.

magnificent Grand or majestic in appearance, quality, or action.

magnitude Importance.

maharaja A great Hindu prince.

maidenhood Virginity.

maintain To hold or preserve in any particular state or condition.

maintenance That which supports or sustains.

maize Indian corn: usually in the United States called simply corn.

makeup The arrangements or combination of the parts of which anything is composed.

malady Any physical disease or disorder, especially a chronic or deep-seated one.

malaria A fever characterized by alternating chills, fever, and sweating.

malcontent One who is dissatisfied with the existing state of affairs.

malediction The calling down of a curse or curses.

malefactor One who injures another.

maleficent Mischievous.

malevolence Ill will.

malevolent Wishing evil to others.

malign To speak evil of, especially to do so falsely and severely.

malignant Evil in nature or tending to do great harm or mischief.

malleable Pliant.

mallet A wooden hammer.

maltreat To treat ill, unkindly, roughly, or abusively.

man-trap –  A place or structure dangerous to human life.

mandate A command.

mandatory Expressive of positive command, as distinguished from merely directory.

mane The long hair growing upon and about the neck of certain animals, as the horse and the lion.

man-eater An animal that devours human beings.

maneuver To make adroit or artful moves: manage affairs by strategy.

mania Insanity.

maniac a person raving with madness.

manifesto A public declaration, making announcement, explanation or defense of intentions, or motives.

manlike Like a man.

manliness The qualities characteristic of a true man, as bravery, resolution, etc.

mannerism Constant or excessive adherence to one manner, style, or peculiarity, as of action or conduct.

manor The landed estate of a lord or nobleman.

mantel The facing, sometimes richly ornamented, about a fireplace, including the usual shelf above it.

mantle A cloak.

manufacturer A person engaged in manufacturing as a business.

manumission Emancipation.

manumit To set free from bondage.

marine Of or pertaining to the sea or matters connected with the sea.

maritime Situated on or near the sea.

maroon To put ashore and abandon (a person) on a desolate coast or island.

martial Pertaining to war or military operations.

Martian Pertaining to Mars, either the Roman god of war or the planet.

martyrdom Submission to death or persecution for the sake of faith or principle.

marvel To be astonished and perplexed because of (something).

masonry The art or work of constructing, as buildings, walls, etc., with regularly arranged stones.

masquerade A social party composed of persons masked and costumed so as to be disguised.

massacre The unnecessary and indiscriminate killing of human beings.

massive Of considerable bulk and weight.

masterpiece A superior production.

mastery The attainment of superior skill.

material That of which anything is composed or may be constructed.

materialize To take perceptible or substantial form.

maternal Pertaining or peculiar to a mother or to motherhood.

matinee An entertainment (especially theatrical) held in the daytime.

matricide The killing, especially the murdering, of one’s mother.

matrimony The union of a man and a woman in marriage.

matrix That which contains and gives shape or form to anything.

matter of fact –  Something that has actual and undeniable existence or reality.

maudlin Foolishly and tearfully affectionate.

mausoleum A tomb of more than ordinary size or architectural pretensions.

mawkish Sickening or insipid.

maxim A principle accepted as true and acted on as a rule or guide.

maze A labyrinth.

mead A meadow.

meager scanty.

mealy-mouthed Afraid to express facts or opinions plainly.

meander To wind and turn while proceeding in a course.

mechanics The branch of physics that treats the phenomena caused by the action of forces.

medallion A large medal.

meddlesome Interfering.

medial Of or pertaining to the middle.

mediate To effect by negotiating as an agent between parties.

medicine A substance possessing or reputed to possess curative or remedial properties.

medieval Belonging or relating to or descriptive of the middle ages.

mediocre Ordinary.

meditation The turning or revolving of a subject in the mind.

medley A composition of different songs or parts of songs arranged to run as a continuous whole.

meliorate To make better or improve, as in quality or social or physical condition.

mellifluous Sweetly or smoothly flowing.

melodious Characterized by a sweet succession of sounds.

melodrama A drama with a romantic story or plot and sensational situation and incidents.

memento A souvenir.

memorable Noteworthy.

menace A threat.

menagerie A collection of wild animals, especially when kept for exhibition.

mendacious Untrue.

mendicant A beggar.

mentality Intellectuality.

mentor A wise and faithful teacher, guide, and friend.

mercantile Conducted or acting on business principles; commercial.

mercenary Greedy

merciful Disposed to pity and forgive.

merciless Cruel.

meretricious Alluring by false or gaudy show.

mesmerize To hypnotize.

messieurs pl. Gentlemen.

metal An element that forms a base by combining with oxygen, is usually hard, heavy, and lustrous.

metallurgy The art or science of extracting a metal from ores, as by smelting.

metamorphosis A passing from one form or shape into another.

metaphor A figure of speech in which one object is likened to another, by speaking as if the other.

metaphysical Philosophical.

metaphysician One skilled in metaphysics.

metaphysics The principles of philosophy as applied to explain the methods of any particular science.

mete To apportion.

metempsychosis Transition of the soul of a human being at death into another body, whether human or beast.

meticulous Over-cautious.

metonymy A figure of speech that consists in the naming of a thing by one of its attributes.

metric Relating to measurement.

metronome An instrument for indicating and marking exact time in music.

metropolis A chief city, either the capital or the largest or most important city of a state.

metropolitan Pertaining to a chief city.

mettle Courage.

mettlesome Having courage or spirit.

microcosm The world or universe on a small scale.

micrometer An instrument for measuring very small angles or dimensions.

microphone An apparatus for magnifying faint sounds.

microscope An instrument for assisting the eye in the vision of minute objects or features of objects.

microscopic Adapted to or characterized by minute observation.

microscopy The art of examing objects with the microscope.

midsummer The middle of the summer.

midwife A woman who makes a business of assisting at childbirth.

mien The external appearance or manner of a person.

migrant Wandering.

migrate To remove or pass from one country, region, or habitat to another.

migratory Wandering.

mileage A distance in miles.

militant Of a warlike or combative disposition or tendency.

militarism A policy of maintaining great standing armies.

militate To have weight or influence (in determining a question).

militia Those citizens, collectively, who are enrolled and drilled in temporary military organizations.

Milky Way –  The galaxy.

millet A grass cultivated for forage and cereal.

mimic To imitate the speech or actions of.

miniature Much smaller than reality or that the normal size.

minimize To reduce to the smallest possible amount or degree.

minion A servile favorite.

ministration Any religious ceremonial.

ministry A service.

minority The smaller in number of two portions into which a number or a group is divided.

minute Exceedingly small in extent or quantity.

minutia A small or unimportant particular or detail.

mirage An optical effect looking like a sheet of water in the desert.

misadventure An unlucky accident.

misanthropic Hating mankind.

misanthropy Hatred of mankind.

misapprehend To misunderstand.

misbehave To behave ill.

misbehavior Ill or improper behavior.

mischievous Fond of tricks.

miscount To make a mistake in counting.

miscreant A villain.

misdeed A wrong or improper act.

misdemeanor Evil conduct, small crime.

miser A person given to saving and hoarding unduly.

mishap Misfortune.

misinterpret To misunderstand.

mislay To misplace.

mismanage To manage badly, improperly, or unskillfully.

misnomer A name wrongly or mistakenly applied.

misogamy Hatred of marriage.

misogyny Hatred of women.

misplace To put into a wrong place.

misrepresent To give a wrong impression.

misrule To misgovern.

missal The book containing the service for the celebration of mass.

missile Any object, especially a weapon, thrown or intended to be thrown.

missive A message in writing.

mistrust To regard with suspicion or jealousy.

misty Lacking clearness

misunderstand To Take in a wrong sense.

misuse To maltreat.

mite A very small amount, portion, or particle.

miter The junction of two bodies at an equally divided angle.

mitigate To make milder or more endurable.

mnemonics A system of principles and formulas designed to assist the recollection in certain instances.

moat A ditch on the outside of a fortress wall.

mobocracy Lawless control of public affairs by the mob or populace.

moccasin A foot-covering made of soft leather or buckskin.

mockery Ridicule.

moderation Temperance.

moderator The presiding officer of a meeting.

modernity The state or character of being modern.

modernize To make characteristic of the present or of recent times.

modification A change.

modify To make somewhat different.

modish Fashionable.

modulate To vary in tone, inflection, pitch or other quality of sound.

mollify To soothe.

molt To cast off, as hair, feathers, etc.

momentary Lasting but a short time.

momentous Very significant.

momentum An impetus.

monarchy Government by a single, sovereign ruler.

monastery A dwelling-place occupied in common by persons under religious vows of seclusion.

monetary Financial.

mongrel The progeny resulting from the crossing of different breeds or varieties.

monition Friendly counsel given by way of warning and implying caution or reproof.

monitory Admonition or warning.

monocracy Government by a single person.

monogamy The habit of pairing, or having but one mate.

monogram A character consisting of two or more letters interwoven into one, usually initials of a name.

monograph A treatise discussing a single subject or branch of a subject.

monolith Any structure or sculpture in stone formed of a single piece.

monologue A story or drama told or performed by one person.

monomania The unreasonable pursuit of one idea.

monopoly The control of a thing, as a commodity, to enable a person to raise its price.

monosyllable A word of one syllable.

monotone The sameness or monotony of utterance.

monotonous Unchanging and tedious.

monotony A lack of variety.

monsieur A French title of respect, equivalent to Mr. and sir.

monstrosity Anything unnaturally huge or distorted.

moonbeam A ray of moonlight.

morale A state of mind with reference to confidence, courage, zeal, and the like.

moralist A writer on ethics.

morality Virtue.

moralize To render virtuous.

moratorium An emergency legislation authorizing a government suspend some action temporarily.

morbid Caused by or denoting a diseased or unsound condition of body or mind.

mordacious Biting or giving to biting.

mordant Biting.

moribund On the point of dying.

morose Gloomy.

morphology the science of organic forms.

motley Composed of heterogeneous or inharmonious elements.

motto An expressive word or pithy sentence enunciating some guiding rule of life, or faith.

mountaineer One who travels among or climbs mountains for pleasure or exercise.

mountainous Full of or abounding in mountains.

mouthful As much as can be or is usually put into the or exercise.

muddle To confuse or becloud, especially with or as with drink.

muffle To deaden the sound of, as by wraps.

mulatto The offspring of a white person and a black person.

muleteer A mule-driver.

multiform Having many shapes, or appearances.

multiplicity the condition of being manifold or very various.

mundane Worldly, as opposed to spiritual or celestial.

municipal Of or pertaining to a town or city, or to its corporate or local government.

municipality A district enjoying municipal government.

munificence A giving characterized by generous motives and extraordinary liberality.

munificent Extraordinarily generous.

muster An assemblage or review of troops for parade or inspection, or for numbering off.

mutation The act or process of change.

mutilate To disfigure.

mutiny Rebellion against lawful or constituted authority.

myriad A vast indefinite number.

mystic One who professes direct divine illumination, or relies upon meditation to acquire truth.

mystification The act of artfully perplexing.

myth A fictitious narrative presented as historical, but without any basis of fact.

mythology The whole body of legends cherished by a race concerning gods and heroes.

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