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Macabre

gruesome; grisly; ghastly; CF. of death

Usage

The macabre murder made the headlines for a week straight.

macabre

Mace

ceremonial staff used as a symbol of authority; clublike medieval weapon

Usage

a life-size statue of the king holding a golden mace

mace
Mnemonic

Don't Mess with me otherwise i will hit you with a mace

Macerate

soften by soaking in liquid; waste away; Ex. macerate powdered wood to make paper

Usage

It was necessary to macerate the food before the elderly man could eat it.

macerate

Machiavellian

crafty; double-dealing; of the political doctrine of Machiavelli, which holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuing political power

Usage

He resorted to Machiavellian tactics in order to get ahead.

Mnemonic

A villain is always crafty and double dealing (Machiavellian)

Machinations

evil schemes or plots; schemes or plots to achieve an evil end; V. machinate

Usage

The machinations of the duke eventually resulted in him being crowned king.

machinations
Mnemonic

Machine Guns in Nation for Machinations.

Maculated

spotted; stained; CF. immaculate

Usage

Grape juice maculated the carpet.

maculated

Madrigal

pastoral song; song for several singers without instruments

Usage

The group was madrigaling beautifully.

madrigal
Mnemonic

Married Girl Madrigal for a married girl (Shahnai tune in the background)

Maelstrom

violent whirlpool; violent or tublent situation; CF. stream

Usage

Inside, she was a maelstrom of churning emotions

maelstrom
Mnemonic

Male + Strom Mal (Bad) + Storm

Magisterial

authoritative; imperious; commanding; of a magistrate; Ex. magisterial study of Roman law; Ex. magisterial manner

Usage

The judge spoke with magisterial gravity

magisterial
Mnemonic

Magistrate speaks in Magisterial voice.

Magistrate

official with power to administer the law

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