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Madonna Tweet Definition of Madonna Like Definition of Madonna on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus
Magdalene Tweet Definition of Magdalene Like Definition of Magdalene on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female).
  2. (context, Biblical character) w:Mary Magdalene, Mary Magdalene, a disciple of Jesus.
Magnificat Tweet Definition of Magnificat Like Definition of Magnificat on Facebook
noun
  1. (music) The liturgical canticle of the Virgin Mary, sung in Christian churches; taken from her reported words at the Annunciation
maigre Tweet Definition of maigre Like Definition of maigre on Facebook
noun
  1. A kind of fish; the meagre
adjective
  1. (cookery) Made without meat (and thus permitted to be eaten on a fast day)
  2. Belonging to a fast day or fast
Majesty Tweet Definition of Majesty Like Definition of Majesty on Facebook
noun (Majesties)
  1. a term of address for royalty and imperiality
His/Her/Your
mandate Tweet Definition of mandate Like Definition of mandate on Facebook
noun
  1. An official or authoritative command; an order or injunction; a commission; a judicial precept.
verb (mandat, ing)
  1. to authorize
maniple Tweet Definition of maniple Like Definition of maniple on Facebook
noun (plural: maniples)
  1. (rare) A handful.
  2. A division of the Roman army numbering 60 or 120 men exclusive of officers, any small body of soldiers; a company.
  3. Originally, a napkin; later, an ornamental band or scarf worn upon the left arm as a part of the vestments of a priest in the Roman Catholic Church, and sometimes worn in the English Church service.
man of God Tweet Definition of man of God Like Definition of man of God on Facebook
noun (plural: men of God)
  1. a minister or priest
  2. a prophet
  3. any godly man
marcionism Tweet Definition of marcionism Like Definition of marcionism on Facebook
noun
  1. (Christianity) A Christian heresy akin to but distinct from gnosticism which rejected the validity of the Old Testament and essentially denied the Trinity, regarding God the Father as an inferior demiurge, and that Jesus had nothing to do with the First Person of the Trinity.
marcionite Tweet Definition of marcionite Like Definition of marcionite on Facebook
noun
  1. A follower of marcionism.
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to marcionism.
Mariolatry Tweet Definition of Mariolatry Like Definition of Mariolatry on Facebook
noun
  1. worship of the Virgin Mary, especially to an excessive degree
Mark Tweet Definition of Mark Like Definition of Mark on Facebook
proper noun (book of the Bible, Gospel of Mark)
  1. (given name, male). Jocular diminutive: Marky.
  2. (biblical) w:Mark the Evangelist, Mark the Evangelist, also called John Mark, first patriarch of Alexandria and credited with the authorship of the Gospel of Mark.
  3. (biblical) The Gospel of St. Mark, a book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the second of the four gospels.
Martinmas Tweet Definition of Martinmas Like Definition of Martinmas on Facebook
noun
  1. St Martin's day, 11th November. A Scottish quarter day.
martyr Tweet Definition of martyr Like Definition of martyr on Facebook
noun
  1. One who takes action according to his religious beliefs accepting that he will be killed by others; one who is put to death for his religion; as, Stephen was the first Christian .
    1. Hence, one who sacrifices his life, his station, or what is of great value to him, for the sake of principle or to sustain a cause.
  2. (with a prepositional phrase of cause) One who suffers greatly.
''Stephen was a to arthritis.
verb
  1. To put to death for adhering to, or acting in accordance with, some belief, especially religious; to sacrifice on account of faith or profession.
  2. To persecute; to torment; to torture.
The lovely Amoret, whose gentle heart
Thou martyrest with sorrow and with smart. "Spenser
martyrology Tweet Definition of martyrology Like Definition of martyrology on Facebook
noun (martyrolog, ies)
  1. (context, Roman Catholicism) A catalogue or list of martyrs (or, more precisely, of saints), arranged in the order of their anniversaries.
  2. (context, Judaism) The story of the deaths of several famous Rabbis (including Rabbi Akiva) by Romans, read both on Yom Kippur and Tisha b'Av.
Mass Tweet Definition of Mass Like Definition of Mass on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, Roman Catholic Church) The principal liturgical service of the Church, including a scripture service and a eucharistic service, which includes the consecration and oblation (offering) of the host and wine. One of the seven sacraments.
  2. (music) A musical composition set to portions of the Mass.
master Tweet Definition of master Like Definition of master on Facebook
noun
  1. someone who has control over something or someone
  2. owner of an animal or slave
  3. the captain of a merchant ship; a master mariner
  4. someone who employs others
  5. an expert at something
  6. a tradesman who is qualified to teach apprentices
  7. a skilled artist
  8. (dated) a courtesy title of a man; mister
  9. a courtesy title for a boy
  10. the original of a document or of a recording
  11. (context, Filmology) The primary wide shot of a scene, into which the closeups will be edited later.
verb
  1. to be a master
  2. to control
  3. to learn to a high degree of proficiency
adjective
  1. masterful
  2. main, principal or predominant
  3. highly skilled
  4. original
maundy Tweet Definition of maundy Like Definition of maundy on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete) A commandment.
  2. (obsolete) The sacrament of the Lord's supper.
  3. The ceremony of washing the foot, feet of poor persons or inferiors, performed as a religious rite on Maundy Thursday in commemoration of Christ's washing the disciples' feet at the last supper.
  4. The office appointed to be read during the ceremony of feet-washing.
Maundy Thursday Tweet Definition of Maundy Thursday Like Definition of Maundy Thursday on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The Thursday before Easter; commemorates the Last Supper.
meeting Tweet Definition of meeting Like Definition of meeting on Facebook
noun
  1. (rfex) An agreed upon event which happens at a specified time and place.
  2. A gathering among business people to discuss their business.
The next will be on Tuesday at 3:00PM.
  1. An encounter between people.
They came together in a chance on the way home from work.
verb
  1. (present participle of, meet)
memento Tweet Definition of memento Like Definition of memento on Facebook
noun (mementos, pl2=mementoes)
  1. A keepsake; an object kept as a reminder of a place or event.
I kept the shell as a of my visit to the seashore.
mendicant Tweet Definition of mendicant Like Definition of mendicant on Facebook
noun
  1. A beggar.
  2. A religious friar forbidden to own personal property who begs for a living.
adjective
  1. Depending on alms for a living.
Mennonite Tweet Definition of Mennonite Like Definition of Mennonite on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a group of denominations in the anabaptist movement in the Christian church
  2. a member of such a denomination
Mensa Tweet Definition of Mensa Like Definition of Mensa on Facebook
proper noun
  1. w:Mensa International, Mensa International; an organisation for people with very high IQs.
merit Tweet Definition of merit Like Definition of merit on Facebook
noun
  1. Something deserving either good or bad.
    • His reward for his was a check for $50.
      1. Something worthy of a high rating.
      2. A claim to commendation or reward.
      3. The quality of deserving reward.
verb
  1. (transitive) To earn or to deserve.
  2. {{intransitive} To be worthy or deserving.
Messiah Tweet Definition of Messiah Like Definition of Messiah on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Christianity) Jesus
Methodist Tweet Definition of Methodist Like Definition of Methodist on Facebook
noun
  1. A member of the Methodist Church; A Wesleyan
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to the branch of Christianity that adheres to the views of Wesley
metropolis Tweet Definition of metropolis Like Definition of metropolis on Facebook
noun (es, pl2=metropoleis)
  1. Any large, busy city, especially as the main city in an area or country or as distinguished from surrounding rural areas.
  2. (obsolete) The see of a metropolitan bishop.
  3. The chief city of a colony, especially in Ancient Greece.
metropolitan Tweet Definition of metropolitan Like Definition of metropolitan on Facebook
noun
  1. In Eastern Orthodoxy, a bishop empowered to oversee other bishops, an archbishop. Their demesne is an Archeparchy.
  2. the inhabitant of a metropolis
adjective
  1. urban
midweek Tweet Definition of midweek Like Definition of midweek on Facebook
noun
  1. The middle of the week.
adjective (no comparative or superlative; used only before a noun)
  1. Happening in the middle of the week.
adverb
  1. In the middle of the week.
Millerite Tweet Definition of Millerite Like Definition of Millerite on Facebook
noun
  1. (Christianity) One who followed the calculations of William Miller or his followers than the world would end October 22, 1844; when it didn't, the w:Great Disappointment occured. The subsequent denominations his movement spawned include the Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses and the (w:Campbellite) w:Restorationism,, Restorationists.
1924 The voices of the Millerites were heard singing and shouting and exhorting each other to stand firm, and to see to it that their lamps were trimmed and burning, ready for the awful moment whenever it might come. Still - nothing happened! " Clara Endicott Sears, Days of Delusion - A Strange Bit of History, http://www.ellenwhite.org/delusion/daysof8.htm Chapter 8.
mind Tweet Definition of mind Like Definition of mind on Facebook
noun
  1. The ability for rational thought.
Despite advancing age his was still as sharp as ever.
  1. The ability to be aware of things.
There was no doubt in his that they would win.
  1. The ability to remember things.
My just went blank.
  1. The ability to focus the thoughts.
I can"t keep my on what I"m doing.
  1. Somebody that embodies certain mental qualities.
He was one of history"s greatest minds.
  1. Judgment, opinion, or view.
He changed his after hearing the speech.
  1. Desire, inclination, or intention.
She had a to go to Paris.
A to the madness.
  1. A healthy mental state.
I, __ being of sound and body, do hereby...
You are losing your .
  1. (philosophy) The spirit of consciousness regarded as an aspect of reality.
In the philosophy of , dualism is about the relationship between and matter.
verb
  1. To pay attention to.
Mind the gap.
Mind one"s manners.
Mind you, she's very able.
  1. To care, to object, to have a contrary opinion.
I don"t .
  1. To look after, to take care of.
Would you my bag for me?
minim Tweet Definition of minim Like Definition of minim on Facebook
noun
  1. (music) a half note, drawn as a semibreve with a stem.
minister Tweet Definition of minister Like Definition of minister on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who is trained to perform religious ceremonies at a Protestant church.
The minister said a prayer on behalf of the entire congregation.
  1. A person who is commissioned by the government for public service.
He was newly appointed to be Minister of the Interior.
  1. Someone who serves others.
verb
  1. (transitive) To attend to; to tend.
A newspaper headline: Couple leaves business world to to inner-city children
ministerial Tweet Definition of ministerial Like Definition of ministerial on Facebook
adjective
  1. Related to a religious minister or ministry.
  2. Related to a governmental minister or ministry.
  3. Having the power to wield delegated executive authority.
  4. Serving as an instrument or means.
ministry Tweet Definition of ministry Like Definition of ministry on Facebook
noun (ministr, ies)
  1. The active practice and education of a particular religion or faith. See also: minister
  2. Government department in a regal system (eg the current UK system)
    • "she works for the ministry of finance"
minor Tweet Definition of minor Like Definition of minor on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who is below the legal age of responsibility or accountability.
  2. A subject area of secondary concentration of a student at a college or university, or the student who has chosen such a secondary concentration.
    • I had so many credit hours of English, it became my .
    • I became an English .
verb
  1. To choose or have an area of secondary concentration as a student in a college or university.
    • I had so many credit hours of English, I decided to in it.
adjective
  1. of little significance or importance.
  2. (music): Of a musical scale in which some notes are sounded flat.
Miserere Tweet Definition of Miserere Like Definition of Miserere on Facebook
noun
  1. The 51st Psalm, sometimes set to music.
misericord Tweet Definition of misericord Like Definition of misericord on Facebook
noun
  1. relaxation of monastic rules.
  2. The room in a monastery for monks granted such relaxation.
  3. a subsellium.
  4. a medieval dagger, used for the mercy stroke to a wounded foe.
mission Tweet Definition of mission Like Definition of mission on Facebook
noun
  1. A duty that involves fulfilling a request.
  2. Religious evangelism. See also: missionary
  3. (the missions) collective term for third world charities, particularly those which preach as well as provide aid.
missionary Tweet Definition of missionary Like Definition of missionary on Facebook
noun (missionar, ies)
  1. A person who travels attempting to spread a religion or a creed.
  2. (pejorative) A naive religious fanatic.
miter Tweet Definition of miter Like Definition of miter on Facebook
verb
  1. To finish a material at an angle, frequently 45 degrees, such that it will fit up tightly against another piece of material, as with a picture frame.
mitered Tweet Definition of mitered Like Definition of mitered on Facebook
verb
  1. (past of, miter)
modernist Tweet Definition of modernist Like Definition of modernist on Facebook
noun
  1. a follower or proponent of modernism
adjective
  1. of, or relating to modernism
monastery Tweet Definition of monastery Like Definition of monastery on Facebook
noun (pl=monasteries)
  1. Place of residence for members of a religious community (especially monk, monks).
monastic Tweet Definition of monastic Like Definition of monastic on Facebook
noun
  1. A person with monastic ways, e.g. monks
adjective
  1. of or relating to monastery, monasteries or monks
monasticism Tweet Definition of monasticism Like Definition of monasticism on Facebook
noun
  1. the religious practice of renouncing all worldly pursuits in order to fully devote one's life to spiritual work
monk Tweet Definition of monk Like Definition of monk on Facebook
noun
  1. A male member of a monastic order who has devoted his life for religious service.
  2. (context, slang) A male who leads an isolated life; a loner, a hermit.
  3. (context, slang) An unmarried man who does not have sexual relationships.
  4. (context, slang) A judge.
monophysite Tweet Definition of monophysite Like Definition of monophysite on Facebook
noun
  1. (Christianity) A member of an heretical Christian sect which held that Jesus Christ has one nature that is both human nature and divine at the same time, as opposed to the orthodox view that Christ has two natures, both fully man and fully God, and is co-eternal and co-substantial with the Father. The Church of Alexandria in Egypt was considered monophysite, and therefore heterodox instead of orthodox.
= adjective
  1. Describing the beliefs of a monophysite.
    • It followed that however orthodox the Emperor might desire to be, he was forced, if he was a wise man, to take account of the strong bodies of opinion, which were to be found in Constantinople, in Mesopotamia, in Syria and in Egypt. - 1957 H. A. L. Fisher A history of Europe Edward Arnold publishers p135.
monotheism Tweet Definition of monotheism Like Definition of monotheism on Facebook
noun
  1. The belief in a single god, deity, spirit, etc.; especially within an organized religion, faith, or creed.
monstrance Tweet Definition of monstrance Like Definition of monstrance on Facebook
noun
  1. An ornamental, often precious receptacle, either open or with a transparent cover, in which the consecrated host is placed for veneration.
Mormon Tweet Definition of Mormon Like Definition of Mormon on Facebook
noun
  1. Nickname of a person who belongs to one of the Christian religious groups related to the religion founded by w:Joseph Smith, Jr., Joseph Smith, Jr., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
proper noun (wikipedia, Mormon (prophet))
  1. The ancient American prophet of Mormon theology who compiled the Book of Mormon, originally written in reformed Egyptian.
  2. Male given name.
adjective
  1. Of, or pertaining to, the faith established by Joseph Smith, Jr.
morse Tweet Definition of morse Like Definition of morse on Facebook
noun (morses)
  1. A walrus, Walrus.
1880-1881: Clements R Markham (editor), The Voyages of William Baffin, 1612-1622
  • Then we passed through a great deale of small ice, and sawe, upon some peices, two morses, and upon some, one; and also diuers seales, layeing upon peices of ice.
Mother Tweet Definition of Mother Like Definition of Mother on Facebook
proper noun
  1. One's mother
  2. A title given to a nun or a priestess
mother superior Tweet Definition of mother superior Like Definition of mother superior on Facebook
noun
  1. a nun in charge of a priory or convent; either a prioress or an abbess
mourner Tweet Definition of mourner Like Definition of mourner on Facebook
noun
  1. Someone filled with or expressing grief or sadness, especially over a death; someone who mourns.
mourners' bench Tweet Definition of mourners Like Definition of mourners
noun
  1. A bench, seat, rail, pew, etc. set aside for mourners and repentant sinners that is usually found at the front of a revival meeting or southern evangelical church.
mozarab Tweet Definition of mozarab Like Definition of mozarab on Facebook
noun
  1. An Iberian Christian living under Muslim domination.
Mozarabic Tweet Definition of Mozarabic Like Definition of Mozarabic on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a continuum of closely related Romance dialects spoken in Muslim-dominated areas of the Iberian Peninsula during the early stages of Romance language development in Iberia.
mystery Tweet Definition of mystery Like Definition of mystery on Facebook
noun (mysteries)
  1. Something secret or unexplainable; unknown.
The truth behind the events remains a .
  1. Someone or thing with an obscure or puzzling nature.
That man is a .
  1. (rfv-sense) A truth that needs divine revelation.
  2. (rfv-sense) A particular sequence of events in the life of Jesus, Christ.
  3. In the plural, in usage until the 18th century, the name given to different trades.
mystic Tweet Definition of mystic Like Definition of mystic on Facebook
noun
  1. Someone who practices mysticism.
category:Occult adjective
  1. Of, or relating to mystics, mysticism or occult mysteries; mystical.
  2. mysterious, Mysterious and strange; arcane, obscure or enigmatic.

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