Obs. fondle; pet, spoil, baby, indulge, dote on, cater to, wait on hand and foot,
molt, v. mew, shed, shed the skin, exuviate, cast off, slough; come off, peel or peel off, exfoliate, Pathol. desquamate.
molten, adj. melted, fused, smelted, liquefied, liqui
dized, fluidized, dissolved; igneous, volcanic; heated, red-hot, white-hot.
moment, n. 1. instant, second, Inf. sec, minute,
short time, little while; no time, less than no time, twinkling, twinkling or twinkle of an eye, wink, wink of an eye, trice, flash, Inf. jiffy or jiff, Inf. whipstitch, Inf. two shakes, Inf. two shakes of a lamb's tail, Inf. a brace of shakes.
2. period, point, point in time, time; juncture, hour, day, season, stage.
3. importance, import, significance, consequence, first order, first rank; weight, gravity; prominence, eminence, mark, note; concern, Archaic, concernment, consideration, interest.
momentarily, adv. 1. for a moment, for a second,
for a minute, for a little or short while, for a short
time, shortly, briefly.
2. every moment, all the time, from moment to moment, from minute to minute.
3. at any moment, any moment now, any time now, any second now, any minute, now.
momentary, adj. 1. instantaneous, instant, immediate, quick, quick as a flash, quick as thought or lightning; abrupt, sudden.
2. brief, short, short-lived, temporary, impermanent, transient, transitory, here today and gone tomorrow, fly-by-night; ephemeral, evanescent, fleeting, flitting, passing, fading.
momentous, adj. crucial, critical, climacteric, eventful, pivotal, decisive; heavy, portentous, fraught, charged, laden; serious, grave, weighty, consequential, significant; major, considerable, landmark, vital, of vital interest, all important, of the utmost importance, high-priority, earthshaking; important, of importance, of significance, of consequence, of weight, of moment, of concern, of interest, not to be overlooked, Inf. not to be sneezed at.
momentum, n. impetus, impulse, driving power, drive, thrust, push, force, energy; speed,
monachism, n. See - monasticism. monarch, n. 1. sovereign, ruler, rex, crowned head, potentate, dynast, majesty, royal personage, king, queen, Pharaoh; emperor, empress, king of kings, czar, kaiser, Great Mogul, (in ancient Rome) im-perator, (in Incan empire) Inca, (in medieval China) khan, (in Japan) mikado, (in Ethiopia) Negus.
2. autocrat, monocrat, autarch, overlord; dictator, tyrant, despot; absolute monarch, absolute ruler, supreme master.
monarchal, adj. royal, regal, monarchical, monarchic, kingly, queenly, lordly, princely,
monarchism, n. royalism, imperialism, divine right of kings or divine right; conservatism, rightism, (in Great Britain) Toryism, (in France) Bourbonism.
monarchy, n. 1. kingdom, sovereign nation or state, realm, domain, dominion, principate, principality, empire, empery; duchy, dukedom, earldom, palatinate, caliphate.
2. autocracy, absolutism, despotism, totalitarianism, authoritarianism, monocracy, one-man rule, one-party rule, Caesarism, Stalinism; tyranny, uncontrolled or unlimited authority, complete control, absolute power or control, iron hand, iron fist, iron rule,
monastery, n. 1. cloister, abbey, priory, friary, charterhouse, cenoby, (usu. contemptuous) monkery;