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turgid
swollen; distended (as from liquid)
turmoil
extreme confusion; great commotion and confusion; Ex. throw the country into turmoil
turncoat
traitor
turpitude
depravity; baseness; Ex. moral turpitude
tutelage
guardianship; training; function of a tutor; instruction
tutelary
protective; pertaining to a guardianship; Ex. tutelary deities
tycoon
wealthy and powerful businessperson; wealthy leader; magnate; Ex. business tycoon
typhoon
tropical hurricane or cyclone
tyranny
oppression; cruel government; ADJ. tyrannical: of a tyrant or tyranny; despotic; V. tyrannize: treat tyrannically; oppress
tyro
beginner; novice
ubiquitous
being everywhere; omnipresent; N. ubiquity
ulcer
sore place appearing on the skin inside or outside the body; Ex. stomach ulcer; ADJ. ulcerous; V. ulcerate
ulterior
intentionally hidden; beyond what is evident; situated beyond; unstated and often questionable; Ex. ulterior motive
ultimate
final; not susceptible to further analysis; fundamental; Ex. The sun is the ultimate source of energy.
ultimatum
last demand; last warning; last statement of conditions that must be met; Ex. They have ignored our ultimatum.
umbrage
resentment; anger; sense of injury or insult; Ex. take umbrage at his rudeness
unaccountable
unexplicable; impossible to account for; unreasonable or mysterious
unanimity
complete agreement; ADJ. unanimous
unassailable
not open to attack; impregnable; not subject to question
unassuaged
unsatisfied; not soothed
unassuming
modest; Ex. the champion's unassuming manner
unbridled
violent; uncontrolled; Ex. unbridled rage/greed
uncanny
strange; mysterious; Ex. uncanny knack
unceremonious
not done politely without due formalities
unconscionable
unscrupulous; not guided by conscience; excessive; beyond reason; Ex. unconscionable demand
uncouth
boorish; clumsy in speech or behavior; outlandish
unction
the act of anointing with oil; Ex. extreme unction
unctuous
oily; bland; insincerely suave
underhand(underhanded)
done slyly and secretly (being dishonest)
underlying
lying below; fundamental
undermine
weaken gradually; sap; dig a mine beneath
underscore
underline; emphasize
understate
state with less truth than seems warranted by the facts; Ex. He understated the seriousness of the crime; N. understatement; OP. overstate
undertaker
funeral director; one whose business is to arrange burials
undulating
moving with a wavelike motion; V. undulate; CF. und: wave
unearth
dig up; discover (facts) by careful searching; Ex. He unearthed some secrets about her; OP. conceal
unearthly
not earthly; supernatural; weird; ghostly
unequivocal
plain; clear; obvious
unerringly
infallibly; ADJ. unerring: making no mistakes
unexceptionable
entirely acceptable; not offering any basis for criticism
unfaltering
steadfast; firm; not changing
unfeigned
genuine; real
unfetter
liberate; free from chains; V. unfetter
unfledged
immature; not having the feathers necessary to fly; CF. fledgling
unfrock
defrock; strip a priest or minister of church authority
ungainly
(of someone) awkward in movement; clumsy; (of something) unwieldy; Ex. ungainly dancer/instrument
unguent
ointment
uniformity
sameness; monotony; ADJ. uniform: the same all over
unilateral
one-sided; involving or affecting only one side; Ex. unilateral declaration
unimpeachable
that cannot be impeached; beyond doubt or question; blameless and exemplary
uninhibited
having no inhibitions; free in behavior and feelings
uninhibited
unrepressed; free in behavior and feelings
unintimating
unfrightening
unique
without an equal; single in kind
unison
unity of pitch (in musical performance); complete accord; Ex. The choir sang in unison.
universal
characterizing or affecting all; general; present everywhere; of the universe; cosmic; Ex. universal agreement; Ex. a subject of universal interest
unkempt
disheveled; uncared for in appearance; not combed; CF. comb
unmitigated
(of something bad) not moderated; unrelieved or immoderate; without qualification; absolute; Ex. unmitigated disaster
unobtrusive
inconspicuous; not blatant
unprecedented
having no previous example; novel; unparalleled
unprepossessing
unattractive
unravel
disentangle; solve
unregenerate
making no attempt to change one's bad practices
unrequited
not requited; not reciprocated; Ex. unrequited love
unruly
disobedient; lawless; difficult to control
unsavory
distasteful; disagreeable; morally offensive; Ex. unsavory activity/reputation
unscathed
unharmed; Ex. escape the accident unscathed
unseemly
unbecoming; not proper in behavior; indecent; Ex. leave with unseemly haste
unsightly
ugly; unpleasant to look at
unsullied
untarnished; CF. sully
unta
group of persons joined in political intrigue; cabal; group of military officers ruling a country after seizing power (by force)
untenable
(of a position, esp. in an argument) indefensible; not able to be maintained
untoward
unexpected and adverse; unfortunate or unlucky; Ex. untoward encounter
unwarranted
unjustified; having no justification; groundless; baseless; undeserved
unwieldy
awkward (to carry or move); cumbersome; unmanageable
unwitting
not knowing; unaware; unintentional; Ex. She was their unwitting accomplice; Ex. unwitting insult; CF. wit: know
unwonted
unaccustomed; unusual; Ex. He arrived with unwonted punctuality.
upbraid
reprimand; severely scold
upright
(sitting or standing) straight up; honest; moral
uproar
noisy confusion
uproarious
marked by commotion or uproar; very noisy (esp. with laughter); hilarious; causing loud laughter; extremely funny
upshot
outcome; final result
urbane
suave; refined in manner; elegant
urchin
mischievous child (usually a boy); CF. urchin: hedgehog; CF. porcupine: pig with spikes ; CF. sea urchin
urge
drive or force forward (by causing impulses); drive to take action; impel; entreat earnestly; Ex. urge horses; N: impulse that prompts action
urgent
compelling immediate action; pressing; persistent; importunate; Ex. urgent in his demands
ursine
bearlike; pertaining to a bear
usage
act or manner of using; accepted practice; way in which words are actually used
usurp
seize another's power or rank (without legal authority); supplant; appropriate; N. usurpation; CF. take for one's own use
usury
lending money at illegal high rates of interest
utopia
ideal place, state, or society; ADJ. utopian
uxorious
excessively submissive or devoted to one's wife; CF. uxor: wife
vacillate
waver (in opinion); fluctuate; sway to and fro; N. vacillation
vacuous
empty; lacking in ideas; inane; stupid; Ex. vacuous expression; N. vacuity
vagabond
wanderer (without a permanent home); tramp
vagary
capricious happening; caprice; whim; CF. wander
vagrant
homeless wanderer
vagrant
wandering from place to place; roving; stray; moving in a random fashion; Ex. vagrant thoughts; N. vagrancy
vain
full of self-admiration; conceited; without result; unsuccessful; N. vanity
vainglorious
boastful; excessively conceited; N. vainglory: great vanity
valediction
saying farewell; expression of leave-taking
valedictory
pertaining to farewell; N: farewell address (esp. at graduation exercises)
valid
logically convincing; sound; legally acceptable; effective; Ex. valid reasoning/passport
validate
make valid; confirm; ratify
valor
bravery; ADJ. valiant: possessing valor; brave
vampire
ghostly being that sucks the blood of the living
vanguard
forerunners; foremost position of an army; advance forces; foremost position in a trend or movement; CF. rearguard
vantage
position giving an advantage (such as a strategic point); CF. vantagepoint
vaporize
turn into vapor (steam, gas, fog, etc.)
variegate
change the appearance of (by marking with different colors)
variegated
(esp. of a flower or leaf) many-colored
varnish
paint used to coat a surface with a glossy film; glossy coating produced by using this substance; Ex. nail varnish; V.
vassal
in feudalism, one who held land of a superior lord; subordinate or dependent
vaunted
boasted; bragged; highly publicized; V. vaunt: boast; brag
veer
change in direction; swerve
vegetate
live in a monotonous way (without interests or activity); CF. vegetation: plants of an area; CF. vegetarian; CF. vegan
vehement
forceful; intensely emotional; with marked vigor; strong; N. vehemence
velocity
speed
venal
capable of being bribed; corrupt; CF. vernal
vendetta
blood feud (esp. between two families); CF. Nina Williams
vendor
seller
veneer
thin surface layer (of good quality wood, glued to a base of inferior material); cover; surface show; fa\c{c}ade; V.
venerable
deserving high respect; commanding respect; CF. command: deserve and get
venerate
revere; treat with great respect
venial
(of a fault or sin) forgivable; trivial
venison
meat of a deer; CF. cow: beef; CF. pig: pork, ham, bacon; CF. calf: veal; CF. sheep: mutton; CF. lamb: lamb
venom
poison (of an animal); hatred; Ex. remarks full of venom; ADJ. venomous
vent
release or discharge through a vent; express (esp. unfairly); utter; Ex. He vented his wrath on his family.
vent
small opening; outlet (as of fumes or a gas); Ex. He gave vent to his anger by kicking the chair.
ventilate
admit fresh air into to replace stale air
ventral
abdominal
ventriloquist
someone who can make his or her voice seem to come from another person or thing (without moving lips or jaws); N. ventriloquism, ventriloquy
venture
risk; expose to risk; dare; undertake a risk; N.
venturesome
(of a person) bold; adventurous; daring; (of an action) risky
venue
location; place (of a crime, trial, gathering, etc.); CF. come
veracious
(of a person) truthful
veracity
truthfulness; adherence to the truth
verbalize
put into words; ADJ. verbal: of words; spoken rather than written; oral; of a verb
verbatim
word for word; in the same words; repeating the actual words exactly
verbiage
pompous array of words; too many unnecessary words; wordiness
verbose
wordy; N. verbosity
verdant
green; covered with green plants or grass; lush in vegetation; Ex. verdant meadows
verdigris
green coating or patina on copper which has been exposed to the weather
verge
border; edge, rim, or margin; Ex. on the verge of: very near to; V: border on
verisimilar
having the appearance of truth or reality; probable or likely to be true; plausible
verisimilitude
appearance of truth; quality of appearing to be true or real; likelihood; Ex. verisimilitude of her performance as Lady Macbeth
veritable
being truly so; real or genuine; actual; not false or imaginary
verity
quality of being true; lasting truth or principle; Ex. the verity of his testimony; Ex. one of the eternal verities
vernacular
living language (as compared to the official language); language spoken in a country or region; natural style; Ex. lapse into the vernacular
vernal
pertaining to spring
versatile
having many talents; capable of working in many fields; having many uses or functions; N. versatility
vertebrate
having a backbone or spinal column; N: group of animals having a segmented spinal column
vertex
summit; highest point; PL. vertices
vertigo
severe dizziness; giddiness
verve
enthusiasm (as in artistic performance or composition); liveliness; vigor
vestige
trace; remains; Ex. vestiges of some ancient religion
veto
vested power to reject a bill; exercise of this right; V: prevent or forbid by exercising the power of veto
vex
annoy; distress
viable
capable of maintaining life; feasible; practical or workable; Ex. viable scheme
viand
food; CF. live
vibrant
full of vigor or energy; vibrating
vicar
parish priest; representative
vicarious
experienced as if one were taking part in the experience of another; done by a deputy for other people; acting as a substitute; Ex. vicarious thrill at the movies; Ex. the vicarious sufferings of Christ
vicissitude
change (esp. from good to bad); change of fortune; CF. the last emperor of China
victuals
food; provisions; V. victual: provide with food
vie
contend; compete
vigil
keeping watch (during normal sleeping hours); Ex. all-night vigil
vigilant
watchful; on the alert; watchfully awake; alert to spot danger; N. vigilance
vigilante
one who without authority assumes law enforcement powers
vignette
small drawing placed at the beginning or end of a chapter; picture; short literary sketch; short written description of a character or scene
vigor
active strength; energy; enthusiasm; ADJ. vigorous
vile
despicable; unpleasant; disgusting; Ex. vile slander
vilify
slander; speak evil of; N. vilification
vindicate
clear from blame; free from blame or accusation (with supporting proof); exonerate; substantiate; justify or support; avenge; Ex. vindicate one's client; Ex. vindicate one's claim; CF. vindicator
vindictive
disposed to revenge; vengeful; out for revenge; spiteful; intended to cause harm; malicious; Ex. vindictive streak
vintner
wine merchant; winemaker; seller of wine
violate
break (a law); defile; desecrate; assault sexually; Ex. violate graves
viper
poisonous snake
virile
manly; having masculine spirit or strength; full of strength
virtual
in essence; existing in essence though not in actual form; for practical purposes; Ex. virtual ruler/space
virtue
goodness; moral excellence; good quality; advantage; Ex. by virtue of; Ex. make a virtue of necessity
virtuoso
highly skilled artist (esp. in music); Ex. piano virtuoso
virulent
(of a disease or poison) extremely harmful or poisonous; (of a feeling) hostile; bitter; N. virulence; CF. virus; CF. venom
virus
disease communicator
visage
face; appearance
visceral
felt in one's inner organs; N. viscera: internal body organs; CF. eviscerate
viscid
adhesive; gluey
viscous
(of a liquid) thick and sticky; gluey; viscid; CF. consistency
vise
vice; tool for holding work in place; clamping device
vision
eyesight; foresight; mental image produced by the imagination; experience of seeing the supernatural
visionary
produced by imagination; fanciful; mystical; showing foresight; N: one having foresight; one given to speculative impractical ideas
vital
full of life; animated; vibrant and lively; critical; of great importance; necessary to stay alive; of life; living; breathing; N. vitality; V. vitalize
vitiate
spoil the effect of; make inoperative; corrupt morally
vitreous
of glass; pertaining to or resembling glass; V. vitrify: change into glass; CF. petrify
vitriolic
causing sharp pain to the mind; caustic; corrosive; sarcastic; of vitriol; N. vitriol: sulphuric acid (which burns flesh deeply); bitterly abusive expression; caustic expression; CF. glass
vituperative
abusive; scolding; V. vituperate: berate; scold; rail against abusively
vivacious
lively or animated; sprightly
vivid
(of light or color) bright and distinct; evoking lifelike mental images; Ex. vivid red hair/description
vivisection
act of dissecting living animals
vixen
female fox; ill-tempered woman; CF. shrew
vociferous
clamorous; noisy; V. vociferate: cry out loudly (when complaining)
vogue
popular fashion; Ex. Jeans became the vogue.
volatile
changeable; of a quickly changing nature (as of temper); mercurial; tending to violence; evaporating rapidly; Ex. volatile character/situation in the street
volition
act of using one's will; act of making a conscious choice; Ex. She selected this dress of her own volition.
volley
simultaneous discharge of a number of shots; V.
voluble
fluent; talkative; glib; N. volubility
voluminous
having great volume (as of a garment or container); bulky; large
voluptuous
sensual; of or giving sensual pleasure; indulging in sensual pleasures; Ex. voluptuous lines; Ex. voluptuous life of the Romans; N. voluptuary: voluptuous person
voodoo
religion practiced chiefly in Haiti
voracious
ravenous; eating large quantities of food; exceedingly eager; insatiable; Ex. voracious animal/reader
vortex
whirlwind; whirlpool; center of turbulence; predicament into which one is inexorably plunged
vouch
give a personal guarantee; Ex. I can vouch for his integrity; N. voucher
vouchsafe
grant condescendingly; guarantee; Ex. vouchsafe your fair return on your investment
voyeur
Peeping Tom; person who derives sexual gratification from observing the sexual acts of others
vulgar
of the common people; deficient in refinement; not refined; coarse; Ex. vulgar display of wealth; N. vulgarism: vulgarity; crudely indecent word; CF. vulgarian: vulgar person; boor; lout
vulnerable
susceptible to wounds or attack; N. vulnerability
vulpine
like a fox; crafty
vulture
carrion-eating birds
vying
contending; CF. vie
wade
walk through a substance, such as water, that impedes movement
waffle
speak equivocally about an issue; N.
waft
move gently (in air or in seas) by wind or waves; Ex. leaves wafting past the window
wag
shake repeatedly from side to side; Ex. The dog wagged its tail; N: humorous person; wit
wage
begin and continue (a war)
waggish
humorous; mischievous; tricky
waif
homeless child or animal; Ex. waifs and strays
waive
give up temporarily; yield; N. waiver: waiving a right or claim; document that waives a right or claim
wake
trail of ship or other object through water; path of something that has gone before; Ex. hunger followed in the wake of the war
wallow
roll in mud; indulge in; (of a ship) roll in a rough sea; become helpless; Ex. wallow in the mud/luxury
wan
having a pale or sickly color; pallid
wanderlust
strong longing to travel
wane
decrease in size or strength (after being full); grow gradually to an end; Ex. The moon waxes and wanes every month; N.
wangle
achieve by cleverness or trick; wiggle out; fake; Ex. She tried to wangle an invitation to the party.
wanton
unrestrained; gratuitously cruel; willfully malicious; unchaste; sexually improper; promiscuous; Ex. wanton spending/killing; CF. having no just cause
warble
(of a bird) sing; babble; N.
ward
administrative division of a city; division in a hospital or prison; incompetent person placed under the protection of a guardian; V: guard; ward off: avert
warp
twist out of shape; N.
warrant
justification; written order that serves as authorization (esp. a judicial writ); Ex. search/death warrant; V: justify; guarantee
warranted
justified; authorized
warranty
guarantee; assurance by seller
warren
tunnels in which rabbits live; overcrowded living area; crowded conditions in which people live
wary
very cautious; watchful
wastrel
waster; profligate
waver
move or swing back and forth; be uncertain or unsteady in decision or movement; Ex. wavering between accepting and refusing
wax
increase gradually (as the moon); grow
waylay
ambush; lie in wait for and attack
wean
accustom a baby not to nurse; accustom (the young of a mammal) to take nourishment other than by suckling; give up a cherished activity; cause to gradually leave (an interest or habit); Ex. wean oneself from cigarettes
weary
tired after long work; V.
weather
pass safely through (a storm or difficult period); endure the effects of weather or other forces
weird
eerie; strange; unnatural