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ulterior
adj. situated beyond; unstated and often questionable

ulterior motive
umbrage
n. resentment; anger; sense of injury or insult


She took umbrage at his remarks and stormed away
unaccountable
adj. inexplicable; unreasonable or mysterious


I have taken an unaccountable dislike to my doctor
unassailable
adj. not subject to question; not open to attack

Her virtue was unassailable; she waited for her husband to return no matter what guys came her way
unassuaged
adj. unsatisfied; not soothed

her anger is unassuaged by your apology
unassuming
adj. modest
unbridled
adj. violent


she had a sudden fit of unbridled rage
uncanny
adj. strange; mysterious



you have the unanny knack of reading my innermost thoughts
unconscionable
adj. unscrupulous (d/n hesitate as a result of conscience or principles); excessive


His demands are unconscionable and impossible to meet
uncouth
adj. outlandish; clumsy; boorish (unmannered, crude, insensitive)


he was an uncouth and ungainly ballerina
unction
n. the act of anointing w/ oil


The anointing w/ oil of a person near death is called extreme unction
unctuous
adj. oily; bland; insincerely suave


unctuous protestation of his humility
undermine
v. weaken; sap

the corruption scandal undermined many people's faith in the city govt
undulating
adj. moving w/ a wavelike motion


the hula festival featured an undulating sea of grass skirts
unearthly
adj. not earthly; weird
unequivocal
adj. plain; obvious



My answer to your proposal is an unequivocal and absolute "NO"
unerringly
adv. infallibly



the teacher unerringly pounced on my one typo
unexceptionable
adj. not offering any basis for criticism; entirely acceptable


unexceptionable lineage and character
unfettered
adj. liberated ; freed from chains


the hostage dispaired that she would never be unfettered
unfledged
adj. immature


an unfledged writer sux
unfrock
v. to strip a priest or minister of church authority


to unfrock a priest is severe
ungainly
adj. awkward; clumsy; unwieldy


he's an ungainly dancer

the bass is an ungainly instrument
unguent
n. ointment
unilateral
adj. one-sided


This legislation is unilateral since it binds only one party in the controversy
unmitigated
adj. unrelieved or immoderate; absolute


4 days of unmitigated heat

he's an unmitigated jerk
unobtrusive
adj. inconspicuous; not blatant

she tried to be as unobtrusive as possible (she didn't want to participate in the discussion)
unprepossessing
adj. unattractive


her appearance is unprepossessing
unravel
v. disentangle; solve

she unraveled tangled yarn
she unraveled murder mysteries
unrequited
adj. not reciprocated


unrequited love
unruly
adj. disobedient; lawless


curb this unruly mob w/ tear gas
unsavory
adj. distasteful; morally offensive


he has an unsavory reputation
unscathed
adj. unharmed


he came back from the war unscathed
unseemly
adj. unbecoming; indecent; in poor taste



His conduct was most unseemly
unsightly
adj. ugly
unsullied
adj. untarnished


I am happy that my reputation is unsullied
untenable
adj. indefensible; not able to be maintained


The more untenable a position, the harder he'll try to defend it
untoward
adj. unfortunate or unlucky; adverse; unexpected



trying to sneak out of hte house, she had a most untoward encounter w/ her mother
untrammeled
adj. w/o limits or restrictions; unrestrained
unwieldy
adj. awkward; cumbersome; unmanageable


the large carton was unwieldy
unwitting
adj. unintentional; not knowing


She was the unwitting tool of the swindlers
unwonted
adj. unaccustomed


He hesitated to assume the unwonted role of master of ceremonies at the dinner
upbraid
v. severely scold; reprimand


the teacher upbraided her for her disobedience
uproarious
adj. marked by commotion; extremely funny; very noisy


an uproarious comedy
uproarious laughter
upshot
n. outcome


the upshot of the rematch was...
urbane
adj. suave; refined; elegant


the courtier was urbane and sophisticated
urchin
n. mischievous child (usu a boy)


this store is no place for grubby urchins!
ursine
adj. bearlike; pertaining to a bear

the panda has an ursine appearance
usurp
v. seize another's power or rank


he attempted to usurp the throne
usury
n. lending money at illegal rates of interest

the loan shark was found guilty of usury
uxorious
adj. excessively devoted to one's wife
vacillate
v. waver; fluctuate


she vacilllated - unable to decide which boy she wanted
vacuous
adj. empty; lacking in ideas; stupid

the candidate's vacuous remarks
vagabond
n. wanderer; tramp
vagary
n. caprice; whim


She followed every vagary of fashion
vagrant
adj. stray; random


He tried to study, but could not collect his vagrant thoughts


n. homeless wanderer
vainglorious
adj. boastful; excessively conceited



She was a vainglorious and arrogant individual
valedictory
adj. pertaining to farewell


the valedictory address was too long
valor
n. bravery


he won a medal for his valor in battle
vanguard
n. forerunners; advance forces
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We are the vanguard of a tremendous army that is following us
vantage
n. position giving advantage

They fired upon the enemy from behind trees, walls and any other point of vantage they could find
vapid
adj. dull and unimaginative; insipid and flavorless


another vapid lecture
variegated
adj. many-colored


w/o her glasses, the field of tulips was a variegated blur
vassal
n. in feudalism, one who held land of a superior lord


The lord demanded that his vassals contribute more to his military campaign
vaunted
adj. boasted; bragged; highly publicized


This much vaunted project proved a disappointment when it collapsed
veer
v. change in direction




the wind veered east and the storm abated
vegetate
v. live in a monotonous way


how can you vegetate in this quiet village?
vehement
adj. forceful; intensely emotional; w/ marked vigor