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venal
adj. capable of being bribed



the venal policeman accepted the bribe
vendetta
n. blood feud


rival mobs engaged in a bitter vendetta
veneer
n. thin layer; cover


Casual acquaintances were deceived by his veneer of sophistication
venerable
adj. deserving high respect


venerable leader
venerate
v. revere
venial
adj. forgivable; trivial


he only committed a venial offense
venom
n. poison; hatred
ventriloquist
n. someone who can make his or her voice seem to come from anonther person or thing
venture
v. risk; dare; undertake a risk


the timorous reviewer never ventured to criticize any works
venturesome
adj. bold
veracious
adj. truthful


i have always found him veracious and reliable
veracity
n. truthfulness


Trying to prove him a liar, she repeatedly questioned his veracity
verbiage
n. pompous array of words



After we had waded through all the verbiage, we discovered that the writer had said very little
verdant
adj. green; lush in vegetation



strep viridae
verdigris
n. green coating on copper that has been exposed to the weather


the statue was coated w/ verdigris
verisimilar
adj. probable or likely; having the appearance of truth



Something verisimilar is very similar to the truth, or at least it seems to be
verisimilitude
n. appearance of truth; likelihood
veritable
adj. actual; being truly so; not false or imaginary


At his computer, Byron is a veritable wizard
verity
n. quality of being true; lasting truth or principle


do you question the verity of his testimony?
there are non lasting verities
vernacular
n. living language; natural style
vernal
adj. pertaining to spring



vernal showers during April
vertigo
n. severe dizziness
verve
n. enthusiasm; liveliness


she approached her studies w/ such verve
vestige
n. trace; remains



We discovered vestiges of early Indian life in the cave
viable
adj. practical or workable; capable of maintaining life


a viable plan
viand
n. food


(victuals)
vicarious
adj. acting as a substitue; done by a deputy


live vicariously....
vicissitude
n. change in fortune



Humbled by life's vicissitudes....
victuals
n. food

(viand)
vie
v. contend; compete



Politicians vie w/ one another, competing for donations and votes
vigilant
adj. watchfully awake; alert to spot danger



the vigilent sentry kept watch
vigor
n. active strength


adj. vigorous
vignette
n. picture; short literary skeetch


The New Yorker published her latest vignette
vilify
v. slander


vilify his opponent's reputation
vindicate
v. clear from blame; exonerate; justify or support


the critics vindicated my opinion that >>> is a great movie
vindictive
adj. out for revenge; malicious



it brings out the vindictive streak in people
vintner
n. winemaker; seller of wine
virile
adj. manly
virtual
adj. in essence; for practical purposes



She is a virtual financial wizard when it comes to money matters
virtue
n. goodness; moral excellence; good quality
virtuoso
n. highly skiilled artist


a virtuoso whose virtuosity on the violin thrilled millions
virulent
adj. extremely poisonous; hostile; bitter


She became quite virulent on the subject of discussion
visage
n. face; appearance



the stern visage of the judge
viscid
think viscous!


adhesive; gluey
vise
n. tool for holding work in place
visionary
adj. produced by imagination; fanciful; mysticcal



She was given to visionary schemes that never materialized
vital
adj. vibrant and lively; critical; living; breathing



vital, highly energetic teacher


it is vital that you examine her vital signs
vitiate
v. spoil the effect of; make inoperative



Fraud will vitiate the contract
vitreous
adj. pertaining to or resembling glass



plastic has many vitreous qualities
vitriolic
adj. corrosive; sarcastic



Such vitriolic criticism is uncalled for
vituperative
adj. abusive; scolding



He became mmore vituperative as he realized we weren't going to grant his wish
vivisection
n. act of dissecting living animals
vixen
n. female fox; ill-tempered woman
vociferous
adj. clamorous; noisy



the crowd grew vociferous