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ulterior
intentionally hidden; beyond what is evident; situated beyond; unstated and often questionable; Ex. ulterior motive
umbrage
resentment; anger; sense of injury or insult; Ex. take umbrage at his rudeness
unaccountable
unexplicable; impossible to account for; unreasonable or mysterious
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
unction
the act of anointing with oil; Ex. extreme unction
unctuous
oily; bland; insincerely suave
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
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
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
unrepressed; free in behavior and feelings
unintimating
unfrightening
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
unregenerate
making no attempt to change one's bad practices
unrequited
not requited; not reciprocated; Ex. unrequited love
unsavory
distasteful; disagreeable; morally offensive; Ex. unsavory activity/reputation
unseemly
unbecoming; not proper in behavior; indecent; Ex. leave with unseemly haste
unsightly
ugly; unpleasant to look at
unsullied
untarnished; CF. sully
untenable
(of a position, esp. in an argument) indefensible; not able to be maintained
untoward
unexpected and adverse; unfortunate or unlucky; Ex. untoward encounter
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
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
ursine
bearlike; pertaining to a bear
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
uxorious
excessively submissive or devoted to one's wife; CF. uxor: wife