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vacuous
empty; lacking in ideas; inane; stupid; Ex. vacuous expression; N. vacuity
vagary
capricious happening; caprice; whim; CF. wander
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
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
vapid
lacking liveliness; dull and unimaginative; insipid and flavorless; Ex. vapid lecture
variegate
change the appearance of (by marking with different colors)
variegated
(esp. of a flower or leaf) many-colored
vassal
in feudalism, one who held land of a superior lord; subordinate or dependent
vaunted
boasted; bragged; highly publicized; V. vaunt: boast; brag
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
venal
capable of being bribed; corrupt; CF. vernal
vendetta
blood feud (esp. between two families); CF. Nina Williams
veneer
thin surface layer (of good quality wood, glued to a base of inferior material); cover; surface show; fa\c{c}ade; V.
venerate
revere; treat with great respect
venial
(of a fault or sin) forgivable; trivial
venom
poison (of an animal); hatred; Ex. remarks full of venom; ADJ. venomous
ventral
abdominal
veracious
(of a person) truthful
veracity
truthfulness; adherence to the truth
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
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
vertex
summit; highest point; PL. vertices
verve
enthusiasm (as in artistic performance or composition); liveliness; vigor
vestige
trace; remains; Ex. vestiges of some ancient religion
vex
annoy; distress
viand
food; CF. live
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
vignette
small drawing placed at the beginning or end of a chapter; picture; short literary sketch; short written description of a character or scene
vile
despicable; unpleasant; disgusting; Ex. vile slander
vilify
slander; speak evil of; N. vilification
vindictive
disposed to revenge; vengeful; out for revenge; spiteful; intended to cause harm; malicious; Ex. vindictive streak
vintner
wine merchant; winemaker; seller of wine
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
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
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
vivisection
act of dissecting living animals
vixen
female fox; ill-tempered woman; CF. shrew
vociferous
clamorous; noisy; V. vociferate: cry out loudly (when complaining)
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
voluptuous
sensual; of or giving sensual pleasure; indulging in sensual pleasures; Ex. voluptuous lines; Ex. voluptuous life of the Romans; N. voluptuary: voluptuous person
voracious
ravenous; eating large quantities of food; exceedingly eager; insatiable; Ex. voracious animal/reader
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
vulpine
like a fox; crafty
vying
contending; CF. vie