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utopia
fantasy land, ideal place, state, or society. Fed up with this imperfect universe, Don would liked to run off to Shangri-la or some other imaginary utopia.
usury
lending money at illegal rates of interest. The loan shark was found guilty of usury.
usurp
seize another's power or rank. The revolution ended when the victorious rebel general succeeded in his attempt to ursurp the throne.
ursine
bearlike; pertaining to a bear. Because of its ursine appearance, the great panda has been identified with the bear;s actually, it's closely related to the raccoon.
urchin
mischievous child (Usually a boy). Get out! This store is no place for grubby urchins.
urbane
suave; refined; elegant. The ocurtier was urbane and sophisticated.
upshot
outcome. The upshot of the rematch was that the former champino proved that he still possessed all the skills of his youth.
uproarious
marked by commotion; extremely funny; very noisy. The uproarious comedy hit Ace Ventura: pet Detective starred Jim Carrey; whose comic mugging provoked gales of uproarious laughter from audiences coast to coast.
upbraid
severly scold; reprimand. Not only did Miss Minchin upbraid Ermengarde for her disobedience, but also she hung her up by her braids from a coatrack in the classroom.
unwonted
unaccustomed. He hestitated to assume the unwonted role of master of ceremonies at the dinner.
unwitting
unintentional; notknowing. SHe was the unwitting tool of the swindlers.
unwieldy
awkward; cumbersome; unmanageable. The large carton was so unwieldy that the movers had trouble getting it up the stars.
unwarranted
unjustified; groundless; undeserved. our assumption that I would accept your proposal is unwarranted. sir; I do not want to marry you at all. We could not understand Martin's unwarranted rudeness to his mother's guests.
untrammeled
without limits or restrictions; unrestrained. The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum
untoward
unfortunately or unlucky; adverse; unexpected. Trying to sneak out of the house, HUck had a mst untoward encounter with Miss Watson, who thwarted his escape.
untenable
indefensible, not be able to maintained or fix. Wayne is so contrary that, the more untenable a position is, the harder he'll try to defend it.
unseemly
unbecoming, indecent; in poor taste. When Seymour ot whoopee cushions on all the seats in the funeral parlor, his condusct was most unseemly.
unsavory
distasteful; morally offensive. People with unsavory reputations should not be allowed to work with young children.
unruly
disobedient; lawless. The only way to curb this unruly mob is to use tear gas.
unrequited
not reciprocated. Suffering the pangs of unrequited love, Olivia rebukes Cesario for his hardheartedness.
unravel
solve, disentrangle. With equal ease Miss Marple unraveled tangled alls of yarn and baffling murder mysteries.
unprepossessing
unattractive. During adolescence many attractive young people somehow acquire the false notion that their appearance is unprepossessing.
unprecedented
novel, unparalleled, unusual. For a first novel, Margaret Mitchell's book Gone with the Wind was an unprecedented success.
unpalatable
distasteful; disagreeable. "I refuse to swallow your conclusion,' she said, finding his logic unapalatable.
unobtrusive
inconspicuous; not blatant Reluctant to attract notice, the governess took a chair in a far corner of the room and tried to be as unobtrusive as possible.
unmitigated
unrelieved or immoderatel absolute. After four days of unmitigated heat, I was ready to collapse from heat prostration. The congresswoman's husband was an unmitigated jerk; not only did he abandon her, but also he took her campagin funds!
unkempt
disheveled; uncared for in appearance. Jeremy hated his neighbor's unkempt lawn; he thought its neglected appearance had a detrimental effect on neighborhood property values.
universal
characterizing of affecting all; present everywhere. At first, no one shared Christopher's opions; his theory that the world was roundw as met with universal disdain.
unison
unity of pitch; complete accord. The choir sang in unison
unique
without an equal, single kind
unintimadating
unfrightening. Though Phil had expected to feel overawed when he met JOe Montana, he found the world-famus quarterback friendly and unintimadating.
uninhibited
unrepressed. The congregation was shocked by her uninhibited laughter during the sermon.
unimpeachable
blameless and exemplary. Her conduct in office was unimpeachable and her record is spotless.
unilateral
one-sided. This legislation is unilateral since it binds only one party in the controversy.
uniformity
sameness; monotony. At Persons magazine, we sgtrive for uniformity of style; as a result, all our writers wind up sounding exactly alike.
unguent
ointment. Apply this unguent to the sore muscles before retiring.
ungainly
awkward; clumsy, unwieldy. "If you want to konw whether NIck's an ungainly dancer, check out my bruised feet,' said NOra. Anyone whoe has ever tried to carry a bass fiddle knows it's an ungainly instrument.
unfrock
to strip a priest or minister of church authority. To disbar a lawyer, to unfrock a priest, to suspend a doctor's license to practice-these are extreme steps that the authorities should take only after careful consideration.
unfledged
immature. It is hard for an unfledged writer to find a sympathetic publisher.
unfettered
liberated; freed fro mchains. Chained to the wall for months on end, the hostage despaired that he would ever be unfetted.
unfeigned
genuine, real. She turned so pale that I am sure her surprise was unfeigned.
unfaltering
steadfast. She approached the guillontine with unfaltering steps.
unexceptionable
not offering any basis for critcism; entirely acceptable. Objecting to Jack's lack of respectable family background, Lady Bracknell declared that Cecily could marry only a man of unexpectionable lineage and character.
unequivocal
plain; obvious. My answer to your proposal is an unequivocal and absolute: "NO".
unearthly
not earthly; weird. There is an unearthly atmosphere in her work that amazes the casual observer.
unearth
dig up. When they unearthed the city, the archeologists found many relics of an ancient civilization.
undulating
moving with a wavelike motion. The Hilo Hula Festival featured an undulating sea of grass skirts.
underscore
emphasize. Addressing the jogging class, Kim underscored the importance to runners of good nutrition.
undermine
weaken; sap. The recent corruption scandals have undermined many people's faith in the city government.
underlying
fundamental; lying below. The underlying cause of the student riot was not the strict curfew rule but hte moldy cafeteria food. Miss Marple seems a sweet little old ladyat first, but an iron will underlies that asoft and fluffy facade.
unctuous
oily; bland; insincerely suave. Uriah Heep disguised his nefarious actions by unctuous protestations of his 'umility'.
unction
the act of anoiting with oil. The anointing with oil of a person near death is called extreme unction.
uncouth
outlandish; clumsy borrish. Most biographers portray Lincoln as an uncouth and ungainly young man.
unconscionable
unscrupulous; excessive. She found the loan shark's demands unconscinabe and impossible to meet
uncanny
strane; mysterious. You have the uncanny knack of reading my innermost thoughts.
unbridled
violent. She had a sudden fit of unbridled rage.
unassuming
modest. He is so unassuming that some people fail to realize how great a man he really is.
unassuaged
unsatisfied; not soothed. Her anger is unassuaged by your apology.
unassailable
not subject to question; not open to attack. Penelope's virtue was unassailable; whie she waited for her husband to come back from the war, no other guy had a chance.
unanimity
complete agreement. We were surprised by the unanimity with which our proposals were accepted by the different groups.