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venial
forgivable; trivial
verbiage
pompous array of words
vernacular
living language; natural style
verve
enthusiasm; liveliness
viable
practical or workable; capable of maintaining life
vicarious
acting as a substitute; done by a deputy
vicissitude
change of fortune
vindicate
clear from blame; exonerate; justify or support
vindictive
out for revenge; malicious
virile
manly
virtual
in essence; for practical purposes
virtuoso
highly skilled artist
virulent
extremely poisonous; hostile; bitter
viscid
adhesive; gluey
vise
tool for holding work in place
visionary
produced by imagination; fanciful; mystical
vituperative
abusive; scolding
vociferous
clamorous; noisy
volatile
changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly
volition
act of making a conscious choice
voracious
ravenous
vortex
whirlwind; whirlpool; center of turbulence; predicament into which one is inexorably plunged
vouchsafe
grant; choose to reply; permit
voyeur
Peeping Tom
waffle
speak equivocally about an issue
waft
moved gently by wind or waves
waggish
mischievous; humorous; tricky
waif
homeless child or animal
wake
trail of ship or other object through water; path of something that has gone before
wan
having a pale or sickly color; pallid
warble
sing; babble
watershed
crucial dividing point
wax
increase; grow
wean
accustom a baby to not nurse; give up a cherished activity
welter
turmoil; bewildering jumble
whiff
puff or gust (of air, scent, etc.); hint
whinny
neigh like a horse
whittle
pare; cut off bits
wily
cunning; artful
windfall
unexpected lucky event
winnow
sift; separate good parts from bad
wispy
thin; slight; barely discernible
withstand
stand up against; successfully resist
yen
longing; urge
yoke
join together, unite
yore
time past
zany
crazy; comic
zenith
point directly overhead in the sky; summit
decibel
a unit for expressing the relative intensity of sounds; degree of loudness
legion
n. a large military force (army); a very large number
adj. many, numerous
hindsight
perception of the nature of an event after it has happened
divisive
creating disunity or dissension
byline
a secondary line; a line at the beginning of a news story, magazine article, or book giving the writer's name
emulate
to strive to equal or excel; imitate
scepter
royal or imperial authority
conventicle
assembly, meeting
ambrosia
food that has a delightful taste or smell; food of the gods
earmark
to set aside for a special purpose; an identification mark to show ownership
expanse
a wide open area
fizz
to make a bubbling hissing sound, as when gas escapes from a liquid; a bubbling sound
feces
bodily waste discharged through the anus: excrement
irradiation
exposure to radiation; application of radiation especially for therapeutic purposes
fission
a splitting or breaking up into parts
dealt
deliver
rapprochement
establishment of or state of having cordial relations
gangrene
local death of soft tissues due to loss of blood supply; pervasive decay or corruption: rot
ricin
a poisonous protein in the castor bean
moniker
name, nickname
parlayed
exploit successfully
eked out
to get with great difficulty
underdog
a loser or predicted loser in a struggle or contest; a victim of injustice or persecution
brouhaha
uproar
lest
for fear that
skedaddled
run away, scram: to flee in a panic
detritus
loose material (as rock fragments or organic particles) that results directly from disintegration; debris
détente
the relaxation of strained relations or tensions (as between nations); also a policy promoting this
secede
to withdraw from an organization (as a religious communion or political party or federation)
incursions
a hostile entrance into a territory: raid
communique
bulletin (formal public notice)
refrain
a regularly recurring phrase or verse
inveigh
to protest or complain bitterly
quills
a bobbin, spool, or spindle on which filling yarn is wound; hollow sharp spines of a porcupine or hedgehog
vault
to do or achieve something as if by a leap; to leap over
constituencies
a body of citizens entitled to elect a representative
rut
a usual or fixed practice; especially : a monotonous routine
mantra
a mystical formula of invocation or incantation (as in Hinduism)
voir dire
a preliminary examination to determine the competency of a witness or juror
mayhem
maim; cripple; needless or willful damage or violence
fray
a usually disorderly or protracted fight, struggle, or dispute
referendum
practice of submitting to popular vote a measure passed on or proposed by a legislative body or by popular initiative
noggins
a small mug or cup; a small quantity (as a gill) of drink; a person's head
ballyhooed
a noisy attention-getting demonstration or talk; flamboyant, exaggerated, or sensational advertising or propaganda
offset
balance; compensate
noir
crime fiction featuring hard-boiled (devoid of sentimentality) cynical characters and bleak sleazy settings
aver
to verify or prove to be true in pleading a cause; to declare positively
skein
a loosely coiled length of yarn or thread wound on a reel; tangle; a flock of wildfowl (as geese or ducks) in flight
joust
to engage in combat with lances on horseback; to engage in personal combat or competition
scour
to rub hard especially with a rough material for cleansing; to move about quickly especially in search
ere
before
ere long: before long
grit(s)
n. sand, gravel; firmness of mind or spirit
v. to cause (as one's teeth) to grind or grate
pl: coarsely ground hulled grain
gunwale
the upper edge of a ship's or boat's side
wight
being, body, creature, man
preponderant
having superior weight, force, or influence; having greater prevalence
boggle
to start with fright or amazement: be overwhelmed; to hesitate because of doubt, fear, or scruples
brine
the water of a sea or salt lake
confabulate
chat, to hold a discussion
esplanade
a level open stretch of paved or grassy ground, especially one designed for walking or driving along a shore
ineluctable
not to be avoided, changed, or resisted
parleying
to speak with another, discuss
pestiferous
dangerous to society; carrying or propagating infection
recrudescence
a new outbreak after a period of abatement or inactivity
sangfroid
self-possession or imperturbability especially under strain
serried
crowded or pressed together
sleuth
n. detective
v. search for information
sough
to make a moaning or sighing sound
tocsin
an alarm bell or the ringing of it
tussle
a physical contest or struggle; an intense argument, controversy, or struggle
wield
to deal successfully with, manage; to handle (as a tool) especially effectively