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waggish
ADJ. mischievous; humorous; tricky
wanton
ADJ. unrestrained; willfully malicious; unchaste
wastrel
N. one who wastes, a profligate
waylay
V. to ambush; to lie in wait
welter
N. turmoil; bewildering jumble
winnow
V. to sift; to separate good parts from bad
winsome
ADJ. agreeable; gracious; engaging
wry
ADJ. twisted; with a humorous twist
yen
N. longing, urge
whet
V. to sharpen; to stimulate
wheedle
V. to cajole; to coax; to deceive by flattery
venal
ADJ. capable of being bribed
vendetta
N. blood feud
venerate
V. to revere
venial
ADJ. forgivable; trivial. When Jean stole a loaf of bread to feed his starving sister, he committed a venial offense.
veracity
N. truthfulness
verbiage
N. pompous array of words
verdant
ADJ. green; lush in vegetation
verisimilitude
N. appearance of truth; likelihood
verity
N. quality of being true; lasting truth or principle
vicissitude
N. change of fortune
vilify
V. to slander
vindicate
V. to clear from blame, to exonerate
vindictive
ADJ. out for revenge, malicious
virile
ADJ. manly
virulent
ADJ. extremely poisonous; hostile; bitter
visceral
ADJ. felt in one's inner organs
viscid
ADJ. adhesive, gluey
vitriolic
ADJ. corrosive; sarcastic
vituperative
ADJ. abusive; scolding
unassailable
ADJ. not subject to question; not open to attack
unconscionable
ADJ. unscrupulous; excessive
unctuous
ADJ. oily; bland; insincerely suaveunfetter
unfetter
V. to liberate; to free from chains
unmitigated
ADJ. unrelieved or immoderate; absolute
unprepossessing
ADJ. unattractive
unstinting
ADJ. giving generously; not holding back
undtenable
ADj. indefensible; not able to be maintained
upbraid
V. to severely scold; to reprimand
urbane
ADJ. suave; refined; elegant
vantage
N. position giving an advantage
usurp
V. to seize another's power or rank
torpor
N. lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy
tortuous
Adj. winding; full of curves
traduce
V. to expose to slander
tractable
ADJ. docile; easily managed
transient
ADJ. momentary; temporary
travail
N. painful labor
travesty
N. comical parody
tranchant
ADJ. cutting, keen
truculence
N. aggressiveness; ferocity
truism
N. self-evident truth
truncate
V. to cut the top off
tryst
N. meeting
turgid
ADJ. swollen; distended
turbid
ADJ. muddy; having the sediment disturbed
turpitde
N. depravity
tutelage
N. guardianship; training
tyro
N. beginner; novice
ubiquitous
ADJ. being everywhere; omnipresent
succor
V. to aid; to assist; to comfort
supercilious
ADJ. arrogant; condescending; patronizing
supplant
V. to replace; to usurp
surfeit
V. to satiate; to stuff
sybarite
N. lover of luxury
stultify
V. to cause to appear or become stupid or inconsistent
strident
ADJ. loud and harsh; insistent
specious
ADJ. seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading
soporific
ADJ. sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness
somnolent
ADJ. half-asleep
sequester
V. to isolate; to retire from public life; to segregate; to seclude
serendipity
N. gift for finding valuable or desirable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck
sinecure
N. well-paid position with little responsibility
solecism
N. construction that is flagrantly incorrect grammatically
solicitous
ADJ. worried; concerned
salacious
ADJ. lascivious; lustful
sanguine
ADJ. cheerful; hopeful
saturnine
ADJ. gloomy
scurrilous
ADJ. obscene; indecent
sententious
ADJ. terse; concise; aphoristic
resplendent
ADJ. dazzling; glorious; brilliant
restitution
N. reparation; indemnification
reticence
N. reserve; uncommunicativeness; inclination to silence
ruminate
V. to chew over and over (mentally or physically); to mull over; to ponder
redolent
ADJ. fragrant; odorous; suggestive of an odor
redoubtable
ADJ. formidable; causing fear
redress
N. remedy; ompensation
renegade
N. deserter; traitor
repudiate
V. to disown; to disavow
repugnant
ADJ. loathsome; hateful
rescind
V. to cancel
querulous
ADJ. fretful; whining
quiescent
ADJ. at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive
quixotic
ADJ. idealistic but impractical
ramification
N. branching out; subdivision
rapacious
ADJ. excessively greedy; predatory
rapport
N. emotional closeness; harmony
ratiocination
N. reasoning; act of drawing conclusions from premises
recidivism
N. habitual return to crime
rectitude
N. uprightness; moral virtue; correctness of judgment
recant
V. to disclaim or disavow
propitious
ADJ. favorable; fortunate; advantageous
prosaic
ADJ. dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual
provincial
ADJ. pertaining to a province; limited in outlook; unsophisticated
prurient
ADJ. having or causing lustful thoughts or desires
pundit
N. authority on a subject; learned person; expert
pulchritude
N. beauty; comliness
pusillanimous
ADJ. cowardly; fainthearted
quagmire
N. soft wet boggy land; complex or dangerous situation from which it is difficult to free onself
precipice
N. cliff; dangerous position
predilection
N. partiality; preference
prevaricate
V. to lie
prolixity
N. tedious wordiness; verbosity
propinquity
N. nearness; kinship
propitiate
V. to appease
philistine
N. narrow-minded person, uncultured and exclusively interested in material gain
phlegmantic
ADJ. calm; not easily disturbed
piquant
ADJ. pleasantly tart-tasting; stimulating
pithy
ADJ. concise; meaningful; substantial; meaty
plaudit
N. enthusiastically worded approval; round of applause
plutocracy
N. society ruled by the wealthy
polemical
ADJ. aggressive in verbal attack; disputation
portend
V. to foretell; to presage
prate
V. to speak foolishly; to boast idly
prattle
V. to babble