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volatile
ADJ. changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly.
The political climate today is extremely volatile: No one can predict what the electorate will do next
volition
N. act of making a conscious choice.
She selected this dress of her own volition.
voluble
ADJ. fluent; glib; talkative.
The excessively voluble speaker suffers from logorrhea: he runs off at the mouth a lot!
voluptuous
ADJ. gratifying the senses.
The nobility during the Renaissance led voluptuous lives.
vortex
N. whirlwind; whirlpool; center of turbulence; predicament into which one is inexorable plunged.
DOrothy and Toto were sucked into the vortex of the tornado.
vouchsafe
V. grant; choose to give in reply; permit.
The professor vouchsafed not a work to the students' questions about what would be covered on the test.
vogue
N. popular fashion.
Jeans become the vogue on many college campuses.
voyeur
N. Peeping Tom.
Nancy called her brother a voyeur when she caught him aiming his binoculars at an upstairs window of the house of the newlyweds next door.
vituperative
ADJ. abusive; scolding.
He became more vituperative as he realized that we were not going to grant him his wish.
vitriolic
ADJ. corrosibe; sarcastic.
Such vitriolic criticism is uncalled for.
vise
N. tool for holding work in place.
Before filling its edges, the locksmith took the blank key and fixed it firmly between the jaws of a vise.
viscous
ADJ. sticky; gluey.
Melted tar is a viscous substance. viscosity, N
viscid
ADJ. adhesive; gluey.
The trunk of the maple tree was viscid with sap.
visceral
ADJ. felt in one's inner organs.
She disliked the visceral sensations she had whenever she rode the rollar coaster.
virulent
ADJ. extremely poisonous; hostile; bitter.
Laid up with a virulent case of measles, Vera blamed her doctors because her recovery took so long.