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Umbrage

offense; resentment

Unconscionable

unscrupulous; shockingly unfair or unjust

Unequivocal

absolute; certain

Upbraid

to scold sharply

Usury

the practice of lending money at exorbitant rates

Vacillate

to physically sway or to be indecisive

Variegated

varied; marked with different colors

Venerable

respected because of age

Venerate

to respect deeply

Verbose

wordy

Verdant

green with vegtation; inexperienced

Vernal

related to spring; fresh

Vestige

a trace; remnant

Vex

to annoy; irritate; puzzle; confuse

Vicissitude

a change or variation; ups and downs

Vim

vitality and energy

Viscous

thick and adhesive, like a slow-flowing fluid

Vituperate

to abuse verbally; berate

Voluble

talkative; speaking easily; glib

Wan

sickly pale

Wanton

undisciplined; unrestrained; reckless

Whimsical

lightly acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable

Wily

clever; deceptive

Winsome

charming; happily engaging

Wizened

shriveled; withered; wrinkled

Wraith

a ghost or specter; a ghost of a living person seen just before his or her death

Xenophobia

a fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers

Yoke

to join together

Zealot

someone passionately devoted to a cause

Zenith

the point of culmination; peak

Zephyr

a gentle breeze; something airy or usubstantial

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