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Abase
Degrade or humble; to lower in rank, status, or esteem; humiliate.
Abate
To reduce in amount, degree, or severity (of something threatening)
Abscission
Cutting off; sudden termination; the separation of leaves, petals, or other parts from a plant or animal
Abscond
Leave hurriedly and secretly, typically to avoid detection of or arrest for an unlawful action such as theft
Acerbic
Tasting sour or bitter; (especially of a comment or style of speaking) sharp and forthright
Acidulous
Sharp-tasting or sour; (of a person's remarks or tone) bitter or cutting
Admonish
Warn or reprimand someone firmly; mildly scorn
Adulterated
Make impure by adding inappropriate ingredients
Adverse
Preventing success or development; harmful; unfavorable
Affectation
Behavior, speech, or writing that is artificial and designed to impress
Alienate
Cause (someone) to feel isolated or estranged
Anachronism
A thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, especially a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned
Animosity
Extreme hostility; strong dislike
Annul
Make void or null; cancel
Anomaly
Inconsistency; something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected
Antagonistic
Showing or feeling active opposition or hostility toward someone or something
Antipathy
A deep-seated feeling of dislike; aversion
Antithetical
Directly opposed or contrasted; mutually incompatible
Arduous
Strenuous
Arrogate
Take or claim (something) without justification
Asperity
Harshness of tone or manner
Aspersions
An attack on the reputation or integrity of someone or something
Assail
Make a concerted (jointly arranged) or violent attack on
Attenuate
Reduce the force, effect, or value of; weaken
Audacious
Showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks; bold in a rude, lack of respect, way; fearless, daring
Avarice
Extreme greed for wealth or material gain
Base
The lowest part or edge of something, especially the part on which it rests or is supported; morally low
Belie
Contradict; give a false impression
Besiege
Surround (a place) with armed forces in order to capture it or force its surrender; lay siege to; attack, overwhelm
Besotted
Strongly infatuated
Bifurcate
Divide into two branches or forks
Bilk
Obtain or withhold money from (someone) by deceit or without justification; cheat or defraud
Blight
A plant disease, especially one caused by fungi such as mildews, rusts, and smuts; any cause of decay; ruin or cause to wither
Blithe
Showing a casual and cheerful indifference considered to be callous or improper; excessively carefree and insensitive
Bogus
Not genuine or true; fake
Bombastic
High-sounding but with little meaning; inflated; pompous; pretentious
Boor
An unrefined, ill-mannered person; rude person
Brandish
To wave or flourish (something, especially a weapon) as a threat or in anger or excitement
Brook
Suffer, tolerate, endure
Cacophony
Harsh sounds
Callow
(Especially of a young person) Inexperienced and immature - callow fellow
Calumnious
A false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something
Canard
An unfounded rumor or story
Capricious
Impulsive; changing one's mind quickly and often
Castigate
Reprimand (someone) severely
Caustic
Sarcastic in a scathing and bitter way
Censure
Express severe disapproval of (someone or something), typically in a formal statement
Chicanery
The use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose; deception by false arguments
Circumscribe
Restrict (something) within limits
Clamber
Climb, move, or get in or out of something in an awkward and laborious way, typically using both hands and feet
Clamor
A loud and confused noise, especially that of people shouting vehemently; noisy uproar
Cloying
Disgustingly sweet; empalagoso
Collusion
Secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, especially in order to cheat or deceive others
Complacent
Showing smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements
Compliant
Inclined to agree with others or obey rules, especially to an excessive degree; acquiescent; submissive
Confound
Cause surprise or confusion in (someone), especially by acting against their expectations; confuse
Contentious
Causing or likely to cause an argument; controversial
Contraries
The opposite
Conversely
Introducing a statement or idea that reverses one that has just been made or referred to; on the other hand
Convoluted
Twisted
Counterintuitive
Contrary to intuition or to common-sense expectation (but often nevertheless true)
Counterpoint
An argument, idea, or theme used to create a contrast with the main element
Craven
Contemptibly lacking in courage; cowardly
Credulous
Having or showing too great a readiness to believe things; gullible
Cupidity
Greed for money or possessions
Curmudgeon
A bad-tempered or surly person
Cynical
Believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity; bitterly pessimistic
Dally
To act or move slowly
Daunt
Make (someone) feel intimidated or apprehensive
Debase
To reduce (something) in quality or value; degrade
Declaim
Utter or deliver words or a speech in a rhetorical or impassioned way, as if to an audience.
Declivity
A downward slope
Defamatory
(of remarks, writing, etc.) Damaging the good reputation of someone; slanderous
Default
Failure to fulfill an obligation, especially to repay a loan or appear in a court of law
Deference
Humble submission and respect
Deleterious
Causing harm or damage; harmful
Delimit
To determine the limits or boundaries of
Demagogue
A political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument
Denigrate
To criticize unfairly; disparage; belittle
Desiccated
Dehydrated
Desultory
Lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm
Detached
Separated or disconnected; unconcerned, disinterested
Deterrent
A thing that discourages or is intended to discourage someone from doing something
Diatribe
A forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something
Dichotomy
A division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different
Diffuse
Spread or cause to spread over a wide area or among a large number of people
Digress
Leave the main subject temporarily in speech or writing; deviated
Dilatory
Slow to act
Din
A loud, unpleasant, and prolonged noise
Dirge
A lament for the dead, especially one forming part of a funeral rite (poem, song)
Disabuse
To persuade (someone) that an idea or belief is mistaken
Discomfit
Make (someone) feel uneasy or embarrassed
Discord
Disagreement between people; lack of harmony between notes sounding together
Discredit
Harm the good reputation of (someone or something)
Discrepancy
A lack of compatibility or similarity between two or more facts; a difference, inconsistency
Disingenuous
Not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does
Disinterested
Having or feeling no interest in something; not influenced by considerations of personal advantage
Disparage
Regard or represent as being of little worth
Disparate
Essentially different in kind; not allowing comparison; different
Dispassionate
Not influenced by strong emotion, and so able to be rational and impartial
Disquieting
Inducing feelings of anxiety or worry
Dissemble
Conceal one's true motives, feelings, or beliefs
Dissent
To hold or express opinions that are at variance with those previously, commonly, or officially expressed; disagreement
Dissolution
The closing down or dismissal of an assembly, partnership, or official body; disband
Dissonance
Lack of harmony among musical notes
Dither
Indecisive behavior; be indecisive
Diverge
Differ, deviate
Divest
Deprive (someone) of power, rights, or possessions; deprive of
Doff
To remove (an item of clothing)
Droll
Curious or unusual in a way that provokes dry amusement; funny in an odd way
Dupe
To deceive; trick
Duplicity
deceitfulness; double-dealing; deceitfulness
Dyspeptic
Of or having indigestion or consequent irritability or depression; grumpy, pessimistic, irritable
Effrontery
Insolent or impertinent behavior; rude behavior
Egregious
Outstandingly bad; shocking
Elegy
A poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead
Emaciated
Abnormally thin or weak, especially because of illness or a lack of food
Endemic
(Of a disease or condition) Regularly found among particular people or in a certain area
Enervate
To cause (someone) to feel drained of energy or vitality; weaken; exhaust
Entitlement
The belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment
Equivocate
To use ambiguous language so as to conceal the truth or avoid committing oneself
Erratic
Not even or regular in pattern or movement; unpredictable
Erroneous
Wrong; incorrect
Ersatz
(Of a product) Made or used as a substitute, typically an inferior one, for something else; inferior substitute
Eschew
Deliberately avoid using; abstain from; avoid
Exacerbate
To make (a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling) worse
Exacting
Making great demands on one's skill, attention, or other resources; demanding
Exigent
Pressing; demanding
Expedient
(Of an action) Convenient and practical, although possibly improper or immoral
Extemporaneous
Spoken or done without preparation
Extraneous
Irrelevant or unrelated to the subject being dealt with
Facetious
Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant
Fallacious
Based on a mistaken belief
Fastidious
Very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail; very concerned about matters of cleanliness; painstaking; difficult to please
Fatuous
Silly and pointless
Fawn
To flatter or praise excessively
Fetid
Smelling extremely unpleasant
Flag
To become unsteady, feeble, or spiritless
Florid
Elaborately or excessively intricate or complicated; having a red or flushed complexion
Flout
To openly disregard (a rule, law or convention)
Forestall
To prevent or obstruct (an anticipated event or action) by taking action ahead of time
Forgo/Forwent
To omit or decline to take (something pleasant or valuable); go without
Fracas
A noisy disturbance or quarrel; brawl
Fractious
(Typically of children) Irritable and quarrelsome; troublemaking
Fringe
Something regarded as peripheral, marginal, secondary, or extreme in relation to something else
Fulminate
To express vehement; protest
Fulsome
Complimentary or flattering to an excessive degree
Gainsay/ Gainsaid
Deny or contradict (a fact or statement);
Garrulous
To be excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters
Gauche
Lacking ease or grace; unsophisticated and socially awkward; awkward
Gaudy
Extravagantly bright or showy, typically so as to be tasteless
Gawky
Nervously awkward and ungainly
Glacial
Cold, icy; unsympathetic
Glib
(Of words or the person speaking them) Fluent, voluble but insincere and shallow
Glower
Have an angry or sullen look on one's face; scowl
Gouge
Overcharge; extort money from
Graft
Insert, transplant (verb); a piece of living tissue that is transplanted surgically (noun)
Grandiloquent
Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress
Grandstand
Perform showily in an attempt to impress onlookers
Granting
Sounding harsh and unpleasant
Grievous
(of something bad) very severe or serious; causing grief
Grouse
Complain or grumble
Grovel
To act in an obsequious manner in order to obtain someone's forgiveness or favor; lie or move abjectly on the ground with one's face downward
Guile
Sly or cunning intelligence
Hand-wringing
The clasping together and squeezing of one's hands, especially when distressed or worried; an excessive display of concern or distress
Harangue
A lengthy and aggressive speech; rant
Harrow
Cause distress to
Hedge
To limit, qualify (something) by conditions or exceptions
Hedonist
A person who believes that the pursuit of pleasure is the most important thing in life; a pleasure-seeker
Hoary
Old and trite (overused); grayish white
Hoodwink
Deceive or trick (someone)
Hotly
In a passionate, excited, or angry way
Iconoclast
A person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions
Idiosyncrasy
A mode of behavior or way of thought peculiar to an individual; quirk
Ignoble
Not honorable in character or purpose; not noble
Ignominious
Deserving or causing public disgrace or shame
Illiberality
Narrow-mindedness; stricktness
Impasse
A situation in which no progress is possible, especially because of disagreement; a deadlock; Impassable
Impassive
Not feeling or showing emotion
Impecunious
Having little or no money; poor
Impede
To delay or prevent (someone or something) by obstructing them; hinder; hold back from
Imperious
Assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering
Impetuous
Acting or done quickly and without thought or care; moving forcefully or rapidly
Implacable
Not able to be appeased, placated; Restlessness
Implode
To collapse or cause to collapse violently inward
Imprecation
A spoken curse
Impugn
Dispute the truth, validity, or honesty of (a statement or motive); call into question; question the integrity of
Impute
Represent/ credited to (something, especially something undesirable) as being done, caused, or possessed by someone; attribute
Inadvertent
Not resulting from or achieved through deliberate planning; unintentional
Incendiary
(Of a device or attack) Designed to cause fires
Incongruous
Not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something; out of place
Inconsequential
Not important or significant
Inconstancy
Fickleness, unreliability
Indeterminate
Not exactly known, established, or defined
Indigence
A state of extreme poverty
Indolent
Wanting to avoid activity or exertion; lazy
Inexorable
Impossible to stop or prevent
Infallible
Incapable of making mistakes or being wrong
Ingrate
An ungrateful person
Inimical
Tending to obstruct or harm; harmful, damaging
Iniquity
Immoral or grossly unfair behavior
Insensible
without one's mental faculties/function, typically a result of violence or intoxication; unconscious; unaware of, indifferent to
Insipid
Lacking flavor; lacking vigor or interest
Intractable
Hard to control, deal with
Intransigent
Unwilling or refusing to change one's views or to agree about something; Refusing to compromise
Invective
Insulting, abusive, or highly critical language
Inveigle
To persuade (someone) to do something by means of deception or flattery
Invidious
(Of an action or situation) Likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others
Irascible
Having or showing a tendency to be easily angered
Irresolute
Showing or feeling hesitancy; uncertain
Japery
Mockery
Jettison
To throw or drop (something) from an aircraft or ship; discard
Jocular
Fond of or characterized by joking; humorous or playful
Kindle
To light or set on fire; arouse or inspire (an emotion or feeling)
Knell
The sound of a bell, especially when rung solemnly for a death or funeral
Labile
Liable to change; easily altered
Lachrymose
Tearful or given to weeping
Lackluster
Lacking in vitality, force, or conviction; uninspired or uninspiring; dull
Lampoon
To publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm; ridicule
Languid
(Of a person, manner, or gesture) displaying or having a disinclination for physical exertion or effort; slow and relaxed; Sluggish, lacking spirit
Larceny
Theft of personal property
Lassitude
A state of physical or mental weariness; lack of energy; lethargy
Lax
Not sufficiently strict, severe, or careful
Legerdemain
Skillful use of one's hands when performing conjuring tricks
Lethargy
A lack of energy and enthusiasm
Levity
Humor or frivolity (lack of seriousness), especially the treatment of a serious matter with humor or in a manner lacking due respect
Licentious
Promiscuous and unprincipled in sexual matters; immoral
Listless
(Of a person or their manner) Lacking energy or enthusiasm; lethargic
Livid
Furiously angry
Lugubrious
Looking or sounding sad and dismal; gloomy
Lumber
To move in a slow, heavy, awkward way
Lurid
(Of a description) Presented in vividly shocking or sensational terms, especially giving explicit details of crimes or sexual matters; very vivid in color, especially so as to create an unpleasantly harsh or unnatural effect
Machination
A plot or scheme
Maelstrom
A situation or state of confused movement or violent turmoil; chaotic
Malediction
A magical word or phrase uttered with the intention of bringing about evil or destruction; a curse
Malinger
Exaggerate or feign illness in order to escape duty or work; pretend to be sick
Mannered
Behaving in a specified way, (especially of a writer, artist, or artistic style) marked by idiosyncratic mannerisms; artificial, stilted, and overelaborate in delivery
Mar
To impair the appearance of; disfigure
Maudlin
Self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness
Mendacious
Not telling the truth; lying; dishonest
Mercurial
(Of a person) Subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind
Meretricious
Apparently attractive but having in reality no value or integrity
Militate
(Of a fact or circumstance) To be a powerful or conclusive factor in preventing
Mired
Cause to become stuck in mud; entangled
Misanthrope
A person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society
Modicum
A small quantity of a particular thing, especially something considered desirable or valuable
Molt
Shed or cat off
Morose
Sullen (gloomy) and ill-tempered
Nadir
The lowest point in the fortunes of a person or organization
Naive
(Of a person or action) Showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment; simple, unsophisticated
Negate
Nullify; make ineffective; invalidate
Nettle
To irritate or annoy (someone)
Noisome
Having an extremely offensive smell; disagreeable, unpleasant
Nominal
(Of a price or amount of money) Very small; far below the real value or cost; trivial; so-called
Normative
Establishing, relating to, or deriving from a standard or norm, especially of behavior; implying or attempting to establish a norm; expressing value judgments or telling people what to do
Obdurate
Stubbornly refusing to change one's opinion or course of action; uncompromising
Oblique
Indirect or evasive; misleading or devious
Obsequious
Obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree
Obsolete
No longer produced or used; out of date
Obviate
Remove; avoid; prevent
Occlude
Stop, close up, or obstruct (an opening, orifice, or passage)
Offhand
Ungraciously or offensively nonchalant or cool in manner; informal
Officious
Intrusively enthusiastic in offering help or advice; interfering; assertive of authority in an annoyingly domineering way, especially with regard to petty or trivial matters
Offset
Counteract
Onerous
Oppressive; burdensome
Opprobrium
Harsh criticism or censure; the public disgrace arising from someone's shameful conduct
Opulence
Great wealth or luxuriousness; excess
Orotund
Pompous; pretentious
Ossify
Cease developing; be stagnant or rigid; to cause to be inflexible
Ostensible
Stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so
Ostentatious
Characterized by vulgar or pretentious display; designed to impress or attract notice; pretentious
Overwrought
In a state of nervous excitement or anxiety.
Pallid
Lacking in color or vitality; abnormally pale
Panache
Flamboyant confidence of style or manner
Paradox
Contradiction
Pare
To trim (something) by cutting away its outer edges
Pariah
An outcast
Parley
Discussion between enemies
Parry
To ward off (a weapon or attack), especially with a countermove
Pastiche
To imitate the style of (an artist or work)
Pathogenic
Capable of producing disease
Patronizing
Condescending
Paucity
Scarcity
Peccadillo
A small, relatively unimportant offense or sin
Pedant
A person who is excessively concerned with minor details and rules or with displaying academic learning
Pejorative
Expressing contempt or disapproval
Penumbra
The partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by an opaque object
Penury
Extreme poverty; destitution
Perfidious
Deceitful and untrustworthy
Peripheral
Relating to or situated on the edge or periphery of something; not of primary importance
Perfunctory
(Of an action or gesture) Carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection
Pernicious
Having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way
Philistine
A person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts, or who has no understanding of them
Phlegmatic
(Of a person) Having an unemotional and stolidly calm disposition; apathetic
Poignant
Evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret
Polarized
Divided into sharply opposed groups
Polemic
A strong verbal or written attack on someone or something
Ponderous
Slow and clumsy because of great weight; dull; laborious
Prattle
To talk at length in a foolish or inconsequential way; babble
Precarious
Not securely held or in position; dangerously likely to fall or collapse; uncertain; unstable
Precipitate
To cause (an event or situation, typically one that is bad or undesirable) to happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or prematurely
Preempt
Prevent; to seize something by prior right
Presumptuous
(Of a person or their behavior) Failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate; too bold
Prevaricate
To speak or act in an evasive way
Profligate
To be recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources
Prolix
(Of speech or writing) Using or containing too many words; tediously lengthy; wordy
Prosaic
Having the style or diction of prose, dullness; lacking poetic beauty
Proscribe
Forbid, especially by law; prohibit, denounce
Prurient
Having or encouraging an excessive interest in sexual matters
Pugilism
The profession or hobby of boxing
Pugnacious
Eager or quick to/inclined to argue, quarrel, or fight
Pusillanimous
Showing a lack of courage or determination; timid
Quandary
A state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation; predicament
Querulous
Complaining in a petulant or whining manner
Quibble
A slight objection or criticism; to argue over insignificant and irrelevant details
Recalcitrant
Having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline
Recant
To say that one no longer holds an opinion or belief, especially one considered heretical; renounce
Refractory
Stubborn or unmanageable
Relegate
consign or dismiss to an inferior rank or position; downgrade
Rend
To tear (something) into two or more pieces; cause great emotional pain to (a person or their heart)
Reproach
Address (someone) in such a way as to express disapproval or disappointment; criticize
Reprobate
An unprincipled person (often used humorously or affectionately); rascal
Repudiate
To refuse to accept or be associated with; reject
Rescind
To revoke, cancel, or repeal (a law, order, or agreement)
Restive
(Of a person) Unable to keep still or silent and becoming increasingly difficult to control, especially because of impatience, dissatisfaction, or boredom; Restless
Ribald
Referring to sexual matters in an amusingly rude or irreverent way; vulgar
Ridden
Dominated or burdened by
Sap
To gradually weaken or destroy (a person's strength or power)
Scant
Barely sufficient or adequate; minimal
Scintilla
A tiny trace or spark of a specified quality or feeling; Speck
Scurvy
Worthless, contemptible, mean
Searchingly
In a searching or penetrating manner; while examining closely or probing for answers
Sinecure
A position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit; easy job
Skirt
Border, go around; evade
Skittish
Excitable or easily scared; nervous, anxious
Slack
Loose, negligent, lazy, weak; neglect to so one's duties; loosen up, relax; period of little work
Slight
Small in degree; inconsiderable
Specious
Superficially plausible, but actually wrong; deceptively true/attractive
Sporadic
Occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered or isolated
Sportive
Playful, merry, joking around, done "in sport" (rather than intended seriously)
Squalid
(Of a place) Extremely dirty and unpleasant, especially as a result of poverty or neglec; neglected
Stark
Severe or bare in appearance or outline; sharply defined
Stasis
A period or state of inactivity or equilibrium (caused by equal or opposing forces)
Stem
To hold back or limit the flow or growth of something; to branch out form, originate from, be caused by
Stigma
A mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person
Stoic
A person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining
Stolid
(Of a person) Calm, dependable, and showing little emotion or animation; unemotional
Stratagem
A plan or scheme, especially one used to outwit an opponent or achieve an end; strategy
Stymie
To prevent or hinder the progress of; block
Subterfuge
Deceit used in order to achieve one's goal; trickery
Sully
Damage the purity or integrity of; defile; taint, tarnish
Surly
Bad-tempered and unfriendly; hostile, moody, rude
Sycophant
A person who acts obsequiously (excessively attentive) toward someone important in order to gain advantage
Tangential
Diverging from a previous course or line; erratic; off-topic
Tarry
To delay leaving; to linger, wait; to remain or stay for a while
Tawdry
Showy but cheap and of poor quality; gaudy
Tenuous
Very weak or slight; flimsy, slender
Tirade
A long, angry speech of criticism or accusation; rant
Toady
A person who behaves obsequiously (excessively attentive) to someone important; sycophant
Torpor
A state of physical or mental inactivity; lethargy, apathy, sluggishness
Torturous
Characterized by, involving, or causing excruciating pain or suffering
Transgression
An act that goes against a law, rule, or code of conduct; an offense; crime
Treachery
Betrayal of trust; deceptive action or nature; betrayal
Trenchant
Vigorous or incisive in expression or style; keep, sharp
Trifling
Unimportant or trivial
Truculent
Eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant; aggressive
Tumultuous
Making a loud, confused noise; uproarious; chaotic
Turgid
Swollen and distended or congested; pompous (of speech)
Turpitude
Depravity; wickedness
Umbrage
Offense or annoyance; (take offense, take umbrage)
Unconscionable
Not right or reasonable; morally wrong, unethical
Unctuous
(Of a person) Excessively or ingratiatingly flattering; oily; sycophantic
Undermine
Damage or weaken (someone or something), especially gradually or insidiously
Unseemly
(Of behavior or actions) Not proper or appropriate; improper
Unsparing
Merciless; severe; given freely and generously, unrestriced
Untempered
Not moderated or lessened by anything; not moderated
Upbraid
Find fault with (someone); scold
Usury
The illegal action or practice of lending money at unreasonably high rates of interest
Variegated
Exhibiting different colors, especially as irregular patches or streaks
Verbose
Wordy
Vex
Make (someone) feel annoyed, frustrated, or worried, especially with trivial matters; annoy
Vicissitude
A change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant
Virulent
Extremely infectious; hateful; bitterly hostile
Vitriol
Cruel and bitter criticism
Vituperate
Blame or insult (someone) in strong or violent language; scold
Vociferous
(Especially of a person or speech) Vehement (passionate) or clamorous; noisily cry out as in protest
Volatile
Explosive; varying, inconstant
Wan
Pale and giving the impression of illness or exhaustion
Wanton
Deliberate and unprovoked; a sexually immodest or promiscuous woman
Welter
To move in a turbulent fashion; a confused mass
Whimsical
Playfully quaint (attractively unusual or old-fashioned) or fanciful, especially in an appealing and amusing way
Whitewash
Deception, covering up of wrongs, errors, misdeeds, etc.
Wily
Skilled at gaining an advantage, especially deceitfully
Wizened
Shriveled or wrinkled with age
Yoke
A burden or something that oppresses; to unite together or to burden