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n vacillate
waver (in opinion); fluctuate; sway to and fro; N. vacillation
n vacuous
empty; lacking in ideas; inane; stupid; Ex. vacuous expression; N. vacuity
vagabond
wanderer (without a permanent home); tramp
s tramp
walk with a heavy step; travel on foot; N: vagrant; one who travels aimlessly about; long walk; sound of heavy walking
s trample
step heavily with the feet; crush under the feet
s tread
walk; trample; N: grooved face of a tire; horizontal part of a step
n vagary
capricious happening; caprice; whim; CF. wander
vagrant
wandering from place to place; roving; stray; moving in a random fashion; Ex. vagrant thoughts; N. vagrancy
vagrant
homeless wanderer
n vainglorious
boastful; excessively conceited; N. vainglory: great vanity
valedictory
pertaining to farewell; N: farewell address (esp. at graduation exercises)
s valediction
saying farewell; expression of leave-taking
s leave-taking
farewell or departure
valid
logically convincing; sound; legally acceptable; effective; Ex. valid reasoning/passport
s sound
in good condition; showing good judgment or good sense; thorough; complete; Ex. sound mind/investment/training
validate
make valid; confirm; ratify
valor
bravery; ADJ. valiant: possessing valor; brave
vampire
ghostly being that sucks the blood of the living
n vanguard
forerunners; foremost position of an army; advance forces; foremost position in a trend or movement; CF. rearguard
s avantgarde
group of artists whose work is based on the newest ideas and methods; CF. vanguard
vantage
position giving an advantage (such as a strategic point); CF. vantagepoint
n vapid
lacking liveliness; dull and unimaginative; insipid and flavorless; Ex. vapid lecture
vaporize
turn into vapor (steam, gas, fog, etc.)
n variegated
(esp. of a flower or leaf) many-colored
s variegate
change the appearance of (by marking with different colors)
n vassal
in feudalism, one who held land of a superior lord; subordinate or dependent
n vaunted
boasted; bragged; highly publicized; V. vaunt: boast; brag
n veer
change in direction; swerve
n vegetate
live in a monotonous way (without interests or activity); CF. vegetation: plants of an area; CF. vegetarian; CF. vegan
vehement
forceful; intensely emotional; with marked vigor; strong; N. vehemence
velocity
speed
n venal
capable of being bribed; corrupt; CF. vernal
n vendetta
blood feud (esp. between two families); CF. Nina Williams
vendor
seller
n veneer
thin surface layer (of good quality wood, glued to a base of inferior material); cover; surface show; fa\c{c}ade; V.
n venerable
deserving high respect; commanding respect; CF. command: deserve and get
n venerate
revere; treat with great respect
n venial
(of a fault or sin) forgivable; trivial
n venison
meat of a deer; CF. cow: beef; CF. pig: pork, ham, bacon; CF. calf: veal; CF. sheep: mutton; CF. lamb: lamb
n venom
poison (of an animal); hatred; Ex. remarks full of venom; ADJ. venomous
n vent
small opening; outlet (as of fumes or a gas); Ex. He gave vent to his anger by kicking the chair.
n vent
release or discharge through a vent; express (esp. unfairly); utter; Ex. He vented his wrath on his family.
s ventilate
admit fresh air into to replace stale air
n ventral
abdominal
ventriloquist
someone who can make his or her voice seem to come from another person or thing (without moving lips or jaws); N. ventriloquism, ventriloquy
venture
risk; expose to risk; dare; undertake a risk; N.
s brave
face courageously; Ex. brave the storm
venturesome
(of a person) bold; adventurous; daring; (of an action) risky
n venue
location; place (of a crime, trial, gathering, etc.); CF. come
n veracious
(of a person) truthful
n veracity
truthfulness; adherence to the truth
verbalize
put into words; ADJ. verbal: of words; spoken rather than written; oral; of a verb
verbatim
word for word; in the same words; repeating the actual words exactly
verbiage
pompous array of words; too many unnecessary words; wordiness
verbose
wordy; N. verbosity
n verdant
green; covered with green plants or grass; lush in vegetation; Ex. verdant meadows
s lush
(of a plant or grass) growing very well
n verdigris
green coating or patina on copper which has been exposed to the weather
verge
border; edge, rim, or margin; Ex. on the verge of: very near to; V: border on
n verisimilar
having the appearance of truth or reality; probable or likely to be true; plausible
n verisimilitude
appearance of truth; quality of appearing to be true or real; likelihood; Ex. verisimilitude of her performance as Lady Macbeth
n veritable
being truly so; real or genuine; actual; not false or imaginary
verity
quality of being true; lasting truth or principle; Ex. the verity of his testimony; Ex. one of the eternal verities
n vernacular
living language (as compared to the official language); language spoken in a country or region; natural style; Ex. lapse into the vernacular
n vernal
pertaining to spring
versatile
having many talents; capable of working in many fields; having many uses or functions; N. versatility
vertex
summit; highest point; PL. vertices
vertigo
severe dizziness; giddiness
n verve
enthusiasm (as in artistic performance or composition); liveliness; vigor
vestige
trace; remains; Ex. vestiges of some ancient religion
s veto
vested power to reject a bill; exercise of this right; V: prevent or forbid by exercising the power of veto
vex
annoy; distress
viable
capable of maintaining life; feasible; practical or workable; Ex. viable scheme
n viand
food; CF. live
n vicarious
experienced as if one were taking part in the experience of another; done by a deputy for other people; acting as a substitute; Ex. vicarious thrill at the movies; Ex. the vicarious sufferings of Christ
s vicar
parish priest; representative
n vicissitude
change (esp. from good to bad); change of fortune; CF. the last emperor of China
n victuals
food; provisions; V. victual: provide with food
vie
contend; compete
vigilant
watchful; on the alert; watchfully awake; alert to spot danger; N. vigilance
s vigil
keeping watch (during normal sleeping hours); Ex. all-night vigil
s vigilante
one who without authority assumes law enforcement powers
vigor
active strength; energy; enthusiasm; ADJ. vigorous
n vignette
small drawing placed at the beginning or end of a chapter; picture; short literary sketch; short written description of a character or scene
n vilify
slander; speak evil of; N. vilification
n vindicate
clear from blame; free from blame or accusation (with supporting proof); exonerate; substantiate; justify or support; avenge; Ex. vindicate one's client; Ex. vindicate one's claim; CF. vindicator
n vindictive
disposed to revenge; vengeful; out for revenge; spiteful; intended to cause harm; malicious; Ex. vindictive streak
n vintner
wine merchant; winemaker; seller of wine
viper
poisonous snake
virile
manly; having masculine spirit or strength; full of strength
virtual
in essence; existing in essence though not in actual form; for practical purposes; Ex. virtual ruler/space
virtue
goodness; moral excellence; good quality; advantage; Ex. by virtue of; Ex. make a virtue of necessity
n virtuoso
highly skilled artist (esp. in music); Ex. piano virtuoso
n virulent
(of a disease or poison) extremely harmful or poisonous; (of a feeling) hostile; bitter; N. virulence; CF. virus; CF. venom
virus
disease communicator
n visage
face; appearance
n visceral
felt in one's inner organs; N. viscera: internal body organs; CF. eviscerate
n viscid
adhesive; gluey
viscous
(of a liquid) thick and sticky; gluey; viscid; CF. consistency
n vise
vice; tool for holding work in place; clamping device
n visionary
produced by imagination; fanciful; mystical; showing foresight; N: one having foresight; one given to speculative impractical ideas
s vision
eyesight; foresight; mental image produced by the imagination; experience of seeing the supernatural
vital
full of life; animated; vibrant and lively; critical; of great importance; necessary to stay alive; of life; living; breathing; N. vitality; V. vitalize
s vibrant
full of vigor or energy; vibrating
n vitiate
spoil the effect of; make inoperative; corrupt morally
n vitreous
of glass; pertaining to or resembling glass; V. vitrify: change into glass; CF. petrify
n vitriolic
causing sharp pain to the mind; caustic; corrosive; sarcastic; of vitriol; N. vitriol: sulphuric acid (which burns flesh deeply); bitterly abusive expression; caustic expression; CF. glass
n vituperative
abusive; scolding; V. vituperate: berate; scold; rail against abusively
n vivacious
lively or animated; sprightly
s sprightly
lively
vivisection
act of dissecting living animals
n vixen
female fox; ill-tempered woman; CF. shrew
vociferous
clamorous; noisy; V. vociferate: cry out loudly (when complaining)
n vogue
popular fashion; Ex. Jeans became the vogue.
n volatile
changeable; of a quickly changing nature (as of temper); mercurial; tending to violence; evaporating rapidly; Ex. volatile character/situation in the street
volition
act of using one's will; act of making a conscious choice; Ex. She selected this dress of her own volition.
voluble
fluent; talkative; glib; N. volubility
s volley
simultaneous discharge of a number of shots; V.
voluminous
having great volume (as of a garment or container); bulky; large
s bulk
size or volume (esp. when very large); main part; Ex. The bulk of the work has already been done; ADJ. bulky: having great size
s voodoo
religion practiced chiefly in Haiti
voracious
ravenous; eating large quantities of food; exceedingly eager; insatiable; Ex. voracious animal/reader
vortex
whirlwind; whirlpool; center of turbulence; predicament into which one is inexorably plunged
n vouchsafe
grant condescendingly; guarantee; Ex. vouchsafe your fair return on your investment
s vouch
give a personal guarantee; Ex. I can vouch for his integrity; N. voucher
n voyeur
Peeping Tom; person who derives sexual gratification from observing the sexual acts of others
vulnerable
susceptible to wounds or attack; N. vulnerability
n vulpine
like a fox; crafty
s craft
skill (esp. with one's hands); skill in deceiving people; guile; ADJ. crafty: cleverly deceitful; cunning
s vulture
carrion-eating birds
s vying
contending; CF. vie