1. vacillate
    waver (in opinion); fluctuate; sway to and fro; N. vacillation
  2. vacuous
    empty; lacking in ideas; inane; stupid; Ex. vacuous expression; N. vacuity
  3. vagabond
    wanderer (without a permanent home); tramp
  4. tramp
    walk with a heavy step; travel on foot; N: vagrant; one who travels aimlessly about; long walk; sound of heavy walking
  5. trample
    step heavily with the feet; crush under the feet
  6. tread
    walk; trample; N: grooved face of a tire; horizontal part of a step
  7. vagary
    capricious happening; caprice; whim; CF. wander
  8. vagrant
    wandering from place to place; roving; stray; moving in a random fashion; Ex. vagrant thoughts; N. vagrancy
  9. vagrant
    homeless wanderer
  10. vainglorious
    boastful; excessively conceited; N. vainglory: great vanity
  11. valedictory
    pertaining to farewell; N: farewell address (esp. at graduation exercises)
  12. valediction
    saying farewell; expression of leave-taking
  13. leave-taking
    farewell or departure
  14. valid
    logically convincing; sound; legally acceptable; effective; Ex. valid reasoning/passport
  15. sound
    in good condition; showing good judgment or good sense; thorough; complete; Ex. sound mind/investment/training
  16. validate
    make valid; confirm; ratify
  17. valor
    bravery; ADJ. valiant: possessing valor; brave
  18. vampire
    ghostly being that sucks the blood of the living
  19. vanguard
    forerunners; foremost position of an army; advance forces; foremost position in a trend or movement; CF. rearguard
  20. avantgarde
    group of artists whose work is based on the newest ideas and methods; CF. vanguard
  21. vantage
    position giving an advantage (such as a strategic point); CF. vantagepoint
  22. vapid
    lacking liveliness; dull and unimaginative; insipid and flavorless; Ex. vapid lecture
  23. vaporize
    turn into vapor (steam
  24. variegated
    (esp. of a flower or leaf) many-colored
  25. variegate
    change the appearance of (by marking with different colors)
  26. vassal
    in feudalism
  27. vaunted
    boasted; bragged; highly publicized; V. vaunt: boast; brag
  28. veer
    change in direction; swerve
  29. vegetate
    live in a monotonous way (without interests or activity); CF. vegetation: plants of an area; CF. vegetarian; CF. vegan
  30. vehement
    forceful; intensely emotional; with marked vigor; strong; N. vehemence
  31. velocity
  32. venal
    capable of being bribed; corrupt; CF. vernal
  33. vendetta
    blood feud (esp. between two families); CF. Nina Williams
  34. vendor
  35. veneer
    thin surface layer (of good quality wood
  36. venerable
    deserving high respect; commanding respect; CF. command: deserve and get
  37. venerate
    revere; treat with great respect
  38. venial
    (of a fault or sin) forgivable; trivial
  39. venison
    meat of a deer; CF. cow: beef; CF. pig: pork
  40. venom
    poison (of an animal); hatred; Ex. remarks full of venom; ADJ. venomous
  41. vent
    small opening; outlet (as of fumes or a gas); Ex. He gave vent to his anger by kicking the chair.
  42. vent
    release or discharge through a vent; express (esp. unfairly); utter; Ex. He vented his wrath on his family.
  43. ventilate
    admit fresh air into to replace stale air
  44. ventral
  45. ventriloquist
    someone who can make his or her voice seem to come from another person or thing (without moving lips or jaws); N. ventriloquism
  46. venture
    risk; expose to risk; dare; undertake a risk; N.
  47. brave
    face courageously; Ex. brave the storm
  48. venturesome
    (of a person) bold; adventurous; daring; (of an action) risky
  49. venue
    location; place (of a crime
  50. veracious
    (of a person) truthful
  51. veracity
    truthfulness; adherence to the truth
  52. verbalize
    put into words; ADJ. verbal: of words; spoken rather than written; oral; of a verb
  53. verbatim
    word for word; in the same words; repeating the actual words exactly
  54. verbiage
    pompous array of words; too many unnecessary words; wordiness
  55. verbose
    wordy; N. verbosity
  56. verdant
    green; covered with green plants or grass; lush in vegetation; Ex. verdant meadows
  57. lush
    (of a plant or grass) growing very well
  58. verdigris
    green coating or patina on copper which has been exposed to the weather
  59. verge
    border; edge
  60. verisimilar
    having the appearance of truth or reality; probable or likely to be true; plausible
  61. verisimilitude
    appearance of truth; quality of appearing to be true or real; likelihood; Ex. verisimilitude of her performance as Lady Macbeth
  62. veritable
    being truly so; real or genuine; actual; not false or imaginary
  63. verity
    quality of being true; lasting truth or principle; Ex. the verity of his testimony; Ex. one of the eternal verities
  64. vernacular
    living language (as compared to the official language); language spoken in a country or region; natural style; Ex. lapse into the vernacular
  65. vernal
    pertaining to spring
  66. versatile
    having many talents; capable of working in many fields; having many uses or functions; N. versatility
  67. vertex
    summit; highest point; PL. vertices
  68. vertigo
    severe dizziness; giddiness
  69. verve
    enthusiasm (as in artistic performance or composition); liveliness; vigor
  70. vestige
    trace; remains; Ex. vestiges of some ancient religion
  71. veto
    vested power to reject a bill; exercise of this right; V: prevent or forbid by exercising the power of veto
  72. vex
    annoy; distress
  73. viable
    capable of maintaining life; feasible; practical or workable; Ex. viable scheme
  74. viand
    food; CF. live
  75. 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
  76. vicar
    parish priest; representative
  77. vicissitude
    change (esp. from good to bad); change of fortune; CF. the last emperor of China
  78. victuals
    food; provisions; V. victual: provide with food
  79. vie
    contend; compete
  80. vigilant
    watchful; on the alert; watchfully awake; alert to spot danger; N. vigilance
  81. vigil
    keeping watch (during normal sleeping hours); Ex. all-night vigil
  82. vigilante
    one who without authority assumes law enforcement powers
  83. vigor
    active strength; energy; enthusiasm; ADJ. vigorous
  84. vignette
    small drawing placed at the beginning or end of a chapter; picture; short literary sketch; short written description of a character or scene
  85. vilify
    slander; speak evil of; N. vilification
  86. 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
  87. vindictive
    disposed to revenge; vengeful; out for revenge; spiteful; intended to cause harm; malicious; Ex. vindictive streak
  88. vintner
    wine merchant; winemaker; seller of wine
  89. viper
    poisonous snake
  90. virile
    manly; having masculine spirit or strength; full of strength
  91. virtual
    in essence; existing in essence though not in actual form; for practical purposes; Ex. virtual ruler/space
  92. virtue
    goodness; moral excellence; good quality; advantage; Ex. by virtue of; Ex. make a virtue of necessity
  93. virtuoso
    highly skilled artist (esp. in music); Ex. piano virtuoso
  94. virulent
    (of a disease or poison) extremely harmful or poisonous; (of a feeling) hostile; bitter; N. virulence; CF. virus; CF. venom
  95. virus
    disease communicator
  96. visage
    face; appearance
  97. visceral
    felt in one's inner organs; N. viscera: internal body organs; CF. eviscerate
  98. viscid
    adhesive; gluey
  99. viscous
    (of a liquid) thick and sticky; gluey; viscid; CF. consistency
  100. vise
    vice; tool for holding work in place; clamping device
  101. visionary
    produced by imagination; fanciful; mystical; showing foresight; N: one having foresight; one given to speculative impractical ideas
  102. vision
    eyesight; foresight; mental image produced by the imagination; experience of seeing the supernatural
  103. vital
    full of life; animated; vibrant and lively; critical; of great importance; necessary to stay alive; of life; living; breathing; N. vitality; V. vitalize
  104. vibrant
    full of vigor or energy; vibrating
  105. vitiate
    spoil the effect of; make inoperative; corrupt morally
  106. vitreous
    of glass; pertaining to or resembling glass; V. vitrify: change into glass; CF. petrify
  107. 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
  108. vituperative
    abusive; scolding; V. vituperate: berate; scold; rail against abusively
  109. vivacious
    lively or animated; sprightly
  110. sprightly
  111. vivisection
    act of dissecting living animals
  112. vixen
    female fox; ill-tempered woman; CF. shrew
  113. vociferous
    clamorous; noisy; V. vociferate: cry out loudly (when complaining)
  114. vogue
    popular fashion; Ex. Jeans became the vogue.
  115. volatile
    changeable; of a quickly changing nature (as of temper); mercurial; tending to violence; evaporating rapidly; Ex. volatile character/situation in the street
  116. volition
    act of using one's will; act of making a conscious choice; Ex. She selected this dress of her own volition.
  117. voluble
    fluent; talkative; glib; N. volubility
  118. volley
    simultaneous discharge of a number of shots; V.
  119. voluminous
    having great volume (as of a garment or container); bulky; large
  120. 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
  121. voodoo
    religion practiced chiefly in Haiti
  122. voracious
    ravenous; eating large quantities of food; exceedingly eager; insatiable; Ex. voracious animal/reader
  123. vortex
    whirlwind; whirlpool; center of turbulence; predicament into which one is inexorably plunged
  124. vouchsafe
    grant condescendingly; guarantee; Ex. vouchsafe your fair return on your investment
  125. vouch
    give a personal guarantee; Ex. I can vouch for his integrity; N. voucher
  126. voyeur
    Peeping Tom; person who derives sexual gratification from observing the sexual acts of others
  127. vulnerable
    susceptible to wounds or attack; N. vulnerability
  128. vulpine
    like a fox; crafty
  129. craft
    skill (esp. with one's hands); skill in deceiving people; guile; ADJ. crafty: cleverly deceitful; cunning
  130. vulture
    carrion-eating birds
  131. vying
    contending; CF. vie
  132. waffle
    speak equivocally about an issue; N.
  133. waft
    move gently (in air or in seas) by wind or waves; Ex. leaves wafting past the window
  134. waggish
    humorous; mischievous; tricky
  135. wag
    shake repeatedly from side to side; Ex. The dog wagged its tail; N: humorous person; wit
  136. waif
    homeless child or animal; Ex. waifs and strays
  137. waive
    give up temporarily; yield; N. waiver: waiving a right or claim; document that waives a right or claim
  138. wake
    trail of ship or other object through water; path of something that has gone before; Ex. hunger followed in the wake of the war
  139. wallow
    roll in mud; indulge in; (of a ship) roll in a rough sea; become helpless; Ex. wallow in the mud/luxury
  140. wan
    having a pale or sickly color; pallid
  141. wanderlust
    strong longing to travel
  142. wane
    decrease in size or strength (after being full); grow gradually to an end; Ex. The moon waxes and wanes every month; N.
  143. wangle
    achieve by cleverness or trick; wiggle out; fake; Ex. She tried to wangle an invitation to the party.
  144. wiggle
    wriggle; move from side to side with irregular twisting motions
  145. fake
    not genuine; N: one that is not genuine; impostor; sham; V: counterfeit; Ex. fake the results of the experiment/the signature
  146. wanton
    unrestrained; gratuitously cruel; willfully malicious; unchaste; sexually improper; promiscuous; Ex. wanton spending/killing; CF. having no just cause
  147. warble
    (of a bird) sing; babble; N.
  148. warp
    twist out of shape; N.
  149. warranted
    justified; authorized
  150. warrant
    justification; written order that serves as authorization (esp. a judicial writ); Ex. search/death warrant; V: justify; guarantee
  151. warranty
    guarantee; assurance by seller
  152. warren
    tunnels in which rabbits live; overcrowded living area; crowded conditions in which people live
  153. wary
    very cautious; watchful
  154. wastrel
    waster; profligate
  155. wax
    increase gradually (as the moon); grow
  156. waylay
    ambush; lie in wait for and attack
  157. ambush
    act of lying in wait to attack by surprise; sudden attack made from a concealed position; Ex. lie in ambush; V.
  158. wean
    accustom a baby not to nurse; accustom (the young of a mammal) to take nourishment other than by suckling; give up a cherished activity; cause to gradually leave (an interest or habit); Ex. wean oneself from cigarettes
  159. weather
    pass safely through (a storm or difficult period); endure the effects of weather or other forces
  160. welt
    raised mark from a beating or whipping
  161. welter
    confusion; turmoil; confused mass; bewildering jumble;
  162. welter
    wallow (as in mud or high seas); lie soaked (as in blood);
  163. wheedle
  164. whelp
    young animal (esp. of the dog or cat family); young wolf
  165. whet
    sharpen; stimulate;
  166. whiff
    puff or gust (of air
  167. whimsical
    capricious; fanciful; amusingly strange
  168. whim
    sudden capricious idea; fancy
  169. whimsy
    whim; tendency to behave amusingly strangely; Ex. story full of whimsy
  170. whinny
    neigh like a horse; CF. neigh: make the sound which horses make
  171. whit
    small amount; smallest speck;
  172. whittle
    pare; cut away thin bits (from wood); fashion in this way; reduce gradually; trim
  173. pare
    cut away the outer covering or skin of (with a knife); trim; Ex. pare apples/expenses
  174. whorl
    ring of leaves around stem; ring; circular arrangement;
  175. willful
    wilful; intentional; headstrong
  176. wilt
    loose freshness; droop
  177. wily
    crafty; cunning; artful; N. wile: deceitful stratagem
  178. wince
    move back suddenly; shrink back; flinch; Ex. She winced as she touched the cold body.
  179. start
    move suddenly or involuntarily; Ex. start at the sight of a snake
  180. windfall
    fallen fruit; unexpected lucky event
  181. winnow
    sift; separate the chaff from grain by blowing; separate good parts from bad; CF. wind
  182. sift
    put through a sieve to separate fine from coarse particles; sort or examine carefully
  183. winsome
    charming (in a childlike way); agreeable; gracious; engaging
  184. wispy
    thin; slight; barely discernible
  185. wisp
    small bunch (of hair); faint streak (of smoke)
  186. wistful
    sadly thoughtful (because of desires or memories); sadly pensive; vaguely longing
  187. withdrawn
    introverted; retiring; remote
  188. remote
    distant in manner; aloof
  189. wither
    (of a plant) dry up from loss of moisture; lose freshness; shrivel; decay
  190. shrivel
    make or become shrunken and wrinkled (often by drying)
  191. withhold
    refuse to give; hold back; Ex. withholding tax
  192. withstand
    stand up against; resist successfully
  193. witless
    lacking intelligence or wit; foolish; idiotic
  194. witticism
    witty saying; wisecrack(clever joking remark)
  195. wizardry
    sorcery; magic
  196. wizened
    shriveled; withered; Ex. wizened apple/old lady
  197. woe
    great sorrow; deep inconsolable grief; affliction; suffering; Ex. financial woes
  198. woeful
    sad; (of something bad) deplorable; deplorably bad; Ex. woeful housing conditions
  199. wont
    (the stated person's) habit or custom; habitual procedure; ADJ. wonted: customary
  200. worldly
    engrossed in matters of this earth; not spiritual; of the material world
  201. wrangle
    quarrel noisily; obtain through arguing; herd cattle; N.
  202. herd
    group of animals; crowd; one who looks after a herd; Ex. shepherd/goatherd; Ex. herd instinct; Ex. herdsman; V: come together in a herd; look after a herd; Ex. herd cattle
  203. wrath
    anger; fury
  204. wreak
    inflict; Ex. wreak one's vengeance on
  205. wrench
    twist; pull; strain; Ex. He wrenched the gun out of her hands.
  206. wrest
    obtain by pulling violently; pull away; take by violence; Ex. wrest victory from their grasp
  207. writ
    written command issued by a court (telling someone to do or not to do something)
  208. writhe
    twist in coils; contort in pain
  209. wry
    (esp. of an expression of the face) twisted; with a humorous twist (expressing displeasure)
  210. xenophobia
    fear or hatred of foreigners; N. xenophobe
  211. yen
    strong desire; longing; urge; Ex. yen for travel
  212. yeoman
    man or farmer owning small estate; middle-class farmer
  213. yield
    amount produced; crop; income on investment; profit obtained from an investment; V: produce; give in; surrender
  214. yoke
    join together; unite; N: crossbar used to joining two draft animals
  215. yokel
    rustic; country bumpkin; �̳�
  216. yore
    time long past; Ex. in the days of yore
  217. zany
    comic; crazy; N: clown; comical person (given to outlandish behavior)
  218. zeal
    eager enthusiasm (to a cause or ideal); ADJ. zealous
  219. zealot
    one who is zealous; fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal
  220. zenith
    point directly overhead in the sky; summit; acme; highest point
  221. zephyr
    gentle breeze; west wind
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