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unfathomable

\-ˈfa-thə-mə-bəl\

D. too strange or difficult to be understood

E. an unfathomable mystery / an unfathomable expression

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ungainly

D. lacking in smoothness or dexterity; hard to handle; having an awkward appearance

E. ungainly movements / an ungainly contraption / a large ungainly bird

3

unguent

\än-gwe'nt\

D. a soft substance that is used for rubbing onto the skin to heal it

4

unimpeachable

D. that you cannot doubt or question

E. evidence from an unimpeachable source

5

unique

D. unlike any other

6

unkempt

D. not well cared for; not neat or tidy

E. The children were unwashed and unkempt. / a wild and unkempt garden

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unmitigated

D. used to mean ‘complete’, usually when describing something bad; unrelieved

E. The evening was an unmitigated disaster. / sufferings unmitigated by any hope of early relief

8

unprecedented

D. never before

9

unremitting

\än-rē-'mi-\

D. never stopping

E. unremitting hostility / unremittingly gloomy weather

10

unruly

D. unmanageable

E. He struggled hard to control his unruly emotions.

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unseemly

D. not proper

E. He spent unseemly amounts of money on himself.

12

untenable

D. that cannot be defended against attack or criticism; unable to be held

E. His position had become untenable and he was forced to resign.

13

unwitting

D. not aware of what you are doing or of the situation you are involved in

E. He became an unwitting accomplice in the crime. / She was the unwitting cause of the argument.

14

unwonted

\-wōn-\

D. rare

E. He spoke with unwonted enthusiasm.

15

upbraid

\äp-brād\

D. to rebuke

E. his wife upbraided him for his irresponsible handling of the family finances

16

urbane

\e'r-'bān\

D. polished and refined

E. He was charming and urbane, full of witty conversation.

17

usurp

\yü-'se'rp\

D. to take by force

E. the usurpation of power

18

usury

\ˈyü-zhə-rē\

D. the practice of lending money to people at unfairly high rates of interest

19

utilitarian

\(ˌ)yü-ˌti-lə-ˈter-ē-ən\

D. designed to be useful and practical rather than attractive

20

utopian

D. having a strong belief that everything can be perfect, often in a way that does not seem to be realistic or practical

E. utopian ideals / a utopian society

21

uxorious

\ˌək-ˈsȯr-ē-əs\

D. overly fond of one's wife

22

vacillate

\'vä-se'-lāt\

D. to keep changing your opinion or thoughts about something, especially in a way that annoys other people

E. The country's leaders are still vacillating between confrontation and compromise.

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vacuous

D. empty; showing no sign of intelligence or sensitive feelings

E. He stared down at her, grinning vacuously.

24

vagary

\ˈvā-gə-rē\

D. a peculiarity

E. the vagaries of a rather eccentric, elderly lady

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vainglorious

\ˌvān-ˈglȯr-ē-əs\

D. too proud of your own abilities or achievements

E. a vainglorious woman who always insists on being the center of attention

26

valiant

\'va-\

D. very brave or determined

E. She made a valiant attempt not to laugh.

27

validate

D. to confirm legally

28

vanguard

\ven-'gärd\

D. the groups in front: the leaders of a movement in society; the part of an army, etc. that is at the front when moving forward to attack the enemy

E. The company is proud to be in the vanguard of scientific progress. / The army was advancing steadily and the vanguard was already at the border.

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vapid

D. dull, lacking interest or intelligence

E. The vapid conversation bored her.

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variegated

\ˈva-rē-ə-ˌgāt-\

D. having spots or marks of a different colour; consisting of many different types of thing or person

E. a plant with variegated leaves

31

vaunt

\ˈvänt\

D. a boast

E. even the noblest of fellows have been known to vaunt a bit

32

veer

D. to change direction suddenly

E. It is still not clear why the missile veered off course. / His emotions veered between fear and anger.

33

vegetate

D. to have a dull, inactive existence

E. I just spent the weekend vegetating at home.

34

vehement

D. showing very strong feelings, especially anger

E. He had been vehement in his opposition to the idea. / The charge was vehemently denied.

35

venal

\'vē-ne'l\

D. prepared to do dishonest or immoral things in return for money

E. a reputation for venality and corruption

36

vendetta

D. a long and violent disagreement between two families or groups, in which people are murdered in return for previous murders

E. He has accused the media of pursuing a vendetta against him. / V for Vendetta

37

vendor

D. a seller

38

vengeance

\'ve'n-je'nce\

D. the act of punishing or harming somebody in return for what they have done to you, your family or friends

E. He swore vengeance on his child's killer.

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*vencer

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40

venerable

D. old and honorable

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venerate

D. to respect deeply

42

venial

\'vē-ni-e'l\

D. forgivable (because it's not very serious)

E. taking the restaurant's menu as a souvenir seems like a venial offense

43

vent

D. an opening that allows air, gas or liquid to pass out of or into a room, building, container, etc

E. Children give vent to their anger in various ways.

44

veracious

\və-ˈrā-shəs\

D. truthful, honest

E. he has a reputation for being veracious, so people generally take his word for things

45

verbatim

\ve'r-'bä-te'm\

D. exactly as spoken or written

E. He reported the speech verbatim.

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verbiage

\ˈvər-bē-ij\

D. the use of too many words, or of more difficult words than are needed, to express an idea

E. teachers loathe the verbiage that students resort to in order to pad a paper