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drama

prose or verse composition to be performed by actors; play; exciting and unusual situation

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thrall

slave; bondage; slavery; Ex. Her beauty held him in thrall; CF. enthrall

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threadbare

worn through till the threads show; shabby and poor; hackneyed; Ex. threadbare excuses

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thrifty

careful about money; economical; N. thrift

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thrive

prosper; flourish

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throes

violent anguish

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throng

crowd (of people or things); V.

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throttle

strangle; regulate the speed of with a throttle; N: valve that regulates the flow; CF. throat ?

9

strangle

kill by choking or suffocating; suppress

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thwart

block or hinder; baffle; frustrate

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tightwad

miser; excessively frugal person

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tiller

handle used to move boat's rudder (to steer)

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timbre

quality of a musical tone produced by a musical instrument (which distinguishes it from others of the same pitch)

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timidity

lack of self-confidence or courage

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timorous

fearful; timid; demonstrating fear

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tipple

drink (alcoholic beverages) frequently; N: alcoholic drink

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tirade

long angry denunciatory speech; diatribe; harangue; extended scolding; denunciation

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tardy

slow; sluggish; not on time; late; Ex. tardy arrival

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titanic

gigantic; N. titan

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tithe

tax of one-tenth (contributed to a church); V: pay a tithe

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titillate

tickle; excite pleasantly; Ex. not to titillate the audience but to enlighten it

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tickle

touch (the body) lightly so as to cause laughter; please

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title

name (of a book, film, etc.); mark of rank; formal appellation as of rank or office (such as Lord or General); right or claim to possession; championship; Ex. title as head of the family; Ex. title to the estate

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titter

nervous giggle; nervous laugh; V.

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titular

of a title; in name only; nominal; having the title of an office without the obligations; Ex. titular head of the company

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toady

servile flatterer; yes man; sycophant; V: be a toady to; fawn

27

toga

Roman outer robe

28

tome

large volume; book

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handsome

large in quantity; generous; Ex. handsome reward

30

tonsure

shaving of the head especially by person entering religious orders; V.

31

topography

physical features of a region (such as the shape and height); CF. topo-: place

32

torpedo

underwater explosive apparatus; V.

33

torpor

lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy; ADJ. torpid: lethargic; lazy; inactive; (of an animal) dormant; hibernating

34

torque

twisting force; force producing rotation

35

torrent

rushing stream; flood; Ex. The rain fell in torrents.

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torrid

(of weather) hot or scorching; passionate; Ex. torrid love affairs

37

torso

trunk of statue with head and limbs missing; human trunk

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trunk

main wooden stem of a tree; human body excluding the head and limbs; torso; prehensile nose of an elephant

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tortuous

winding; full of curves; Ex. tortuous mountain road

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totter

shake or move unsteadily; sway as if about to fall

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touchstone

stone used to test the fineness of gold alloys; criterion; standard

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touchy

oversensitive; easily offended; irasible; delicate; needing delicate handling; Ex. touchy situation

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tout

promote or publicize (one's goods or service); praise excessively (as a form of advertisement); CF. advertise

44

toxic

poisonous; N. toxicity

45

tract

propaganda pamphlet (esp. by a religious or political group); expanse of land; region of indefinite size; system of related organs; Ex. digestive tract

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tractable

docile; easily managed; (of something) easily changed or molded; N. tractability

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traduce

expose to slander

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trajectory

path taken by a projectile; Ex. trajectory of a bullet

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elevation

elevated position; altitude; height; flat upright side of a building; angle made by pointing a gun; Ex. The elevation of her style is much admired; Ex. front elevation of the house

50

tranquillity

calmness; peace

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transcendent

exceeding ordinary limits; superior; surpassing; V. transcend: go beyond; exceed; surpass; N. transcendancy

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transcendental

going beyond common thought or ideas; impossible to understand by practical experiences or practices; known only by studying thoughts or intuition; OP. empirical; CF. transcendentalism

53

transcribe

copy; write a copy of; N. transcription

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transgression

violation of a law; sin; V. transgress: go beyond (a limit); violate; do wrong

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transient

staying for a short time; momentary; temporary; N: one that is transient

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transition

going from one state of action to another

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transitory

transient; impermanent; fleeting; N. transitoriness

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translucent

partly transparent

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transmute

transform; change; convert to something different

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transparent

permitting light to pass through freely; easily detected; obvious; clear; Ex. transparent lie

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transpire

(of a fact) become known; be revealed; happen; give off (watery waste matter) through pores

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transport

strong emotion; rapture; Ex. in a transport/transports of; V: move to strong emotion; enrapture

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trappings

outward decorations; ornaments (as an outward sign of rank)

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traumatic

(of an experience) deeply shocking; pertaining to an injury caused by violence; N. trauma: serious wound; emotional shock that causes lasting psychological damage

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travail

strenuous work; toil; painful labor; labor of childbirth

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traverse

go through or across

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travesty

copy or example of something that completely misrepresents the true nature of the real thing; comical parody or imitation; treatment aimed at making something appear ridiculous; Ex. travesty of justice; OP. paragon

68

treatise

article treating a subject systematically and thoroughly

69

trek

travel; journey; V: make a long difficult journey

70

tremor

trembling; slight quiver (as of the earth or from nervous agitation)

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tremulous

trembling; wavering

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trenchant

cutting; incisive; keen

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furrow

long shallow trench made by a plow; deep wrinkle in the skin; V.

74

trepidation

fear; nervous apprehension

75

tribulation

suffering; ordeal; distress; trial

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tribunal

court of justice

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tribune

official of ancient Rome elected by the plebians to protect their rights; protector of the people

78

tribute

tax levied by a ruler; payment made by one nation to another in acknowledgment of submission; mark of respect (such as praise or gift); Ex. pay tribute to

79

trident

three-pronged spear

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prong

pointed projecting part

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trifling

trivial; unimportant

82

trifle

something of little importance or value; small amount; Ex. a trifle; V: treat without seriousness; flirt

83

trigger

set off; start

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trilogy

group of three related works (connected by a shared subject but each complete in itself)

85

trinket

knickknack; bauble; cheap jewelry

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trite

hackneyed; commonplace

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trivia

trifles; unimportant matters

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troth

pledge of good faith especially in betrothal; betrothal; Ex. by my troth

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trough

long narrow container for feeding farm animals; lowest point (of a wave, business cycle, etc.); long narrow depression as between waves

90

truculence

aggressiveness; ferocity; ADJ. truculent: aggressive; pugnacious; fierce

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truism

self-evident truth

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truncate

cut the top off; shorten

93

tryst

meeting arranged by lovers; arrangement between lovers to meet

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tumid

(of a part of the body) swollen; distended; bombastic; pompous

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overblown

inflated; exaggerated

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tumult

commotion of a great crowd; riot; noise; uproar; ADJ. tumultuous: noisy and disorderly

97

tundra

rolling treeless plain in Siberia and arctic North America

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rolling

(of land) rising and falling in long gentle slopes; happening continuously by stages; Ex. rolling devolution of power to local governments

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turbid

(of a liquid) having the sediment disturbed; muddy; thick

100

turbulence

state of violent agitation; ADJ. turbulent: violently agitated or disturbed

101

tureen

deep dish for serving soup

102

turgid

swollen; distended (as from liquid)

103

turmoil

extreme confusion; great commotion and confusion; Ex. throw the country into turmoil

104

turncoat

traitor

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turpitude

depravity; baseness; Ex. moral turpitude

106

tutelage

guardianship; training; function of a tutor; instruction

107

tutelary

protective; pertaining to a guardianship; Ex. tutelary deities

108

tycoon

wealthy and powerful businessperson; wealthy leader; magnate; Ex. business tycoon

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typhoon

tropical hurricane or cyclone

110

tyranny

oppression; cruel government; ADJ. tyrannical: of a tyrant or tyranny; despotic; V. tyrannize: treat tyrannically; oppress

111

tyro

beginner; novice

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ubiquitous

being everywhere; omnipresent; N. ubiquity

113

wade

walk through a substance, such as water, that impedes movement

114

ulterior

intentionally hidden; beyond what is evident; situated beyond; unstated and often questionable; Ex. ulterior motive

115

ultimate

final; not susceptible to further analysis; fundamental; Ex. The sun is the ultimate source of energy.

116

eventual

happening at last as a result; Ex. eventual victory

117

ultimatum

last demand; last warning; last statement of conditions that must be met; Ex. They have ignored our ultimatum.

118

umbrage

resentment; anger; sense of injury or insult; Ex. take umbrage at his rudeness

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unaccountable

unexplicable; impossible to account for; unreasonable or mysterious

120

unanimity

complete agreement; ADJ. unanimous

121

unassailable

not open to attack; impregnable; not subject to question

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unassuaged

unsatisfied; not soothed

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unassuming

modest; Ex. the champion's unassuming manner

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unbridled

violent; uncontrolled; Ex. unbridled rage/greed

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bridle

harness fitted about a horse's head (used to restrain); curb; check; V: put a bridle on; control or restrain; show anger

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uncanny

strange; mysterious; Ex. uncanny knack

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knack

special talent; art

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unconscionable

unscrupulous; not guided by conscience; excessive; beyond reason; Ex. unconscionable demand

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uncouth

boorish; clumsy in speech or behavior; outlandish

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unction

the act of anointing with oil; Ex. extreme unction

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unctuous

oily; bland; insincerely suave

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underlying

lying below; fundamental

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undermine

weaken gradually; sap; dig a mine beneath

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underscore

underline; emphasize

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undulating

moving with a wavelike motion; V. undulate; CF. und: wave

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unearth

dig up; discover (facts) by careful searching; Ex. He unearthed some secrets about her; OP. conceal

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unearthly

not earthly; supernatural; weird; ghostly

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weird

eerie; strange; unnatural

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unequivocal

plain; clear; obvious

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unerringly

infallibly; ADJ. unerring: making no mistakes

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unexceptionable

entirely acceptable; not offering any basis for criticism

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unfaltering

steadfast; firm; not changing

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unfeigned

genuine; real

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unfetter

liberate; free from chains; V. unfetter

145

hostage

person who is kept as a prisoner by an enemy so that the other side will do what the enemy demands

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unfledged

immature; not having the feathers necessary to fly; CF. fledgling

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unfrock

defrock; strip a priest or minister of church authority

148

disbar

make (a lawyer) leave the bar or the legal profession

149

debar

bar; forbid; exclude; Ex. debarred from jury services

150

bar

railing in a courtroom; legal profession; vertical line dividing a staff into equal measures; Ex. prisoner at the bar; V: shut in or out with bars; forbid; exclude; CF. barrister

151

bastard

illegitimate child

152

ungainly

(of someone) awkward in movement; clumsy; (of something) unwieldy; Ex. ungainly dancer/instrument

153

unguent

ointment

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uniformity

sameness; monotony; ADJ. uniform: the same all over

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unilateral

one-sided; involving or affecting only one side; Ex. unilateral declaration

156

unimpeachable

that cannot be impeached; beyond doubt or question; blameless and exemplary

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uninhibited

unrepressed; free in behavior and feelings

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unintimating

unfrightening

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unique

without an equal; single in kind

160

unison

unity of pitch (in musical performance); complete accord; Ex. The choir sang in unison.

161

choir

group of people who sing together (esp. during religious services); place for choir

162

universal

characterizing or affecting all; general; present everywhere; of the universe; cosmic; Ex. universal agreement; Ex. a subject of universal interest

163

unkempt

disheveled; uncared for in appearance; not combed; CF. comb

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unmitigated

(of something bad) not moderated; unrelieved or immoderate; without qualification; absolute; Ex. unmitigated disaster

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unobtrusive

inconspicuous; not blatant

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unprecedented

having no previous example; novel; unparalleled

167

unprepossessing

unattractive

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prepossessing

attractive; CF. preoccupying ?

169

unravel

disentangle; solve

170

unrequited

not requited; not reciprocated; Ex. unrequited love

171

unruly

disobedient; lawless; difficult to control

172

unsavory

distasteful; disagreeable; morally offensive; Ex. unsavory activity/reputation

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unscathed

unharmed; Ex. escape the accident unscathed

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unseemly

unbecoming; not proper in behavior; indecent; Ex. leave with unseemly haste

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unsightly

ugly; unpleasant to look at

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unsullied

untarnished; CF. sully

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untenable

(of a position, esp. in an argument) indefensible; not able to be maintained

178

untoward

unexpected and adverse; unfortunate or unlucky; Ex. untoward encounter

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unwarranted

unjustified; having no justification; groundless; baseless; undeserved

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unwieldy

awkward (to carry or move); cumbersome; unmanageable

181

unwitting

not knowing; unaware; unintentional; Ex. She was their unwitting accomplice; Ex. unwitting insult; CF. wit: know

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unwonted

unaccustomed; unusual; Ex. He arrived with unwonted punctuality.

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upbraid

reprimand; severely scold

184

braid

plait; interweave strands or lengths of; make by weaving strands together; N: braided segment (as of hair)

185

uproarious

marked by commotion or uproar; very noisy (esp. with laughter); hilarious; causing loud laughter; extremely funny

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uproar

noisy confusion

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upshot

outcome; final result

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urbane

suave; refined in manner; elegant

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urchin

mischievous child (usually a boy); CF. urchin: hedgehog; CF. porcupine: pig with spikes ?; CF. sea urchin

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ursine

bearlike; pertaining to a bear

191

usurp

seize another's power or rank (without legal authority); supplant; appropriate; N. usurpation; CF. take for one's own use

192

usury

lending money at illegal high rates of interest

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utopia

ideal place, state, or society; ADJ. utopian

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Shangri-la

imaginary remote paradise on earth; CF. Lost Horizon

195

uxorious

excessively submissive or devoted to one's wife; CF. uxor: wife

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vacillate

waver (in opinion); fluctuate; sway to and fro; N. vacillation

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vacuous

empty; lacking in ideas; inane; stupid; Ex. vacuous expression; N. vacuity

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vagabond

wanderer (without a permanent home); tramp

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tramp

walk with a heavy step; travel on foot; N: vagrant; one who travels aimlessly about; long walk; sound of heavy walking

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trample

step heavily with the feet; crush under the feet