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tawdry

【1】adj. cheap and gaudy in appearance or quality; ignoble

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taxing

【1】adj. requiring much time, effort, or careful attention

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tedious

【1】adj. tiresome because of length or dullness: boring

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teeter

【1】vi. to move unsteadily: wobble【2】v. to show uncertainty about the right course of action

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teetotalism

【1】n. the principle or practice of complete abstinence from alcoholic drinks

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telling

【1】adj. effective, expressive

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temerity

【1】n. foolhardy disregard of danger; recklessness

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temporize

【1】v. to act evasively in order to gain time, avoid argument, or postpone a decision

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temperate

【1】adj. avoiding extremes in behavior or expression【2】adj. given to or marked by restraint in the satisfaction of one's appetites

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tempestuous

【1】adj. marked by sudden or violent disturbance

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tenable

【1】adj. capable of being held or defended; reasonable

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tenacious

【1】adj. persistent in maintaining something valued or habitual【2】adj. tending to adhere to objects upon contact

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tendentious

【1】adj. marked by a tendency in favor of a particular point of view: biased

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tender

【1】vt. to offer formally

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tenuous

【1】adj. having little substance; flimsy

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tepid

【1】adj. showing little or no interest or enthusiasm

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terminology

【1】n. the special terms or expressions of a particular group or field

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terminus

【1】n. the final point; the end

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terse

【1】adj. brief and to the point; effectively concise

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testimony

【1】n. firsthand authentication of a fact

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terror

【1】n. a state of intense fear

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testy

【1】adj. easily annoyed: irritable

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tether

【1】vt. to fasten or restrain by or as if by a tether【2】n. the limit of one's strength or resources

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theatrical

【1】adj. marked by exaggerated self-display and unnatural behavior

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therapeutic

【1】adj. of or relating to the treatment of disease or disorders by remedial agents or methods

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thorny

【1】adj. full of thorns【2】adj. full of difficulties or controversial points : ticklish

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threadbare

【1】adj. overused to the point of being worn out; hackneyed【2】adj. lacking money or material possessions【3】adj. worn or torn into or as if into rags

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throng

【1】vi./n. to crowd together in great numbers

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thwart

【1】vt. to oppose successfully

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ticklish

【1】adj. easily offended or upset; touchy【2】adj. requiring exceptional skill or caution in performance or handling

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tiff

【1】n./v. a petty quarrel

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tightfisted

【1】adj. close-fisted; stingy

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timeworn

【1】adj. hackneyed, stale

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timid

【1】adj. lacking in courage or self-confidence

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timorous

【1】adj. of a timid disposition: fearful

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tinge

【1】vt. to color with a slight shade or stain; tint

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tinker

【1】vi. to handle thoughtlessly, ignorantly, or mischievously

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tint

【1】v. apply a usually slight or pale coloration to

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tirade

【1】n. a long angry or violent speech, usually of a censorious or denunciatory nature; a diatribe

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toady

【1】n./v. one who flatters in the hope of gaining favors

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tonic

【1】adj. producing or stimulating physical, mental, or emotional vigor; beneficial to the health of body or mind

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topsy-turvy

【1】adj. lacking in order, neatness, and often cleanliness

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torpid

【1】adj. lacking in sensation or feeling【2】adj. slow to move or act

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torpor

【1】n. lack of interest or concern【2】n. physical or mental inertness

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torrential

【1】adj. caused by or resulting from action of rapid streams

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torrid

【1】adj. intensely hot【2】adj. having or expressing great depth of feeling

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tortuous

【1】adj. marked by devious or indirect tactics: crooked, tricky

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tout

【1】vt. to promote or praise energetically; publicize

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toy

【1】vi. to handle thoughtlessly, ignorantly, or mischievously

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tractable

【1】adj. readily giving in to the command or authority of another

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transcend

【1】vt. to rise above or go beyond the limits of

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transfigure

【1】vt. to alter the outward appearance of; transform

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transient

【1】adj. passing with time; transitory

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transitory

【1】adj. existing or lasting only a short time; short-lived or temporary

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translucent

【1】adj. permitting the passage of light: clear, transparent

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travail

【1】n./v. work, especially when arduous or involving painful effort

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traverse

【1】vt. to travel or pass across, over, or through

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travesty

【1】n./v. an exaggerated or grotesque imitation, such as a parody of a literary work

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treacherous

【1】adj. marked by betrayal of fidelity, confidence, or trust

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trenchant

【1】adj. keen, sharp【2】adj. vigorously effective and articulate

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trepidation

【1】n. the emotion experienced in the presence or threat of danger; apprehension

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trespass

【1】vi. to commit an offense

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trickle

【1】vi. to issue or fall in drops

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trite

【1】adj. hackneyed or boring from much use, not fresh or original

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truant

【1】adj./ n./ vi. shirking responsibility; one who shirks duty

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truce

【1】n. a suspension of fighting especially of considerable duration by agreement of opposing forces

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truculent

【1】adj. marked by harsh insulting language【2】adj. feeling or displaying eagerness to fight

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trudge

【1】vi. to move heavily or clumsily

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trumpet

【1】v. to make known openly or publicly

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truss

【1】v. to gather into a tight mass by means of a line or cord

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tumult

【1】n. a disorderly commotion or disturbance, a riot

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turbid

【1】adj. deficient in clarity or purity

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turbulent

【1】adj. marked by sudden or violent disturbance【2】adj. marked by turmoil or disturbance especially of natural elements

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turgid

【1】adj. excessively embellished in style or language

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turncoat

【1】n. one who switches to an opposing side or party; specifically: traitor

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turpitude

【1】n. inherent baseness: depravity

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twig

【1】v. to have a clear idea of

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typo

【1】n. an error in typed or typeset material

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tyro

【1】n. a beginner in learning: novice

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unassailable

【1】adj. not to be violated, criticized, or tampered with

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uncanny

【1】adj. being so extraordinary or abnormal as to suggest powers which violate the laws of natureuncanny, unearthly

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uncouth

【1】adj. lacking in refinement or good taste

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unctuous

【1】adj. overly or insincerely flattering【2】adj. characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness

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underdog

【1】n. a loser/ victim or predicted loser in a struggle or contest

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undergird

【1】vt. to support or strengthen from beneath

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underscore

【1】vt. to emphasize; stress

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understate

【1】vt. to state or present with restraint especially for effect

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understudy

【1】n. one who is prepared to act another's part or take over another's duties

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unexceptionable

【1】adj. not open to objection or criticism, beyond reproach

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unflappable

【1】adj. not easily upset or excited

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ungainly

【1】adj. having or showing an inability to move in a graceful manner

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unimpeachable

【1】adj. beyond doubt; unquestionable

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unkempt

【1】adj. lacking in order, neatness, and often cleanliness

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unlettered

【1】adj. not adept at reading and writing; deficient in the knowledge that can be acquired from books. illiterate

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unpretentious

【1】adj. lacking pretension or affectation; modest【2】adj. free from any intent to deceive or impress others

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unrequited

【1】adj. not reciprocated or returned in kind

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unruly

【1】adj. difficult or impossible to discipline, control, or rule.

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untenable

【1】adj. not able to be defended

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untold

【1】adj. too great or numerous to count

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untoward

【1】adj. not favorable, unpropitious【2】adj. given to resisting control or discipline by others

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unwitting

【1】adj. not knowing, unaware【2】adj. happening by chance; not intended

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unwonted

【1】adj. not habitual or ordinary; unusual

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upbraid

【1】vt. to reproach severely

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uphold

【1】vt. to give support to

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urbane

【1】adj. notably polite or finished in manner

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usurp

【1】vt. to seize and hold (the power or rights of another, for example) by force and without legal authority

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utter

【1】vt. to articulate (words); pronounce or speak【2】adj. complete; absolute; entire

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vaccinate

【1】v. to inoculate with a vaccine in order to produce immunity to an infectious disease, suchas diphtheria or typhus

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vacillate

【1】vi. to waver in mind, will, or feeling: hesitate in choice of opinions or courses【2】vi. to sway from one side to the other; oscillate

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vacuous

【1】adj. marked by lack of ideas or intelligence

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vagary

【1】n. an erratic, unpredictable, or extravagant manifestation, action, or notion

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valediction

【1】n. an act of bidding farewell【2】n. an address or statement of farewell or leave-taking

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valiant

【1】adj. possessing or acting with bravery or boldness

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vanquish

【1】vt. to defeat in a conflict or contest

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variance

【1】n. a lack of agreement or harmony

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vaporize

【1】vt. to convert (as by the application of heat or by spraying) into vapor【2】vt. to destroy by or as if by converting into vapor

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variegated

【1】adj. having discrete markings of different colors

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varnish

【1】vt. to give a smooth and glossy finish to【2】vt. to cover or conceal (as something unpleasant) with something that gives an attractive appearance

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vault

【1】vi. to propel oneself upward or forward into the air【2】vi. to accomplish something as if by leaping suddenly or vigorously

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vaunt

【1】vi. to speak boastfully

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veer

【1】v. to change direction or course

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vehement

【1】adj. having or expressing great depth of feeling

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venal

【1】adj. open to corrupt influence and especially bribery

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vendor

【1】n. one that sells or vends

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veneer

【1】n. a thin surface layer, as of finely grained wood, glued to a base of inferior material【2】vt. to cover over with a veneer; especially to conceal (as a defect of character) under a superficial and deceptive attractiveness

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venerate

【1】vt. to regard with reverential respect or with admiring deference

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venial

【1】adj. easily excused or forgiven

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veracious

【1】adj. being in the habit of telling the truth【2】adj. precise, accurate

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verbatim

【1】adv. in the exact words

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verdant

【1】adj. green with vegetation; covered with green growth

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verisimilar

【1】adj. appearing to be true or real

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veritable

【1】adj. being in fact the thing named and not false, unreal, or imaginary

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vernacular

【1】n. a nonstandard language or dialect of a place, region, or country【2】adj. used in or suitable for speech and not formal writing

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versatile

【1】adj. able to do many different kinds of things【2】adj. changing or fluctuating readily

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verse

【1】vt. to familiarize by close association, study, or experience【2】n. a composition using rhythm and often rhyme to create a lyrical effect

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vertigo

【1】n. a dizzy confused state of mind

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verve

【1】n. vitality, liveliness

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vessel

【2】n. a watercraft bigger than a rowboat

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vestige

【1】n. the smallest quantity or trace

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vestigial

【1】adj. (of certain organs or parts of organisms) having attained a simple structure and reduced size and function during the evolution of the species

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veteran

【1】n. one having knowledge or ability gained through long experience【2】adj. having or showing exceptional knowledge, experience, or skill in a field of endeavor

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veto

【1】n./vt. to forbid or prohibit authoritatively

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viable

【1】adj. capable of being done or carried out

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vicarious

【1】adj. performed or suffered by one person as a substitute for another or to the benefit or advantage of another

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vicious

【1】adj. having or showing the desire to inflict severe pain and suffering on others【2】adj. marked by violence or ferocity

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vicissitude

【1】n. natural change or mutation visible in nature or in human affairs

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victimize

【1】vt. to subject to deception or fraud

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vigilant

【1】adj. alertly watchful especially to avoid danger

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vignette

【1】n. a vivid representation in words of someone or something

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vilify

【1】vt. to utter slanderous and abusive statements against

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vim

【1】n. robust energy and enthusiasm

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vindicate

【1】vt. to free from allegation or blame【2】vt. to give evidence or testimony to the truth or factualness of

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vindictive

【1】adj. disposed to seek revenge

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virtuoso

【1】n. a person with masterly skill or technique in the arts【2】adj. having or showing exceptional knowledge, experience, or skill in a field of endeavor

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virtuous

【1】adj. having or showing virtue, especially moral excellence

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virulent

【1】adj. extremely poisonous or venomous【2】adj. marked by a rapid, severe, and destructive course

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viscid

【1】adj. having a glutinous consistency

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viscous

【1】adj. viscid; sticky

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visionary

【1】adj. having or marked by a tendency to be guided more by ideals than by reality【2】adj. not real and existing only in the imagination【3】adj. having or marked by foresight and imagination

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vitiate

【1】v. to reduce the value or impair the quality of【2】v. to debase in moral or aesthetic status

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vitriolic

【1】adj. bitterly scathing

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vituperate

【1】vt. to abuse or censure severely or abusively

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vivacious

【1】adj. lively in temper, conduct, or spirit

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vociferous

【1】adj. making, given to, or marked by noisy and vehement outcry

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volatile

【1】adj. characterized by or subject to rapid or unexpected change

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volition

【1】n. the act or power of making one's own choices or decisions

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voluble

【1】adj. characterized by ready or rapid speech

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voluminous

【1】adj. having great volume, fullness, size, or number

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voracious

【1】adj. having a huge appetite【2】adj. having or marked by an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit

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votary

【1】n. a person who is fervently devoted, as to a leader or ideal; a faithful follower

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vouch

【1】vi. to declare (something) to be true or genuine; to give a guarantee

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vulgar

【1】adj. morally crude, undeveloped, or unregenerate【2】adj. used in or suitable for speech and not formal writing

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waddle

【1】vi. to walk with short steps that tilt the body from side to side

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waffle

【1】vi. to talk or write foolishly

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waft

【1】vt. to float easily and gently, as on the air

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wag

【1】n. a humorous or droll person【2】vt. to move to and fro or up and down especially with quick jerky motions

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wan

【1】adj. suggestive of poor health

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wanderlust

【1】n. a very strong or irresistible impulse to travel

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wane

【1】vi. to decrease in size, extent, or degree

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warmonger

【1】n. one who urges or attempts to stir up war

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warp

【1】vt. to turn from a correct or proper course【2】vt. to twist (something) out of a natural or normal shape or condition【3】vt. to change so much as to create a wrong impression or alter the meaning of

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warrant

【1】vt. to assume responsibility for the satisfactory quality or performance of【2】vt. to give official acceptance of as satisfactory

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wastrel

【1】n. one who expends resources foolishly and self-indulgently

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watershed

【1】n. a crucial dividing point: turning point

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wax

【1】vi. to increase in phase or intensity, used chiefly of the moon, other satellites, and inferior planets【2】vt. to coat (something) with a slippery substance in order to reduce friction【3】vi. to increase in size, numbers, strength, prosperity, or intensity

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waylay

【1】vt. to lie in wait for or attack from ambush

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welter

【1】n. a state of wild disorder

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wheedle

【1】vt. to persuade or attempt to persuade by flattery or guile

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whet

【1】vt. to sharpen by rubbing on or with something (as a stone)

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whiff

【1】n. a quick puff or slight gust especially of air, odor, gas, smoke, or spray【2】n. an almost imperceptible sign of something

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wholesome

【1】adj. promoting mental, moral, or social health

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wicked

【1】adj. morally very bad

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wince

【1】vi. to shrink back involuntarily as from pain

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windbag

【1】n. an exhaustively talkative person

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windy

【1】adj. characterized by wearisome verbosity

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winsome

【1】adj. generally pleasing and engaging often because of a childlike charm and innocence

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wither

【1】vi. to become dry and sapless

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withhold

【1】vt. to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing

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wizen

【1】vt. to become dry, shrunken, and wrinkled often as a result of aging or of failing vitality【2】adj. shriveled or dried up

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wobble

【1】vi. to move or proceed with an irregular rocking or staggering motion or unsteadily and clumsily from side to side【2】vi. to show uncertainty about the right course of action