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umbrage

resentment; anger; sense of injury or insult

She took umbrage at his remarks and stormed away in a huff.

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unanimity

complete agreement

We were surprised by the unanimity with which our proposals were accepted by the different groups.

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unassuaged

unsatisfied; not soothed

Her anger is unassuaged by your apology.

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unassuming

modest

He is so unassuming that some people fail to realize how great a man he really is.

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unbridled

violent

She had a sudden fit of unbridled rage.

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unconscionable

unscrupulous; excessive

She found the load shark's demands unconscionable and impossible to meet.

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uncouth

outlandish; clumsy; boorish


Most biographers portray Lincoln as an uncouth and ungainly young man.

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unction

the act of anointing with oil

The anointing with oil of a person near death is called extreme unction.

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unctous

oily; bland; insincerely suave

Uriah Heep disguised his nefarious actions by unctuous protestations of his "'umility."

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undermine

weaken; sap

The recent corruption scandals have undermined many people's faith in the city government.

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underscore

emphasize

Adressing the jogging class, Kim underscored the importance to runners of good nutrition.

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undulate

move with a wavelike motion

The flag undulated in the breeze.

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unearth

dig up

When they unearthed the city, the archeologists found many relics of an ancient civilization.

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unearthly

not earthly; weird

There is an unearthly atmosphere in her work that amazes the casual observer.

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unequivocal

plain; obvious

My answer to your proposal is an unequivocal and absolute "No."

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unerringly

infallibly

My teacher unerringly pounced on the one typographical error in my essay.

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unfaltering

steadfast

She approached the guillotine with unfaltering steps.

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unfeigned 

genuine; real

She turned so pale that I am sure her surprise was unfeigned.

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unfettered

liberated; freed from chains

Chained to the wall for months on end, the hostage despaired that he would ever be unfettered.

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unfledged

immature

It is hard for an unfledged writer to find a sympathetic publisher.

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unfrock

to strip a priest or minister of church authority

To disbar a lawyer, to unfrock a priest, to suspend a doctor's license to practice--these are extreme steps that the authorities should take only after careful consideration.

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ungainly

awkward

He is an ungainly young man; he trips over everything.

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unimpeachable

blameless and exemplary

Her conduct in office was unimpeachable and her record is spotless.

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unison

unity of pitch; complete accord

The choir sang in unison.

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unobtrusive

inconspicuous; not blatant

The secret service agents in charge of protecting the President tried to be as unobtrusive as possible.

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unpreprossessing

unattractive

During adolescence many attractive young people somehow acquire the false notion that their appearance is unprepossessing.

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unravel

disentangle; solve

With equal ease Miss Marple unraveled tangled balls of yarn and baffling murder mysteries.

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unrequited

not reciprocated

Suffering the pangs of unrequited love, Olivia rebukes Cesario for his hard-heartedness.

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unruly

disobedient; lawless

The only way to curb this unruly mob is to use tear gas.

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unsavory

distasteful; morally offensive

People with unsavory reputations should not be allowed to work with young children.

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unscathed

unharmed

They prayed he would come back from the war unscathed.

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unseemly

unbecoming; indecent

Your levity is unseemly at this time of mourning.

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unsightly

ugly

Although James was an experienced emergency room nurse, he occasionally became queasy when faced with a particularly unsightly injury.

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unsullied

untarnished

I am happy that my reputation is unsullied.

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untenable

unsupportable

I find your theory untenable and must reject it.

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untoward

unfortunate; annoying

Untoward circumstances prevent me from being with you on this festive occasion.

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unwarranted

unjustified; groundless; undeserved

We could not understand Martin's unwarranted rudeness to his mother's guests.

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unwieldy

awkward; cumbersome; unmanageable

The large carton was so unwieldy that the movers had trouble getting it up the stairs.

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unwitting

unintentional; not knowing

She was the unwitting tool of the swindlers

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unwonted

unaccustomed

He hesitated to assume the unwonted role of master of ceremonies at the dinner.

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upbraid

scold; reproach

I must upbraid him for his unruly behavior.

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uproarious

marked by commotion; extremely funny; very noisy

The uproarious comedy hit Home Alone featured Macaulay Culkin, whose mugging and comic antics provoked gales of uproarious laughter from audiences coast to coast.

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upshot

outcome

The upshot of the rematch was that the former champion proved that he still possessed all the skills of his youth.

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urbane

suave; refined; elegant

The courtier was urbane and sophisticated

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urchin

mischievous child (usually a boy)

Get out! This store is no place for grubby urchins!

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ursine

bearlike; pertaining to a bear

Because of its ursine appearance, the great panda has been identified with the bears; actually, it is closely related to the raccoon.

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usurp

seize power; supplant

The revolution ended when the victorious rebel leader usurped the throne.

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usury

lending money at illegal rates of interest

The loan shark was found guilty of usury.

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uxorious

excessively devoted to one's wife

His friends laughed at him because he was so uxorious and submissive to his wife's desires.

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undergird

strengthen the base of

Whereas relativity theory undermined the Newtonian mechanics, cosmology was undergirded by it.

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