Uncertain which suitor she ought to marry, the princess vacillated, saying now one, now the other.
empty; lacking in ideas; stupid
The candidate's vacuous remarks annoyed the audience, who had hoped to hear more than empty platitudes
She followed every vagary of fashion.
He tried to study, but could not collect his vagrant thoughts.
Because he was a stranger in town with no visible means of support, Martin feared he would be jailed as a vagrant.
boastful; excessively conceited
She was a vainglorious and arrogant individual.
pertaining to farewell
I found the valedictory address too long; leave-taking should be brief.
position giving an advantage
They fired upon the enemy from behind trees, walls and any other point of vantage they could find.
She delivered an uninspired and vapid address.
in feudalism, one who held land of a superior lord
The lord demanded that his vassals contribute more to his military campaign.
boasted; bragged; highly publicized
This much vaunted project proved a disappointment when it collapsed.
change in direction
After what seemed an eternity, the wind veered to the east and the storm abated.
impetuous; with marked vigor
He spoke with vehement eloquence in defense of his client.
capable of being bribed
The venal policeman accepted the bribe offered him by the speeding motorist whom he had stopped.
The rival mobs engaged in a bitter vendetta.
thin layer; cover
Casual acquaintances were deceived by his veneer of sophistication and failed to recognize his fundamental shallowness.
deserving high respect
We do not mean to be disrespectful when we refuse to follow the advice of our venerable leader.
We may regard a hugry man's stealing as a venial crime.
the meat of a deer
The hunters dined on venison.
small opening; outlet
The wine did not flow because the air vent in the barrel was clogged.
He vented his wrath on his class.
A group of venturesome women were the first to scale Mt.Annapurna.
I can recommend him for this position because I have always found him veracious and reliable.
put into words
I know you don't like to talk about these things, but please try to verbalize your feelings.
word for word
He repeated the message verbatim.
pompous array of words
After we had waded through all the verbiage, we discovered that the writer had said very little.
This article is too verbose; we must edit it.
green coating on copper which has been exposed to the weather
Despite all attempts to protect the statue from the elements, it became coated with verdigris.
Madame Curie knew she was on the verge of discovering the secrets of radioactive elements.
appearance of truth; likelihood
Critics praised her for the verisimilitude of her performance as Lady Macbeth. She was completely believable.
The four verities were revealed to Buddha during his long meditation.
living language; natural style
Cut out those old-fashioned "thee's" and "thou's" and write in the vernacular.
pertaining to spring
We may expect vernal showers all during the month of April.
having many talents; capable of working in many fields
He was a versatile athlete; at college he had earned varsity letters in baseball, football, and track.
Let us drop a perpendicular line from the vertex of the triangle to the base.
She approached her studies with such verve that it was impossible for her to do poorly.
There was a variety of viands at the feast.
acting as a substitute; done by a deputy
Many people get a vicarious thrill at the movies by imagining they are the characters on the screen.
change of fortune
Humbled by life's vicissitudes, the last emperor of China worked as a lowly gardener in the palace over which he had once ruled.
I am very happy to be able to provide you with these victuals; I know you are hungry.
Politicians vie with one another, competing for donations and votes.
picture; short literary sketch
The New Yorker published her latest vignette.
She is a liar and is always trying to vilify my reputation.
clear of charges
I hope to vindicate my client and return him to society as a free man.
She was very vindictive and never forgave an injury.
winemaker; seller of wine
The poet wondered what the vintners could buy that would be half as precious as the wine they sold.
I do not accept the premise that a man is virile only when he is belligerent.
The trunk of the maple tree was viscid with sap.
Melted tar is a viscous substance.
tool for holding work in place
Before filling its edges, the keysmith took the blank key and fixed it firmly between the jaws of a vise.
spoil the effect of; make inoperative
Fraud will vitiate the contract.
pertaining to or resembling glass
Although this plastic has many vitreous qualties such as transparency, it is unbreakable.
Such vitriolic criticism is uncalled for.
He became more vituperative as he realized that we were not going to grant him his wish.
act of dissecting living animals
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals opposed vivisection and deplored the practice of using animals in scientific experiments.
female fox; ill-tempered woman
Aware that she was right once again, he lost his temper and called her a shrew and a vixen.
The crowd grew vociferous in its anger and threatened to take the law into its own hands.
Jeans became the vogue on many college campuses.
changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly
The political climate today is extremely volatile: no one can predict what the electorate will do next.
act of making a conscious choice
She selected this dress of her own volition.
She was a voluble speaker, always ready to talk.
gratifying the senses
The nobility during the Renaissance led voluptuous lives.
The wolf is a voracious animal, its hunger never satisfied.
grant condescendingly; guarantee
I can safely vouchsafe you fair return on your investment.
Jill called Jack a voyeur when she caught him aiming his binoculars at a bedroom window of the house next door.
like a fox; crafty
She disliked his sly ways, but granted him a certain vulpine intelligence.