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Vivacious (adj)

lively or animated; sprightly
A very bubbly and vivacious woman, with a radiant smile, Julie never had any difficulty making new friends

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Vociferous (adj)

clamorous; noisy
The crowd grew vociferous in its anger and threatened to take the law into its own hands

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Voracious (adj)

ravenous

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Vouchsafe (v)

grant condescendingly; guarantee
Maintaining that power was only vouchsafed to the man who dared to stoop and pick it up

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Waffle (v)

speak equivocally about an issue

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Wanderlust (n)

strong longing to travel
Don't set your heart on a traveling man. He's got too much wanderlust to settle down.

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Wangle (v)

wiggle out; fake
She tried to wangle an invitation to the party

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Wanton (adj)

unrestrained; wilfully malicious; unchaste
Pointing to the stack of bills, Sheldon criticised Sarah for her wanton expenditures

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Waylay (v)

ambush; lie in wait
They agreed to waylay their victim as he passed through the dark alley going home

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Welter (v)

wallow
At the height of the battle, the casualties were so numerous that the victims weltered in their blood while waiting for medical attention

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Wheedle (v)

cajole; coax; deceive by flattery
She knows she can wheedle almost anything she wants from the father

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Whet (v)

sharpen; stimulate
The doors from the kitchen are whetting my appetite

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Whiff (n)

puff or gust (of air,scent etc); hint
The slightest whiff of Old Spice cologne brought memories of George to her mind

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Wily (adj)

cunning; artful
She is as willy as a fox in avoiding trouble

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Witticism (n)

witty saying; wisecrack

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Writhe (v)

twist in coils; contort in pain
In Dances with Snakes, the snake dancer wriggled sinuously as her boa constrictor writhed around her torso

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Xenophobia (n)

fear or hatred of foreigners
When the refugees arrived in America, he was unprepared for the xenophobia he found there

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Yen (n)

longing; urge
She had a yen to get away and live on her own for a while

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Yoke (v)

join together, unite
I don't wish to be yoked to him in a marriage, as if we were cattle pulling a plow

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Zany (adj)

crazy; comic
I can watch the Marx brothers' zany antics for hours

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Zealot (n)

fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal

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Zenith (n)

point directly overhead in the sky; summit
When the sun was at its zenith, the glare was not as strong as the sunrise and sunset