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Barrons GRE Vocabulary List 19

throttle: windpipe, or trachea; valve that regulates the supply of fuel to the engine; pedal that controls the throttle valve
E.g.The Toyota-designed pedal module could wear improperly and cause the throttle to stick open.

thwart: hinder or prevent of ; frustrate
E.g.He felt that everyone was trying to thwart his plans and prevent his success.

tightwad: one who is stingy or overly cautious or defensive with money; miser
E.g.Jill called Jack a tightwad because he never picked up the check.

timidity: lack of self-confidence or courage
E.g.If you are to succeed as a salesman, you must first lose your timidity and fear of failure.

timorous: fearful; demonstrating fear; weakly hesitant
E.g.His timorous manner betrayed the fear he felt at the moment.

tinge: degree, usually a slight degree, of some color, taste
E.g.There was a tinge of sadness in her voice.

tint: color; dye with a color
E.g.They woke, they kindled: first, they glowed in the bright tint of her cheek, which till this hour I had never seen but pale and bloodless.

tirade: extended scolding; long angry or violent speech
E.g.Your tirade is juvenile, hypocritical, and dare I say, unprofessional.

titanic: enormous scope, power, or influence; huge or colossal
E.g.When you’re in this kind of titanic power struggle, how you decide is just as important as what you decide.

title: right or claim to possession; mark of rank; name of a book or film
E.g.Though the penniless Duke of Ragwort no longer held title to the family estate, he still retained as head of one of England's oldest families.

titter: laugh in a restrained, nervous way; giggle
E.g.Her aunt's constant titter nearly drove her mad.

titular: nominal holding of title without obligations; existing in name only; nominal
E.g.Although he was the titular head of the company, the real decisions were made by his general manager.

toady: person who flatters or defers to others for self-serving reasons; yes man
E.g.Never tell the boss anything he doesn't wish to hear: he doesn't want an independent adviser, he just wants a toady.

token: something intended or supposed to represent another thing; sign or symbol; memorial of friendship
E.g.He gave me a necklace as a token of his affection.

toll: charge a fee for using; sound in slowly repeated single tones; announce or summon by ringing a bell
E.g.We hear the church bell toll the hour again.

tome: large volume; large and scholarly book
E.g.He spent much time in the library poring over an ancient tome.

topography: physical features of a region; detailed, precise description of a place
E.g.Before the generals gave the order to attack, they ordered a complete study of the topography of the region.

torpor: state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility; sluggishness; dormancy
E.g.Throughout the winter, nothing aroused the bear from his torpor: he would not emerge until spring.

torque: turning or twisting force
E.g.In physics, a torque is a vector that measures the tendency of a force to rotate an object about some axis.

torrent: rushing stream; flood; heavy downpour
E.g.You can see the torrent run downhill in day after day heavy rains.

torrid: passionate; hot or scorching; hurried or rapid
E.g.Harlequin Romances publish torrid tales of love affairs, some set in hot climates.

torso: body excluding head and neck and limbs
E.g.Players need to understand that the torso is the engine for the golf swing.

tortuous: marked by repeated turns or bends; winding or twisting; not straightforward; circuitous
E.g.Because this road is so tortuous, it is unwise to go faster than twenty miles an hour on it.

toss: throw carelessly; throw to see which side comes up; move or stir about violently
E.g.He used to toss the newspaper after reading it.

totter: walk unsteadily or feebly; stagger; sway, as if about to fall
E.g.One witness saw the drunk totter down the hill to the nearest bar on unsteady feet,.

touching: concerning; relating to; with respect to
E.g.Dr. Montessori giving a lesson in touching geometrical insets.

touchstone: stone used to test the fineness of gold alloys; excellent quality used to test excellence or genuineness of others
E.g.Who can tell if that mind, when the touchstone is applied to it, will not be found of a mean and vulgar character?

touchy: tending to take offense with slight cause; oversensitive; requiring special tact or skill in handling
E.g.When I rejected that as nonsense, he accused me of being touchy.

toxic: poisonous; caused by a toxin or other poison
E.g.We must seek an antidote for whatever toxic substance he has eaten.

tract: expanse of land or water; system of organs that perform a specialized function; leaflet or pamphlet
E.g.At one corner of the tract is a large Sultan Center wholesale outlet.

tractable: easily managed or controlled; governable; easily handled or worked; docile
E.g.Although Susan seemed a tractable young woman, she had a stubborn streak of independence.

traduce: cause disgrace to by malicious and false statements; hold up or expose to ridicule or calumny; defame
E.g.His opponents tried to traduce the candidate's reputation by spreading rumors about his past.

trajectory: path of other moving body through space; chosen or taken course
E.g.Any abrupt change in trajectory is a potential for another delay, an opportunity to begin fishing for something that's stuck.

tramp: travel or wander through; cleanse clothes in water
E.g.Keep the river road all the way, and next time you tramp take shoes and socks with you.

trample: destroy; step on
E.g.It is better, therefore, for the insignificant to keep out of his way, lest, in his progress, he should trample them down.

tranquillity: calmness; peace; freedom from disturbance or agitation
E.g.After the commotion and excitement of the city, I appreciate the tranquillity of these fields and forests.

transcendent: surpassing; exceeding ordinary limits; superior
E.g.For the amateur chef, dining at the four-star restaurant was a transcendent experience: the meal surpassed his wildest dreams.

transcribe: copy; write over again in same words
E.g.When you transcribe your notes, please send a copy to Mr. Smith and keep the original for our files.

transgression: violation of law, command, or duty; exceeding of due bounds or limits
E.g.If the transgression is a result of accident rather than impulse or intent, the root is not in us.

transient: momentary; temporary; staying for short time
E.g.Lexy's joy at finding the perfect Christmas gift for Phil was transient, she still had to find presents for the cousins and Uncle Bob.

transition: going from one state of action to another
E.g.We are in transition from an empire to a republic.

transitory: existing or lasting only a short time; short-lived or temporary
E.g.Fame is transitory: today's rising star is all too soon tomorrow's washed-up has-been.

translucent: partly transparent; transmitting rays of light without permitting objects to be distinctly seen
E.g.We could not recognize the people in the next room because of the translucent curtains that separated us.

transmute: change from one form, nature, substance, or state into another; transform
E.g.He was unable to transmute his dreams into actualities.

transparent: easily detected; permitting light to pass through freely
E.g.John's pride in his son is transparent; no one who sees the two of them together can miss it.

transport: carry from one place to another; carry away; deport
E.g.What I was trying to transport is the oil that is in demand particularly.

transpose: substitute one for the other of; reverse or transfer order or place of; interchange
E.g.This is what we must tend to transpose from the practical to the speculative order.

traumatic: relating to injury caused by violence; adapted to cure of wounds; vulnerary
E.g.They provided toys for children in traumatic situations such as fires, kidnappings, and domestic violence.

travail: painful labor; work, especially when arduous or involving painful effort
E.g.How long do you think a man can endure such travail and degradation without rebelling?.

traverse: go through or across, often under difficult conditions
E.g.When you traverse this field alone, be careful of the bull.

travesty: comedy characterized by improbable situations; treatment aimed at making something appear ridiculous
E.g.The main travesty is that the people who caused the current problem are now assigned to fix the problem.

tread: step on; mate with; place the foot
E.g.If the track we tread nowadays is smooth and easy, that is because of the pioneers who have gone before us.

treatise: systematic, usually extensive written discourse on a subject
E.g.He is preparing a treatise on the Elizabethan playwrights for his graduate degree.

trek: travel; journey or leg of a journey, especially when slow or difficult
E.g.The next stop on the trek is an art museum in which you use your hands to get a feel for a sculpture's shape.

tremor: shaking or vibrating movement; slight quiver
E.g.She had a nervous tremor in her right hand.

tremulous: marked by trembling, quivering, or shaking; timid or fearful; timorous
E.g.She was tremulous more from excitement than from fear.

trenchant: forceful, effective, and vigorous; sharp or keen
E.g.I am afraid of his trenchant wit for it is so often sarcastic.

trepidation: state of alarm or dread; nervous apprehension; involuntary trembling or quivering
E.g.As she entered the office of the dean of admissions, Sharon felt some trepidation about how she would do in her interview.

tribunal: seat of a judge; bench on which a judge and his associates sit for administering justice; court or forum
E.g.The tribunal has authority to settle certain types of dispute.

tribute: payment in money made by one ruler or nation; tax; mark of respect; praiseworthy quality
E.g.Winning the scholarship was a tribute to her hard work.

trickle: flow in drops; run or flow slowly; drip
E.g.That wealth has yet to trickle down to Indian villages where over sixty percent of Indians live.

trifle: a thing of very little value or importance
E.g.Then Tom traded a couple of white alleys for three red tickets, and some small trifle or other for a couple of blue ones.

trifling: trivial; of slight worth or importance; frivolous or idle
E.g.Why bother going to see a doctor for such a trifling, everyday cold?

trigger: cause something happen; set off
E.g.Please skip the remarks that will trigger bitter debates again.

trilogy: three-part novel; a set of three works with related subject
E.g.A trilogy is a set of three works of art, usually literature, film, or video games that are connected and can be seen as a single work, as well as three individual ones.

trim: clip; cut down to the desired size or shape
E.g.It's part of a restructuring programme intended to trim operating costs by a billion dollars.

trinket: cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing
E.g.Whenever she traveled abroad, Ethel would pick up costume jewelry or trinket as souvenirs.

trite: repeated too often; over familiar through overuse; worn out by use
E.g.All I can offer, and I hope it doesn't sound hollow or trite, is the suggestion that you take some real time now to count and give thanks for what you've got.

trivia: insignificant or inessential matters; trifles
E.g.With the help of social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, personal trivia is getting less obscure all the time.

trough: container for feeding farm animals; lowest point of a wave or business cycle
E.g.In the bottom of the trough is a length of plastic gutter that carries the liquid into a bucket.

truculence: aggressiveness; ferocity; ferociously cruel actions or behavior
E.g.Tynan's reviews were noted for their caustic attacks and general tone of truculence.

truism: undoubted or self-evident truth; obvious truth
E.g.Many a truism is summed up in a proverb; for example, "Marry in haste, repent at leisure.".

truncate: cut the top off; make shorter as if by cutting off
E.g.We truncate the top of a cone in a plane parallel to its base is a circle.

trunk: stem, or body, of a tree; main stem, without the branches; body of animal apart from the head and limbs
E.g.Nothing will save a tree after the main trunk is attacked by large numbers of this beetle.

tryst: secret meeting; agreement, as between lovers, to meet at a certain time and place
E.g.Our tryst is the Day of the Festival, and let the people be assembled when the sun is well up.

tumult: noise, as made by a crowd; riot or uprising
E.g.She could not make herself heard over the tumult of the mob.

tundra: rolling, treeless plain in Siberia and arctic North America
E.g.Underneath the tundra is the active layer, a coat of peaty, semi-decomposed organic matter that passes for soil.

turbid: muddy; having sediment disturbed; heavy, dark, or dense, as smoke or fog
E.g.The water was turbid after the children had waded through it.

turbulence: state of violent agitation; eddying motion; unstable flow of a liquid or gas; state of violent disturbance and disorder
E.g.They aim to protect assets rather than chase returns, so short-term turbulence has less of an effect.

turgid: swollen; distended; excessively ornate or complex in style or language
E.g.The turgid river threatened to overflow the levees and flood the countryside.

turmoil: state of extreme confusion or agitation; commotion or tumult
E.g.Clearly, the middle class is bearing the burden of this economy, one in turmoil from the housing and financial crises.

turncoat: traitor; one who turns against previous affiliation or allegiance
E.g.The British considered Benedict Arnold a loyalist; the Americans considered him a turncoat.

turpitude: depravity; corrupt, depraved, or degenerate act
E.g.A visitor may be denied admittance to this country if she has been guilty of moral turpitude.

tutelage: capacity of guardian; guardianship; capacity or activity of tutor; instruction or teaching
E.g.Under the tutelage of such masters of the instrument, she made rapid progress as a virtuoso.

tycoon: wealthy and powerful businessperson or industrialist; magnate
E.g.A new trial of the jailed former oil tycoon is set to begin Tuesday.

typhoon: tropical cyclone occurring in the western Pacific; violent whirlwind
E.g.The most important thing about when a typhoon is approaching, it's a lot like when a hurricane is approaching in the U.S.

tyranny: oppression; cruel government; office or authority of an absolute ruler; absolute power
E.g.We believe that extensions of law enforcement will lead inevitably to tyranny, so power of police should be shrink as possible.

tyro: beginner in learning something; novice
E.g.For a mere tyro, you have produced some wonderfully expert results.

ubiquitous: being or existing everywhere; omnipresent
E.g.That Christmas "The Little Drummer Boy" seemed ubiquitous; we heard the tune everywhere.

ulterior: beyond or outside of immediate interest; coming at a subsequent time or stage
E.g.Nowadays people are alive to certain ulterior consequences that were at first overlooked.

ultimate: final; being the last or concluding; fundamental; elemental; extreme
E.g.As the ultimate arbiter of the Constitution, the Supreme Court occupies a central place in our scheme of government.

ultimatum: last offer; final statement of terms made by one party to another
E.g.He said it was a warning, not an ultimatum, aimed only at the bandits in the capital.

unaccountable: inexplicable; unreasonable or mysterious
E.g.I have taken an unaccountable dislike to my doctor: "I do not love thee, Doctor Fell. The reason why, I cannot tell.".

unanimity: complete agreement in opinion or resolution of all persons concerned
E.g.We were surprised by the unanimity with which members of both parties accepted our proposals.

unassailable: impossible to assail; without flaws or loopholes
E.g.Penelope's virtue was unassailable; while she waited for her husband to come back from the war, no other man had a chance.

unbridled: violent; not restrained or controlled
E.g.They observed that, throughout history, experiments in unbridled democracy led to chaos.

uncanny: strange; mysterious; peculiarly unsettling, as if of supernatural origin or nature
E.g.Every night we hear the great owls hoot and laugh in uncanny fashion.

unconscionable: lacking conscience; greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
E.g.Such irrationality has its roots in unconscionable prejudice.

uncouth: lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
E.g.Most biographers portray Lincoln as an uncouth and ungainly young man.

unctuous: oily; composed of oil or fat; characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness
E.g.Uriah Heep disguised his nefarious actions by unctuous protestations of his "humility.".

underlying: lying under or beneath something; basic; implicit; taking precedence; prior
E.g.We face a combination of changes in underlying conditions not seen in almost a century.

undermine: weaken by wearing away base or foundation; injure or impair; dig a mine or tunnel beneath
E.g.What we should not allow this moment to undermine, is our commitment to South Africa, to the constitution and the reconstruction.

underscore: draw a mark or line under; emphasize; stress
E.g.Addressing the jogging class, Kim would underscore the importance to runners of good nutrition.

undulating: moving with wavelike motion
E.g.The Hilo Hula Festival was an undulating sea of grass skirts.

unearth: bring up out of earth; dig up; bring to public notice; uncover
E.g.When they unearth the city, the archeologists find many relics of an ancient civilization.

unequivocal: admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; clear and unambiguous
E.g.My answer to your proposal is an unequivocal and absolute "No."

unerringly: infallibly; without error, mistake, or failure
E.g.My teacher unerringly pounced on the one typographical error in my essay.

unfetter: liberate; free from chains; set free or keep free from restrictions or bonds
E.g.Chained to the wall for months on end, the hostage despaired that no one could unfetter him.

unfrock: strip a priest or minister of church authority; remove from status as member of clergy
E.g.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.

ungainly: awkward; lacking grace in movement or posture
E.g."If you want to know whether Nick's an ungainly dancer, check out my bruised feet," said Nora.

uniformity: sameness or consistency; freedom from variation or difference
E.g.It demands an approximately equal standard of life for all human beings and probably a certain uniformity of education.

unilateral: being on one side only; affecting but one side; one-sided.
E.g.The newspaper were talking whether Israel would launch a unilateral attack against Iranian nuclear facilities.

unimpeachable: free of guilt; not subject to blame; completely acceptable
E.g.Her conduct in office was unimpeachable and her record is spotless.

uninhibited: open and unrestrained; free from traditional social or moral constraints
E.g.Chanting and cheering, fully engaged in uninhibited euphoric exaltation!

uninhibited: open and unrestrained; free from traditional social or moral constraints
E.g.Chanting and cheering, fully engaged in uninhibited euphoric exaltation!

unique: without an equal; being the only one of its kind
E.g.You have to face a problem unique to coastal areas.

universal: affecting all; general; present everywhere; relating to the entire world or all within the world; worldwide
E.g.This discovery of literature has as yet only partially penetrated the universal consciousness.

unkempt: untidy; dirty; uncared for in appearance
E.g.Jeremy hated his neighbor's unkempt lawn: he thought its neglected appearance had a detrimental effect on neighborhood property values.

unmitigated: unrelieved or immoderate in intensity or severity; without exception; absolute
E.g.He reviews the many attempts made, at various times, to form an Irish party, all of which ended in unmitigated failure.

unobtrusive: inconspicuous; not obtrusive or undesirably noticeable
E.g.Reluctant to attract notice, the governess took a chair in a far corner of the room and tried to be as unobtrusive as possible.

unprecedented: having no previous example; novel; unparalleled
E.g.This country entered a path of unprecedented economic growth.

unprepossessing: unattractive; unimpressive or unremarkable; dull and ordinary
E.g.During adolescence many attractive young people somehow acquire the false notion that their appearance is unprepossessing.

unravel: undo or ravel knitted fabric of; separate and clarify; solve
E.g.The problem I am trying to unravel is more complex than any others.

unrequited: unanswered; not returned; not reciprocated; not repaid
E.g.I can just see Amy pining for Barack, while Jon Stewart suffers in unrequited love.

unruly: difficult or impossible to discipline, control, or rule; not according to rule; irregularly
E.g.The only way to curb this unruly mob is to use tear gas.

unscathed: not harmed or damaged in any way; untouched
E.g.Unlike the U.S. and Europe, Canada has emerged relatively unscathed from the financial crisis.

unseemly: grossly improper; indecent; in poor taste
E.g.One shouldn't be allowed to walk the streets or enter public buildings in unseemly apparel.

unsightly: ugly; displeasing to eye; unpleasant to look at
E.g.Although James was an experienced emergency room nurse, he occasionally became queasy when faced with a particularly unsightly injury.

untenable: indefensible; not able to be maintained
E.g.Wayne is so contrary that, the more untenable a position is, the harder he'll try to defend it.

untoward: contrary to your interests or welfare; inconvenient; troublesome
E.g.You're obviously pretty confident nothing untoward is going to be happening in front of your webcam at these intervals!

unwarranted: having no justification; groundless; not guaranteed to be good, sound, or of a certain quality
E.g.We could not understand Martin's unwarranted rudeness to his mother's guests.

unwieldy: difficult to use or handle because of size or weight or shape; lacking grace in movement or posture
E.g.The large carton was so unwieldy that the movers had trouble getting it up the stairs.

unwitting: not intended; not knowing; unaware; ignorant
E.g.Pierce said criminals, such as unwitting gang members, will sometimes post information that can help with an investigation.

upbraid: severely criticize; reprimand; reprove sharply
E.g.Not only did Miss Minchin upbraid Ermengarde for her disobedience, but she hung her up by her braids from a coat rack in the classroom.

upright: in an erect position or posture; perpendicular; vertical, or nearly vertical; pointing upward
E.g."It is a very good height indeed!" said the Caterpillar angrily, rearing itself upright as it spoke.

uproarious: characterized by loud, confused noise, or by noisy and uncontrollable laughter
E.g.On Wednesday through Saturday nights starting at 10 pm, they have a show of dancing girls, an uproarious experience.

upshot: final result; outcome or effect; central idea or point; gist
E.g.The upshot of the rematch was that the former champion proved that he still possessed all the skills of his youth.

urbane: showing a high degree of refinement
E.g.A Mini is a car that is bandy and urbane, which is to say, good on gas and easy to park.

urge: force in an indicated direction; stimulate; excite
E.g.These changes urge his supports to intensity like madness.

urgent: pressing; compelling immediate action or attention
E.g.The FAO called the meeting to discuss urgent and concrete measures to address the humanitarian crisis in Africa.

utopia: ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects
E.g.Fed up with this imperfect universe, Don would have liked to run off to Shangri-la or some other imaginary utopia.

vacillate: sway unsteadily from one side to the other; oscillate
E.g.The big boss likes his people to be decisive: when he asks you for your opinion, whatever you do, don't vacillate.

vacuous: empty; showing lack of thought or intelligence; vacant
E.g.The vacuous remarks of the politician annoyed the audience, who had hoped to hear more than empty platitudes.

vagabond: person without permanent home who moves from place to place; wanderer; tramp
E.g.A vagabond is at home nowhere because he wanders: a child should wander because it ought to be at home everywhere.

vagrant: person without home or job; bird found outside its species' usual range
E.g.Because he was a stranger in town with no visible means of support, Martin feared he would be jailed as a vagrant.

vagrant: person without home or job; bird found outside its species' usual range
E.g.Because he was a stranger in town with no visible means of support, Martin feared he would be jailed as a vagrant.

vain: having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying
E.g.Israel, with our help, has the weapons of mass destruction for which Bush looked in vain in Iraq.

valedictory: of speech given in farewell, especially one delivered by an outstanding member of graduating class
E.g.I found the valedictory address too long; leave-taking should be brief.

valid: logically convincing; sound; legally acceptable; well grounded
E.g.He said the large number of people surveyed and the lack of corrupting factors mean certain valid conclusions can be drawn from the results.

validate: confirm; ratify; declare or make legally valid
E.g.I will not publish my findings until I validate my results.

valor: bravery; courage and boldness, as in battle
E.g.John McCain, a Vietnam War hero of almost incomprehensible bravery and valor, is also trapped by a world view from another time.

vampire: ghostly beings that sucks blood of the living; person, such as extortionist, who preys upon others
E.g.As legend has it, there's only one way a vampire is able to enter your home - you have to invite him in.

vanguard: advance forces; leading units at front of army or fleet; persons at forefront of any group or movement
E.g.We are the vanguard of a tremendous army that is following us.

vantage: place or situation affording some advantage, especially good view
E.g.They fired upon the enemy from behind trees, walls and any other point of vantage they could find.

vapid: dull and unimaginative; lacking taste or flavor
E.g."Boring!" said Jessica, as she suffered through yet another vapid lecture about Dead White Male Poets.

vaporize: turn into vapor, steam, gas, or fog; decrease rapidly and disappear
E.g."Zap!" went Super Mario's atomic ray gun as he tried to vaporize another deadly foe.

variegated: streaked, spotted, or marked with a variety of color; very colorful
E.g.Without her glasses, Gretchen saw the fields of tulips as a variegated blur.

varnish: deceptively attractive external appearance; paint to coat a surface with a hard, glossy, transparent film
E.g.When she arrives at the north London studio for her interview and photo-shoot, she is so clean and shiny it is as though she has been freshly dipped in varnish.

vassal: grantee of a fief, feud, or fee; one who holds land of superior; feudatory; feudal tenant
E.g.The vassal swore that he would be loyal to the king forever.

veer: shift to clockwise direction; turn sharply; change direction abruptly
E.g.After what seemed an eternity, the wind might veer to the east and the storm abated.

vehement: forceful; intensely emotional; inclined to react violently
E.g.Alfred became so vehement in describing what was wrong with the Internal Revenue Service that he began jumping up and down and frothing at the mouth.

velocity: rapidity or speed of motion; swiftness
E.g.Koryon flapped forward, dropping slightly to gain velocity from the dive.

venal: capable of being bribed; for sale, available for a price; corrupt
E.g.The venal policeman cheerfully accepted the bribe offered him by the speeding motorist whom he had stopped.

vendetta: feud in which members of opposing parties murder each other; blood bitter quarrel
E.g.The rival mobs engaged in a bitter vendetta.

vendor: seller; provider; vending machine
E.g.The main weapon of the vendor is his tongue: his stream of words builds castles in the air, blows up glistening bubbles and silences all doubt.

veneer: thin layer; coating consisting of thin layer; ornamental coating to a building
E.g.Casual acquaintances were deceived by his veneer of sophistication and failed to recognize his fundamental shallowness.

venerable: deserving high respect; impressive by reason of age; profoundly honored
E.g.We do not mean to be disrespectful when we refuse to follow the advice of our venerable leader.

venerate: treat with great respect and deference; consider hallowed or be in awe of
E.g.In Tibet today, the common people still venerate their traditional spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

venial: pardonable; able to be forgiven; trivial
E.g.When Jean Valjean stole a loaf of bread to feed his starving sister, he committed a venial offense.

venison: beasts of the chase; flesh of any of the edible beasts of the chase
E.g.The hunter entertained us with venison which was very delicious.

venom: poison; poisonous secretion of animal, such as snake or spider; spite
E.g.The insect inserts the stinger into the skin and a venom is released into the surrounding tissue.

vent: small opening; means of escape or release; outlet; hole for the escape of gas or air
E.g.A small volume of air can be felt when the chin vent is open.

vent: small opening; means of escape or release; outlet; hole for the escape of gas or air
E.g.A small volume of air can be felt when the chin vent is open.

ventilate: freshen; circulate through and freshen
E.g.He said the disagreement over how to ventilate the mine showed just why the agency should have open hearings on the accident.

ventriloquist: one who can make his voice seem to come from another person or thing
E.g.This ventriloquist does an act in which she has a conversation with a wooden dummy.

venture: put at risk; adventure
E.g."A cheap sort of present!" thought Alice. "I'm glad they don't give birthday presents like that!" But she did not venture to say it out loud.

venturesome: willing to try new things and take risks; bold
E.g.These venturesome butterflies are stronger fliers and reproduce more quickly compared to their less mobile relatives.

venue: scene of any event or action; locality where a crime is committed or a cause of action occurs
E.g.Will you stay at the Olympic village if your venue is an hour away?

veracity: truthfulness; unwillingness to tell lies
E.g.Asserting his veracity, young George Washington proclaimed, "Father, I cannot tell a lie!"

verbalize: express in speech; speak or use words to express
E.g.I know you don't like to talk about these things, but please try to verbalize your feelings.

verbatim: using exactly the same words; corresponding word for word
E.g.He repeated her remarks verbatim in these months; when do we hear some new idea?

verbiage: pompous array of words; overabundance of words
E.g.After we had waded through all the verbiage, we discovered that the writer had said very little.

verbose: wordy; using or containing a great and usually an excessive number of words
E.g.Someone mute can't talk; someone verbose can hardly stop talking.

verdant: green; full of juice in vegetation
E.g.Monet's paintings of the verdant meadows were symphonies in green.

verge: extreme edge or margin; border; enclosing boundary; space enclosed by such a boundary
E.g.The entire row along the verge is laid and brought into line with the help of a string.

verisimilitude: appearance of truth; probability; likelihood
E.g.Critics praised her for the verisimilitude of her performance as Lady Macbeth. She was completely believable.

veritable: being without question; not counterfeit or copied; agreeable to truth or fact
E.g.In those days, Scandinavia was known as a veritable workers' paradise; not it isn't;

verity: truth, fact or reality, especially enduring religious or ethical truth
E.g.Did you question the verity of Kato Kaelin's testimony about what he heard the night Nicole Brown Simpson was slain?

vernacular: everyday speech of people, as distinguished from literary language; natural style; standard native language of a country or locality
E.g.So he has a certain vernacular, and a certain way he needs to talk right now, Nagin said.

vernal: related to spring; suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh
E.g.Bea basked in the balmy vernal breezes, happy that winter was coming to an end.

versatile: having many talents; capable of working in many fields
E.g.She was a versatile athlete, especially in basketball, hockey, and track.

vertebrate: animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column
E.g.List the vertebrate pests that commonly cause problems at cattle feedlots, dairies, and poultry.

vertex: highest point; apex or summit; common point of two lines of angle
E.g.Let us drop a perpendicular line from the vertex of the triangle to the base.

vertigo: severe dizziness; reeling sensation; feeling about to fall
E.g.When you test potential airplane pilots, my vertigo is at a point where the highs and the lows are varying a lot.

verve: enthusiasm or liveliness; energetic style
E.g.She approached her studies with such verve that it was impossible for her to do poorly.

vestige: trace; remains; indication that something has been happened
E.g.We discovered a vestige of early Indian life in the cave.