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Barrons GRE Vocabulary List 20

veto: rejection; vote that blocks a decision; deny; prohibit; command against
E.g.They avoid using the veto power, but that is clearly all they are willing to accept.

vex: annoy; disturb, especially by minor irritations; be a mystery or bewildering to
E.g.Please try not to vex your mother; she is doing the best she can.

viable: practical or workable; capable of maintaining life; capable of continuing effectiveness
E.g.Whether the industry can remain viable is a "broader and more complex question," he said.

vibrant: active; energetic; lively
E.g.Business occupancy rates are rising and a huge investment has been made in the Newtown area, intended as a vibrant cultural centre and home to the famous Market Theatre.

vicarious: acting as substitute; done by deputy; experienced at secondhand
E.g.Many people get a vicarious thrill at the movies by imagining they are the characters on the screen.

vicissitude: change, especially in one's life or fortunes; regular change or succession of one thing to another; alternation
E.g.Humbled by life's vicissitude, the last emperor of China worked as a lowly gardener in the palace over which he had once ruled.

vie: strive for victory or superiority; contend; compete
E.g.Politicians vie with one another, competing for donations and votes.

vigilant: attentive to discover and avoid danger, or to provide for safety; wakeful; watchful; circumspect; wary
E.g.Picking stocks is tough enough, but amidst worries of a double-dip recession, be especially vigilant in what sectors you play.

vignette: unbordered picture, often a portrait; decorative design placed at beginning or end of book or chapter; short literary sketch
E.g.The New Yorker published her latest vignette at the coming issue.

vigor: active strength of body or mind; imaginative lively style, especially style of writing; exertion of force
E.g.Although he was over seventy years old, Jack had the vigor of a man in his prime.

vile: worthless; mean; despicable; depraved by sin; hateful
E.g.This accusation of bribery is a vile smear on an honorable citizen.

vilify: debase; degrade; spread negative information about
E.g.Waging a highly negative campaign, the candidate attempted to vilify his opponent's reputation.

vindictive: seek revenge or intended for revenge; showing malicious will
E.g.Her neck and arms were full of scars from a vindictive rage by her husband's relatives, who believed her guilty of his death.

violate: treat in a violent manner; abuse; do violence to; disturb; interrupt
E.g.I should be certain that whatever charter you might grant under coercion, your first act, when released, would be to violate its conditions.

viper: extremely poisonous or injurious snake; person regarded as malicious
E.g.With fangs one and a quarter-inch-long, this viper is one of the most venomous snakes in the world.

virile: marked by energy and vigor; manly; able to copulate, as for male
E.g.They are always on the brink of victory and must be confronted with a virile aggression.

virtual: existing or resulting in essence or effect though not in actual fact; existing in mind, especially as a product of imagination
E.g.Today, 100 bloggers are conducting a virtual protest to decry the large numbers of out-of-wedlock births in the black community.

virtue: goodness, moral excellence; good quality
E.g.My virtue is that I say what I think, my vice is that what I think doesn't amount to much.

virtuoso: highly skilled artist, as musician; one who is dazzlingly skilled in his field
E.g.The child prodigy Yehudi Menuhin grew into a virtuoso whose violin performances thrilled millions.

virulent: extremely poisonous; hostile; bitter
E.g.Laid up with a virulent case of measles, Vera blamed her doctors because her recovery took so long.

virus: disease communicator; something that poisons one's soul or mind; program for unwanted actions in computer
E.g.So now I guess the virus is gone but I think we have another one because yahoo still freezes sometimes when you open a new browser window.

visage: face, countenance, or look of a person or an animal
E.g.She is always wimpled that no man can see her visage.

viscid: adhesive; gluey; covered with sticky or clammy coating
E.g.The trunk of the maple tree was viscid with sap.

viscous: sticky; gluey; having high resistance to flow
E.g.Melted tar is a viscous substance.

vise: tool has two jaws to hold work piece firmly in place
E.g.Before filing its edges, the locksmith took the blank key and fixed it firmly between the jaws of a vise.

vision: ability to see; sight; vivid mental image
E.g.The Boeing vision for a growing aviation business seems to be one of a large number of direct, or 'point to point' flights.

visionary: produced by imagination; characterized by vision or foresight; imaginary; idealistic
E.g."Because I was so heavily involved in the implementation side of the work, becoming a visionary is a very different role for me," he says.

vital: full of life; animated; necessary to continued existence; living or breathing
E.g.Most states are facing drastic cuts in vital services because of the recession.

vitriolic: harsh or corrosive in tone; sarcastic; bitterly scathing
E.g.Any time that a simple request for evidence results in vitriolic personal attacks, or an attempt to censor, with no attempt to address the issue.

vituperative: marked by harsh spoken or written abuse; scolding
E.g.He became more vituperative as he realized that we were not going to grant him his wish.

vivacious: animated; lively; vigorous and active
E.g.Two-time Emmy nominee, she is most well-known as the vivacious beauty who dishes the latest in celebrity news, style and entertainment.

vivid: bright; lively; graphic; having striking color
E.g.All that might sound as if it could be slightly irritating, but it isn't at all because it's written with tremendous verve and vigor - really short, fast, vivid, colorful sentences.

vixen: female fox; a woman regarded as quarrelsome, shrewish, or malicious
E.g.When I wear red I feel vibrant and like a sexy vixen, when I wear grey I feel distinctly dowdy.

vociferous: offensively loud; noisy; making outcry
E.g.The crowd grew vociferous in its anger and threatened to take the law into its own hands.

vogue: popular fashion; current state or style of general acceptance and use
E.g.Jeans became the vogue on many college campuses.

volatile: tending to vary often or widely, as in price; inconstant or fickle; tending to violence
E.g.Increases in volatile weather have alarming impact on business resources and insurance markets.

volley: flight of missiles; round of gunshots; tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces
E.g.The troop fired a volley of bullets at the enemy, but they could not be sure how many hit their target.

voluble: fluent; glib; talkative; marked by ready flow of speech
E.g.The excessively voluble speaker suffers from logorrhea: he runs off at the mouth a lot!

voluminous: large in volume or bulk; large in number or quantity, especially of discourse
E.g.A caftan is a voluminous garment; most people wearing one look as if they're draped in a small tent.

voluptuous: giving pleasure or satisfaction of the senses; having strong sexual appeal
E.g.The nobility during the Renaissance led voluptuous lives.

voracious: ravenous; excessively greedy and grasping; devouring or craving food in great quantities
E.g.The wolf is a voracious animal, its hunger never satisfied.

vortex: whirlwind; whirlpool; center of turbulence; spiral motion of fluid within a limited area
E.g.The higher velocity fluid around the core of the vortex is at a lower pressure than the fluid circulating farther away.

vouchsafe: guarantee as safe; secure; promise or agree condescendingly, as a special favor; permit
E.g.Occasionally the rock star would drift out onto the balcony and vouchsafe the crowd below a glimpse of her celebrated features.

voyeur: viewer who enjoys seeing sex acts or sex organs of others
E.g.Every night he was at the window, and felt like some kind of voyeur,

vulgar: common and coarse; relating to the common people with less cultivated or educated; lacking cultivation or refinement
E.g.As if I would talk on such a subject! Our family always HATED cats: nasty, low, vulgar things! Don't let me hear the name again!

vulnerable: susceptible to wounds; capable of being wounded or hurt
E.g.His opponents could not harm Achilles, who was vulnerable only in his heel.

wade: paddle; walk through relatively shallow water
E.g.Presently, without a parting word, Joe began to wade off toward the Illinois shore.

waffle: speak or write evasively; pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
E.g.When asked directly about the governor's involvement in the savings and loan scandal, the press secretary tried to waffle, talking all around the issue.

waft: cause to go gently and smoothly through air or over water
E.g.Daydreaming, he gazes at the leaves that waft past his window.

wag: move one way and the other with quick turns; shake to and fro; move in vibrating; cause to vibrate
E.g.Now I growl when I'm pleased, and wag my tail when I'm angry.

wage: hazard on the event of a contest; stake; engage in, as a contest; adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; hire; employ
E.g.The government has pledged itself to wage a war against poverty and disease.

waggish: witty, jocular, like a wag; humorous; tricky
E.g.He was a prankster who, unfortunately, often overlooked the damage he could cause with his waggish tricks.

waif: homeless person, especially orphaned child; abandoned young animal
E.g.Although he already had eight cats, he could not resist adopting yet another feline waif.

waive: give up temporarily; yield; give up voluntarily; defer
E.g.If they can waive the fees for all charities, we think the others could lower their charges.

wake: trail of ship or other object through water; path of something that has gone before
E.g.The wake of the swan gliding through the water glistened in the moonlight.

wallow: roll in water, snow, or mud; indulge in; move with difficulty in clumsy manner; plunge into course or condition
E.g.You may be negative about your experiences and employment status but don't wallow in it.

wan: having a pale or sickly color; unnaturally pale, as from physical or emotional distress
E.g.They sat in wan silver moonlight that ghosted through the windows.

wane: decrease in size or strength; draw gradually to an end
E.g.When lit, does a wax candle wane?

wanton: unrestrained; willfully malicious; immoral or unchaste
E.g.Pointing to the stack of bills, Sheldon criticized Sarah for her wanton expenditures.

warble: sing note or song with trills; modulate tone's frequency
E.g.Every morning the birds warble outside her window.

ward: guard; defender; protector; state under guard; division of a county; division of a hospital
E.g.The patient lay quietly on his bed in the medical ward.

warp: rope used in moving a vessel, usually with one end attached to an anchor or other fixed object; towing line; state of being twisted or bent out of shape
E.g.This collection of stereotypes reads like it fell through a time warp from a couple of decades ago.

warrant: guarantee; assurance by seller; authorization or certification
E.g.Wiretapping of our citizens without a warrant is against our values and not tolerated by the Democratic Party.

wary: very cautious; on guard; watchful
E.g.Many teachers remain wary of linking test scores to paychecks.

wastrel: one who wastes, especially one who wastes money; idler or loafer
E.g.His neighbors denounced him as a wastrel who had dissipated his inheritance.

waver: play or move to and fro; move one way and the other; swing; be unsettled in opinion
E.g.The disaster caused him to waver in his faith.

wax: increase gradually in size, number, strength, or intensity; show a progressively larger illuminated area
E.g.With proper handling, his fortunes wax and he becomes rich.

waylay: lie in wait for and attack from ambush; wait in hiding to attack; intercept unexpectedly
E.g.They agreed to waylay their victim as he passed through the dark alley going home.

wean: gradually deprive infants of mother's milk; detach affections of
E.g.He decided he would wean himself away from eating junk food and stick to fruits and vegetables.

weary: tired; exhausted; physically or mentally fatigued
E.g.Dressed in a sport jacket and jeans, Louis Vartan stood with his arms crossed and an expression of weary horror on his face.

weather: endure the effects of weather or other forces; come through safely; survive
E.g.He had to weather the crisis in his personal life with difficulty.

weird: queer; of a strikingly odd or unusual character; strange
E.g.I think it's good for a person and good for the work eventually, in weird ways that don't pop out immediately.

welter: turmoil; bewildering jumble; confused mass
E.g.The existing welter of overlapping federal and state programs cries out for immediate reform.

welter: turmoil; bewildering jumble; confused mass
E.g.The existing welter of overlapping federal and state programs cries out for immediate reform.

wheedle: cajole; coax; deceive by flattery
E.g.She knows she can wheedle almost anything she wants from her father.

whelp: young offspring of a mammal, such as a dog or wolf; child or youth
E.g.This collie whelp won't do for breeding, but he'd make a fine pet.

whine: utter a plaintive cry, as some animals; moan with a childish noise; complain, or to tell of sorrow, distress,
E.g.Every evening my two cats whine at the door, asking to be let out.

wholesome: conducive to sound health or well-being; beneficial
E.g.They can be made dairy free, still be delicious, and contain wholesome goodness.

wiggle: move to and fro with a quick, jerking motion; bend rapidly, or with a wavering motion, from side to side
E.g.Children wiggle restlessly in their chairs when waiting for parents.

wring: twist; squeeze; compress, especially so as to extract liquid
E.g.Chase hopes to wring more profits by offering more products.

wrinkle: a minor difficulty; a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface
E.g.This new wrinkle is even more disturbing to me, I have to say.

zest: a piece of orange or lemon peel, used to give flavor to liquor; something that gives or enhances a pleasant taste; appetizer
E.g.The element of risk added zest to the adventure of this summer.