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utilitarian
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/jʊtɪlɪ'tɛərɪən/ a. Syn. practical; useful
practical and functional, not just for show
Do not forget those utilitarian steel tables when moving.
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vanquish
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/'væŋkwɪʃ/ v. Syn. conquer; overcome; defeat
conquer; overcome; come out better in a competition
The time it takes to vanquish is greatly increased by lots of unnecessary backtracking.
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veneer
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/vɪ'nɪə(r)/ n.
thin layer; coating consisting of thin layer; ornamental coating to a building
Casual acquaintances were deceived by his veneer of sophistication and failed to recognize his fundamental shallowness.
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venerable
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/'vɛnərəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. revered; honored
deserving high respect; impressive by reason of age; profoundly honored
We do not mean to be disrespectful when we refuse to follow the advice of our venerable leader.
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vernal
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/'vɜrn(ə)l/ a. Syn. fresh
related to spring; suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh
Bea basked in the balmy vernal breezes, happy that winter was coming to an end.
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versatile
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/'vɜrsətaɪl/;/-tl/ a. Syn. flexible; pliable
having many talents; capable of working in many fields
She was a versatile athlete, especially in basketball, hockey, and track.
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vicarious
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/vɪ'kɛərɪəs/ a.
acting as substitute; done by deputy; experienced at secondhand
Many people get a vicarious thrill at the movies by imagining they are the characters on the screen.
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vicissitude
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/vɪ'sɪsɪtud/ n.
change, especially in one's life or fortunes; regular change or succession of one thing to another; alternation
Humbled by life's vicissitude, the last emperor of China worked as a lowly gardener in the palace over which he had once ruled.
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vituperative
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/vaɪ'tupərətiv/ a. Syn. abusive; scolding
marked by harsh spoken or written abuse; scolding
He became more vituperative as he realized that we were not going to grant him his wish.
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waive
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/weɪv/ v. Syn. yield; relinquish
give up temporarily; yield; give up voluntarily; defer
If they can waive the fees for all charities, we think the others could lower their charges.
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whim
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/wɪm/;/hwɪm/ n. Syn. fancy; caprice; impulse
sudden turn or start of mind; temporary eccentricity; fancy; capricious notion
We shouldn't be changing our constitution to suit a short-term whim or agenda.
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whimsical
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/'wɪmzɪk(ə)l/ a. Syn. capricious
determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason; capricious
The hero is a playful, whimsical man who takes a notion to dress up as a woman so that he can look after his children, who are in the custody of his ex-wife.
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writhe
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/raɪð/ v. Syn. contort
move in twisting or contorted motion; contort in pain
In Dances with Snakes, the snake dancer wriggled sinuously and made her python writhe around her torso.
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zealot
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/'zɛlət/ n. Syn. fanatic
fanatically committed person; person who shows excessive zeal
Though Glenn was devout, he was no zealot, he never tried to force his beliefs on his friends.
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zealous
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/'zɛləs/ a. Syn. enthusiastic; fervent
enthusiastic; filled with or motivated by zeal
The company will offer you the most reliable price and satisfied service with its most zealous and most professional service.
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zenith
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/'zɛnɪθ/ n. Syn. summit
point directly overhead in sky; summit
When the sun was at its zenith, the glare was not as strong as at sunrise and sunset.
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