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  1. WILY
    Clever; deceptive

    Yet again, the WILY coyote managed to elude the ranchers who wanted to capture it.

    Synonyms: crafty, cunning, tricky
  2. WINSOME
    Charming; happily engaging

    Lenore gave the doorman a WINSOME smile, and he let her pass to the front of the line.

    Synonyms: attractive, delightful
  3. WIZENED
    Shriveled, withered, wrinkled

    The WIZENED old man was told that the plastic surgery necessary to make him look young again would cost more money than he could imagine.

    Synonyms: atrophied; desiccated; gnarled; wasted
  4. WRAITH
    A ghost or specter; a ghost of a living person seen just before his or her death

    Gideon thought he saw a WRAITH late one night as he sat vigil outside his great uncle's bedroom door.

    Synonyms: apparition, bogeyman, phantasm, shade, spirit
  5. XENOPHOBIA
    A fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers

    Countries in which XENOPHOBIA is prevalent often have more restrictive immigration policies than countries that are more open to foreign influences.

    Synonyms: bigotry, chauvinism, prejudice
  6. YOKE
    To join together

    As soon as the farmer had YOKED his oxen together, he began to plow the fields.

    Synonyms: bind, harness, pair
  7. ZEALOT
    Someone passionately devoted to a cause

    The religious ZEALOT had no time for those who failed to share his strong beliefs.

    Synonyms: enthusiastic, fanatic, militant, radical
  8. ZEAL
    Passion; excitement

    She brought her typical ZEAL to the project, sparking enthusiasm in the other team members.

    Synonyms: ardently, fervor, fire, passion
  9. ZEPHYR
    A gentle breeze; something airy or unsubstantial

    The ZEPHYR from the ocean made the intense heat on the beach bearable for the sunbathers.

    Synonyms: breath, draft
  10. ZENITH
    The point of culmination; peak

    The diva considered her appearance at the Metropolitan Opera to be the ZENITH of her career.

    Synonyms: acme, pinnacle
  11. WAVER
    To fluctuate between choices

    If you WAVER too long before making a decision about which testing site to register for, you may not get your first choice.

    Synonyms: dither, falter, fluctuate, oscillate vacillate
  12. WHIMSICAL
    Lightly acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable

    The ballet was WHIMSICAL, delighting the children with its imaginative characters and unpredictable sets.

    Synonyms: capricious, erratic, flippant, frivolous
  13. WAN
    Sickly pale

    The sick child had a WAN face, in contrast to her rosy-cheeked sister.

    Synonyms: ashen, sickly
  14. WANTON
    Undisciplined; unrestrained; reckless

    The townspeople were outraged by the WANTON display of disrespect when they discovered the statue of the town founder covered in graffiti.

    Synonyms: capricious, lewd, licentious
  15. VOLATILE
    Easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive

    His VOLATILE personality made it difficult to predict his reaction to anything.

    Synonyms: capricious, erratic, fickle, inconsistent, inconstant, mercurial, temperamental
  16. VOLUBLE
    Talkative; speaking easily; glib

    The VOLUBLE man and his reserved wife proved the old saying that opposites attract.

    Synonyms: loquacious, verbose
  17. VISCOUS
    Thick and adhesive; like a slow-flowing fluid

    Most VISCOUS liquids, like oil or honey, become even thicker as they are cooled down.

    Synonyms: gelatinous, glutinous, thick
  18. VIM
    Vitality and energy

    The VIM with which she worked so early in the day explained why she was so productive.

    Synonyms: force, power
  19. VITUPERATE
    To abuse verbally; to berate

    VITUPERATING someone is never a constructive way to effect change.

    Synonyms: castigate, reproach, scold
  20. VICISSITUDE
    A change or variation

    Investors must be prepared for VICISSITUDES of the stock market.

    Synonyms: inconstancy, mutability
  21. VACILLATE
    To physically sway; to be indecisive

    The customer held up the line as he VACILLATED between ordering chocolate-chip or rocky-road ice cream.

    Synonyms: dither, falter, fluctuate, oscillate, waver
  22. VARIEGATED
    Varied; marked with different colors

    The VARIEGATED foliage of the jungle allows it to support thousands of different animal species.

    Synonyms: diversified
  23. VENERABLE
    Respected because of age

    All of the villagers sought the VENERABLE old woman’s advice whenever they had a problem.

    Synonyms: distinguished, elderly, respectable
  24. VENERATE
    To respect deeply

    In a traditional Confucian society, the young VENERATE their elders, deferring to the elders’ wisdom and experience.

    Synonyms: adore, honor, idolize, revere
  25. VERACITY
    Filled with truth and accuracy

    She had a reputation for VERACITY, so everyone trusted her description of events.

    Synonyms: candor, exactitude, fidelity, probity
  26. VERBOSE
    Wordy

    The professor’s answer was so VERBOSE that his student forgot what the original question had been.

    Synonyms: long-winded, loquacious, prolix, superfluous
  27. VERDANT
    Green with vegetation; inexperienced

    He wandered deep into the VERDANT woods in search of mushrooms and other edible flora.

    Synonyms: grassy, leafy, wooded
  28. VERNAL
    Related to spring; fresh

    Bea basked in the balmy VERNAL breezes, happy that winter was coming to an end.

    Synonyms: spring like, youthful
  29. VESTIGE
    A trace; remnant

    VESTIGES of the former tenant still remained in the apartment, though he hadn’t lived there for years

    Synonyms: relic, remains, sign
  30. VEX
    To annoy, irritate, puzzle or confuse

    The old man who loved his peace and quiet was VEXED by his neighbor’s loud music.

    Synonyms: annoy, bother, chafe, exasperate, irk, nettle, peeve, provoke
  31. USURY
    The practice of lending money at exorbitant rates

    The moneylender was convicted of USURY when it was discovered that he charged 50 percent interest on all his loans.

    Synonyms: loan-sharking
  32. UPBRAID
    To scold sharply

    The teacher UPBRAIDED the student for scrawling graffiti all over the walls of the school.

    Synonyms: Berate, chide, rebuke, reproach, tax
  33. UNCONSCIONABLE
    Unscrupulous, shockingly unfair or unjust

    After she promised me the project, the fact that she gave it to someone else is UNCONSCIONABLE.

    Synonyms: Dishonorable, indefensible
  34. UMBRAGE
    Offense; resentment

    The businessman took UMBRAGE at the security guard's accusation that he had shoplifted a packet of gum.

    Synonyms: Asperity, dudgeon, ire, pique, rancor
  35. TYRO
    Beginner; novice

    An obvious TYRO at salsa, Millicent received no invitations to dance.

    Synonyms: Apprentice, fledging, greenhorn, neophyte, tenderfoot
  36. TURGID
    Swollen as from a fluid; bloated

    In the process of osmosis, water passes through the walls of TURGID cells, ensuring that they never contain too much water.

    Synonyms: Distended
  37. TRENCHANT
    Acute, sharp, or incisive; forceful; effective

    Tyrone's TRENCHANT observations in class made him the professor's favorite student.

    Synonyms: Biting, caustic, cutting, keen
  38. TRANSITORY
    Temporary; lasting a brief time

    The reporter's homes were TRANSITORY; she stayed in one place long enough to cover the current story.

    Synonyms: Ephemeral, evanescent, fleeting, impermanent, momentary
  39. UNEQUIVOCAL
    Absolute; certain

    The jury's verdict was UNEQUIVOCAL; the organized crime boss would be locked up for life.

    Synonyms: Categorical, clear, explicit, express, unambiguous
  40. TORPOR
    Extreme mental and physical sluggishness

    After surgery, the patient's TORPOR lasted several hours until the anesthesia wore off.

    Synonyms: Apathy, languor

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