100 SAT Words Beginning with "V"

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  1. vacate
    leave voluntarily, as a job or position
    Their number diminished sharply after Villaraigosa announced last week that he wanted protesters to vacate the grounds by Monday or be forcibly removed.Chicago Tribune (Nov 30, 2011)
  2. vacillate
    be undecided about something
    But the old Napoleon was no more; vacillating almost as if in partial catalepsy, murmuring empty phrases in quick, indistinct utterance, he refused to decide.Sloane, William Milligan
  3. vacuous
    devoid of intelligence
    Why had his brain and senses lain fallow all these months, a vacuous vegetation, an empty consciousness?Parker, Gilbert
  4. vagary
    an unexpected and inexplicable change in something
    Nick Campbell, from energy consultancy Inenco, argues that relying more on LNG opens up the UK to the vagaries – and volatility – of global gas demand.
  5. vagrant
    a wanderer with no established residence or means of support
    Many of them refused to own houses or any dwelling place, and wandered about as vagrants and beggars.Stace, W. T. (Walter Terence)
  6. vague
    lacking clarity or distinctness
    The terms are all widely used, but their connotation is vague and uncertain.Freud, Sigmund
  7. vain
    unproductive of success
    I entreated, scolded, cursed, but all in vain; she let me go on, and answered not a word.Seingalt, Jacques Casanova de
  8. vainglorious
    feeling self-importance
    Though vainglorious and arrogant, he conducted the defence of Acre with sound judgment as well as with energy and courage.Poole, Reginald Lane
  9. valedictory
    of or relating to an occasion or expression of farewell
    He was graduated in 1828, on which occasion he delivered the valedictory oration.Smith, Baxter Perry
  10. valiant
    having or showing heroism or courage
    The first time, she continued a courageous and valiant fight.
  11. valid
    well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force
    But the authorities said that license was not valid in New York.New York Times (Jan 13, 2012)
  12. validate
    show or confirm the effectiveness of something
    "If our findings are validated, coffee could represent one modifiable factor that may lower the risk of developing the most harmful form of prostate cancer."
  13. valor
    courage when facing danger
    Many had seen and spoken to the young hero, and all related his prodigies of valor.Bolanden, Conrad von
  14. vanguard
    a creative group active in the innovation of new concepts
    Panicked curators, artistic directors and art critics are warning of London's potential fall from the vanguard of the global arts scene.Seattle Times (Aug 7, 2010)
  15. vanity
    the trait of being unduly conceited
    Slowly I turned to look at Silver Heels, all my vanity, conceit, and condescension vanished.Chambers, Robert W. (Robert William)
  16. vanquish
    defeat in a competition, race, or conflict
    The unconquerable Argonne had been conquered; a ruthless enemy was vanquished.Klausner, Julius
  17. vantage
    place or situation affording some benefit
    But when he pulled out a telephoto lens, he was able to negotiate a better — and closer — vantage point.New York Times (Feb 16, 2012)
  18. vapid
    lacking significance or liveliness or spirit or zest
    No, ladies and gentlemen, do not let us be discouraged or deceived by any fine, vapid, empty words. Dickens, Charles
  19. variable
    a quantity that can assume any of a set of values
    He created a math model of a human being and then plugged in all the variables — height, weight, food intake, exercise.New York Times (May 16, 2012)
  20. variegated
    having an assortment of colors
    In domesticated animals, from causes apparently not as yet traced, the colour is variegated and various.Various
  21. varying
    marked by diversity or difference
    National central banks do make disclosures, but in varying formats and with differing frequencies and delays.New York Times (Jun 1, 2012)
  22. vassal
    a person holding a fief
    Second, the vassals, who rendered service to those from whom they held their lands.Blackmar, Frank W. (Frank Wilson)
  23. vast
    unusually great in size or amount or extent or scope
    Vast amounts of natural gas in shale rock formations have been unlocked by improved drilling techniques, making the fuel cheap and plentiful across the U.S.Washington Post (May 24, 2012)
  24. vault
    a strongroom or compartment for safekeeping of valuables
    Banks also offer investors the opportunity to buy shares of gold bars kept in their vaults.
  25. vaunt
    show off
    He is not so foolish as to be puffed up, nor does he vaunt himself nor boast.Comfort, William Wistar
  26. veer
    turn sharply; change direction abruptly
    The day before Christmas the west wind suddenly veered round northward.Nash, Wallis
  27. vegetate
    engage in passive relaxation
    Others vegetated around the hotel, a rare luxury, to rest tired muscles and frayed nerves.New York Times (Sep 21, 2011)
  28. vehement
    marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions
    He rushed into his arms with an expression of the most vehement joy; the other was delighted, but not astonished, at meeting him so suddenly.Tieck, Ludwig
  29. velocity
    distance travelled per unit time
    His velocity was fine, hitting 97 mph on the radar gun in the fifth inning.Washington Post (May 21, 2012)
  30. venal
    capable of being corrupted
    It was still more creditable to him, that in such venal and corrupt days he maintained his integrity perfectly unsullied.Ainsworth, William Harrison
  31. vendetta
    a blood feud between members of opposing parties
    They are usually engaged in some vendetta between rival factions, or families, and blood is frequently shed.Carter, Herbert
  32. vendor
    someone who exchanges goods or services for money
    A street vendor sells Senegalese newspapers commemorating the presidential elections.
  33. veneer
    coating consisting of a thin layer of wood
    The inlay used was often oval in shape, sometimes only a line and sometimes panels of different woods or matched veneer.Throop, Lucy Abbot
  34. venerable
    profoundly honored
    Surely an Evangelical incident attested by so many, such respectable, and such venerable witnesses as these, is clearly above suspicion.Burgon, John William
  35. venerate
    regard with feelings of respect and reverence
    As guests of our highly respected and even venerated host, we were visited by nearly all the magistrates of the city.Allen, Thomas Gaskell
  36. venturesome
    disposed to take risks
    Brave, reckless, idealistic chaps—careless of peril, unafraid of death—who deliberately sought danger and the venturesome life as found during the war, over there.Chambers, Robert W. (Robert William)
  37. venue
    the scene of any event or action
    By tradition Riyadh has no public entertainment - no cinemas, theatres or music - so the only leisure venues are shopping malls and parks.
  38. veracity
    unwillingness to tell lies
    Professionally speaking, lawyers have been called legal liars, but compared to stock manipulators they are walking examples of truth and veracity.Munn, Charles Clark
  39. verbal
    of or relating to or formed from words in general
    Recognizable quotes are like verbal shorthand, getting across in one or two sentences what normally takes much longer to explain.
  40. verbatim
    using exactly the same words
    Hence you will need complete sentences taken down verbatim in the exact words of the speaker.Hyde, Grant Milnor
  41. verbiage
    overabundance of words
    An American lawyer sets forth in plain direct language what in England would be concealed beneath a mass of puzzling and almost unintelligible verbiage.Mapleson, James H.
  42. verbose
    using or containing too many words
    There are also other writings reported to be his, verbose and of great length.Besant, Annie Wood
  43. verdant
    characterized by abundance of vegetation and green foliage
    Combine fresh greenery, fruit, and flowers for a verdant centerpiece that will last throughout the season.
  44. verify
    confirm the truth of
    The activists' account cannot be independently verified, but twice in the past week UN observers on the ground have corroborated similar claims.
  45. verisimilitude
    the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true
    It has every appearance of verisimilitude: you truly believe this woman exists and has been filmed at all these various stages of her life.
  46. veritable
    not counterfeit or copied
    In Mr. Bottomley the Georgian era has found an authentic voice—a veritable interpreter.Bottomley, Gordon
  47. verity
    an enduring or necessary ethical or aesthetic truth
    Be investigators of reality that you may attain the verity of truth and life.`Abdu'l-Bahá
  48. vernacular
    characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language
    But being vernacular and popular in origin, these terms cannot obtain the uniformity and currency of literary names employed and recognised by official authority.Vinogradoff, Paul
  49. vernal
    suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh
    They constitute one among many manifestations of spring and autumn physiological disturbance corresponding with fair precision to the vernal and autumnal equinoxes.Ellis, Havelock
  50. versatile
    competent in many areas and able to adapt with ease
    The scheme relies on players being versatile and handling myriad assignments out of myriad personnel packages.New York Times (Aug 8, 2011)
  51. vertex
    the point of intersection of lines
    This regular solid of four-dimensional space consists of sixteen cells, each a regular tetrahedron, thirty-two triangular faces, twenty-four edges and eight vertices.Bragdon, Claude Fayette
  52. vertigo
    a reeling sensation; a feeling that you are about to fall
    A haze of orange light enveloped him, there came a great vertigo and dizziness and pain, he felt himself falling through bottomless spaces....Wandrei, Donald A.
  53. verve
    an energetic style
    M'Loughlin gave us speed, dash, and verve in our tennis.Tilden, William (Bill) Tatem
  54. vestige
    an indication that something has been present
    All inflammation vanished immediately and every vestige of pain disappeared....Dinet, Etienne
  55. veteran
    a person who has served in the armed forces
    The study included 182 Vietnam War veterans who had highly localized brain damage caused by penetrating head wounds.
  56. veto
    a vote that blocks a decision
    Even President Wilson could not block it, for a two-thirds vote to overcome his veto was mustered in Congress.Beard, Charles A. (Charles Austin)
  57. vex
    disturb the peace of mind of
    Memory kept vexing me sorely; and I, who seldom cried, swallowed tears behind my veil and went along in silence.Rameur, E.
  58. vexation
    anger produced by some annoying irritation
    The knocking and scratching indicated rage and fury, combined with irritation and vexation on account of having got into a scrape.Various
  59. viable
    capable of being done with means at hand
    "That's a mistake that some developed countries have made that is neither financially viable nor providing the best care," he said.Seattle Times (Apr 11, 2012)
  60. vibrant
    vigorous and animated
    Her vibrantly colored works illustrate the evolution of funk, an African-American cultural and work aesthetic, often sustained through music dating back to Emancipation.Seattle Times (Dec 27, 2011)
  61. vicarious
    experienced at secondhand
    Again, people who rated higher on empathy showed greater vicarious embarrassment.
  62. vice
    moral weakness
    “I do not spend on vices like smoking, drinking or gambling, and have been completely devoted to my family,” he said in the statement.New York Times (Mar 6, 2012)
  63. vicinity
    a surrounding or nearby region
    But she hunted around in the vicinity of the cabin, and found some blackberry bushes that were fairly well laden.Penrose, Margaret
  64. vicissitude
    a variation in circumstances or fortune
    Charles Macy.—An orphan at thirteen years of age, Mr. Macy's early life was full of changes, adventures and vicissitudes.Folsom, William Henry Carman
  65. victor
    the contestant who wins the contest
    All the contestants shall then be collected, and every victor crowned.Cross, Joseph
  66. vie
    compete for something
    Monday and stretched nearly three city blocks by the next morning, as residents vied for one of 100 coveted spots on the complex’s waiting list.Washington Post (Nov 30, 2011)
  67. vigilant
    carefully observant or attentive
    State Department has warned Americans to carefully consider the risks of travel to Fiji and to be vigilant while there.Seattle Times (Dec 19, 2010)
  68. vignette
    a small illustrative sketch
    The museum sets out a selection of Civil War era clothing in vignettes depicting women at work on their Sanitary Commission projects.New York Times (Mar 24, 2012)
  69. vigorous
    characterized by forceful and energetic action or activity
    The overall arc and momentum sometimes felt distorted, but Ms. Lim’s intellectual analysis and emotional engagement resulted in fresh, vigorous interpretations.New York Times (May 21, 2012)
  70. vile
    morally reprehensible
    He met a pious little girl, whose feelings he tried to wound by using vile and sinful language.Clement, J. (Jesse)
  71. vilify
    spread negative information about
    In this particular article every action of Mary’s life is construed unfavorably, and her character shamefully vilified.Pennell, Elizabeth Robins
  72. villain
    the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction
    The hero passes through thrilling adventures in his endeavours to rescue his betrothed from the hands of an unscrupulous villain.Gilson, Charles
  73. vindicate
    clear of accusation, blame, or doubt with supporting proof
    They were later vindicated when wiretaps played in court proved they were framed by police and corrupt businessmen.
  74. vindictive
    showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt
    There aren’t any vindictive contestants stabbing nicer ones in the back.BusinessWeek (May 24, 2012)
  75. vintage
    the oldness of wines
    Progress is counted by the annual vintage, and the best wines mature over decades, not years.
  76. virtual
    being actually such in almost every respect
    The public opinion polls, which registered a virtual dead heat in recent months, are beginning to inch in his favor.
  77. virtue
    any admirable quality or attribute
    In my defense, there are virtues to being the new guy — I’m seeing the world through fresh eyes.New York Times (May 11, 2012)
  78. virtuoso
    someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
    As a virtuoso I think Liszt stood above Rubinstein, for his playing must have possessed amazing, dazzling qualities.Hofmann, Josef
  79. virulent
    extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom
    It is an unusually virulent cancer of white blood cells that are overproduced in bone marrow and invade other parts of the body.New York Times (Feb 11, 2012)
  80. visage
    the human face
    Some patients want surgeons to dig deeper, cutting away at bones underneath their faces to create a more perfect visage.
  81. viscera
    internal organs collectively
    The viscera are the soft internal organs especially in the abdominal and thoracic cavities.New York Times (Jul 12, 2010)
  82. visceral
    obtained through intuition rather than from reasoning
    “It was an overwhelming feeling — a brutally visceral response — heartfelt and unmediated by my training or my feminist pro-choice politics,” she wrote.New York Times (Jul 14, 2010)
  83. viscid
    having the sticky properties of an adhesive
    This species has a cap two to four inches broad, viscid or sticky when moist.Hard, Miron Elisha
  84. vital
    performing an essential function in the living body
    Shanahan passed out, his vital signs quit, his heart stopped beating for a half minute, and a priest gave him last rites.Washington Post (May 31, 2012)
  85. vitality
    the property of being able to survive and grow
    Notwithstanding these evidences of vitality, Catharism was rapidly dying out.Lea, Henry Charles
  86. vitiate
    corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
    He thought that trial down there, before partisan juries and biased judges, would be a farce which vitiated the whole spirit of justice.Buck, Charles Neville
  87. vitreous
    relating to or resembling or derived from glass
    On the one hand, some are completely vitreous, like obsidian, which is a natural glass.Various
  88. vitriolic
    harsh, bitter, or malicious in tone
    At Rush’s urging, hundreds of people flooded her with hateful, vitriolic emails.
  89. vituperative
    marked by harshly abusive criticism
    Much as she obviously condemned me, there was no noisy recrimination, no violent vituperative outburst on her part.Kilpatrick, Florence A. (Florence Antoinette)
  90. vivacious
    vigorous and animated
    He adds:— For the rest, he seemed intelligent, vehement, vivacious and full of life.Zimmern, Helen
  91. vivid
    evoking lifelike images within the mind
    Indeed, the footage was vivid, with grass blades, facial lines and soaring mountains appearing luminous and pronounced.Seattle Times (Apr 25, 2012)
  92. vocation
    the particular occupation for which you are trained
    Indeed even some who have more than served time in that capacity will admit that it is a dangerous employment, profession, or vocation.Saintsbury, George
  93. vociferous
    conspicuously and offensively loud
    The complaints grew so loud and vociferous that even President Obama was forced to address the backlash from Lisbon on Saturday.New York Times (Nov 23, 2010)
  94. void
    an empty area or space
    His departure leaves a void in Detroit, a piece of bedrock gone, sort of like waking up to find the Detroit River gone.New York Times (May 31, 2012)
  95. volatile
    liable to lead to sudden change or violence
    The company also said it expects continuing “challenging conditions” including political and economic instability and volatile raw-material prices.BusinessWeek (Aug 10, 2011)
  96. voluble
    marked by a ready flow of speech
    He seemed genuinely surprised, and though normally voluble, he was too overcome to speak.New York Times (Apr 29, 2011)
  97. voluminous
    large in number or quantity
    So varied and voluminous are the writings of Mr. Stockton, they may be grouped as Juveniles, Novels, Novelettes and Collected Short Stories.Colles, Julia Keese
  98. voracious
    devouring or craving food in great quantities
    In an interview, Ms. Scott said Mr. Rich was a voracious reader, driven throughout his life by a hunger for stories.New York Times (May 30, 2012)
  99. vortex
    a powerful circular current of water
    Where they came together was a whirlpool, a tremendous vortex that hushed all surrounding Nature.Comfort, Will Levington
  100. vulnerable
    capable of being wounded or hurt
    In high-intensity exercise like football, a player's kidneys are continuously working hard, making them more vulnerable to damage from strong drugs.

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