n. feud in which members of opposing parties murder each other; blood bitter quarrel
E.g. The rival mobs engaged in a bitter vendetta.
n. punishment inflicted in return for an injury or an offense; retribution
E.g. Avenging someone implies that you have been a victim of outrages and vengeance is required.
n. 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.
n. findings of jury on issues of fact for decision; judgment or opinion
E.g. For weeks EU institutions have been waiting for the verdict of two nations at the heart of Europe.
v. confirm; prove the truth of by presentation of evidence or testimony
E.g. Dr El Baradei said international inspectors were in Iran to monitor and verify the suspension of enrichment activities in advance of the IAEA board meeting on Thursday.
n. a piece of poetry
E.g. While the Duchess sang the second verse of the song, she kept tossing the baby violently up and down.
n. craft; ship; container for liquids
E.g. The crew of the Southern Supporter, an Australian customs vessel, has finally arrived here in Cape Town harbor after an epic three-week chase through the treacherous southern ocean, dodging icebergs and high seas to arrest the crew of a ship caught poaching rare Patagonian tooth fish.
n. 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.
a. 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.
n. state of being near in space or relationship; proximity
E.g. He maintains that the Carson City vicinity is one of the most beautiful areas in the West.
a. by vice or defects; defective; imperfect; having the nature of vice; evil, immoral, or depraved
E.g. The beauty queen also spoke, defending herself against vicious attacks.
a. worthless; mean; despicable; depraved by sin; hateful
E.g. This accusation of bribery is a vile smear on an honorable citizen.
a. 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.
n. 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.
n. distant view , especially through an opening, as between buildings or trees; outlook
E.g. A favorite bay vista is from the point of Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill.
a. 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.
a. susceptible to wounds; capable of being wounded or hurt
E.g. His opponents could not harm Achilles, who was vulnerable only in his heel.
n. mentally irregular; ludicrous, foolish
E.g. It almost sounds like you're describing, you know, some kind of wacky soap opera.
v. paddle; walk through relatively shallow water
E.g. Presently, without a parting word, Joe began to wade off toward the Illinois shore.
v. 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.
a. 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.
n. keeper; guardian; watchman; officer who keeps or guards
E.g. What are the duties of a traffic warden?
n. tall cabinet, closet, or small room built to hold clothes
E.g. Put the wardrobe in the corner opposite the door.
n. military service; military life; contest carried on by enemies
E.g. The hardest thing in warfare is to counter someone or a group of individuals who are willing to take their own lives in order to take others.
v. justify; authorize; guarantee or attest to quality
E.g. Before the judge issues the injunction, you must warrant her this action.
n. various species of small carnivores belonging to the genus Putorius; devious or sneaky person or animal
E.g. The weasel is a subtle and destructive enemy of the birds.
a. 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.
v. cheat by avoiding payment of bets; avoid dishonorably the fulfillment of a pecuniary obligation
E.g. She used to welsh on her promises.
a. drunk or intoxicated; exhausted or worn out
E.g. Unless the psychiatrist said this guy was whacked that could be the only other reason.
n. sudden turn or start of mind; temporary eccentricity; fancy; capricious notion
E.g. We shouldn't be changing our constitution to suit a short-term whim or agenda.
v. 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.
n. speaking in a quiet voice; soft speech produced without full voice; secretly expressed belief, rumor, or hint
E.g. Unions and Democrats are routinely found, again and again, to be embezzling massive amounts of money, with barely a whisper from the media.
n. the smallest part or particle imaginable; an iota
E.g. Your opinion just like mine does not matter one whit in this entire situation, as no one cares what we say except the two of us.
n. a covering for the head, consisting of hair interwoven or united by a kind of network
E.g. The actress wore a black wig over her blond hair.
v. 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.
n. trees having usually narrow leaves
E.g. Dwarf willow is the only tree species up there and it grows along the ground between the rocks.
v. remove from; pull back; break from gathering; retreat; depart
E.g. The four Southern African countries which had been calling for a limited trade in elephant tusks said that they had agreed to withdraw their request.
a. not readily approached; remote; not friendly or sociable; aloof; emotionally unresponsive and detached
E.g. John F. Kennedy was a Grant Study man, too, though his files were long ago withdrawn from the study office and sealed until 2040.
n. deep, inconsolable grief; affliction; suffering; deep distress or misery, as from grief
E.g. The people who suffered were his people; their woe was his; he felt for them.
v. solicit in love; court solicitously; invite with importunity; make love
E.g. Politicians are often said to woo voters.