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VANQUISH

To subdue or conquer -an army vanquished with heavy losses.

VAUNT

To boast – proudly vaunted his strength.

Synonyms: brag (noun: braggadocio, braggart), proclaim

VENEER

A superficial appearance or show designed to impress one with superiority – pierced beneath his thin veneer of elegance.

Synonym: gloss

VENERABLE

Deserving respect or reverence because of age – a venerable leader.

VERNAL

Pertaining to spring-an array of vernal flowers.

Antonym: hibernal (wintry)

VERSATILE

Able to do many things skillfully – versatile in all the arts.

VICARIOUS

Taking the place of another; felt, received, or done in place of another – took vicarious pleasure in his brother’s victory.

VICISSITUDE:

A change from one condition to another, often unexpected – suffered many vicissitudes of fortune.

VIRAGO

A scolding or ill-tempered woman – My neighbor’s wife is a virago.

Synonyms: shrew, termagant, vixen

VITUPERATE

(noun: VITUPERATION; adj.: VITUPERATIVE): To scold or blame loudly, find fault with in abusive language – an angry man, vituperating the world.

Synonyms: berate, revile

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