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vagary:  (noun)  whim; fancy; notion; quirk.  It is a vagary of his to show diffidence toward everything.

vainglorious:  (adj.)  conceited; proud; narcissistic.  Hopefully being vainglorious will not become a sought-after Presidential trait.

vamp:  (noun)  a woman who uses her charm or wiles to seduce and exploit men.  Oh, I know Charlotte is a vamp, and that I've been seduced so she can exploit me... but I did get seduced.

vapid:  (adj.)  lacking taste, zest, or flavour; dull.  The principal had difficulty inspiring his teachers with such vapid presentations.

varlet:  (noun)  a dishonest or unprincipled man.  It served the virago right to be wed to such a varlet.

vellum:  (noun)  fine parchment originally made from the skin of a calf.  Don't get me wrong, Larry, you're doing a wonderful job as secretary of the Vegan Society, but it's just that several of the members took umbrage at your printing our monthly newsletters on vellum.

verbose:  (adj.)  effusive; garrulous; loquacious.  The verbose salesperson continued touting the wonders of the new vacuum long after we had left the building.

verdant:  (adj.)  green; lush; luxurient.  Regradless of what humans do, the earth will return to being verdant someday.  Of course, it will probably be without humans…

verdure:  (noun)  greenery; lushness; flora.  Well, yes, the lawn has lost its verdure, but that's probably got less to do with the fertilizer I'm using and more to do with the fact that it is February.

verge:  (noun)  edge; border; limit.  The lemmings stood at the verge, ready to jump, until they got the word that lemmings don’t really do that sort of thing.  

verisimilitude:  (noun)  the quality of appearing to be true, though not necessarily so.  The politician’s lack of verisimilitude surprising appealed to the voters, who really thought he was kidding when he told them he intended to go to Washington and do absolutely nothing.

veritable:  (adj.)  absolute; genuine; authentic.  To Clem, a check for 29.95 was a veritable fortune.

vermillion:  (adj.)  vivid red to reddish orange.  No one will ever know, lest you share, that you're wearing vermillion underwear.

verve:  (noun)  enthusiasm or vigor in relation to a work of art; spirit; vivaciousness.  Say what you want, but that pissant sure has a lot of verve.

vesper:  (noun)  (from the Latin word for "evening")  a species of sparrow; (plural) evening prayers; James Bond's favourite martini.  After you say your vespers, join me for a vesper, but don't share it with the vesper.

vespertine:  (adj.)  of, or relating to the evening.  Calling mosquitoes vespertine doesn't make them any less annoying.

vex:  (verb)  to annoy somebody with trivial matters.  The teacher would vex us with grammar on a daily basis.

vilify:  (verb)  to speak ill of; malign; denigrate.  The politicians spent the entire debate vilifying each other and never once actually addressed any of the real issues.

vimly:  (adverb)  zestfully; vigorously.  Here’s the thing:  Vim never goes anywhere without vigor.  In fact, they mean the exact same thing.  But vigor seems to be able to go anywhere it wants without vim.  Here at HGP, we don’t think that’s fair.  If you can do something vigorously, then you can do it vimly.  Used correctly in a sentence:  When mom called and said she was on the way, we vimly started cleaning the house.

vindictive:  (adj.)  having or showing a strong desire for revenge; really wanting to get even.  Her vindictive nature became obvious when she kneed him in the groin instead of placing the ring on his hand.

vintner:  (noun; pronounced vit-ner)  in its most general sense, a wine merchant, though it can also mean a winemaker.  We couldn’t believe it when the vintner brough Bud Lite to the party.  

viperous:  (adj.)  having the qualities attributed to a viper; malignant.  That whole family is viperous.  You can't trust a one of 'em.  Of course, they are all snakes, but that doesn't change a thing.

virago:  (noun)  a dominate, violent, or bad tempered woman.  I don't care if that virago is willing to be connubial.  Her temperament is insuperable.

vitiate:  (verb)  (pronounced:  vish-ee-ate)  to spoil or to impair the quality of something.  You're going to vitiate that chicken if you leave it out all day.

vitriolic:  (adj.)  acerbic; venomous; hateful.  When news shows becoming vitriolic, it should be a very strong indication that they are no longer reporting the news.

vituperative:  (adj.)  malicious; scathing; abusive; insulting.  They had no idea how vituperative they were being by playing ring toss with the holy man’s hat while it was still on his head, until they were being thrown into the volcano.

vociferously:  (adv.)  loudly; raucously; enthusiastically.  The boys were all being vociferous in the bathroom, apparently not realizing that the room was not soundproof.

vogue:  (noun)  fashion, trend, craze, style.  Darla was shocked to find out reading Vogue magazine was no longer in vogue.

 voluble:  (adj.)  fluent; articulate; verbose; talkative.  Senator Bullfinch has long had the reputation of being voluble, not that it's necessarily a good thing.

voluptuous:  (adj.)  giving pleasure to the senses; a lot going on; well rounded (especially with a woman); Mary Ann Joblonski.  Though her intelligence was vacuous, at best, her voluptuousness more than made up for it... unless you were wanting to have a conversation about anything other than the Kardashians.

volute:  (adj.)  forming spiral curves, like a mollusk.  The flute was volute, and it didn't sound worth a hoot.

vouchsafe:  (verb)  to give; to grant; to disclose; to reveal.  It was but a kiss she vouchsafed, but it was a connubial pleasure nonetheless.

vulpine:  (adj.) of or relating to a fox or foxes.   Larry thought he was being quite mellifluous when he called the young lady vulpine.

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