Unkempt (unh-KEHMT) <ul><li>needing grooming, tangled and matted; messy and neglected; unpolished </li></ul>The grass is unkempt because no one is collecting the leaves or gathering the garbage. Mr. Enright always looked unkempt.
Venerate (ven-er-ate) <ul><li>1. respect or regard somebody with profound respect or reverence </li></ul><ul><li>2. to honor somebody or something as sacred or special </li></ul>Buddha is a highly venerated figure in Buddhism.
Unobtrusive (un-ob-TROO-siv) <ul><li>inconspicuous: not conspicuous, blatant, or assertive </li></ul>Sofia is being obtrusive because she interrupted the boys' conversation.
Vacillation (vas-i-LAY-shun) <ul><li>1. to be indecisive or irresolute, changing between one opinion and another </li></ul><ul><li>2 . swing back and forth, maybe this, maybe that </li></ul>Sofia vacillated over the decision to marry Tom or not.
Viable (VAI-a-bul) <ul><li>1. practicable or worthwhile: able to be done or worth doing </li></ul>The committee is deciding if my senior project is viable or not.
Vilify (VIL-i-fai) <ul><li>to make malicious and abusive statements about something. </li></ul>Laura vilified Juanita by spreading gossip about her.
Virtuoso (ver-choo-OH-soh) <ul><li>1.exceptional performer </li></ul><ul><li>2. talented person </li></ul><ul><li>3. connoisseur </li></ul>Sofia became a virtuoso by practicing everyday.
Virulent (Vir-eu-lehnt) <ul><li>very poisonous; malicious or irritating </li></ul>The virus is highly virulent and has made many students sick.
Zealot (ZEH-lot) <ul><li>1. zealous follower; a fanatic about a cause; extremely active and/or vocal in a mission or purpose </li></ul>Sofia is a zealot who is overzealous about religion; she prays all day.
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