100 SAT Words Beginning with “U” – 100 Words

ubiquitous

being present everywhere at once

In the run-up to the launch, Morgan has been ubiquitous, popping up all over the place to promote the show.
ulterior

lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed

Its worth lies in the fact that it is manifestly unprejudiced and advanced by the speaker with no ulterior motive.Spencer, M. Lyle (Matthew Lyle)
ultimatum

a final peremptory demand

Have issued ultimatum to my own country that, if she does not find fresh countries for me to fight before midnight, war will ensue.Seaman, Owen, Sir
umbrage

a feeling of anger caused by being offended

Such men are easily offended, take umbrage at trifles, and are unforgiving in their resentments.Sleeper, John Sherburne
unabashed

not embarrassed

But she looked up into his face with such frank unabashed admiration that I couldn’t help laughing—nor could he!Du Maurier, George
unalterable

not capable of being changed

There were no immovable prejudices, no fixed and unalterable traditions.Frothingham, Octavius Brooks
unambiguous

having or exhibiting a single clearly defined meaning

A man who is capable of thinking can express himself at all times in clear, comprehensible, and unambiguous words.Schopenhauer, Arthur
unanimous

in complete agreement

With a couple of exceptions, the president has nominated moderates who receive overwhelming, sometimes unanimous, support once they get a vote.
unappreciated

having value that is not acknowledged

Unappreciated, poor and neglected, it was not until after years of struggle that they attained recognition and success.Various
unapproachable

reserved and discouraging intimacies

They are apart, unapproachable, unidentified, not to be communicated with though you look into their faces and speak to them.Onions, Oliver [pseud.] unassailable

impossible to attack

But the towns, within their strong Roman walls, were unassailable by the light cavalry which formed his only armed strength.Oman, Charles William Chadwick
unassuming

not arrogant

Quiet and unassuming offstage, Mr. Watson played down his virtuoso guitar playing as nothing more than “country pickin.’ ”New York Times (May 30, 2012)
unattainable

impossible to achieve

Stick to the world in which you are born, and throw no bouquets at the impossible or the unattainable.Miller, Freeman E. (Freeman Edwin)
unbiased

without prejudice

When the trusts are controlled, and labor submits its grievances to an impartial, unbiased board of arbitration, then there will be peace and plenty.Warman, Cy
unbridled

not restrained or controlled

She was afraid of him in his ardent moods, almost as much as when he allowed his unbridled temper free rein.Orczy, Emmuska Orczy, Baroness
uncanny

surpassing the ordinary or normal

In fact there was nothing unusual, or uncanny in the whole experience.Bangs, John Kendrick
uncharted

not yet surveyed or investigated

“It’s not like this is untested, uncharted territory in some respect,” he said.New York Times (May 31, 2011)
uncommunicative

not inclined to talk or give information or express opinions

The men, too, sat uncommunicative, silent; whereas their daughters or spouses turned, chattering, laughing, waving a hand to this or that friend.Hough, Emerson
unconditional

not qualified by reservations

Meanwhile, Peel has said that its offer is now unconditional, meaning it will go ahead whatever the uptake.
unconscionable

greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation

United’s chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association said the planned reuse of the flight numbers showed “insensitivity and unconscionable disrespect.”
unconscious

lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception

He fell asleep in an unconscious state, after an illness of a week.Kennedy, W. Sloane
unconventional

not conforming to standards

He said NSF is looking for “unusually innovative, unconventional, high-risk, and interdisciplinary proposals without a recognizable home” within the foundation.
uncouth

lacking refinement or cultivation or taste

He had not stopped to consider her rough speech and uncouth manners.Johnston, Annie F. (Annie Fellows)
unction

anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual

Afterward he administers the sacrament of Extreme Unction—last anointing.Burke, John J. (John James)
unctuous

unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating

He had become suave and unctuous, a kind of elephantine irony pervading his laborious attempts at conciliation.Orczy, Emmuska Orczy, Baroness
undaunted

resolutely courageous

He possessed undaunted courage, and blended bold enterprise with much sagacity.Anonymous
undermine

weaken or impair, especially gradually

Her friends were scattered, her means reduced and her health undermined.Stark, James H.
underscore

give extra weight to

That One Direction topped the American chart underscores how powerful social media sites have become in marketing groups.New York Times (Mar 23, 2012)
undulate

move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion

Their accounts are frightening to read: the landscape undulating like a shaken carpet, rising and falling in waves 15 feet high.Washington Post (Jan 30, 2012)
unencumbered

not burdened with cares or responsibilities

At such times, a man should feel free, unencumbered, and perfectly at his ease in point of straps and suspenders.Melville, Herman
unequivocal

admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding

His response was clear and unequivocal: “manipulating images is considered tampering with data.”Forbes (Jan 16, 2012)
unexceptionable

completely acceptable; not open to reproach

All cowboys are from necessity good cooks, and the fluffy, golden brown biscuits and fragrant coffee of Red’s making were unexceptionable.Mayer, Frank
unfaltering

marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

“Never!” was that word pronounced in a firm unfaltering tone.Reid, Mayne
unfathomable

resembling an abyss in depth; so deep as to be immeasurable

His Civil List is an unfathomable abyss, into which are thrown untold sums of money.Field, Henry M. (Henry Martyn)
unfettered

not bound by shackles and chains

Each wants free enterprise unfettered by a meddlesome government, which means promoting lower taxes, less regulation and privatizing public services.
unfledged

young and inexperienced

Both were equally sympathetic, and pitied the little unfledged creature, who was by some accident left motherless in his early youth.Brightwen, Elizabeth
unfounded

without a basis in reason or fact

“The allegations contained in this report are inaccurate and unfounded,” Allen Chan, Sino-Forest’s chief executive officer, said in the statement.
ungainly

lacking grace in movement or posture

They seem ungainly in their clothes, and, apparently, feel awkward and ill at ease in this show.Campbell, R. W.
unguent

preparation applied externally as a remedy or for soothing

Medicated unguents, applied to the skin, containing mercury, iodine, and other substances, are not known to be followed by any better results.Various
unilateral

involving only one part or side

He said the decision was not unilateral but taken in consultation with France’s partners.
unimpeachable

beyond doubt or reproach

They were men of the highest courage and of unimpeachable honor.Rahn, A. D.
uninhibited

not restrained

Marigold, the variegated mother of Wilson’s award-winning title, is in many ways an amazing parent – dazzlingly creative, uninhibitedly joyous, constantly sidetracked by new ideas.
unison

the act of occurring together or simultaneously

Dick made ready for his try, every muscle working in unison, every fiber in his body intent on clearing the bar in safety.Clark, Ellery H.
unity

an undivided or unbroken completeness with nothing wanting

Early on, most of the lyrics were about unity and bringing different cultures together.Salon (May 18, 2012)
universal

applicable to or common to all members of a group or set

By universal consent, indeed, “The Chambered Nautilus” is considered the gem of Doctor Holmes’ beautiful lyrics.Brown, E. E.
unjust

not fair; marked by injustice or partiality or deception

These evils briefly are: The competitive system is stupid because wasteful and disorderly; it is unnecessarily immoral, unjust and cruel.Kelly, Edmond
unjustified

lacking authorization

Under the proposal, a rate increase will be considered unreasonable if it is excessive, unjustified or “unfairly discriminatory.”New York Times (Dec 22, 2010)
unkempt

not properly maintained or cared for

“It also had filthy showers, terrible dressing rooms, and was tatty and unkempt.
unlicensed

lacking official approval

There are serious risks associated with parties in unlicensed locations: In 1990, a fire killed 87 people inside an illegal New York club.New York Times (Dec 27, 2011)
unmitigated

not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity

When the donkey first bounded off, the feelings of Bob were nothing but pure, unmitigated delight.De Mille, James
unobtainable

not capable of being acquired

Fresh meat was soon unobtainable, except by those few people who could afford to pay fabulous prices for joints smuggled across the frontier.Reynolds, Francis J. (Francis Joseph)
unobtrusive

not undesirably noticeable

Be unobtrusive, blend in, and everyone will forget you are there.
unorthodox

breaking with convention or tradition

His involvement drew denunciations from some conservatives who accuse him of holding liberal ideas and unorthodox religious beliefs.New York Times (Aug 7, 2010)
unpack

remove from protective material

The steel plates were unpacked from the boxes in which they were shipped, brushed off, and stacked up ready for painting.Gardner, Henry A.
unparalleled

radically distinctive and without equal

When this unparalleled and matchless royal speech was ended the whole company burst forth into rapturous applause.De Mille, James
unprecedented

novel; having no earlier occurrence

State officials have said the company reported that the Virginia outage was unprecedented, an occurrence never before seen in 1 billion hours of system use.Washington Post (Sep 2, 2010)
unprepossessing

creating an unfavorable or neutral first impression

“Indeed!” ejaculated Mrs. Vanderburgh, as he addressed her, and raising her eyebrows with a supercilious glance for his plain, unprepossessing appearance.Sidney, Margaret
unpretentious

lacking affectation

Yet Norman Wisdom remained that most modest of British superstars, unpretentious, full of humility, despite a dizzying rise to international fame.
unprincipled

lacking moral scruples

He was no better, in his unprincipled cravings, than a wild beast.Oxenham, John
unravel

become undone

I described how one day recently, Matthew’s mental state unraveled and he spent hours on the floor of the classroom in tears.New York Times (Mar 12, 2012)
unregulated

not subject to rule or discipline

The Internet provides an inexpensive, anonymous, geographically unbounded, and largely unregulated virtual haven for terrorists.National Security Council (U.S.)
unrelenting

never-ceasing

Constant and unrelenting, it streamed steadily upward, as though it drew its volume from central fires that would never cease.Ratcliffe, S. K. (Samuel Kerkham)
unremitting

uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing

The most unremitting attention and constant care were what the boy required declared the physician when he had made an examination.Madison, Lucy Foster
unrequited

not returned in kind

As an elderly man looking back, he narrates the story, which turns out to be one of unfulfilled if not actually unrequited love.New York Times (Mar 12, 2011)
unresponsive

not reacting to some influence or stimulus

All the time Sigurd was strange, remote, moving like a body without a spirit, unresponsive to all her attempts at comfort and cheer.Bates, Katharine Lee
unrestrained

marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion

The cook danced, clapped her hands, sat down in a chair, and reeled backward and forward in unrestrained ecstasy.Coffin, Charles Carleton
unruly

noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline

Once, long ago, award ceremonies were rather unruly and rambunctious affairs.
unsavory

morally offensive

For a more disreputable, unsavory, desperate and wicked band of men it would be almost impossible to find.Baker, Willard F.
unscathed

not injured

Ever wondered why mosquitoes eat some people up but leave others relatively unscathed?Scientific American (Jan 4, 2012)
unscheduled

not planned or on a regular timetable

Secretary of State even made a personal, unscheduled visit to huddle with Mr. Zardari at his hotel.New York Times (May 11, 2010)
unseemly

not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper

In a country that has long shunned haggling outside of car dealerships and mattress stores, my behavior may have once appeared unseemly, even crass.Washington Post (Jan 31, 2010)
unsightly

unpleasant to look at

White paper is laid over black tablecloths — acceptable when pristine, but it quickly became unsightly with smudges of food.New York Times (Jun 26, 2010)
unspecified

not stated explicitly or in detail

Two others have unspecified injuries and their conditions are not known.Washington Post (Dec 17, 2011)
unstable

highly or violently reactive

They can be chaotic, unstable, and at times violent.
unsullied

free from blemishes

“Only the pure in heart,” “clean, unsullied thought.”Le Gallienne, Richard
untenable

incapable of being defended or justified

In fact, view it as we will, the whole idea of unlimited Matter is not only untenable, but impossible and preposterous.Poe, Edgar A.
untoward

not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper

The captain in Lajas is on duty day and night, watching that nothing untoward may happen to man, beast, or property.Lumholtz, Carl
unveil

make visible

Details will be unveiled during a news conference Tuesday.Washington Post (Apr 24, 2012)
unwarranted

without a basis in reason or fact

The statement that “all amateur journalists are flirts, more or less”, is a base and unwarranted libel which we are prepared completely to refute.Lovecraft, H. P. (Howard Phillips)
unwavering

marked by firm determination or resolution

In Bloomah’s class alone—as if inspired by her martial determination—the ranks stood firm, unwavering.Zangwill, Israel
unwieldy

lacking grace in movement or posture

On land, he is unwieldy and awkward; so that, when he is pursued by an enemy, he usually takes to his favorite element.Woodworth, Francis C. (Francis Channing)
unwitting

not aware or knowing

If this was all, we could easily cope with these unwitting abuses, or even deliberate instances of misuse.La Motte, Ellen Newbold
unwonted

out of the ordinary

He was continually surprised and taken off his guard by the unwonted and unexpected.Multatuli
unyielding

resistant to physical force or pressure

When he sought to move, something firm and unyielding about his waist restrained him.Altsheler, Joseph A. (Joseph Alexander)
upbraid

express criticism towards

Rachel never upbraided her with words,—had never spoken one word of reproach.Trollope, Anthony
upbringing

helping someone grow up to be a member of the community

His Majesty also left a thousand crowns, which were to be utilized in the education and general upbringing of the child.Spence, Lewis
upheaval

disturbance usually in protest

If they don’t find it, China risks riots and other upheaval.
uphold

stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals

We must be consistent in upholding human rights for all human beings.”
uproarious

uncontrollably noisy

One tires of this hurrying, bustling, jostling, uproarious life in the city, and then laziness in the country is considered the greatest of earthly boons.Fleming, May Agnes
upshot

a phenomenon that is caused by some previous phenomenon

I turned away half bewildered, and went home at once, pondering what was to be the upshot of this new development.Marchmont, Arthur W. (Arthur Williams)
urban

located in or characteristic of a city or city life

Using data gathered by sensors scattered around an urban area, researchers say they can track changes in a city’s carbon dioxide output.
urbane

showing a high degree of refinement

The concert closed with Bartok’s six Romanian Folk Dances, which Ms. Grimaud performed as refined and urbane, contemporaries of Berg’s sonata rather than quaintly folksy.New York Times (Feb 1, 2011)
urchin

a poor and often mischievous city child

London, it is calculated, contains ten thousand of these shoeless, homeless, friendless, forsaken, ragged, unwashed, uncombed young urchins of doubtful antecedents. Ritchie, J. Ewing (James Ewing)
usurp

seize and take control without authority

He had murdered his master, and usurped the throne, without any title to it whatever.Abbott, Jacob
usury

the act of lending money at an exorbitant rate of interest

There were no laws limiting the rate of interest, and the rich lent to the poor at extravagant rates of usury.Morris, Charles
utilitarian

valuing or chosen for usefulness above all else

He does not, on the other hand, adopt a low utilitarian view of life, allowing value only to that which is “practical.”Stace, W. T. (Walter Terence)
utility

the quality of being of practical use

Charles Goodyear, an American inventor, found a way for making it commonly useful, and brought about its practical and widespread utility.Piercy, Willis Duff
utopian

characterized by or aspiring to impracticable perfection

Thus More gave a new word to our language, and when we think some idea beautiful but impossible we call it ” Utopian.”Marshall, H. E. (Henrietta Elizabeth)
utter

express in speech

Mrs. Mandeville spoke as if every word she uttered tortured her.Butler, Maude M.
uxorious

foolishly fond of or submissive to your wife

Yet he became deeply attached to his wife, and proved in fact nearly as uxorious as his father.Various

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