100 SAT Words Beginning with “V” – 100 Words

vacate

leave voluntarily, as a job or position

Their number diminished sharply after Villaraigosa announced last week that he wanted protesters to vacate the grounds by Monday or be forcibly removed.Chicago Tribune (Nov 30, 2011)
vacillate

be undecided about something

But the old Napoleon was no more; vacillating almost as if in partial catalepsy, murmuring empty phrases in quick, indistinct utterance, he refused to decide.Sloane, William Milligan
vacuous

devoid of intelligence

Why had his brain and senses lain fallow all these months, a vacuous vegetation, an empty consciousness?Parker, Gilbert
vagary

an unexpected and inexplicable change in something

Nick Campbell, from energy consultancy Inenco, argues that relying more on LNG opens up the UK to the vagaries – and volatility – of global gas demand.
vagrant

a wanderer with no established residence or means of support

Many of them refused to own houses or any dwelling place, and wandered about as vagrants and beggars.Stace, W. T. (Walter Terence)
vague

lacking clarity or distinctness

The terms are all widely used, but their connotation is vague and uncertain.Freud, Sigmund
vain

unproductive of success

I entreated, scolded, cursed, but all in vain; she let me go on, and answered not a word.Seingalt, Jacques Casanova de
vainglorious

feeling self-importance

Though vainglorious and arrogant, he conducted the defence of Acre with sound judgment as well as with energy and courage.Poole, Reginald Lane
valedictory

of or relating to an occasion or expression of farewell

He was graduated in 1828, on which occasion he delivered the valedictory oration.Smith, Baxter Perry
valiant

having or showing heroism or courage

The first time, she continued a courageous and valiant fight.
valid

well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force

But the authorities said that license was not valid in New York.New York Times (Jan 13, 2012)
validate

show or confirm the effectiveness of something

“If our findings are validated, coffee could represent one modifiable factor that may lower the risk of developing the most harmful form of prostate cancer.”
valor

courage when facing danger

Many had seen and spoken to the young hero, and all related his prodigies of valor.Bolanden, Conrad von
vanguard

a creative group active in the innovation of new concepts

Panicked curators, artistic directors and art critics are warning of London’s potential fall from the vanguard of the global arts scene.Seattle Times (Aug 7, 2010)
vanity

the trait of being unduly conceited

Slowly I turned to look at Silver Heels, all my vanity, conceit, and condescension vanished.Chambers, Robert W. (Robert William)
vanquish

defeat in a competition, race, or conflict

The unconquerable Argonne had been conquered; a ruthless enemy was vanquished.Klausner, Julius
vantage

place or situation affording some benefit

But when he pulled out a telephoto lens, he was able to negotiate a better — and closer — vantage point.New York Times (Feb 16, 2012)
vapid

lacking significance or liveliness or spirit or zest

No, ladies and gentlemen, do not let us be discouraged or deceived by any fine, vapid, empty words. Dickens, Charles
variable

a quantity that can assume any of a set of values

He created a math model of a human being and then plugged in all the variables — height, weight, food intake, exercise.New York Times (May 16, 2012)
variegated

having a variety of colors

In domesticated animals, from causes apparently not as yet traced, the colour is variegated and various.Various
varying

marked by diversity or difference

National central banks do make disclosures, but in varying formats and with differing frequencies and delays.New York Times (Jun 1, 2012)
vassal

a person holding a fief

Second, the vassals, who rendered service to those from whom they held their lands.Blackmar, Frank W. (Frank Wilson)
vast

unusually great in size or amount or extent or scope

Vast amounts of natural gas in shale rock formations have been unlocked by improved drilling techniques, making the fuel cheap and plentiful across the U.S.Washington Post (May 24, 2012)
vault

a strongroom or compartment for safekeeping of valuables

Banks also offer investors the opportunity to buy shares of gold bars kept in their vaults.
vaunt

show off

He is not so foolish as to be puffed up, nor does he vaunt himself nor boast.Comfort, William Wistar
veer

turn sharply; change direction abruptly

The day before Christmas the west wind suddenly veered round northward.Nash, Wallis
vegetate

engage in passive relaxation

Others vegetated around the hotel, a rare luxury, to rest tired muscles and frayed nerves.New York Times (Sep 21, 2011)
vehement

marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions

He rushed into his arms with an expression of the most vehement joy; the other was delighted, but not astonished, at meeting him so suddenly.Tieck, Ludwig
velocity

distance travelled per unit time

His velocity was fine, hitting 97 mph on the radar gun in the fifth inning.Washington Post (May 21, 2012)
venal

capable of being corrupted

It was still more creditable to him, that in such venal and corrupt days he maintained his integrity perfectly unsullied.Ainsworth, William Harrison
vendetta

a blood feud between members of opposing parties

They are usually engaged in some vendetta between rival factions, or families, and blood is frequently shed.Carter, Herbert
vendor

someone who exchanges goods or services for money

A street vendor sells Senegalese newspapers commemorating the presidential elections.
veneer

coating consisting of a thin layer of wood

The inlay used was often oval in shape, sometimes only a line and sometimes panels of different woods or matched veneer.Throop, Lucy Abbot
venerable

profoundly honored

Surely an Evangelical incident attested by so many, such respectable, and such venerable witnesses as these, is clearly above suspicion.Burgon, John William
venerate

regard with feelings of respect and reverence

As guests of our highly respected and even venerated host, we were visited by nearly all the magistrates of the city.Allen, Thomas Gaskell
venturesome

disposed to take risks

Brave, reckless, idealistic chaps—careless of peril, unafraid of death—who deliberately sought danger and the venturesome life as found during the war, over there.Chambers, Robert W. (Robert William)
venue

the scene of any event or action

By tradition Riyadh has no public entertainment – no cinemas, theatres or music – so the only leisure venues are shopping malls and parks.
veracity

unwillingness to tell lies

Professionally speaking, lawyers have been called legal liars, but compared to stock manipulators they are walking examples of truth and veracity.Munn, Charles Clark
verbal

of or relating to or formed from words in general

Recognizable quotes are like verbal shorthand, getting across in one or two sentences what normally takes much longer to explain.
verbatim

using exactly the same words

Hence you will need complete sentences taken down verbatim in the exact words of the speaker.Hyde, Grant Milnor
verbiage

overabundance of words

An American lawyer sets forth in plain direct language what in England would be concealed beneath a mass of puzzling and almost unintelligible verbiage.Mapleson, James H.
verbose

using or containing too many words

There are also other writings reported to be his, verbose and of great length.Besant, Annie Wood
verdant

characterized by abundance of vegetation and green foliage

Combine fresh greenery, fruit, and flowers for a verdant centerpiece that will last throughout the season.
verify

confirm the truth of

The activists’ account cannot be independently verified, but twice in the past week UN observers on the ground have corroborated similar claims.
verisimilitude

the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true

It has every appearance of verisimilitude: you truly believe this woman exists and has been filmed at all these various stages of her life.
veritable

not counterfeit or copied

In Mr. Bottomley the Georgian era has found an authentic voice—a veritable interpreter.Bottomley, Gordon
verity

an enduring or necessary ethical or aesthetic truth

Be investigators of reality that you may attain the verity of truth and life.`Abdu’l-Bahá
vernacular

characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language

But being vernacular and popular in origin, these terms cannot obtain the uniformity and currency of literary names employed and recognised by official authority.Vinogradoff, Paul
vernal

suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh

They constitute one among many manifestations of spring and autumn physiological disturbance corresponding with fair precision to the vernal and autumnal equinoxes.Ellis, Havelock
versatile

competent in many areas and able to adapt with ease

The scheme relies on players being versatile and handling myriad assignments out of myriad personnel packages.New York Times (Aug 8, 2011)
vertex

the point of intersection of lines

This regular solid of four-dimensional space consists of sixteen cells, each a regular tetrahedron, thirty-two triangular faces, twenty-four edges and eight vertices.Bragdon, Claude Fayette
vertigo

a reeling sensation; a feeling that you are about to fall

A haze of orange light enveloped him, there came a great vertigo and dizziness and pain, he felt himself falling through bottomless spaces….Wandrei, Donald A.
verve

an energetic style

M’Loughlin gave us speed, dash, and verve in our tennis.Tilden, William (Bill) Tatem
vestige

an indication that something has been present

All inflammation vanished immediately and every vestige of pain disappeared….Dinet, Etienne
veteran

a person who has served in the armed forces

The study included 182 Vietnam War veterans who had highly localized brain damage caused by penetrating head wounds.
veto

a vote that blocks a decision

Even President Wilson could not block it, for a two-thirds vote to overcome his veto was mustered in Congress.Beard, Charles A. (Charles Austin)
vex

disturb the peace of mind of

Memory kept vexing me sorely; and I, who seldom cried, swallowed tears behind my veil and went along in silence.Rameur, E.
vexation

anger produced by some annoying irritation

The knocking and scratching indicated rage and fury, combined with irritation and vexation on account of having got into a scrape.Various
viable

capable of being done with means at hand

“That’s a mistake that some developed countries have made that is neither financially viable nor providing the best care,” he said.Seattle Times (Apr 11, 2012)
vibrant

vigorous and animated

Her vibrantly colored works illustrate the evolution of funk, an African-American cultural and work aesthetic, often sustained through music dating back to Emancipation.Seattle Times (Dec 27, 2011)
vicarious

experienced at secondhand

Again, people who rated higher on empathy showed greater vicarious embarrassment.
vice

moral weakness

“I do not spend on vices like smoking, drinking or gambling, and have been completely devoted to my family,” he said in the statement.New York Times (Mar 6, 2012)
vicinity

a surrounding or nearby region

But she hunted around in the vicinity of the cabin, and found some blackberry bushes that were fairly well laden.Penrose, Margaret
vicissitude

a variation in circumstances or fortune

Charles Macy.—An orphan at thirteen years of age, Mr. Macy’s early life was full of changes, adventures and vicissitudes.Folsom, William Henry Carman
victor

the contestant who wins the contest

All the contestants shall then be collected, and every victor crowned.Cross, Joseph
vie

compete for something

Monday and stretched nearly three city blocks by the next morning, as residents vied for one of 100 coveted spots on the complex’s waiting list.Washington Post (Nov 30, 2011)
vigilant

carefully observant or attentive

State Department has warned Americans to carefully consider the risks of travel to Fiji and to be vigilant while there.Seattle Times (Dec 19, 2010)
vignette

a small illustrative sketch

The museum sets out a selection of Civil War era clothing in vignettes depicting women at work on their Sanitary Commission projects.New York Times (Mar 24, 2012)
vigorous

characterized by forceful and energetic action or activity

The overall arc and momentum sometimes felt distorted, but Ms. Lim’s intellectual analysis and emotional engagement resulted in fresh, vigorous interpretations.New York Times (May 21, 2012)
vile

morally reprehensible

He met a pious little girl, whose feelings he tried to wound by using vile and sinful language.Clement, J. (Jesse)
vilify

spread negative information about

In this particular article every action of Mary’s life is construed unfavorably, and her character shamefully vilified.Pennell, Elizabeth Robins
villain

the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction

The hero passes through thrilling adventures in his endeavours to rescue his betrothed from the hands of an unscrupulous villain.Gilson, Charles
vindicate

clear of accusation, blame, or doubt with supporting proof

They were later vindicated when wiretaps played in court proved they were framed by police and corrupt businessmen.
vindictive

showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt

There aren’t any vindictive contestants stabbing nicer ones in the back.BusinessWeek (May 24, 2012)
vintage

the oldness of wines

Progress is counted by the annual vintage, and the best wines mature over decades, not years.
virtual

being actually such in almost every respect

The public opinion polls, which registered a virtual dead heat in recent months, are beginning to inch in his favor.
virtue

any admirable quality or attribute

In my defense, there are virtues to being the new guy — I’m seeing the world through fresh eyes.New York Times (May 11, 2012)
virtuoso

someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

As a virtuoso I think Liszt stood above Rubinstein, for his playing must have possessed amazing, dazzling qualities.Hofmann, Josef
virulent

extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom

It is an unusually virulent cancer of white blood cells that are overproduced in bone marrow and invade other parts of the body.New York Times (Feb 11, 2012)
visage

the human face

Some patients want surgeons to dig deeper, cutting away at bones underneath their faces to create a more perfect visage.
viscera

internal organs collectively

The viscera are the soft internal organs especially in the abdominal and thoracic cavities.New York Times (Jul 12, 2010)
visceral

obtained through intuition rather than from reasoning

“It was an overwhelming feeling — a brutally visceral response — heartfelt and unmediated by my training or my feminist pro-choice politics,” she wrote.New York Times (Jul 14, 2010)
viscid

having the sticky properties of an adhesive

This species has a cap two to four inches broad, viscid or sticky when moist.Hard, Miron Elisha
vital

performing an essential function in the living body

Shanahan passed out, his vital signs quit, his heart stopped beating for a half minute, and a priest gave him last rites.Washington Post (May 31, 2012)
vitality

the property of being able to survive and grow

Notwithstanding these evidences of vitality, Catharism was rapidly dying out.Lea, Henry Charles
vitiate

corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

He thought that trial down there, before partisan juries and biased judges, would be a farce which vitiated the whole spirit of justice.Buck, Charles Neville
vitreous

relating to or resembling or derived from glass

On the one hand, some are completely vitreous, like obsidian, which is a natural glass.Various
vitriolic

harsh, bitter, or malicious in tone

At Rush’s urging, hundreds of people flooded her with hateful, vitriolic emails.
vituperative

marked by harshly abusive criticism

Much as she obviously condemned me, there was no noisy recrimination, no violent vituperative outburst on her part.Kilpatrick, Florence A. (Florence Antoinette)
vivacious

vigorous and animated

He adds:— For the rest, he seemed intelligent, vehement, vivacious and full of life.Zimmern, Helen
vivid

evoking lifelike images within the mind

Indeed, the footage was vivid, with grass blades, facial lines and soaring mountains appearing luminous and pronounced.Seattle Times (Apr 25, 2012)
vocation

the particular occupation for which you are trained

Indeed even some who have more than served time in that capacity will admit that it is a dangerous employment, profession, or vocation.Saintsbury, George
vociferous

conspicuously and offensively loud

The complaints grew so loud and vociferous that even President Obama was forced to address the backlash from Lisbon on Saturday.New York Times (Nov 23, 2010)
void

an empty area or space

His departure leaves a void in Detroit, a piece of bedrock gone, sort of like waking up to find the Detroit River gone.New York Times (May 31, 2012)
volatile

liable to lead to sudden change or violence

The company also said it expects continuing “challenging conditions” including political and economic instability and volatile raw-material prices.BusinessWeek (Aug 10, 2011)
voluble

marked by a ready flow of speech

He seemed genuinely surprised, and though normally voluble, he was too overcome to speak.New York Times (Apr 29, 2011)
voluminous

large in number or quantity

So varied and voluminous are the writings of Mr. Stockton, they may be grouped as Juveniles, Novels, Novelettes and Collected Short Stories.Colles, Julia Keese
voracious

devouring or craving food in great quantities

In an interview, Ms. Scott said Mr. Rich was a voracious reader, driven throughout his life by a hunger for stories.New York Times (May 30, 2012)
vortex

a powerful circular current of water

Where they came together was a whirlpool, a tremendous vortex that hushed all surrounding Nature.Comfort, Will Levington
vulnerable

capable of being wounded or hurt

In high-intensity exercise like football, a player’s kidneys are continuously working hard, making them more vulnerable to damage from strong drugs.

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