Toughest of the vocabulary explained visually from SKMClasses
vade mecum – [Latin, go-with-me] a ready-reference book; a manual. hence also: something regularly carried about by a person
Short Story describing the meaning of the word Vade Mecum is at
vadose – of or relating to water just above the phreatic water, in the zone of aeration
vagary – a wild or fanciful notion or act; a whim
vainglorious – boastful self-importance; “too big for his britches”; “having a swelled head”
swelled – Feeling self-importance – She had swelled with pride
valetudinarian – a sickly or weak person, esp. one constantly and morbidly concerned with his health
Valhalla – toponym (often ironic; often lower case): the place of honor for heroic combatants
validictorian – (North America) a student who delivers the valedictory at a graduation ceremony
vamoose – informal: to depart suddenly and hurriedly
vamp – 1. the upper front part of a shoe or boot 2. [eponym: abbreviation of vampire] a woman who uses sexual attraction to exploit men (verb: to so use)
There’s a special new boy in Plymouth and he has everybody talking. Stunningly weak and devastatingly stunning, all the girls want him. However, Fred Raymond has a secret – he’s a cold-blooded vampire.
Carla Smith is a brave, strong girl who enjoys stamp collecting. She becomes fascinated by Fred who can stop meteors with his bare hands. She doesn’t understand why he’s so standoffish.
Her best friend, a generous troll called Maud, helps Carla begin to piece together the puzzle. Together, they discover the ultimate weapon – the yellow, tattered pistol.
When bodies start turning up all over Plymouth, Carla begins to fear the worst. The troll urges her to report Fred to the police and she knows she should, so what’s stopping her?
She may resist Fred’s bite, but can she resist his charms?
Will she be caught bouncing with the vampire?
van – the vanguard; the forefront
van dyke – eponym: a trim, pointed style of beard
vanity google – see Google
vaquero – a cowboy; a cattle-driver [esp. used in Texas] [from Spanish vaca cow]
varlet – a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
vatic – of or about a prophet
velar – articulated with the back of the tongue touching or near the soft palate [velum – the soft palate]
vellicate – 1. to move with spasmodic convulsions; to twitch 2. to pull off; to pluck, as: Women villicate their eyelashes.]
vellum – fine parchment made from the skin of a young animal: lamb, calf, etc. (or paper resembling same)
velocipede – an early bicycle push by pedals on the front wheel, or by pushing feet along the ground
velodrome – an arena for bicycle racing or motorcycle racing
venal – corruptible; open to bribery (contrast venial, venery¹, venery²)
venery¹ – sexual love (adj. venereal) (contrast venal and items listed there)
venery² – the act or sport of hunting (adj. venatic; venatical) (contrast venal and items listed there)
venial (also here) – (of a fault or offence) forgivable; not heinous; slight and pardonable (contrast venal and items listed there)
ventifact – a stone that has been shaped, polished, or faceted by wind-driven sand
verbiage – two very different meanings: 1. derogatory: verbosity; wordiness 2. the manner of expressing something in words (“Messages and orders must use concise, military verbiage.” – G. S. Patton)
verdure – the lush greenness of flourishing vegetation; also, metaphorically: a fresh or flourishing condition: the verdure of childhood (see also link here)
Verfremdungseffekt – the ‘alienation effect’; the drama technique of keeping the audience aware that they are watching a drama, of not causing them to think of it as actual events unfolding before them
verge (noun) – 1. a rod or staff of authority, or the “penis” of certain invertebrates 2. something that borders (British: a paved or planted strip of land at the edge of a road; shoulder)
vermeologist – one who treats of worms; a helminthologist
vermiculturist – one who farms, breeds and cares for worms
vermilion – a bright red or scarlet
vernalagnia; vernorexia – a romantic mood brought on by spring (also known as spring fever)
vernier – eponym: a small auxiliary device to make fine adjustment in the main device
veronica – eponym: a bullfighting pass in which the cape passes slowly over the bull’s face
vertiginous – (lit. or fig.) dizzying, disorienting; the feeling of looking down from a frightening height
verwaltungsvereinfachungsmassnahmen – Austrian, for the government’s effort to simplify the language of its public documents (how ironic!)
vespertine – of, related to or happening in the evening
vexillology – the study of flags
viands – 1. foods, esp. very choice or delicious dishes (the singular form exists, but is very rare) 2. provisions, food
viatical agreement – investment in the life span of an old or dying person: a purchase, for a fee, of the right to their life insurance proceeds upon their death
Victorian – eponym: exaggeratedly proper in manners
vig – [short for vigorish] 1. the interest paid to a loan shark 2. a charge taken by a bookie, on bets
vigesimation – the act of putting to death every twentieth man (note: may be a phony “word”.)
vigintillion – the number expressed as a 1 followed by sixty-three zeros
vilipend – 1. to view with contempt; despise. 2. to speak ill of; disparage
villain (etymology) – M.L. villanus “farmhand,” L. villa “country house”. (Why would folks from rural areas would be considered villainous? To answer, see pagan.)
villanelle – a 19 line poem of 5 tercets (3 lines) and a final quatrain, with a certain refrain pattern
vinaceous – wine-colored (the color of red wine). With rare exceptions, this word is used only in descriptions of birds.
vincible – capable of being overcome or defeated (contrast the familiar word invincible)
vindaloo – a hot Indian curry dish, Portuguese in origin
vindictive – seeking revenge
vinegaroon; vinegarroon – a whip scorpion, of the southwestern United States and Mexico, that emits a vinegary odor when aroused
viper – 1. a poisonous snake with large hinged fangs 2. a spiteful or treacherous person
virago – a domineering, violent, or bad-tempered woman.