usury

  1. an exorbitant or unlawful rate of interest

    Synonyms : vigorish
    Type Of : interest rate, rate of interest
  2. the act of lending money at an exorbitant rate of interest

    Type Of : lending, loaning

unprepossessing

  1. creating an unfavorable or neutral first impression

    Synonyms : unpresentable

umbrage

  1. a feeling of anger caused by being offended

    Synonyms : offence, offense
    Type Of : anger, choler, ire

undergird

  1. make secure underneath

    Synonyms : brace up
    Type Of : beef up, fortify, strengthen
    Examples :
    • undergird the ship
  2. lend moral support to

    Type Of : back up, support

untoward

  1. not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society

    Synonyms : indecent, indecorous, unbecoming, uncomely, unseemly
    Examples :
    • moved to curb their untoward ribaldry
  2. contrary to your interests or welfare

    Synonyms : adverse, inauspicious
    Examples :
    • made a place for themselves under the most untoward conditions

utopian

  1. an idealistic (but usually impractical) social reformer

    Type Of : reformer, reformist, social reformer, crusader, meliorist
  2. characterized by or aspiring to impracticable perfection

    Antonyms : dystopian
    Examples :
    • the dim utopian future
    • utopian idealists
    • recognized the utopian nature of his hopes
  3. of or pertaining to or resembling a utopia

utilitarian

  1. having a useful function

    Synonyms : useful
    Examples :
    • utilitarian steel tables
  2. having utility often to the exclusion of values

    Examples :
    • plain utilitarian kitchenware
  3. someone who believes that the value of a thing depends on its utility

    Type Of : moralist

usurp

  1. seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession

    Synonyms : arrogate, assume, seize, take over
    Type Of : take
    Examples :
    • he usurped my rights
  2. take the place of

    Type Of : supersede, supervene upon, supplant, replace
    Examples :
    • gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke

upshot

  1. a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

    Synonyms : consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result
    Type Of : phenomenon

uproarious

  1. uncontrollably noisy

    Synonyms : rackety, rip-roaring
  2. marked by or causing boisterous merriment or convulsive laughter

    Synonyms : hilarious, screaming
    Examples :
    • uproarious stories