vicarious

  1. experienced at secondhand

    Examples :
    • read about mountain climbing and felt vicarious excitement
  2. occurring in an abnormal part of the body instead of the usual site involved in that function

    Examples :
    • vicarious menstruation
  3. suffered or done by one person as a substitute for another

    Examples :
    • vicarious atonement

virago

  1. a large strong and aggressive woman

    Synonyms : amazon
    Type Of : adult female, woman
  2. a noisy or scolding or domineering woman

    Type Of : shrew, termagant

variance

  1. a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions

    Synonyms : disagreement, discrepancy, divergence
    Type Of : difference
  2. an activity that varies from a norm or standard

    Synonyms : variation
    Type Of : activity
  3. discord that splits a group

    Synonyms : division
    Type Of : dissension, discord
  4. an event that departs from expectations

    Synonyms : discrepancy, variant
    Type Of : departure, divergence, deviation, difference
  5. the quality of being subject to variation

    Synonyms : variability, variableness
    Type Of : changeability, changeableness
  6. an official dispensation to act contrary to a rule or regulation (typically a building regulation)

    Type Of : dispensation
    Examples :
    • a zoning variance
  7. the second moment around the mean; the expected value of the square of the deviations of a random variable from its mean value

    Type Of : moment

vindictive

  1. disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge

    Synonyms : revengeful, vengeful
    Examples :
    • more vindictive than jealous love
    • punishments...essentially vindictive in their nature
  2. showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt; motivated by spite

    Synonyms : despiteful, spiteful
    Examples :
    • a vindictive man will look for occasions for resentment

vilify

  1. spread negative information about

    Synonyms : rail, revile, vituperate
    Type Of : abuse, blackguard, clapperclaw, shout

vagary

  1. an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.)

    Type Of : alteration, change, modification

veritable

  1. often used as intensifiers

    Synonyms : regular
    Examples :
    • he's a veritable swine
  2. not counterfeit or copied

    Synonyms : authentic, bona fide, unquestionable
    Examples :
    • photographs taken in a veritable bull ring

veneration

  1. religious zeal; the willingness to serve God

    Synonyms : cultism, devotion
    Type Of : worship
  2. a feeling of profound respect for someone or something

    Synonyms : awe, fear, reverence
    Type Of : emotion
    Examples :
    • his respect for the law bordered on veneration

vexation

  1. anger produced by some annoying irritation

    Synonyms : annoyance, chafe
    Type Of : choler, anger, ire
  2. something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness

    Synonyms : concern, headache, worry
    Type Of : negative stimulus
  3. the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed

    Synonyms : annoyance, botheration, irritation
    Type Of : mental condition, psychological state, psychological condition, mental state
  4. the act of troubling or annoying someone

    Synonyms : annoyance, annoying, irritation
    Type Of : mistreatment

vulpine

  1. resembling or characteristic of a fox

    Synonyms : vulpecular
    Examples :
    • vulpine cunning