- ubiquitous Dictionary lookup
(adj.) omnipresent; present everywhere
A ubiquitous spirit followed the man wherever he went.
Water may seem ubiquitous, until a drought comes along.
- umbrage Dictionary lookup
(n.) offense or resentment
The candidate took umbrage at the remark of his opponent.
- unalloyed Dictionary lookup
(adj.) pure, of high quality
An unalloyed chain is of greater value than a piece of costume jewelry.
- uncanny Dictionary lookup
(adj.) of a strange nature; weird
That two people could be so alike was uncanny.
- uncouth Dictionary lookup
(adj.) uncultured; crude
The social club would not accept an uncouth individual.
- unequivocal Dictionary lookup
(adj.) clear and unambiguous
The 50-0 vote against the bill was an unequivocal statement against the measure.
His response was unequivocal, which seemed unusual for a politician.
- unfeigned Dictionary lookup
(adj.) genuine; real; sincere
Her unfeigned reaction of surprise meant she had not expected the party.
- ungainly Dictionary lookup
(adj.) clumsy and unattractive
The ungainly man knocked over the plant stand.
- uniform Dictionary lookup
(adj.) never changing, always with the same standard
The marching band moved in uniform across the field.
Patrons of fast-food chains say they like the idea of a uniform menu wherever they go.
- unique Dictionary lookup
(adj.) without equal; incomparable
The jeweler assured him that the dubloon was unique, as it was part of the long lost treasure of the Atocha.
- unobtrusive Dictionary lookup
(adj.) out of the way; remaining quietly in the background
The shy man found an unobtrusive seat in the far corner of the room.
It was easy to miss the unobtrusive plaque above the fireplace.
- unprecedented Dictionary lookup
(adj.) unheard of; exceptional
Weeks of intense heat created unprecedented power demands, which the utilities were hard pressed to meet.
- unpretentious Dictionary lookup
(adj.) simple; plain; modest
He was an unpretentious farmer: An old John Deere and a beat-up Ford pick-up were all he needed to get the job done.
- unruly Dictionary lookup
(adj.) not submitting to discipline; disobedient
The unruly boys had to be removed from the concert hall.
- untoward Dictionary lookup
(adj.) improper; unfortunate
Asking guests to bring their own food would be an untoward request.
All of their friends expressed sympathy about their untoward separation.
- unwonted Dictionary lookup
The unwonted raise would be the only one received for a few years.
The changed migratory habits of the Canada geese, though unwonted, is unwanted because of the mess they make.
- upshot Dictionary lookup
(n.) the final act or result
The upshot of the debate was that the bill would be released to the floor.
- urbane Dictionary lookup
(adj.) cultured; suave
The gala concert and dinner dance was attended by the most urbane individuals.
The English businessman was described by his peers as witty and urbane.
- usurpation Dictionary lookup
(n.) art of taking something for oneself; seizure
During the war, the usurpation of the country forced an entirely new culture on the natives.
- usury Dictionary lookup
(n.) the lending of money with an excessively high interest rate
An interest rate 30 points above the prime rate would be considered usury in the United States.
Loan sharks frequently practice usury, but their debtors usually have little choice but to keep quiet and pay up.
- utopia Dictionary lookup
(n.) imaginary land with perfect social and political systems
Voltaire wrote of a utopia where the streets were paved with gold.