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suffuse
spread through or over (with a color or liquid); charge; Ex. A blush suffused her cheeks.
suitor
man who is courting a woman
sullen
silently showing ill humor or resentment; dark; gloomy
sully
defile; soil; tarnish; Ex. sully one's hands in menial labor
sultry
(of weather) hot; sweltering; sensual; voluptuous
summation
act of finding the total; summing-up; summary (esp. one given by the judge at the end of a trial)
sumptuous
grand suggesting great expense; lavish; rich; Ex. sumptuous feast
sunder
separate; part; CF. asunder
sundry
miscellaneous; various; several; N. sundries: small miscellaneous items
superannuated
retired or disqualified because of age; outmoded; obsolete
supercilious
haughty; arrogant; condescending; patronizing; CF. eyebrow, cilium
supererogatory
superfluous; more than needed or demanded
superficial
of the surface; not deep; shallow; not thorough; trivial; Ex. superficial analysis/knowledge
superfluous
excessive; overabundant; unnecessary; N. superfluity
superimpose
place over something else
supernumerary
person or thing excess of what is necessary; extra; ADJ: additional to the usual or necessary number
supersede
replace; cause to be set aside; make obsolete; N. supersession
supine
lying on back; passive; inactive; Ex. The defeated pugilist lay supine; Ex. supine acceptance of the decision
supplant
take the place of unfairly; usurp; replace
supple
flexible; limber; pliant
suppliant
entreating; beseeching; N.
supplicant
one who supplicates; ADJ.
supplicate
petition humbly; pray to grant a favor
supposition
assumption; hypothesis; surmise; V. suppose
supposititious
assumed; counterfeit; hypothetical
suppress
put an end to forcibly; subdue; stifle; overwhelm; inhibit the expression of; check; prevent from being published or made public; Ex. suppress a smile; Ex. suppress the magazine/truth
surfeit
satiate; feed or supply to excess; stuff; indulge to excess in anything; N: surfeiting; excessive amount; Ex. surfeit of food
surge
powerful movement of or like a wave; V.
surly
bad-tempered; rude; cross
surmise
guess; N.
surmount
overcome
surpass
exceed
surreptitious
done secretly; secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden
surrogate
substitute; person or thing used in place of another; Ex. surrogate mother; ADJ.
surveillance
close observation of a person (esp. one under suspicion); watching; guarding
susceptible
impressionable; easily influenced; sensitive; having little resistance as to a disease; likely to suffer; receptive to; capable of accepting; Ex. susceptible to persuasion/colds; Ex. The agreement is not susceptible of alteration; N. susceptibility
suspend
cause to stop for a period; interrupt; hold in abeyance; defer; hang from above; exclude for a period from a position; Ex. suspended state; Ex. suspend judgment; Ex. suspended from the team; N. suspension
suspense
state of being undecided; anxiety or apprehension resulting from uncertainty
sustain
suffer (harm or loss); experience; support; prop; maintain; keep in existence; nourish (to maintain life); Ex. sustain the family/the trapped miners
sustenance
sustaining; means of livelihood, support, food, nourishment; something that maintains life; food
suture
stitches sewn to hold the cut edges of a wound or incision; material used in sewing; V: sew together a wound
swagger
walk or behave with an over-confident manner
swamp
wetland; marsh; V: flood; overwhelm; drench in with liquid
swarm
large group of insects moving in a mass; crowd of people or animals; V: move in a crowd or mass
swarthy
(of a skin or complexion) dark; dusky; Ex. swarthy Italian ?
swathe
swath; wrap around; bandage; Ex. one's head swathed in bandages
sway
swing from side to side; influence (someone) to change one's opinion; N.
swear
vow; promise; use profane oaths; use offensive words
swear-word
word considered offensive; Ex. ``bloody''
swell
long wave of water that moves continuously without breaking; V.
swelter
(of a person) suffer from oppressive heat; be oppressed by heat
swerve
deviate; turn aside sharply from a straight course; Ex. swerve from the principle; Ex. The car swerved to the right.
swill
drink greedily
swindler
cheater
swipe
hit with a sweeping motion; N.
sybarite
lover of luxury; person devoted to pleasure and luxury; CF. Sybaris: an ancient Greek city in Italy
sycophant
servile flatterer; bootlicker; yes man; ADJ. sycophantic
syllogism
logical formula consisting of a major premise, a minor premise and a conclusion; deceptive or specious argument
sylvan
pertaining to the woods or the country
symbiosis
interdependent relationship (between groups, species) often mutually beneficial; ADJ. symbiotic; CF. together + life
symmetry
arrangement of parts so that balance is obtained; congruity; ADJ. symmetrical
synchronous
similarly timed; simultaneous with; occurring at the same time; V. synchronize
synoptic
providing a general overview; summary; N. synopsis
synthesis
combining parts or separate things into a whole; the whole so formed; PL. syntheses; V. synthesize
synthetic
not natural; artificial; resulting from synthesis; Ex. synthetic fiber; N.
tablet
small round piece of medicine; flat piece of stone or metal bearing an inscription; Ex. stone tablet on the wall
tacit
understood (without actually being expressed); not put into words; Ex. tacit agreement
taciturn
habitually silent; talking little
tact
skill or sensitivity in dealing with people without causing offence
tactful
careful no to cause offence; OP. tactless
tactile
pertaining to the organs or sense of touch
taint
contaminate; cause to lose purity; modify with a trace of something bad; Ex. tainted reputation; N: stain; touch of decay or bad influence; CF. touch
takeoff
burlesque; act of leaving the ground
talisman
charm; object believed to give supernatural powers to or protect its bearer
talon
claw of bird
tan
convert (hide) into leather; make brown by exposure to the sun
tangential
only slightly connected; not central; peripheral; digressing; showing divergence; CF. tangent
tangible
able to be touched; real; concrete; palpable; possible to realize or understand; Ex. tangible proof
tanner
person who turns animal hides into leather
tantalize
tease; excite by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach; torture with disappointment; CF. Tantalus: Greek mythological figure
tantamount
equivalent in effect or value; Ex. This invasion is tantamount to a declaration of war; CF. amount
tantrum
fit of bad temper; fit of petulance; caprice; Ex. The child went into tantrums.
taper
very thin candle; gradual decrease in the width of a long object; V. make or become gradually narrower toward one end
tarantula
venomous spider
tardy
slow; sluggish; not on time; late; Ex. tardy arrival
tarnish
make or become dull or discolored; N.
tarry
linger; delay in starting or going; dawdle
tart
sharp to the taste; acid-tasting; caustic; sarcastic; Ex. tart apple/reply
tatter
torn piece of cloth; ADJ. tattered: (of clothes) old and torn; (of a person) dressed in old torn clothes
taunt
deride or provoke; challenge in derision; N.
taut
tight; strained; tense; ready; OP. slack
tautological
needlessly repetitious; Ex. ``It was visible to the eye''; N. tautology: needless repetition of the same sense; statement that is always true
tawdry
cheap and gaudy; Ex. tawdry jewelry
tawny
brownish yellow
taxonomist
specialist in classifying (animals, etc.); CF. taxonomy: science of classification
tedium
boredom; weariness; ADJ. tedious
teetotalism
practice of abstaining totally from alcoholic drinks; N. teetotaler;; ADJ. teetotal;
temerity
boldness; nerve; rashness; Ex. temerity to ask for a pay increase after only three day's work
temper
moderate; make less severe; tone down or restrain; toughen (steel) as by alternate heating and cooling
temperament
characteristic frame of mind; disposition; emotional excess; ADJ. temperamental: of temperament; having frequent changes of temper; Ex. temperamental dislike of sports; Ex. temperamental actress
temperate
moderate; restrained; self-controlled; moderate in respect to temperature; CF. temperance: moderation and self-restraint; abstinence of alcoholic drinks; Ex. temperance society
tempestuous
stormy; violent; impassioned; N. tempest: violent storm
tempo
speed of music
temporal
of time; not lasting forever; limited by time; temporary; secular; worldly
temporize
gain time as by postponing an action; avoid committing oneself
tenacious
holding fast (as to a belief); persistent
tenacity
firmness; persistence
tenancy
possession of land or building by rent; period of a tenant's occupancy
tenant
one that pays rent to use property owned by another
tend
have a tendency; take care of; minister; serve at; apply one's attention; attend
tendentious
promoting a particular point of view; biased; having an aim; designed to further a cause; Ex. tendentious rather than truth-seeking; CF. tend: move in a certain direction
tender
offer formally; extend; Ex. tender one's resignation/the exact fare; N: formal offer; money; Ex. legal tender; ADJ: young and vulnerable; sensitive to the touch; sore; soft; delicate; Ex. child of tender years; Ex. tender wound
tenet
doctrine; dogma
tensile
capable of being stretched; of tension; Ex. tensile rubber
tension
stretching; condition of being stretched; mental strain; strained relationship between groups or people
tentative
not fully worked out or developed; provisional; experimental; uncertain; hesitant; not definite or positive; Ex. tentative agreement/reply
tenuous
thin; slim; rare
tenure
holding of an office or real estate; time during which such an office is held
tepid
lukewarm; slightly warm; ????; half-hearted; not eager; Ex. tepid reaction to the new film; Ex. tepid supporter
terminal
part that forms the end; railroad or bus station; ADJ. forming an end; ending in death; fatal; Ex. terminal cancer
termination
end; V. terminate
terminology
terms used in a science or art; study of nomenclature
terminus
last stop of railroad; end
terrestrial
on or relating to the earth
terse
concise; abrupt; pithy
tertiary
third in order or rank
tessellated
mosaic; inlaid; Ex. tessellated pattern
testator
maker of a will; CF. testatrix
testy
irritable; impatient and bad-tempered; short-tempered; N. testiness
tether
tie (an animal) with a rope or tether; N: rope or chain to which an animal is tied; limit of one's endurance; Ex. the end of one's tether
thematic
of a theme; relating to a unifying motif or idea
theocracy
government run by religious leaders
theoretical
based on theory; not practical or applied; hypothetical
therapeutic
curative; N. therapy
thermal
pertaining to heat; producing heat; warm; Ex. thermal bath; N: rising current of warm air
thesis
opinion put forward and supported by reasoned arguments
thespian
pertaining to drama; N: actor or actress
thrall
slave; bondage; slavery; Ex. Her beauty held him in thrall; CF. enthrall
thrash
beat with a whip or flail; defeat utterly; talk about thoroughly in order to find the answer; move wildly or violently; Ex. The fishes thrashed about in the net.
threadbare
worn through till the threads show; shabby and poor; hackneyed; Ex. threadbare excuses
threat
sign or warning (of coming danger); Ex. threat of rain; V: express a threat; give warning of (something bad); Ex. The cloud threatens rain.
thresh
beat (cereal plants) with a machine or flail to separate the grains from the straw
thrifty
careful about money; economical; N. thrift
thrive
prosper; flourish
throb
(of a heart or machine) beat rapidly or violently; N. Ex. hearthrob: heartbeat; sweetheart
throes
violent anguish
throng
crowd (of people or things); V.
throttle
strangle; regulate the speed of with a throttle; N: valve that regulates the flow; CF. throat ?
thwart
block or hinder; baffle; frustrate
tickle
touch (the body) lightly so as to cause laughter; please
tightwad
miser; excessively frugal person
tiller
handle used to move boat's rudder (to steer)
timbre
quality of a musical tone produced by a musical instrument (which distinguishes it from others of the same pitch)
timidity
lack of self-confidence or courage
timorous
fearful; timid; demonstrating fear
tinge
give a slight degree of a color or quality to; N: slight degree of a color or quality; Ex. tinged with grey/jealousy
tint
slight degree of color; V: give a tint to
tipple
drink (alcoholic beverages) frequently; N: alcoholic drink
tirade
long angry denunciatory speech; diatribe; harangue; extended scolding; denunciation
titanic
gigantic; N. titan
tithe
tax of one-tenth (contributed to a church); V: pay a tithe
titillate
tickle; excite pleasantly; Ex. not to titillate the audience but to enlighten it
title
name (of a book, film, etc.); mark of rank; formal appellation as of rank or office (such as Lord or General); right or claim to possession; championship; Ex. title as head of the family; Ex. title to the estate
titter
nervous giggle; nervous laugh; V.
titular
of a title; in name only; nominal; having the title of an office without the obligations; Ex. titular head of the company
toady
servile flatterer; yes man; sycophant; V: be a toady to; fawn
toga
Roman outer robe
token
outward sign; Ex. a token of our gratitude
toll
sound (a large bell) slowly at regular intervals; N: sound of a bell; fixed tax or charge
tome
large volume; book
tonsure
shaving of the head especially by person entering religious orders; V.
topography
physical features of a region (such as the shape and height); CF. topo-: place
topple
become unsteady and fall down
torpedo
underwater explosive apparatus; V.
torpor
lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy; ADJ. torpid: lethargic; lazy; inactive; (of an animal) dormant; hibernating
torque
twisting force; force producing rotation
torrent
rushing stream; flood; Ex. The rain fell in torrents.
torrid
(of weather) hot or scorching; passionate; Ex. torrid love affairs
torso
trunk of statue with head and limbs missing; human trunk
tortuous
winding; full of curves; Ex. tortuous mountain road
toss
throw lightly; move or lift (the head) with a sudden motion; flip (a coin) to decide something
totem
animal, plant, or natural object serving as a symbol of a clan or family; representation of this; Ex. totem pole
totter
shake or move unsteadily; sway as if about to fall
touching
causing a feeling of pity or sympathy; pathetic; V. touch: cause to feel pity or sympathy; ADJ. touched
touchstone
stone used to test the fineness of gold alloys; criterion; standard
touchy
oversensitive; easily offended; irasible; delicate; needing delicate handling; Ex. touchy situation
tout
promote or publicize (one's goods or service); praise excessively (as a form of advertisement); CF. advertise
toxic
poisonous; N. toxicity
tract
propaganda pamphlet (esp. by a religious or political group); expanse of land; region of indefinite size; system of related organs; Ex. digestive tract
tractable
docile; easily managed; (of something) easily changed or molded; N. tractability
traduce
expose to slander
trajectory
path taken by a projectile; Ex. trajectory of a bullet
tramp
walk with a heavy step; travel on foot; N: vagrant; one who travels aimlessly about; long walk; sound of heavy walking
trample
step heavily with the feet; crush under the feet
trance
hypnotic state; ecstatic state; detachment from one's physical surrounding (as in contemplation or daydreaming); CF. transition
tranquillity
calmness; peace
transcendent
exceeding ordinary limits; superior; surpassing; V. transcend: go beyond; exceed; surpass; N. transcendancy
transcendental
going beyond common thought or ideas; impossible to understand by practical experiences or practices; known only by studying thoughts or intuition; OP. empirical; CF. transcendentalism
transcribe
copy; write a copy of; N. transcription
transgression
violation of a law; sin; V. transgress: go beyond (a limit); violate; do wrong
transient
staying for a short time; momentary; temporary; N: one that is transient
transition
going from one state of action to another
transitory
transient; impermanent; fleeting; N. transitoriness
translucent
partly transparent
transmute
transform; change; convert to something different
transparent
permitting light to pass through freely; easily detected; obvious; clear; Ex. transparent lie
transpire
(of a fact) become known; be revealed; happen; give off (watery waste matter) through pores
transport
strong emotion; rapture; Ex. in a transport/transports of; V: move to strong emotion; enrapture
transpose
reverse the order or position of
trappings
outward decorations; ornaments (as an outward sign of rank)
traumatic
(of an experience) deeply shocking; pertaining to an injury caused by violence; N. trauma: serious wound; emotional shock that causes lasting psychological damage
travail
strenuous work; toil; painful labor; labor of childbirth
traverse
go through or across
travesty
copy or example of something that completely misrepresents the true nature of the real thing; comical parody or imitation; treatment aimed at making something appear ridiculous; Ex. travesty of justice; OP. paragon
tread
walk; trample; N: grooved face of a tire; horizontal part of a step
treasure
keep as precious; cherish
treatise
article treating a subject systematically and thoroughly
trek
travel; journey; V: make a long difficult journey
tremor
trembling; slight quiver (as of the earth or from nervous agitation)
tremulous
trembling; wavering
trenchant
cutting; incisive; keen
trepidation
fear; nervous apprehension
tribulation
suffering; ordeal; distress; trial
tribunal
court of justice
tribune
official of ancient Rome elected by the plebians to protect their rights; protector of the people
tribute
tax levied by a ruler; payment made by one nation to another in acknowledgment of submission; mark of respect (such as praise or gift); Ex. pay tribute to
trickle
flow in drops or in a thin stream; N.
trickster
person who cheats people
trident
three-pronged spear
trifle
something of little importance or value; small amount; Ex. a trifle; V: treat without seriousness; flirt
trifling
trivial; unimportant
trigger
set off; start
trilogy
group of three related works (connected by a shared subject but each complete in itself)
trim
make neat or tidy by clipping; reduce by removing what is unnecessary; ornament; decorate (round the edges); Ex. trim the cost; Ex. jacket trimmed with fur; N. ADJ: tidy; in good order
trinket
knickknack; bauble; cheap jewelry
trite
hackneyed; commonplace
trivia
trifles; unimportant matters
troth
pledge of good faith especially in betrothal; betrothal; Ex. by my troth
trough
long narrow container for feeding farm animals; lowest point (of a wave, business cycle, etc.); long narrow depression as between waves
truculence
aggressiveness; ferocity; ADJ. truculent: aggressive; pugnacious; fierce
truism
self-evident truth
truncate
cut the top off; shorten
trunk
main wooden stem of a tree; human body excluding the head and limbs; torso; prehensile nose of an elephant
tryst
meeting arranged by lovers; arrangement between lovers to meet
tumid
(of a part of the body) swollen; distended; bombastic; pompous
tumult
commotion of a great crowd; riot; noise; uproar; ADJ. tumultuous: noisy and disorderly
tundra
rolling treeless plain in Siberia and arctic North America
turbid
(of a liquid) having the sediment disturbed; muddy; thick
turbulence
state of violent agitation; ADJ. turbulent: violently agitated or disturbed
tureen
deep dish for serving soup