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taper
n. candle

she lit the taper
tarry
v. delay; dawdle


We can't tarry if we want to get to the airport on time
tatty
adj. worn and shabby; bedraggled


think tattered clothing
taut
adj. tight; ready


the captain maintained a taut ship
tautological
adj. needlessly repetitious


the phrase " it was visible to the eye" is tautological
tawdry
adj. cheap and gaudy



he won a few tawdry trinkets at the fair
taxonomist
n. specialist in classifying (animals, etc)
tedium
n. boredom; weariness

think tedious!
teetotalism
n. practice of abstaining totally from alcoholic drinks
temerity
n. boldness; rashness


Do you have the temerity to argue w/ me?
temper
v. moderate; tone down or restrain; toughen (steel)


temper her enthusiasm
temperament
n. characteristic frame of mind; disposition; emotional excess


they differ in their temperament: tod is calm but Rod is excitable
temperate
adj. restrained; self-controlled; moderate in respect to temperature



try to be temperate in your eating on July 4th
tempestuous
adj. stormy; impassioned (filled w/ intense feeling); violent



he has a tempestuous temperament
temporal
adj. not lasting forever; limited by time; secular
thematic
adj. relating to a unifying motif or idea
theocracy
n. govt run by religious leaders
thespian
adj. pertaining to drama


high school thespian club
thrall
n. slave; bondage


think enthrall! captivate or charm
threadbare
adj. worn through till the threads show; shabby and poor


threadbare spots on his jacket
thrity
adj. careful about money; economical


a thrifty shopper
throes
n. violent anguish


the throes of despair
throng
n. crowd

throngs of shoppers
throttle
v. strangle

the criminal tried to throttle the old man
thwart
v. baffle; frustrate


he tried to thwart my plans
tightwad
n. excessively frugal person; miser
tiller
n. handle used to move boat's rudder (to steer)
timbre
n. quality of a musical tone produced by a musical instrument
timidity
n. lack of self-confidence or courage
timorous
adj. fearful; demonstrating fear
tipple
v. drink (alcoholic beverages) frequently


he tippled with his friends at Roads
tirade
n. extended scolding; denunciation; harangue


she always goes into a lengthy tirade
titanic
adj. gigantic
tithe
n. tax of 1/10
titillate
v. tickle
title
n. right or claim to possession; mark of rank; name



he held title to the family estate
titter
n. nervous laugh
titular
adj. having the title of an office w/o the obligations


Although he was the titular head of the company, the real decisions were made by his general manager
toady
n. servile flatterer; yes man
tome
n. large volume

She spent much time in the libraries poring over ancient tomes