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tonsure
n. shaving of the head, esp by person entering religious orders
topography
n. physical features of a region



topography of the region
torrent
n. rushing stream; flood

adj. torrential

the water ran downhill in torrents
torrid
adj. passionate; hot or scorching


torrid love affairs
torrid climates
totter
v. move unsteadily; sway, as if about to fall


the drunkard tottered down the street
touchstone
`n. stone used to test the fineness of gold alloys; criterion


What touchstone can be used to measure the character of a person?
tout
v. publicize; praise excessively


he touted some junk bonds which turned out to be bad investments
tract
n. pamphlet; a region of indefinite size


he was granted a tract of land in the New World
tractable
adj. docile; easily managed


the tamed lion was tractable
traduce
v. expose to slander


His opponent's tried to traduce the candidate's reputation
transcendent
adj. surpassing; exceeding ordinary limits; superior


it was a transcendent experience for her - watching the sun rise at the waterfront

v. transcend
n. transcendency
transfigure
v. transform outwardly, usu for the better; change in form or aspect


her romance transfigured her poetry
transgression
n. violation of a law; sin
transitory
adj. impermanent; fleeting


fame is transitory
transmute
v. change; convert to something different


transmute your dreams into actualities
transpire
v. be revealed; happen

It had just transpired...
transport
n. strong emotion


one moment in transports of joy, at another moment in transports of grief
trappings
n. outward decorations; ornaments


he loved the trappings of success: limousines, stock options, the company jet
travail
n. painful physical or mental labor; drudgery; torment


she hated the seeemingly endless travail of cramming for the boards
travesty
n. harshly distorted imitation; parody; debased likeness


travesty of the original
treatise
n. article treating a subject systematically and thoroughly


He is preparing a treatise on the Elizabethan playwrights for his grad degree
trenchant
adj. forceful and vigorous; cutting

trenchant wit
tribulation
n. distress; suffering


after all the tribulations we have gone through, we need a rest
tribunal
n. court of justice



the decision of the tribunal was final
tribute
n. tax levied by a ruler; mark of respect


they refused to pay tribute to the foreign despot
trident
n. 3-pronged spear
trite
adj. hackneyed, commonplace


the trite and predictable situations on TV programs bore us
trivia
n. trifles; unimportant matters


these trashy magazines feature trivia
troth
n. pledge of good faith esp in betrothal

He gave her his troth and vowed to cherish her always
trough
n. container for feeding farm animals; lowest point (of a wave, business cycle...)
truculence
n. aggressiveness; ferocity


His reviews are known for their caustic attacks and general tone of truculence
truism
n. self-evident truth
truncate
v. cut the top off
tryst
n. meeting


the lovers kept their tryst even though they realized their danger
tumid
adj. swollen; pompous; bombastic


his writing style is very tumid
tumult
n. commotion; riot; noise


I can't hear you over the tumult of the mob
tundra
n. rolling, treeless plain in Siberia and arctic North America
turbid
adj. muddy; having the sediment disturbed


the water was turbid after the children had waded through it
tureen
n. deep dish for serving soup
turgid
adj. swollen; distended


the turgid river threatened to overflow the levees and flood the countryside
turncoat
n. traitor
turpitude
n. depravity (moral corruption or degradation)

He was denied entrance into the country bc of moral turpitude
tutelage
n. guardianship; training



under the tutelage of such masters...
tutelary
adj. protective; pertaining to a guardianship


I am acting in my tutelary capacity when i refuse to grant you permission to leave the campus
tycoon
n. wealthy leader
tyranny
n. oppression; cruel govt
tyro
n. beginner; novice


for a mere tyro, you have produced some marvelous results