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100 Cards in this Set

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n rent
tear made by rending; rip; split
s rip
tear or be torn quickly and violently; Ex. The sail ripped under the force of the wind; N.
s mangle
tear or cut to pieces; mutilate or disfigure; Ex. badly mangled bodies
n gouge
tear out; cut out (as if with a gouge); Ex. gouge his eyes out; N: chisel for cutting out hollow areas in wood
n tantalize
tease; excite by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach; torture with disappointment; CF. Tantalus: Greek mythological figure
n badinage
teasing conversation; banter; joking talk
n prolixity
tedious wordiness; verbosity; ADJ. prolix: wordy; verbose; diffuse
s confide
tell in confidence (to a person one trusts); be confident about
n bivouac
temporary encampment; camp without tents; V.
s makeshift
temporary expedient or substitute (in the case of urgent need); Ex. makeshift shelter
temporary invasion; CF. excursion: short journey
temporary moderation (of disease symptoms); remitting of a debt or punishment; cancelation of a debt; pardon; Ex. The disease went into remission; Ex. Christians pray for the remission of sins.
n scaffold
temporary platform for workers (to work at heights above the ground); bracing framework; platform for execution
n sojourn
temporary stay; V: stay for a time
n homeostasis
tendency of a system or organism to maintain relative stability or internal equilibrium; CF. homeo-: constant; Ex. homeotherm
tendency to disbelief
tendency to keep together
s egotism
tendency to speak or write of oneself excessively; conceit; self-importance
n pathos
tender sorrow; pity; quality in art or literature that produces these feelings; Ex. pathos that runs through the novel
tending or leaning toward; bent; V. incline: slant; dispose; be disposed; tend
tending to call up (emotions, memories)
tending to cause death; highly injurious; aggressively malevolent; Ex. malignant tumor
n salutary
tending to improve; beneficial; wholesome; Ex. The punishment had a salutary effect on the boy; CF. health
tending to include all; all-inclusive; Ex. inclusive charge
n subversive
tending to overthrow or ruin; V. subvert: overthrow completely (an established system); destroy completely; CF. undermine ?
tending toward the center
tentative; temporary
terminology(system of specialized words); system of names or naming things
terms used in a science or art; study of nomenclature
s awful
terrible; very bad
territory enclosed within an alien land
n cow
terrorize; intimidate
testify; bear witness
testimony under oath; deposing; dethroning
n libretto
text of an opera or oratorio; CF. book
that can be permeated; penetrable; porous; allowing liquids or gas to pass through; V. permeate: spread or flow throughout; charge
n unimpeachable
that cannot be impeached; beyond doubt or question; blameless and exemplary
that which accompanies; Ex. Deafnes is a frequent concommitant of old age; ADJ: existing or happening together with something else
n unction
the act of anointing with oil; Ex. extreme unction
s Bacchanalia
the ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus
the chance occurrence, at the same time, of two or more seemingly connected events; V. coincide: happen at the same time; be in agreement; CF. coincident; CF. coincidental
the smallest particle (one or more atoms) of a substance that has all the properties of that substance
the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes or opinions
the West
n histrionic
theatrical; excessively dramatic or emotional; affected; of actors or acting; N. histrionics: histrionic behavior
n larceny
theft; Ex. petit larceny
n motif
theme; recurrent thematic element in a musical or literary work; single or repeated pattern; figure
theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentational
thick-skinned animal
thin and wasted (from hunger or illness)
n gruel
thin liquid porridge
n veneer
thin surface layer (of good quality wood, glued to a base of inferior material); cover; surface show; fa\\c{c}ade; V.
n wispy
thin; slight; barely discernible
n tenuous
thin; slim; rare
thing that completes another; things very much alike; thing that has the same purpose in a different system
s jetsam
things thrown from a ship (to lighten the ship)
think over; ponder
think up; invent; plan; bequeath; N: bequest
n tertiary
third in order or rank
n sodden
thoroughly soaked; dull or stupid as if from drink
n gentility
those of gentle birth; high social class; refinement; quality of being genteel
thought; working of the brain
thousand-year period (as in the New Testament); hoped-for period of happiness and prosperity
s menace
threat; V: threaten
threatening; of an evil omen
n trident
three-pronged spear
thrift; economy; ADJ. frugal: practicing economy; costing little; inexpensive
thriftless; not providing for the future
n palpitate
throb; beat rapidly; flutter; tremble; Ex. Her heart began to palpitate.
n pulsate
throb; beat regularly; vibrate regularly
s hurl
throw forcefully; shout out violently
throw into confusion; involve in strife, dispute, or quarrel; entangle; CF. imbroglio
s toss
throw lightly; move or lift (the head) with a sudden motion; flip (a coin) to decide something
n jettison
throw overboard (from a ship or plane)
n fulminate
thunder; explode; issue a severe denunciation
thwart; defeat; prevent from accomplishing a purpose
n stymie
thwart; present an obstacle; stump
n titillate
tickle; excite pleasantly; Ex. not to titillate the audience but to enlighten it
n 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
n taut
tight; strained; tense; ready; OP. slack
s list
tilt (as of a ship); lean over (to one side)
n respite
time for rest; interval of relief; delay in punishment; reprieve
n yore
time long past; Ex. in the days of yore
n heyday
time of greatest success or power; prime
timely; well-chosen
n puny
tiny; weak; insignificant
n apex
tip; summit; climax; highest point
s weary
tired after long work; V.
n jaded
tired or uninterested by surfeit; fatigued; surfeited; worn out; wearied; Ex. jaded appetite
tireless; untiring; showing no sign of getting tired
n harping
tiresome dwelling on a subject; V. harp: dwell on(think or speak a lot about) tediously
n rubric
title or heading (in red print); directions for religious ceremony; protocol
title; chapter heading; text under illustration
n stigma
token of disgrace; brand; V. stigmatize: mark with a stigma; characterize as disgraceful
n memento
token; reminder of the past; keepsake; Ex. memento of your visit
n brook
tolerate; endure; Ex. brook no interference; N: small stream
n knell
tolling of a bell especially to indicate a funeral, disaster, etc.; sound of the funeral bell; V.
n sepulcher
tomb; V: place in a sepulcher; ADJ. sepulchral
n modulate
tone down in intensity; change the intensity or tone of; regulate; change from one musical key to another; Ex. modulate from E to G