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tacit
* understood; not put into words
taciturn
habitually silent; talking little
talisman
charm
talon
claw of bird
tangential
* peripheral; only slightly connected; digressing
tanner
person who turns animal hides into leather
tantalize
tease; torture with disappointment
tantamount
equivalent in effect or value
taper
candle
tarry
delay; dawdle
tatty
worn and shabby; bedraggled
taut
tight; ready
tautological
needlessly repetitious
taxonomist
specialist in classifying (animals, etc.)
tedium
boredom; weariness
teetotalism
practice of abstaining totally from alcoholic drinks
temerity
boldness; rashness
temper
moderate; tone down or restrain; toughen (steel)
temperate
restrained; self-controlled; moderate in respect to temperature
tempestuous
stormy; impassioned; violent
temporal
not lasting forever; limited by time; secular
temporize
act evasively to gain time; avoid committing oneself
tenacious
holding fast
tenacity
firmness; persistence
tendentious
having an aim; biased; designed to further a cause
tender
offer; extend
tenet
doctrine; dogma
tensile
capable of being stretched
tenuous
* thin; rare; slim
terminus
last stop of railroad
terse
concise; abrupt; pithy
tesselated
inlaid; mosaic
testator
maker of a will
thematic
relating to a unifying motif or idea
thrall
slave; bondage
threadbare
worn through till the threads show; shabby; poor
throes
violent anguish
throng
crowd
tiller
handle used to move boat's rudder (to steer)
timidity
lack of self-confidence or courage
timorous
fearful; demonstrating fear
tipple
drink (alcoholic beverages) frequently
tirade
* extended scolding; denunciation; harangue
tithe
tax of one-tenth
titillate
tickle
title
right or claim to possession; mark of rank; name (of a book, film, etc.)
titular
having the title of an office without the obligations
toady
servile flatterer; yer man
tome
large volume
tonsure
shaving of the head, especially by person entering religious orders
torpor
* lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy
torque
twisting force; force producing rotation
torrent
rushing stream; flood
tortuous
* winding; full of curves
totter
move unsteadily; sway, as if about to fall
touchstone
stone used to test the fineness of gold alloys; criterion
tout
publicize; praise excessively
tract
pamphlet; a region of indefinite size
tractable
* docile; easily managed
traduce
expose to slander
transcribe
copy
transfigure
transform outwardly, usually for the better; change in form or aspect
transgression
* violation of a law; sin
transient
momentary; temporary; staying for a short time
transitory
impermanent; fleeting
transmute
change; convert to something different
transpire
be revealed; happen
transport
strong emotion
trappings
outward decorations; ornaments
traumatic
pertaining to an injury caused by violence
travail
painful physical or mental labour; drudgery; torment
traverse
go through or across
travesty
harshly distorted imitation; parody; debased likeness
treatise
article treating a subject systematically and thoroughly
tremulous
trembling; wavering
trenchant
forceful and vigorous; cutting
tribunal
court of justice
tribute
tax levied by a ruler; mark of respect
trident
three-pronged spear
trite
hackneyed; commonplace
trivia
trifles; unimportant matters
troth
pledge of good faith especially in betrothal
trough
container for feeding farm animals; lowest point (of a wave, business cycle, etc.)
truculence
* aggressiveness; ferocity
truncate
cut the top off
tryst
meeting
tumid
swollen; pompous; bombastic
tundra
rolling, treeless plain in Siberia and arctic North America
turbid
muddy; having the sediment disturbed
tureen
deep dish for serving soup
turncoat
traitor
turpitude
depravity
tutelage
guardianship; training
tutelary
protective; pertaining to guardianship
tyro
beginner; novice