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taut
tight; strained; tense; ready; OP. slack
totem
animal; plant; or natural object serving as a symbol of a clan or family; representation of this; Ex. totem pole
taciturn
habitually silent; talking little
talon
claw of bird
tantalize
tease; excite by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach; torture with disappointment; CF. Tantalus: Greek mythological figure
tarry
linger; delay in starting or going; dawdle
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.
tautological
needlessly repetitious; Ex. ``It was visible to the eye''; N. tautology: needless repetition of the same sense; statement that is always true
tawny
brownish yellow
temporize
gain time as by postponing an action; avoid committing oneself
tenacious
holding fast (as to a belief); persistent
tenet
doctrine; dogma
tenuous
thin; slim; rare
tepid
lukewarm; slightly warm; half-hearted; not eager; Ex. tepid reaction to the new film; Ex. tepid supporter
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
thespian
pertaining to drama; N: actor or actress
thrall
slave; bondage; slavery; Ex. Her beauty held him in thrall; CF. enthrall
thresh
beat (cereal plants) with a machine or flail to separate the grains from the straw
throes
violent anguish
throng
crowd (of people or things); V.
timbre
quality of a musical tone produced by a musical instrument (which distinguishes it from others of the same pitch)
timorous
fearful; timid; demonstrating fear
tipple
drink (alcoholic beverages) frequently; N: alcoholic drink
tirade
long angry denunciatory speech; diatribe; harangue; extended scolding; denunciation
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
token
outward sign; Ex. a token of our gratitude
torpor
lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy; ADJ. torpid: lethargic; lazy; inactive; (of an animal) dormant; hibernating
torrid
(of weather) hot or scorching; passionate; Ex. torrid love affairs
totter
shake or move unsteadily; sway as if about to fall
tractable
docile; easily managed; (of something) easily changed or molded; N. tractability
traduce
expose to slander
transmute
transform; change; convert to something different
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)
travail
strenuous work; toil; painful labor; labor of childbirth
trenchant
cutting; incisive; keen
tribulation
suffering; ordeal; distress; trial
trite
hackneyed; commonplace
troth
pledge of good faith especially in betrothal; betrothal; Ex. by my troth
truculence
aggressiveness; ferocity; ADJ. truculent: aggressive; pugnacious; fierce
tryst
meeting arranged by lovers; arrangement between lovers to meet
tumid
(of a part of the body) swollen; distended; bombastic; pompous
turbid
(of a liquid) having the sediment disturbed; muddy; thick
tureen
deep dish for serving soup
turgid
swollen; distended (as from liquid)
turmoil
extreme confusion; great commotion and confusion; Ex. throw the country into turmoil
turpitude
depravity; baseness; Ex. moral turpitude
tutelage
guardianship; training; function of a tutor; instruction
tutelary
protective; pertaining to a guardianship; Ex. tutelary deities
tyro
beginner; novice