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tarry
v. /ˈtæri/ to remain or stay, as in a place; sojourn: He tarried in Baltimore on his way to Washington.; to delay or be tardy in acting, starting, coming, etc.; linger or loiter; to wait.
tatty
adj. /ˈtæti/ worn and shabby; begraggled
tautological
adj. needlessly repetitious without imparting additional force or clearness, as in “widow woman.”
tautology
n. needless repetition or rephrasing; logical expression that is always true, regardless of value of statements
teetotalism
n. /tiˈtoʊtlˌɪzəm, ˈtiˌtoʊt-/ the principle or practice of total abstinence from intoxicating drink.
temerity
n. /təˈmɛrɪti/ boldness; rashness
temper (v)
v. moderate; done down or restrain; toughen
temporal
adj. of or pertaining to time; not lasting forever; limited by time; secular, lay, or civil, as opposed to ecclesiastical.
temporize
v. /ˈtɛmpəˌraɪz/ act evasively to gain time; avoid committing oneself
tendentious
adj. /tɛnˈdɛnʃəs/ having an aim; biased; designed to further a cause; having or showing a definite tendency, bias, or purpose: a tendentious novel.
tender (v)
v. to present formally for acceptance; make formal offer of: to tender one's resignation.; to offer or proffer.; Law. to offer, as money or goods, in payment of a debt or other obligation, esp. in exact accordance with the terms of the law and of the obligation.
tenet
n. doctrine; dogma; principle
tensile
adj. of or pertaining to tension: tensile strain.
2. capable of being stretched or drawn out; ductile.
terse
adj. neatly or effectively concise; brief and pithy, as language.
2. abruptly concise; curt; brusque.
tesselated
adj. mosaic-like; inlaid, checkered
testator
n. maker of a will
thrall
n. a person who is in bondage; slave.
2. a person who is morally or mentally enslaved by some power, influence, or the like: He was the thrall of morbid fantasies.
3. slavery; thralldom.
throes
n. violent anguish
throttle
v. to stop the breath of by compressing the throat; strangle.; to choke or suffocate in any way.; to compress by fastening something tightly around.; to silence or check as if by choking: His message was throttled by censorship.
thwart
v. to oppose successfully; prevent from accomplishing a purpose.; to frustrate or baffle (a plan, purpose, etc.).
timorous
adj. /ˈtɪmərəs/ full of fear; fearful: The noise made them timorous.;subject to fear; timid.; characterized by or indicating fear: a timorous whisper.
tipple
v. /ˈtɪpəl/ drink intoxicating liquor, esp. habitually or to some excess; to drink (intoxicating liquor), esp. repeatedly, in small quantities.
title
n. right or claim to possession
titter
n. nervous laugh (also v.)
titular
adj. /ˈtɪtʃələr, ˈtɪtyə-/ having the title of an office without the obligations
toady (n)
n. servile flatterer; yes man; sycophant
tome
n. a book, esp. a very heavy, large, or learned book.; a volume forming a part of a larger work.
tonsure
n. shaving of the head for religious purposes
torpor
n. lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy
torrid
adj. subject to parching or burning heat, esp. of the sun, as a geographical area: the torrid sands of the Sahara.
2. oppressively hot, parching, or burning, as climate, weather, or air.
3. ardent; passionate: a torrid love story.
tortuous
adj. /ˈtɔrtʃuəs/ full of twists, turns, or bends; twisting, winding, or crooked: a tortuous path.; not direct or straightforward, as in procedure or speech; intricate; circuitous: tortuous negotiations lasting for months.
3. deceitfully indirect or morally crooked, as proceedings, methods, or policy; devious.
totter
v. move unsteadily; sway as if about to fall
touchstone
n. a test or criterion for the qualities of a thing; stone used to test the purity of gold or silver vial streaking
tract
n. a brief treatise or pamphlet for general distribution, usually on a religious or political topic.
tractable
adj. easily managed or controlled; docile; yielding: a tractable child; a tractable disposition.; easily worked, shaped, or otherwise handled; malleable.
traduce
v. to speak maliciously and falsely of; slander; defame: to traduce someone's character.
transcendent
adj. surpassing; exceeding ordinary limits; superior
transfigure
v. transform outwardly, usu. for the better
transparent
adj. easily detected
transpire
v. happen; to escape, as moisture or odor, through or as if through pores.
to be revealed or become known.
transport (n)
n. strong emotion; ecstatic joy, bliss, etc.; a convict sent into banishment, esp. to a penal colony: The country had been colonized largely by transports.
trappings
n. outward decorations; ornaments; charasteric or symbolic signs
travail
n. painful physical or mental labor; drudgery; torment
travesty
n. harshly distorted imitation; parody; debased likeness
trenchant
adj. forceful and vigorous; cutting, clever, or keen; clear cut
tribute
n. tax levied by a ruler; mark of respect
troth
n. /trɔθ, troʊθ/ faithfulness, fidelity, or loyalty: by my troth.
2. truth or verity: in troth.
3. one's word or promise, esp. in engaging oneself to marry.
truculent
n. fierce; cruel; savagely brutal.
2. brutally harsh; vitriolic; scathing: his truculent criticism of her work.
3. aggressively hostile; belligerent.
tryst
n. an appointment to meet at a certain time and place, esp. one made somewhat secretly by lovers.
2. an appointed meeting.
3. an appointed place of meeting.
tumid
adj. swollen, or affected with swelling, as a part of the body.; pompous or inflated, as language; turgid; bombastic.; seeming to swell; bulging.
tureen
n. /tʊˈrin, tyʊ-/ a large, deep, covered dish for serving soup, stew, or other foods.
turncoat
n. traitor
turpitude
n. /ˈtɜrpɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/ vile, shameful, or base character; depravity.; a vile or depraved act.
tutelary
adj. /ˈtutlˌɛri, ˈtyut-/ protective, pertaining to a guardianship
tyro
n. /ˈtaɪroʊ/ beginner; novice
ulterior
adj. being beyond what is seen or avowed; intentionally kept concealed: ulterior motives. coming at a subsequent time or stage; future; further: ulterior action.; lying beyond or outside of some specified or understood boundary; more remote: a suggestion ulterior to the purposes of the present discussion.
umbrage
n. offense; annoyance; displeasure: to feel umbrage at a social snub; to give umbrage to someone; to take umbrage at someone's rudeness.; the slightest indication or vaguest feeling of suspicion, doubt, hostility, or the like.; leaves that afford shade, as the foliage of trees.
unaccountable
adj. inexplicable; unreasonable or mysterious
hedge (v)
v. take compensatory measures so as to counterbalance possible loss; avoid making a clear, direct response or statement
unassailable
adj. not subject to question; not open to attack
uncanny
adj. having or seeming to have a supernatural or inexplicable basis; beyond the ordinary or normal; extraordinary: uncanny accuracy; an uncanny knack of foreseeing trouble.; mysterious; arousing superstitious fear or dread; uncomfortably strange: Uncanny sounds filled the house.
unconscionable
adj. not guided by conscience; unscrupulous.
2. not in accordance with what is just or reasonable: unconscionable behavior.
3. excessive; extortionate: an unconscionable profit.
uncouth
adj. outlandish; clumsy; boorish
unction
n. act of anointing with oil; an excessive, affected, sometimes cloying earnestness or fervor in manner, esp. in speaking.
unctuous
adj. characterized by excessive piousness or moralistic fervor, esp. in an affected manner; excessively smooth, suave, or smug.
2. of the nature of or characteristic of an unguent or ointment; oily; greasy.
3. having an oily or soapy feel, as certain minerals.
unequivocal
adj. plain; obvious
unexceptionable
adj. not offering any basis for criticism; entirely acceptable
unfeigned
adj. genuine; real
unfledged
adj. not fledged; without sufficient feathers for flight, as a young bird.; immature; callow.
unfrock
v. disbar a lawyer; to deprive (a monk, priest, minister, etc.) of ecclesiastical rank, authority, and function; depose.
2. to divest or strip of a frock.
ungainly
adj. awkward; clumsy; unwieldy
unguent
n. /ˈʌŋgwənt/ an ointment or salve, usually liquid or semiliquid, for application to wounds, sores, etc.
unimpeachable
adj. above suspicion; impossible to discredit; impeccable: unimpeachable motives.
unmitigated
adj. unrelieved or immoderate; absolute
unprepossessing
adj. unattractive; creating an unfavorable or neutral first impression; Not overtly impressive; unremarkable; nondescript: an unprepossessing little hotel.
unsullied
adj. untarnished
untenable
adj. incapable of being defended, as an argument, thesis, etc.; indefensible.
2. not fit to be occupied, as an apartment, house, etc.
untoward
adj. /ʌnˈtɔrd, -ˈtoʊrd/ unfavorable or unfortunate: Untoward circumstances forced him into bankruptcy.; improper: untoward social behavior.
untrammeled
adj. without limits or restrictions; unrestrained
unwonted
adj. /ʌnˈwɔntɪd, -ˈwoʊn-, -ˈwʌn-/ not customary or usual; rare: unwonted kindness.
upbraid
v. /ʌpˈbreɪd/ severly scold; reprimand
upshot
n. outcome
urbane
adj. suave; refined; elegant
urchin
n. 1. a mischievous boy.
2. any small boy or youngster.
usury
n. /ˈyuʒəri/ lending of money at illegal interest rates
uxorious
adj. excessively devoted to one's wife
vacuous
adj. empty; lacking in ideas; stupid
vagary
n. /vəˈgɛəri, ˈveɪgəri/ caprice; whim; erratic or unprecedented action
vagrant (adj)
adj. wandering or roaming from place to place; nomadic.;
(of plants) straggling in growth.
vainglorious
adj. characterized by excessive elation or pride over one's own achievements, abilities, etc.; boastful vanity, empty pomp or show
valedictory
adj. pertaining to farewell
valor
n. boldness or determination in facing great danger, esp. in battle; heroic courage; bravery: a medal for valor.
vanguard
n. the foremost division or the front part of an army; advance guard; the forefront in any movement, field, activity, or the like.; the leaders of any intellectual or political movement.
vantage
n. position giving an advantage
vapid
adj. /ˈvæpɪd/ dull and unimaginative; insipid and flavorless
vassal
n. /ˈvæsəl/ (in the feudal system) a person granted the use of land, in return for rendering homage, fealty, and usually military service or its equivalent to a lord or other superior; servant or slave
venerable
adj. deserving high respect
venerate
v. revere
venial
adj. /ˈviniəl, ˈvinyəl/ able to be forgiven or pardoned; not seriously wrong, as a sin (opposed to mortal).
2. excusable; trifling; minor: a venial error; a venial offense.
venom
n. hatred
vent (v)
v. express; utter
venture
v. risk; dare; undertake a risk
venturesome
adj. bold
verbiage
n. pompous array of words
verisimilar
adj. /ˌvɛrəˈsɪmələr/ probable or likely; having the appearance of truth
verisimilitude
n. the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability: The play lacked verisimilitude.; something, as an assertion, having merely the appearance of truth.
vertex
n. the highest point of something; apex; summit; top: the vertex of a mountain.
2. Anatomy, Zoology. the crown or top of the head.
verve
n. enthusiasm or vigor, as in literary or artistic work; spirit: Her latest novel lacks verve.; vivaciousness; liveliness; animation: I like a teacher with plenty of verve.
viand
n. /ˈvaɪənd/ food; viands, articles or dishes of food, now usually of a choice or delicate kind
vicarious
adj. acting as a substitute; done as a deputy
vicissitude
n. a change or variation occurring in the course of something.
2. interchange or alternation, as of states or things.
3. vicissitudes, successive, alternating, or changing phases or conditions, as of life or fortune; ups and downs: They remained friends through the vicissitudes of 40 years.
vie
v. contend; compete
visage
n. /ˈvɪzɪdʒ/ the face, usually with reference to shape, features, expression, etc.; countenance.; aspect; appearance.
viscid
adj. /ˈvɪsɪd/ having a glutinous consistency; sticky; adhesive; viscous.
2. Botany. covered by a sticky substance.
visionary (adj)
produced by imagination; fanciful; mysterious
vitiate
v. /ˈvɪʃiˌeɪt/ to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil.
2. to impair or weaken the effectiveness of.
3. to debase; corrupt; pervert.
vituperative
adj. abusive; scolding; using, containing, or marked by harshly abusive censure
vitriolic
adj. corrosive; sarcastic
vixen
n. a female fox.
2. an ill-tempered or quarrelsome woman.
volatile
adj. changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly
voluble
adj. fluent; glib; talkative
vouchsafe
v. to grant or give, as by favor, graciousness, or condescension: to vouchsafe a reply to a question.
2. to allow or permit, as by favor or graciousness: They vouchsafed his return to his own country.
vulpine
adj. like a fox; crafty
waffle
v. speak equivocally on an issue
waggish
adj. like a wag; roguish in merriment and good humor; jocular: Fielding and Sterne are waggish writers.; characteristic of or befitting a wag: waggish humor.
wag (n)
n. /wæg/ a person given to droll, roguish, or mischievous humor; wit
waif
n. homeless child or animal
wallow
v. roll in; indulge in; become helpless
wan
adj. /wɒn/ of an unnatural or sickly pallor; pallid; lacking color: His wan face suddenly flushed.
2. showing or suggesting ill health, fatigue, unhappiness, etc.: a wan look; a wan smile.
3. lacking in forcefulness, competence, or effectiveness: their wan attempts to organize the alumni.
wangle
v. to bring about, accomplish, or obtain by scheming or underhand methods: to wangle an invitation.; to falsify or manipulate for dishonest ends: to wangle business records.
wanton
adj. unrestrained; willfully malicious; unchaste
warren
n. tunnels in which rabbits live; crowded living conditions for humans
wastrel
n. /ˈweɪstrəl/ profligate; wasteful person
wax (v)
v. increase; grow
waylay
v. ambush; lie in wait
welter (n)
n. turmoil; bewildering jumble
welter (v)
v. to roll, toss, or heave, as waves or the sea.; to roll, writhe, or tumble about; wallow, as animals (often fol. by about): pigs weltering about happily in the mud.; to lie bathed in or be drenched in something, esp. blood.
wheedle
v. cajole; coax; decieve by flattery
whelp
n. young wolf, dog, tiger, etc
whet
v. sharpen; stimulate
whit
n. a particle; bit; jot (used esp. in negative phrases): not a whit better.
windfall
n. fallen fruit; unexpected lucky event
winnow
v. sift; separate good parts from bad; to free (grain) from the lighter particles of chaff, dirt, etc., esp. by throwing it into the air and allowing the wind or a forced current of air to blow away impurities.
2. to drive or blow (chaff, dirt, etc.) away by fanning.
3. to blow upon; fan.
witless
adj. foolish; idiotic
wizened
adj. withered; shriveled
wont
n. custom; habitual procedure
adj. accustomed; used (usually fol. by an infinitive): He was wont to rise at dawn.
wrangle
v. quarrel; obtain through arguing
wreak (v)
v. inflict
wrench (v)
v. pull; strain; twist
wrest
v. pull away; take by violence
wry
adj. produced by a distortion or lopsidedness of the facial features: a wry grin.; abnormally bent or turned to one side; twisted; crooked: a wry mouth.distorted or perverted, as in meaning. bitterly or disdainfully ironic or amusing: a wry remark.
yen
n. longing; urge
yoke
v. join together, unite; to attach (a draft animal) to a plow or vehicle: to yoke oxen.; to harness a draft animal to (a plow or vehicle): to yoke a wagon.
zeal
n. eager enthusiasm
zenith
n. highest point; culmination
zephyr
n. gentle breeze; west wind