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tenacious

D. that does not stop holding something or give up something easily; determined

E. The party has kept its tenacious hold on power for more than twenty years.

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tenet

\'te-net\

D. one of the principles or beliefs that a theory or larger set of beliefs is based on

E. one of the basic/central tenets of Christianity

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tentative

D. not definite or certain because you may want to change it later; not behaving or done with confidence

E. We made a tentative arrangement to meet on Friday. / I'm taking the first tentative steps towards fitness.

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tenuous

D. thin; slight

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tenure

\'ten-nye'r\

D. the period of time when somebody holds an important job, especially a political one; the act of holding an important job; the right to stay permanently in your job, especially as a teacher at a university

E. his four-year tenure as President / She knew that tenure of high political office was beyond her. / It's still extremely difficult to get tenure.

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tepid

\'te-pid\

D. lukewarm, sometimes in a way that is not pleasant; not enthusiastic

E. a tepid bath / The play was greeted with tepid applause.

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termagant

\'ter-me'-ge'nt\

D. a woman who is very strict or who tries to tell people what to do, in an unpleasant way

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terminal

D. pertaining to the end

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terrestrial

s. pertaining to the land

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terse

D. concise

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tertiary

D. third in order, rank or importance

E. the tertiary sector (= the area of industry that deals with services rather than materials or goods)

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testy

D. irritable

E. The old man sounded testy. / ‘Leave me alone,’ she said testily.

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theocracy

\thē-'ä-cre'-sē\

D. government of a country by religious leaders

E. theocratic rule

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therapeutic

\the-re'-'pyü-tic\

D. curing

E. Painting can be very therapeutic.

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thermal

D. pertaining to heat

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thespian

\'thes-piän\

D. pertaining to drama; an actor

E. Her popularity owed much to her thespian talents.

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thralldom

\throll-de'm\

D. the state of being a thrall, slavery

E. His gaze held her in thrall. / She was in thrall to her emotions.

p.s. enthralling-positive-if something enthralls you, it is so interesting, beautiful, etc. that you give it all your attention

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throes

\thros\

D. violent pains, especially at the moment of death; pangs

E. The creature went into its death throes.

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thwart

D. to obstruct or prevent

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tirade

\'tī-red\

D. a long angry speech criticizing somebody/something or accusing somebody of something

E. She launched into a tirade of abuse against politicians.

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titanic

D. huge

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tithe

\'tīth\

D. a tenth of sth, (in the past) a tenth of the goods that somebody produced or the money that they earned, that was paid as a tax to support the Church

E. Are you a Christian? DO YOU TITHE?

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titular

\'ti-chü-le'r\

D. having a particular title or status but no real power or authority

E. The Queen is the titular head of state.

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toady

\t0-dē\

D. a person who treats somebody more important with special kindness or respect in order to gain their favour or help; sychophant

E. She's a real toady to the boss.

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tome

\tom\

D. a large heavy book, especially one dealing with a serious topic

E. a weighty tome

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torpid

\'tor-pid\

D. not active; with no energy or enthusiasm

E. a torpid sloth that refused to budge off its tree branch

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tortuous

\'tor-chü-le's\

D. twisting; devious

E. the long, tortuous process of negotiating peace

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toxic

D. poisonous

E. the long, tortuous process of negotiating peace

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tract

D. a stretch of land

E. they bought a 40-acre tract of land for development.

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tractable

D. easy to manage or control

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traduce

\tre'-'düs\

D. to slander, to say things about somebody that are unpleasant or not true

E. a law that traduces one of our most cherished rights: the right to privacy

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trammel

\ˈtra-məl\

D. to limit somebody's freedom of movement or activity

E. He felt himself trammelled by convention.

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tranquil

D. calm, peaceful

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transcend

\tran(t)-ˈsend\

D. to go beyond

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transcribe

D. to write out in a form of a another

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transgression

D. to go beyond the limit of what is morally or legally acceptable

E. They had transgressed the bounds of decency.

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transient

\ˈtran(t)-sh(ē-)ənt\

D. not permanent

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transition

D. a change from one thing to another

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transitory

\ˈtran(t)-sə-ˌtȯr-ē\

D. fleeting; continuing for only a short time

E. the transitory nature of his happiness

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translucent

D. allowing light to pass through but not transparent

E. The sky was a pale translucent blue. / His skin was translucent with age

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transmute

D. to change, or make something change, into something different

E. It was once thought that lead could be transmuted into gold.

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transpire

D. if it transpires that something has happened or is true, it is known or has been shown to be true

E. It transpired that the gang had had a contact inside the bank.

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transverse

D. placed across something

E. A transverse bar joins the two posts.

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trappings

D. the possessions, clothes, etc. that are connected with a particular situation, job o

E. They enjoyed all the trappings of wealth.

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trauma

\ˈtrau̇-mä\

D. a sever injury or shock

E. She felt exhausted after the traumas of recent weeks. / The patient suffered severe brain trauma.

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travail

D. an unpleasant experience or situation that involves a lot of hard work, difficulties and/or suffering

E. he travails of life in post-war Britain