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talisman

charm

She wore the talisman to ward off evil.

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talon

claw of bird

The falconer wore a leather gauntlet to avoid being clawed by the hawk's talons.

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tangential

peripheral; only slightly connected; digressing

Despite Clark's attempts to distract her with tangential remarks, Lois kept on coming back to her main question: why couldn't he come out to dinner with Superman and her?

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tanner

person who turns animal hides into leather

Using a solution of tanbark, the tanner treated the cowhide, transforming it into supple leather.

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tantalize

tease; torture with disappointment

Tom loved to tantalize his younger brother with candy; he knew the boy was forbidden to have it.

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tantamount

equal

Your ignoring their pathetic condition is tantamount to the murder.

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tantrum

fit of petulance; caprice

The child learned that he could have almost anything if he went into tantrums.

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taper

candle

He lit the taper on the windowsill.

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tarry

delay; dawdle

We can't tarry if we want to get to the airport on time.

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taut

tight; ready

The captain maintained that he ran a taut ship.

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tautological

needlessly repetitious

In the sentence "It was visible to the eye," the phrase "to the eye" is tautological.

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tawdry

cheap and gaudy

He won a few tawdry trinkets in Coney Island.

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tedium 

boredom; weariness

We hope this radio will help overcome the tedium of your stay in the hospital.

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temerity

boldness; rashness

Do you have the temerity to argue with me?

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temper

moderate; tone down or restrain; toughen (steel)

Not even her supervisor's grumpiness could temper Nancy's enthusiasm for her new job.

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temperate

restrained; self-controlled

Noted for his temperate appetite, he seldom gained weight.

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temporize

avoid committing oneself; gain time

I cannot permit you to temporize any longer; I must have a definite answer today.

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tenacious 

holding fast

I had to struggle to break his tenacious hold on my arm.

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tenacity

firmness; persistency; adhesiveness

It is extremely difficult to overcome the tenacity of a habit such as smoking.

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tendentious

having an aim; biased; designed to further a cause

The editorials in this periodical are tendentious rather than truth-seeking.

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tender

offer; extend

Although no formal changes had been made against him, in the wake of the recent scandal the mayor felt he should tender his resignation.

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tenet

doctrine; dogma

The agnostic did not accept the tenets of their faith.

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tensile

capable of being stretched

Mountain climbers must know the tensile strength of their ropes.

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tentative

provisional; experimental

Your tentative plans sound plausible; let me know when the final details are worked out.

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tenuous

thin; rare; slim

The allegiance of our allies is held by rather tenuous ties; let us hope they will remain loyal.

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tenure

holding of an office; time during which such an office is held

He was permanent tenure in this position and cannot be fired.

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tepid

lukewarm

During the summer, I like to take a tepid bath, not a hot one.

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terminus

last stop of railroad

After we reached the railroad terminus, we continued our journey into the wilderness on saddle horses.

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terse

concise; abrupt; pithy

I admire his terse style of writing; he comes directly to the point.

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tesselated

inlaid; mosaic

I recall seeing a table with a tesselated top of bits of stone and glass in a very interesting pattern.

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testator

maker of a will

The attorney called in his secretary and his partner to witness the signature of the testator.

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testy

irritable; short-tempered

My advice is to avoid discussing this problem with him today as he is rather testy and may shout at you.

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tether

tie with a rope

Before we went to sleep, we tethered the horses to prevent their wandering off during the night.

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thematic

relating to a unifying motif or idea

Those who think of Moby Dick as a simple adventure story about whaling miss is underlying thematic import.

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theocracy

government of a community by religious leaders

Some Pilgrims favored the establishment of a theocracy in New England.

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therapeutic

curative

Now better known for its racetrack, Saratoga Springs first gained attention for the therapeutic qualities of its famous "healing waters."

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thespian

pertaining to drama

Her success in the school play convinced her she was destined for a thespian career.

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thrall

slave; bondage

The captured soldier was held in thrall by the conquering army.

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thrifty

 careful about money; economical

A thrifty shopper compares prices before making major purchases.

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throes

violent anguish

The throes of despair can be as devastating as the spasms accompanying physical pain.

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throng

crowd

Throngs of shoppers jammed the aisles.

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throttle

strangle

The criminal tried to throttle the old man with his bare hands.

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thwart

baffle; frustrate

He felt that everyone was trying to thwart his plans and prevent his success.

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tightward

excessively frugal person; miser

Jill called Jack a tightwad because he never picked up the check.

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tilter

handle used to move the boat's rudder (to steer)

Fearing the wind might shift suddenly and capsize the skiff, Tom kept one hand on the tilter at all times.

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timidity

ack of self-confidence or courage

If you are to succeed as a salesperson, you must first lose your timidity and fear of failure.

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timorous

fearful; demonstrating fear

His timorous manner betrayed the fear he felt at the moment.

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tipple

drink (alcoholic beverages) frequently

He found that his most enjoyable evenings occurred when he tippled with his friends at the local pub.

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tirade

extended scolding; denunciation

Long before he had finished his tirade, we were sufficiently aware of the seriousness of our misconduct.

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tithe

tax of one-tenth

Because he was an agnostic, he refused to pay his tithes to the clergy.

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titillate

tickle

I am here not to titillate my audience but to enlighten it.

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titter

nervous laugh

Her aunt's constant titter nearly drove her mad.

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titular

having the title of an office without the obligations

Although he was the titular head of the company, the real decisions were made by his general manager.

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toady

servile flatterer; yes man

Never tell the boss anything he doesn't wish to hear: he doesn't want an independent adviser, he just wants a toady.

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toga

Roman outer robe

Marc Antony pointed to the slashes in Caesar's toga.

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tome

large volume

He spent much time in the libraries poring over ancient tomes.

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tonsure

shaving of the head, especially by person entering religious orders

His tonsure, even more than his monastic garb, indicated that he was a member of the religious order.

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torpor

lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy

Nothing seemed to arouse him from his torpor; he had wholly surrendered himself to lethargy.

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torque

twisting force; force producing rotation

With her wrench she applied sufficient torque to the nut the loosen it.

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torrent

rushing stream; flood

Day after day of heavy rain saturated the hillside until the water ran downhill in torrents.

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tortuous

winding; full of curves

Because this road is so tortuous, it is unwise to go faster than twenty miles an hour on it.

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touchstone

stone used to test the fineness of gold alloys; criterion

What touchstone can be used to measure the character of a person?

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touchy

sensitive; irascible

Do not discuss this phase of the problem as he is very touchy about it.

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tout

publicize; praise excessively

I lost confidence in my broker after he touted some junk bonds that turned out to be a bad investment.

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tractable

docile

You will find the children in this school very tractable and willing to learn.

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traduce

expose to slander

His opponents tried to traduce the candidate's reputation by spreading rumors about his past.

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transcend

exceed; surpass

This accomplishment transcends all our previous efforts.

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transcribe

copy

When you transcribe your notes, please send a copy to Mr.Smith and keep the original for our files.

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translucent

partly transparent

We could not recognize the people in the next room because of the translucent curtains that separated us.

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transmute

change; convert to something different

He was unable to transmute his dreams into actualities.

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transpire

be revealed; happen

When Austen writes the sentence "It had just transpired that he had left gaming debts behind him," her meaning is not that the debts had just been incurred, but the the shocking news had just leaked out.

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transport

strong emotion

Margo was a creature of extremes, at one moment in transports of joy over a vivid sunset, at another moment in transports of grief over a dying bird.

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trappings

outward decorations; ornaments

He loved the trappings of success: the limousines, the stock options, the company jet.

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travail

painful labor

How long do you think a man can endure such travail and degradation without rebelling?

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traverse

go through or across

When you traverse this field, be careful of the bull.

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travesty

comical parody; treatment aimed at making something appear ridiculous

The ridiculous decision the jury has arrived at is a travesty of justice.

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treatise

article treating a subject systematically and thoroughly

He is preparing a treatise on the Elizabethan playwrights for his graduate degree.

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trek

travel; journey

The tribe made their trek further north that summer in search of game.

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tremor

trembling; slight quiver

She had a nervous tremor in her right hand.

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tremulous

trembling; wavering


She was tremulous more from excitement than from fear.

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trenchant

cutting; keen

I am afraid of his trenchant wit for it is so often sarcastic.

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trepidation

fear; trembling agitation

We must face the enemy without trepidation if we are to win this battle.

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tribulation

distress; suffering

After all the trials and tribulations we have gone through, we need this rest.

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tribute

tax levied by a ruler; mark of respect

The colonists refused to pay tribute to a foreign despot.

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trident

three-pronged spear

Neptune is usually depicted as rising from the sea, carrying his trident on his shoulder.

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trigger

set off

John is touchy today; say one word wrong and you'll trigger an explosion.

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trinket

knickknack; bauble

Whenever she traveled abroad, Ethel would pick up costume jewelry and other trinkets as souvenirs.

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trite

hackneyed; commonplace

Thr trite and predictable situations in many television programs alienate many viewers.

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trivia

trifles; unimportant matters

Too many magazines ignore newsworthy subjects and feature trivia.

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troth

pledge of good faith especially in betrothal

He gave her his troth and vowed to cherish her always.

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trough

container for feeding farm animals; lowest point (of a wave, business cycle, etc.)

The hungry pigs struggled to get at the fresh swill in the trough. The surfer rode her board, coasting along in the trough between two waves.

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truculence

agressiveness; ferocity

Tynan's reviews were noted for their caustic attacks and general tone of truculence.

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truism

self-evident truth

Many a truism is well expressed in a proverb.

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truncate

cut the top off


The top of the cone that has been truncated in a plane parallel to its base is a circle.

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tryst

meeting

The lovers kept their tryst even though they realized their danger.

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tumid

swollen; pompous; bombastic

I especially dislike his tumid style; I prefer writing which is less swollen and bombastic.

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tumult

commotion; riot; noise

She could not make herself heard over the tumult of the mob.

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tundra

rolling, treeless plain in Siberia and arctic North America

Despite the cold, many geologists are trying to discover valuable mineral deposits in the tundra.

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turbid

muddy; having the sediment disturbed

The water was turbid after the children had waded through it.

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tureen

deep dish for serving soup

The waiters brought the soup to the tables in silver tureens.

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turgid

swollen; distended

The turgid river threatened to overflow the levees and flood the contryside.

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turncoat

traitor

The British considered Benedict Arnold a loyalist; the Americans considered him a turncoat.

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turpitude

depravity

A visitor may be denied admittance to this country if she has been guilty of moral turpitude.

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tutelage

guardianship; training

Under the tutelage of such masters of the instrument, she made rapid progress as a virtuoso.

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tutelary

protective; pertaining to a guardianship

I am acting in my tutelary capacity when I refuse to grant you permission to leave the campus.

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tyro

beginner; novice

For a mere tyro, you have produced some marvelous results.

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tonic

invigorating medicine

The tonic water invigorated her, contrary to the enervating effect of the alcohol.

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toil 

work laboriously; make slow painful progress

You must toil through 3500 words list in order to achieve a high score on GRE.

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