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transmute

to change or later in form, appearance, or nature and especially to a higher form

e.g. The stories of their lives were transmuted into works of fiction.

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transport

to carry away with strong and often intensely pleasant emotion
strong or intensely pleasurable emotion

e.g. transports of joy

3

transpose

to change in form or nature; transform
to transfer from one place or period to another; shift
to change the relative place or normal order of; alter the sequence of

e.g. transpose letters to change the spelling

4

travesty

a burlesque translation or literary or artistic imitation usually grotesquely incongruous in style, treatment, or subject matter
a debased, distorted, or grossly inferior imitation

e.g. a travesty of justice

5

treatise

a book, article, etc., that discusses a subject carefully and thoroughly

e.g. a treatise on higher education

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trenchant

keen, sharp
vigorously effective and articulate; also, caustic
sharply perceptive; penetrating
clear-cut, distinct

e.g. a trenchant wit/analysis
trenchant remarks
a trenchant view of current conditions
a trenchant divisions between right and wrong

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trepidation

a nervous or fearful feeling of uncertain agitation; apprehension

e.g. Shaking with trepidation, I stepped into the old abandoned house.

8

tribunal

a court or forum of justice
something that decides or determines

e.g. An international tribunal was formed to deal with war crimes.
the tribunal of public opinion

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trifle

something of little value, substance, or importance
to talk in a jesting or mocking manner or with intent to delude or mislead
to treat someone or something as unimportant

e.g. argue over such mere trifles
spend a lazy afternoon trifling on the front porch

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trite

hackneyed or boring from much use; not fresh or original

e.g. a trite argument

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troupe

company, troop; especially, a group of theatrical performers

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truant

one who shirks duty; especially, one who stays out of school without permission

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truculent

feeling or displaying ferocity; cruel, savage
deadly, destructive
scathingly harsh; vitriolic
aggressively self-assertive; belligerent

e.g. truculent remarks/criticism/fans

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trudge

to walk or march steadily and usually laboriously

e.g. trudge through the snow

15

truss

to tie up (someone) with their arms at their sides
to dress (someone) in elaborate or uncomfortable clothing
to support, strengthen, or stiffen by or as if by a truss
a strong frame of beams, bars, or rods that support a roof or bridge
a special belt that is worn by someone who has a hernia

e.g. He was trussed up in a heavily padded suit, complete with face mask and protective gloves.

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tuber

a short, thick, round stem that is a part of certain plants (such as the potato), that grows underground, and that can produce a new plant

17

tumult

disorderly agitation or milling about of a crowd usually with uproar and confusion of voices; commotion
violent agitation of mind or feelings

e.g. a country in tumult
in a tumult of emotions

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turgid

being in a state of distension; swollen, tumid; especially, exhibiting turgor
excessively embellished in style or language; bombastic, pompous

e.g. turgid leeches having had their fill of blood
turgid prose

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turmoil

a state or condition of extreme confusion, agitation, or commotion

e.g. a period of political turmoil
in a constant turmoil

20

turncoat

one who switches to an opposing side or party; specifically, traitor

e.g. The plot of the story revolved around the gangster's relentless determination to learn the identity of the turncoat.

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turpitude

inherent baseness; depravity

e.g. Pictorial advertisements for chic clothing and fragrances often employ drug addiction and other forms of moral turpitude.

22

probity

adherence to the highest principles and ideals; uprightness

e.g. A person of indisputable probity must head the disciplinary panel.

23

turquoise

a bluish-green stone used in jewelry
a bluish-green color

24

tusk

an elongated greatly enlarged tooth (as of an elephant or walrus)

25

tussle

a physical contest or struggle; scuffle
an intense argument, controversy, or struggle
also

e.g. a tussle for control of the company

26

twinge

to feel a sudden sharp local pain
to sudden sharp stab of pain
a moral or emotional pang

e.g. an occasional twinge in my leg
a twinge of conscience/guilt

27

tyro

a beginner in learning; novice

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ubiquitous

existing or being everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread

e.g. ubiquitous advertisements
a ubiquitous fashion

29

umbrage

shade, shadow
a feeling of pique or resentment at some often fancied slight or insult

e.g. took umbrage at the slightest suggestion of disrespect

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adumbrate

to report or represent in outline
to indicate faintly
to foreshadow or symbolize

e.g. James Madison adumbrated the necessity that the Senate be somewhat insulated from public passions.
The walls were not more than adumbrated by the meager light.

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umpire

one having authority to decide finally a controversy or question between parties
to act as umpire

e.g. acts as umpire in the all-too-frequent squabbles between the two other roommates
The use of our home entertainment system are umpired by dad.

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unbecoming

not becoming; especially, not according with the standards appropriate to one's position or condition of life

e.g. unbecoming conduct

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uncanny

seeming to have a supernatural character or origin; eerie, mysterious

e.g. an uncanny resemblance to someone I had seen
an uncanny sense of direction

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unconscionable

not guided or controlled by conscience; unscrupulous
excessive, unreasonable
shockingly unfair or unjust

e.g. an unconscionable villain
an unconscionable number of errors for an important government report

35

uncouth

strange or clumsy in shape or appearance; outlandish
lacking in polish and grace; rugged

36

unctuous

fatty, oily; smooth and greasy in texture or appearance
plastic
full of unction; especially, revealing or marked by a smug, ingratiating, and false earnestness or spirituality

e.g. an unctuous effort to appear religious to the voters

37

undercut

to offer to sell things or work for a lower cost than (another person or company)
to make (something) weaker or less effective

e.g. They undercut the competing company by 10%.
Her behavior undercuts her own credibility.

38

undergird

to form the basis or foundation of; strengthen, support

e.g. Facts and statistics subtly undergird his commentary.
The theory of evolution undergirds virtually all of modern biology.

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underhanded

marked by secrecy, chicanery, and deception; not honest and aboveboard; sly

e.g. an underhanded attempt to gain power

40

underling

one who is under the orders of another; subordinate, inferior

e.g. The real estate tycoon has a whole army of underlings to attend to the details.

41

underwrite

to give money to support and agree to be responsible for any losses
to agree to pay for a certain kind of loss or damage by offering

e.g. underwrite a project

42

unexceptionable

not open to objection or criticism; beyond reproach; unimpeachable

e.g. unexceptionable integrity

43

unfailing

constant, unflagging
everlasting, inexhaustible
infallible, sure

e.g. unfailing courtesy/optimism
an unfailing judge of personal character

44

unflappable

marked by assurance and self-control

45

unfounded

lacking a sound basis; groundless, unwarranted

e.g. an unfounded accusation

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ungainly

lacking in smoothness or dexterity; clumsy
hard to handle; unwieldy
having an awkward appearance

e.g. ungainly movements / an ungainly couch

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ungrudging

being without envy or reluctance

e.g. an ungrudging support of charities

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unguent

a soothing or healing salve; ointment

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unimpassioned

without passion or zeal

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unimpeachable

reliable beyond a doubt
not liable to accusation; irreproachable

e.g. unimpeachable evidence
an unimpeachable reputation

51

uninitiate

not initiated; inexperienced

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univocal

having one meaning only
unambiguous

e.g. those who believed that the language of the Bible is univocal: it is never metaphorical but intended to be taken literally

53

unkempt

not combed
deficient in order or neatness; also, rough, unpolished

e.g. unkempt hair/hotel rooms
unkempt prose

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unmitigated

not lessened; unrelieved
being so definitely what is stated as to offer little chance of change or relief

e.g. sufferings unmitigated by any hope of early relief
an unmitigated failure

55

unpalatable

distasteful
unpleasant, disagreeable

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prepossessing

tending to create a favorable impression; attractive

57

unravel

to disengage or separate the threads of; disentangle
to resolve the intricacy, complexity, or obscurity of; clear up

e.g. unravel a mystery

58

unregenerate

not regenerate
not reformed; unreconstructed
obstinate, stubborn

e.g. unregenerate pagans/conservatives
struggling against unregenerate impulses
unregenerate impulses

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unremitting

constant, incessant

e.g. unremitting efforts to improve the lives of people in her city
unremitting rain/pain

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unreserved

not limited or partial; entire, unqualified
not cautious or reticent; frank, open

e.g. unreserved enthusiasm/admiration

61

unscathed

wholly unharmed; not injured

e.g. escaped from the wreckage unscathed
His reputation was left relatively unscathed by the scandal.

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unscrupulous

unprincipled; not honest or fair

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unseemly

not according with established standards of good form or taste
not suitable for time or place; inappropriate, unreasonable

e.g. unseemly bickering
unseemly amount of money

64

unstinting

not restricting or holding back; giving or being given freely or generously

e.g. a volunteer unstinting with his time
unstinting praise

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untapped

not subjected to tapping
not drawn upon or utilized

e.g. an untapped keg
untapped markets

66

untold

not told or related
kept secret
too great or numerous to count; incalculable, vast

e.g. Untold generations have lived and died in this ancient land.

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untoward

difficult to guide, manage, or work with; unruly, intractable
marked by trouble or unhappiness; unlucky
not favorable; adverse, unpropitious
improper, indecorous

e.g. reason with the untoward child
untoward side effects

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unwieldy

not easily managed, handled, or used; cumbersome

e.g. an outdated and unwieldy system