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Barrons wordlist T


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n temporize
gain time as by postponing an action; avoid committing oneself
n throttle
strangle; regulate the speed of with a throttle; N: valve that regulates the flow; CF. throat ?
poisonous; N. toxicity
n tycoon
wealthy and powerful businessperson; wealthy leader; magnate; Ex. business tycoon
s trunk
main wooden stem of a tree; human body excluding the head and limbs; torso; prehensile nose of an elephant
n torso
trunk of statue with head and limbs missing; human trunk
n temporal
of time; not lasting forever; limited by time; temporary; secular; worldly
n titillate
tickle; excite pleasantly; Ex. not to titillate the audience but to enlighten it
n taciturn
habitually silent; talking little
n talisman
charm; object believed to give supernatural powers to or protect its bearer
n 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
n troth
pledge of good faith especially in betrothal; betrothal; Ex. by my troth
n tempestuous
stormy; violent; impassioned; N. tempest: violent storm
s prong
pointed projecting part
n turmoil
extreme confusion; great commotion and confusion; Ex. throw the country into turmoil
n torrent
rushing stream; flood; Ex. The rain fell in torrents.
n tryst
meeting arranged by lovers; arrangement between lovers to meet
s tan
convert (hide) into leather; make brown by exposure to the sun
n tentative
not fully worked out or developed; provisional; experimental; uncertain; hesitant; not definite or positive; Ex. tentative agreement/reply
offer formally; extend; Ex. tender one's resignation/the exact fare; N: formal offer; money; Ex. legal tender; ADJ: young and vulnerable; sensitive to the touch; sore; soft; delicate; Ex. child of tender years; Ex. tender wound
n tonsure
shaving of the head especially by person entering religious orders; V.
moderate; make less severe; tone down or restrain; toughen (steel) as by alternate heating and cooling
trifles; unimportant matters
n trident
three-pronged spear
s strangle
kill by choking or suffocating; suppress
n tautological
needlessly repetitious; Ex. ``It was visible to the eye''; N. tautology: needless repetition of the same sense; statement that is always true
path taken by a projectile; Ex. trajectory of a bullet
n touchy
oversensitive; easily offended; irasible; delicate; needing delicate handling; Ex. touchy situation
beginner; novice
n tightwad
miser; excessively frugal person
understood (without actually being expressed); not put into words; Ex. tacit agreement
permitting light to pass through freely; easily detected; obvious; clear; Ex. transparent lie
n tessellated
mosaic; inlaid; Ex. tessellated pattern
violation of a law; sin; V. transgress: go beyond (a limit); violate; do wrong
n tutelary
protective; pertaining to a guardianship; Ex. tutelary deities
trembling; wavering
n overblown
inflated; exaggerated
transient; impermanent; fleeting; N. transitoriness
article treating a subject systematically and thoroughly
name (of a book, film, etc.); mark of rank; formal appellation as of rank or office (such as Lord or General); right or claim to possession; championship; Ex. title as head of the family; Ex. title to the estate
hackneyed; commonplace
n tract
propaganda pamphlet (esp. by a religious or political group); expanse of land; region of indefinite size; system of related organs; Ex. digestive tract
boredom; weariness; ADJ. tedious
n trough
long narrow container for feeding farm animals; lowest point (of a wave, business cycle, etc.); long narrow depression as between waves
holding fast (as to a belief); persistent
n transpire
(of a fact) become known; be revealed; happen; give off (watery waste matter) through pores
n tirade
long angry denunciatory speech; diatribe; harangue; extended scolding; denunciation
n tenuous
thin; slim; rare
firmness; persistence
docile; easily managed; (of something) easily changed or molded; N. tractability
on or relating to the earth
n tutelage
guardianship; training; function of a tutor; instruction
n thermal
pertaining to heat; producing heat; warm; Ex. thermal bath; N: rising current of warm air
s furrow
long shallow trench made by a plow; deep wrinkle in the skin; V.
n topography
physical features of a region (such as the shape and height); CF. topo-: place
n testy
irritable; impatient and bad-tempered; short-tempered; N. testiness
s tribune
official of ancient Rome elected by the plebians to protect their rights; protector of the people
characteristic frame of mind; disposition; emotional excess; ADJ. temperamental: of temperament; having frequent changes of temper; Ex. temperamental dislike of sports; Ex. temperamental actress
n tarantula
venomous spider
n turgid
swollen; distended (as from liquid)
prosper; flourish
n turbid
(of a liquid) having the sediment disturbed; muddy; thick
n travesty
copy or example of something that completely misrepresents the true nature of the real thing; comical parody or imitation; treatment aimed at making something appear ridiculous; Ex. travesty of justice; OP. paragon
trembling; slight quiver (as of the earth or from nervous agitation)
n trinket
knickknack; bauble; cheap jewelry
n toady
servile flatterer; yes man; sycophant; V: be a toady to; fawn
n thrall
slave; bondage; slavery; Ex. Her beauty held him in thrall; CF. enthrall
s tardy
slow; sluggish; not on time; late; Ex. tardy arrival
holding of an office or real estate; time during which such an office is held
n tipple
drink (alcoholic beverages) frequently; N: alcoholic drink
oppression; cruel government; ADJ. tyrannical: of a tyrant or tyranny; despotic; V. tyrannize: treat tyrannically; oppress
n taper
very thin candle; gradual decrease in the width of a long object; V. make or become gradually narrower toward one end
n tensile
capable of being stretched; of tension; Ex. tensile rubber
moderate; restrained; self-controlled; moderate in respect to temperature; CF. temperance: moderation and self-restraint; abstinence of alcoholic drinks; Ex. temperance society
n tepid
lukewarm; slightly warm; ¹ÌÁö±ÙÇÑ; half-hearted; not eager; Ex. tepid reaction to the new film; Ex. tepid supporter
of a theme; relating to a unifying motif or idea
n titular
of a title; in name only; nominal; having the title of an office without the obligations; Ex. titular head of the company
going from one state of action to another
n tureen
deep dish for serving soup
n taint
contaminate; cause to lose purity; modify with a trace of something bad; Ex. tainted reputation; N: stain; touch of decay or bad influence; CF. touch
s elevation
elevated position; altitude; height; flat upright side of a building; angle made by pointing a gun; Ex. The elevation of her style is much admired; Ex. front elevation of the house
n trek
travel; journey; V: make a long difficult journey
cutting; incisive; keen
s trifle
something of little importance or value; small amount; Ex. a trifle; V: treat without seriousness; flirt
curative; N. therapy
cut the top off; shorten
n totter
shake or move unsteadily; sway as if about to fall
n timbre
quality of a musical tone produced by a musical instrument (which distinguishes it from others of the same pitch)
n truism
self-evident truth
n tortuous
winding; full of curves; Ex. tortuous mountain road
s rolling
(of land) rising and falling in long gentle slopes; happening continuously by stages; Ex. rolling devolution of power to local governments
n throng
crowd (of people or things); V.
n terminus
last stop of railroad; end
n tribulation
suffering; ordeal; distress; trial
staying for a short time; momentary; temporary; N: one that is transient
gigantic; N. titan
s terminal
part that forms the end; railroad or bus station; ADJ. forming an end; ending in death; fatal; Ex. terminal cancer
lack of self-confidence or courage
able to be touched; real; concrete; palpable; possible to realize or understand; Ex. tangible proof
violent anguish
calmness; peace
doctrine; dogma
set off; start
n tanner
person who turns animal hides into leather
n tithe
tax of one-tenth (contributed to a church); V: pay a tithe
tropical hurricane or cyclone
n talon
claw of bird
s handsome
large in quantity; generous; Ex. handsome reward
s transcendental
going beyond common thought or ideas; impossible to understand by practical experiences or practices; known only by studying thoughts or intuition; OP. empirical; CF. transcendentalism
transform; change; convert to something different
n tribunal
court of justice
n tantrum
fit of bad temper; fit of petulance; caprice; Ex. The child went into tantrums.
based on theory; not practical or applied; hypothetical
block or hinder; baffle; frustrate
s tact
skill or sensitivity in dealing with people without causing offence
rolling treeless plain in Siberia and arctic North America
state of violent agitation; ADJ. turbulent: violently agitated or disturbed
n thespian
pertaining to drama; N: actor or actress
n testator
maker of a will; CF. testatrix
fear; nervous apprehension
speed of music
exceeding ordinary limits; superior; surpassing; V. transcend: go beyond; exceed; surpass; N. transcendancy
n trilogy
group of three related works (connected by a shared subject but each complete in itself)
s tension
stretching; condition of being stretched; mental strain; strained relationship between groups or people
stone used to test the fineness of gold alloys; criterion; standard
n tantalize
tease; excite by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach; torture with disappointment; CF. Tantalus: Greek mythological figure
n tawdry
cheap and gaudy; Ex. tawdry jewelry
expose to slander
n tiller
handle used to move boat's rudder (to steer)
n toga
Roman outer robe
n tarry
linger; delay in starting or going; dawdle
n teetotalism
practice of abstaining totally from alcoholic drinks; N. teetotaler;; ADJ. teetotal; CF. T + total
careful about money; economical; N. thrift
n threadbare
worn through till the threads show; shabby and poor; hackneyed; Ex. threadbare excuses
n titter
nervous giggle; nervous laugh; V.
n tantamount
equivalent in effect or value; Ex. This invasion is tantamount to a declaration of war; CF. amount
n trappings
outward decorations; ornaments (as an outward sign of rank)
n turncoat
n travail
strenuous work; toil; painful labor; labor of childbirth
lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy; ADJ. torpid: lethargic; lazy; inactive; (of an animal) dormant; hibernating
boldness; nerve; rashness; Ex. temerity to ask for a pay increase after only three day's work
n tout
promote or publicize (one's goods or service); praise excessively (as a form of advertisement); CF. advertise
pertaining to the organs or sense of touch
go through or across
n torque
twisting force; force producing rotation
government run by religious leaders
n tumid
(of a part of the body) swollen; distended; bombastic; pompous
n transport
strong emotion; rapture; Ex. in a transport/transports of; V: move to strong emotion; enrapture
end; V. terminate
tax levied by a ruler; payment made by one nation to another in acknowledgment of submission; mark of respect (such as praise or gift); Ex. pay tribute to
s drama
prose or verse composition to be performed by actors; play; exciting and unusual situation
terms used in a science or art; study of nomenclature
n tendentious
promoting a particular point of view; biased; having an aim; designed to further a cause; Ex. tendentious rather than truth-seeking; CF. tend: move in a certain direction
specialist in classifying (animals, etc.); CF. taxonomy: science of classification
n turpitude
depravity; baseness; Ex. moral turpitude
n tumult
commotion of a great crowd; riot; noise; uproar; ADJ. tumultuous: noisy and disorderly
n truculence
aggressiveness; ferocity; ADJ. truculent: aggressive; pugnacious; fierce
partly transparent
copy; write a copy of; N. transcription
n torrid
(of weather) hot or scorching; passionate; Ex. torrid love affairs
n traumatic
(of an experience) deeply shocking; pertaining to an injury caused by violence; N. trauma: serious wound; emotional shock that causes lasting psychological damage
s tickle
touch (the body) lightly so as to cause laughter; please
n tertiary
third in order or rank
concise; abrupt; pithy
large volume; book
trivial; unimportant
n tangential
only slightly connected; not central; peripheral; digressing; showing divergence; CF. tangent
s torpedo
underwater explosive apparatus; V.
n taut
tight; strained; tense; ready; OP. slack
fearful; timid; demonstrating fear

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