- table Dictionary lookup
(n.) a systematic list of details
The train schedule was set up as a table.
- taciturn Dictionary lookup
(adj.) inclined to silence; speaking little; dour, stern
The man was so taciturn it was forgotten that he was there.
- tantalize Dictionary lookup
(v.) to tempt; to torment
The desserts were tantalizing, but he was on a diet.
- tarry Dictionary lookup
(v.) to go or move slowly; delay
She tarried too long, and therefore missed her train.
- taut Dictionary lookup
(adj.) stretched tightly
They knew a fish was biting, because the line suddenly became taut.
- tawdry Dictionary lookup
(adj.) tastelessly ornamented
The shop was full of tawdry jewelry.
- tedious Dictionary lookup
(adj.) wearisome, tiresome
Cleaning the house is a tedious chore for some people.
With so many new safety precautions instituted, flying has become a tedious affair.
- teem Dictionary lookup
(v.) to be stocked to overflowing; to pour out; to empty
The new plant seemed to be teeming with insects.
It is healthier to teem the grease from the broth before serving it.
- temerity Dictionary lookup
Temerity can result in tragedy if the activity is dangerous.
- tenacious Dictionary lookup
(adj.) holding; persistent
With a tenacious grip, the man was finally able to pull the nail from the wall.
After his tenacious pleas, she finally conceded.
His hold on his dreams is as tenacious as anyone I know.
- tenet Dictionary lookup
(n.) a principle accepted as authoritative
The tenets of socialism were explained in the book.
- tensile Dictionary lookup
(adj.) undergoing or exerting tension
The pipeline was capable of flexing to withstand the tremendous tensile strain that might accompany an seismic movement.
- tenuous Dictionary lookup
(adj.) thin, slim, delicate; weak
The hurricane force winds ripped the tenuous branches from the tree.
The spectators panicked as they watched the cement block dangle from one tenuous piece of twine.
- tepid Dictionary lookup
(adj.) lacking warmth, interest, enthusiasm; lukewarm
The tepid bath water was perfect for relaxing after a long day.
- termagant Dictionary lookup
(n.) a constantly quarrelsome woman
Agreement with the termagant was an impossibility.
- terrestrial Dictionary lookup
(adj.) pertaining to the earth
Deer are terrestrial animals; fish are aquatic.
- terse Dictionary lookup
(adj.) concise; abrupt
She believed in getting to the point, so she always gave terse answers.
The terse speech contained only the essential comments.
- thrall Dictionary lookup
(n.) a slave
The worker was treated like a thrall, having to work many hours of overtime.
- thrifty Dictionary lookup
(adj.) frugal, careful with money
Being thrifty, the woman would not purchase the item without a coupon.
The thrifty couple saved money by taking the bus to work.
- throe Dictionary lookup
(n.) spasm or pang; agony
A particularly violent throe knocked her off her feet.
The wounded soldier squirmed in throes of agony.
- thwart Dictionary lookup
(v.) prevent from accomplishing a purpose; frustrate
Their attempt to take over the country was thwarted by the palace guard.
- timbre Dictionary lookup
(n.) the quality of sound which distinguishes one from another
The timbre of guitar music is different from that of piano music.
- timorous Dictionary lookup
(adj.) lacking courage; timid
The timorous child hid behind his parents.
Hillary came to accept him as a timorous soul who needed succor.
- torpid Dictionary lookup
(adj.) being dormant; slow, sluggish
When we came upon the hibernating bear, it was in a torpid state.
A torpid animal does not act with energy.
The old, torpid dog spent most of his time sleeping.
- tortuous Dictionary lookup
(adj.) full of twists and turns; not straight forward; possibly deceitful
The suspect confessed after becoming confused by the tortuous questioning of the captain.
- tractable Dictionary lookup
(adj.) easily managed (opposite: intractable)
The boat was so lightweight it was tractable by one person.
Having a tractable staff made her job a lot easier.
- traduce Dictionary lookup
(v.) to defame or slander
His actions traduced his reputation.
- tranquillity Dictionary lookup
(n.) peace; stillness; harmony
The tranquillity of the tropical island was reflected in its calm blue waters and warm sunny climate.
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(v.) to transform
Decorators transmute ordinary homes into interesting showcases.
- traumatic Dictionary lookup
(adj.) causing a violent injury
It was a traumatic accident, leaving the driver with a broken vertebra, a smashed wrist, and a concussion.
- travail Dictionary lookup
(n.) very hard work; intense pain or agony
The farmer was tired after the travail of plowing the fields.
The analgesic finally ended her travail.
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(v.) to make a journey
They had to trek through the dense forest to reach the nearest village.
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(adj.) cutting; keen or incisive words
Without a trenchant tool, they would have to break the branches rather than cut them.
The trenchant words hurt the man deeply.
- trepidation Dictionary lookup
(n.) apprehension; uneasiness
Her long absence caused more than a little trepidation.
With great trepidation, the boy entered the water for the first time.
- tribunal Dictionary lookup
(n.) the seat of judge
The tribunal heard the case of the burglary.
- tribute Dictionary lookup
(n.) expression of admiration
Her performance was a tribute to her retiring teacher.
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(adj.) commonplace; overused
The committee was looking for something new, not the same trite ideas.
Eating tomato salads became trite after their excessive popularity.
- trivial Dictionary lookup
(adj.) unimportant; small; worthless
Although her mother felt otherwise, she considered her dish washing chore trivial.
- troth Dictionary lookup
(n.) belief; faith; fidelity
The couple pledged troth to each other through their vows.
- truculent Dictionary lookup
(adj.) fierce, savage, cruel
Truculent fighting broke out in the war-torn country.
The truculent beast approached the crowd with wild eyes and sharpened claws.
- truncate Dictionary lookup
(v.) to shorten by cutting
With the football game running over, the show scheduled to follow it had to be truncated.
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(adj.) swollen; pompous
The tumid river washed away the homes built on the shore.
After he earned his high-school diploma, he became insufferably tumid.
The tumid balloon floated, but the empty one did not.
- tumult Dictionary lookup
(n.) a noisy commotion; disturbance
The tumult was caused by two boys wanting the same toy.
After the tumult, I found it difficult to resume my studies.
- turbid Dictionary lookup
(adj.) thick and dense; cloudy
The turbid green waters of the lake prevented them from seeing the bottom.
- turbulence Dictionary lookup
(n.) condition of being physically agitated; disturbance
Everyone on the plane had to fasten their seat belts as the plane entered an area of turbulence.
- turmoil Dictionary lookup
(n.) unrest; agitation
Before the country recovered after the war, they experienced a time of great turmoil.
- turpitude Dictionary lookup
The turpitude of the action caused a rage among the people.
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(n.) the condition of being under a guardian or a tutor
Being under the tutelage of a master musician is a great honor.
- tycoon Dictionary lookup
(n.) wealthy leader
The business tycoon prepared to buy his fifteenth company.
- tyranny Dictionary lookup
(n.) absolute power; autocracy
The people were upset because they had no voice in the government that the king ran as a tyranny.