100 SAT Words Beginning with "T"

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  1. tacit
    implied by or inferred from actions or statements
    The sentiment here is not tacit, but communicable and overt.Rhys, Ernest
  2. taciturn
    habitually reserved and uncommunicative
    He is of a reserved, taciturn habit, somewhat surly: not talkative even in his cups.Reid, Mayne
  3. tactful
    having a sense of what is considerate in dealing with others
    Lady Ruth went back to her guests, and with the effortless ease of long training, she became once more the gracious and tactful hostess.Oppenheim, E. Phillips (Edward Phillips)
  4. tactile
    of or relating to or proceeding from the sense of touch
    Researchers are promoting magnetic interfaces for touch screens, which will make operating the touch screen more tactile and reduce excessive tapping.Forbes (Jan 20, 2012)
  5. taint
    contaminate with a disease or microorganism
    The industry, though, hasn’t disclosed what chemicals are used, raising concerns about tainted drinking water supplies and a call for peer-reviewed studies on the effects.
  6. talisman
    a trinket thought to be a magical protection against evil
    Tiny prayer wheels are now a popular car ornament, a talisman to ward off accidents.
  7. tangential
    of superficial relevance if any
    It is terrific fun, but its relation to the theme remains tangential at best.
  8. tangible
    perceptible by the senses, especially the sense of touch
    It has the capacity to change tangible, hard realities through no more than airy nothings, mere gauzy thoughts.
  9. tantalizing
    arousing desire or expectation for something unattainable
    For long, monotonous months she had been struggling against just such cravings, impossible of realization, and therefore all the more tantalizing.Fischer, Anton Otto
  10. tantamount
    being essentially equal to something
    "But keeping rabbits cooped up alone in hutches of the type sold by these big retail chains is just tantamount to cruelty."
  11. taper
    diminish gradually
    The snow tapered off after the field was cleared for warmups, but it picked back up toward halftime and kept falling with the mercury.Washington Post (Dec 21, 2010)
  12. tariff
    a government tax on imports or exports
    South Korea is dropping a long list of tariffs under the agreement, including stiff taxes on U.S. agricultural goods.Washington Post (Oct 1, 2010)
  13. taunt
    harass with persistent criticism or carping
    Verbal harassment refers to teasing, taunting, or insulting someone.New York Times (Nov 17, 2011)
  14. taut
    pulled or drawn tight
    The stay wires were tightened by turn buckles till they were taut as fiddle strings, assuring stability of the wings.Goldfrap, John Henry
  15. tautological
    characterized by unnecessary repetition
    The expression sounds trite and tautological; but it needs emphasis.Various
  16. tawdry
    tastelessly showy
    A cheap ornament spoils a handsome costume, better none at all; too many ornaments, even if good, look tawdry.Ritter, Thomas Jefferson
  17. tedious
    so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
    The journey was long and tedious, day after day passing with but few incidents to change the monotony of our progress.Brayton, Matthew
  18. temerity
    fearless daring
    He was confident that he had the backing of the men, and in that confidence grew bold with reckless temerity.Crawford, Will
  19. temperament
    your usual mood
    His bringing up was left to an uncle who had neither understanding nor sympathy for his dreamy and wayward temperament.Various
  20. temporal
    of this earth or world
    There was not room in Italy for two universal rulers, both holding of God, even though one ruled spiritual things and the other temporal.Norway, Arthur H.
  21. temporize
    draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time
    I dare say you have often observed this disposition to temporize, or to procrastinate, in people who are labouring under any very poignant sorrow.Poe, Edgar Allan
  22. tenable
    based on sound reasoning or evidence
    "Then you allow his position to be more tenable and reasonable than yours?"Rogers, Henry
  23. tenacity
    persistent determination
    Constancy, persistence, dogged tenacity is certainly the striking feature of Jacob’s character.Dods, Marcus
  24. tenet
    a religious doctrine proclaimed as true without proof
    Mr. Malik, who does not drink, decided that trading so-called pub securities would violate tenets of his faith.New York Times (Apr 15, 2012)
  25. tentative
    hesitant or lacking confidence; unsettled in mind or opinion
    Here and there, passages of solid, compelling music making were marred by tentative, uncertain moments.New York Times (Mar 5, 2011)
  26. tenuous
    lacking substance or significance
    Watching Belasco's short play in London in 1900, Puccini reportedly was deeply moved — despite his tenuous grasp of the English language.Seattle Times (Apr 25, 2012)
  27. tenure
    the term during which some position is held
    Mr. Marshall's career as Chief Justice extended through a period of more than thirty-four years, which is the longest judicial tenure recorded in history.Various
  28. terminal
    station where vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
    Workers prepare flower orders in the American Airlines cargo terminal at Kennedy International Airport.New York Times (Mar 13, 2012)
  29. termination
    the act of ending something
    This sight made us forget our fatigues, and we hurried on, with fond anticipations of finding a speedy termination to all our sufferings.Marryat, Frederick
  30. terminology
    a system of words used to name things in a discipline
    This building was known, in monastic terminology, as the “Lavabo.”Anonymous
  31. terrain
    a piece of ground having specific characteristics
    Most inhabitants were farmers struggling to coax crops out of the steep and rocky terrain.New York Times (Mar 3, 2012)
  32. terrestrial
    operating or living or growing on land
    On land, habitat loss takes away much-needed space for large, terrestrial animals.Scientific American (May 3, 2011)
  33. territory
    a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
    The war was just a few months old, and the entire Michigan territory had fallen into British hands.Slate (May 25, 2012)
  34. terse
    brief and to the point
    While she stared at him, he uttered the short, terse command: “Hands up!”Seltzer, Charles Alden
  35. tertiary
    coming third in position
    The plan divides roadways into three major categories: arterial, secondary and tertiary.New York Times (Dec 28, 2010)
  36. tessellated
    decorated with small pieces of colored glass or stone
    Passing from one pavilion to another over tessellated pavements, we enter apartments rich in mosaics and all manner of precious stones.Field, Henry M. (Henry Martyn)
  37. theocracy
    a political unit governed by a deity
    For in theocracies, to the social evil of the offence is added the impiety committed against the Deity and his representative on earth.R?ville, Albert
  38. theology
    the rational and systematic study of religion
    He had read widely in theology — Saint Augustine and Nietzsche and Reinhold Niebuhr — but he had no formal religious training.Washington Post (Feb 23, 2012)
  39. thermal
    relating to or associated with heat
    The great masses of concrete act as a thermal sink, absorbing heat during the molten days and then radiating warmth at night.New York Times (Feb 16, 2012)
  40. thespian
    of or relating to drama
    True to her thespian inheritance, she played Olivia in Twelfth Night on a student tour of the Highlands and Islands.
  41. threshold
    the entrance for passing through a room or building
    The words are hardly out of her mouth when the door opens and somebody appears upon the threshold.Duchess
  42. thrifty
    mindful of the future in spending money
    He was managing clerk in some mercantile house, and, being a thrifty soul, invested all his spare cash instead of spending it.Peters, Charles
  43. thrive
    grow vigorously
    A naturally outgoing person, Irenstein learned quickly and his dating life began to thrive.Slate (Apr 27, 2012)
  44. throes
    violent pangs of suffering
    He suffered rheumatism in its most acute form, so the coastguard explained between his throes.Creswicke, Louis
  45. throng
    a large gathering of people
    Visitors flocked to Fredericksburg and long before the beginning thousands had gathered, sidewalks, steps and porches were crowded with merry throngs in carnival mood.Goolrick, John T.
  46. throttle
    a valve that regulates the supply of fuel to the engine
    Cora slowed down her engine by means of a throttle control that extended up near the wheel.Penrose, Margaret
  47. thrust
    push forcefully
    I cried angrily, thrusting back those who pressed on me most closely.Weyman, Stanley John
  48. thwart
    hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire
    Efforts to learn more were thwarted in January 2007, when the camera channel used by Hubble to acquire the image stopped working.
  49. tirade
    a speech of violent denunciation
    It is an angry, sometimes abusive, but overall articulate and heartfelt tirade about growing up in Gaza.
  50. toady
    a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage
    It bored him, and he was no toady to waste his time fawning upon possible patrons.Horne, Charles F. (Charles Francis)
  51. toil
    work hard
    Taking his stone axe he toiled all day until the tree was felled.Westervelt, W. D. (William Drake)
  52. token
    a disk that can be used in designated slot machines
    It works on a similar principle as casino chips, or, more directly, arcade tokens.Forbes (Jan 24, 2012)
  53. tome
    a large and scholarly book
    This seems like a particularly troubling trend for academia, where digital books are slowly overtaking the heavy tomes I used to lug around.
  54. topography
    the configuration of a surface and its features
    They land in a lush green jungle whose topography seems to resemble no known place on Earth.Seattle Times (Jul 8, 2010)
  55. torpid
    slow and apathetic
    His energies are suspended, his senses become numbed and torpid—in short, he feels as one who goes to sleep in a snow-storm.Reid, Mayne
  56. torpor
    inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of energy
    Notwithstanding my nervous apprehension, a sleep more like the torpor of lethargy than natural slumber, fell on me at once.Mayer, Brantz
  57. torque
    a twisting force
    Those photons produce very small amounts of torque that can slow the rotation or speed it up.New York Times (Jan 12, 2010)
  58. torrential
    relating to or resulting from the action of a downpour
    Torrential rains killed at least six people in Genoa on Friday, in the worst flooding the port city has seen in years, officials said.New York Times (Nov 5, 2011)
  59. torrid
    extremely hot
    Days dragged on; days of torrid, relentless heat.Elliott, Maud Howe
  60. torso
    the body excluding the head and neck and limbs
    Her dresses were fitted not only at the waist, but along the torso by a long and pointed bodice stiffened with wood, steel, or whalebone.Reilly, S. A.
  61. totalitarian
    of a system in which the state regulates every realm of life
    Suppression of art and ideas is something that happens in totalitarian regimes, not this country, he added.Seattle Times (Oct 8, 2010)
  62. tout
    advertise in strongly positive terms
    Shock jock Howard Stern, however, didn't hold back at a news conference in New York touting his own new TV gig.Seattle Times (May 11, 2012)
  63. tract
    an extended area of land
    One tract of the mallee scrub, shared between Victoria and South Australia, covers an area of nearly 9000 square miles.Willoughby, Howard
  64. tractable
    easily managed
    By a three months' School course stubborn horses may be made tractable, dangerous horses rendered comparatively safe, uncomfortable brutes easy and reliable.Dodge, Theodore Ayrault
  65. traduce
    speak unfavorably about
    One may "abuse," "assail," or vilify another to his face; he asperses, calumniates, slanders, or traduces him behind his back.Fernald, James Champlin
  66. trajectory
    the path followed by an object moving through space
    Losing altitude, they hurtled on a sloping trajectory toward Washington.Neville, Kris
  67. tranquility
    a state of peace and quiet
    Lifelong fisherman Jay Cassell, deputy editor of Field & Stream magazine, treasures lakeside vacations for the peace and tranquility only one can offer.
  68. transcendental
    existing outside of or not in accordance with nature
    That she should have wanted to captivate Mr. Traffick,—she with her high ideas of some transcendental, more than human, hero!Trollope, Anthony
  69. transcribe
    write out, as from speech or notes
    Hastily procuring pen and ink, he bade Sir Walter sing it over again while he transcribed the words to paper.Bender, Millicent Schwab
  70. transfixed
    having your attention fixated as though by a spell
    To say that I was transfixed, speechless, fascinated to intoxication by the spell of this marvellous development is no exaggeration.Various
  71. transgression
    the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle
    Vietnamese state media prior to the trial reported prosecutors as saying that Mr. Dinh's transgressions represent a "particularly serious violation of national security."Wall Street Journal (Jan 21, 2010)
  72. transient
    lasting a very short time
    Smokers, on the other hand, had wildly transient populations, with species moving in and out—which opened up real estate for the bad bugs.Scientific American (Feb 21, 2012)
  73. transitory
    lasting a very short time
    Positive reviews are blissful but strangely transitory, forgotten within hours.
  74. translucent
    allowing light to pass through diffusely
    It is usually translucent, becoming nearly transparent on immersion in water.Various
  75. transparent
    transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
    In looking at any object through a perfectly transparent medium, such as plate glass, we do not perceive any alteration in the real colours.Howard, Frank
  76. transpire
    come about, happen, or occur
    So let’s inaugurate things around here by continuing a hallowed Technologizer tradition: making collective predictions about what will transpire at an upcoming Apple event.
  77. travail
    use of physical or mental energy; hard work
    Through an anguish of travail Canada has worked out an excellent system of self-government.Laut, Agnes C. (Agnes Christina)
  78. traverse
    travel across
    It had taken them four days to traverse just 25 miles.
  79. travesty
    a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style
    As any comic writer will tell you, one person's humorous homage can easily be another's disrespectful travesty.
  80. treachery
    an act of deliberate betrayal
    By this fatal step Ashburnham incurred the unmerited charge of treachery and disloyalty.Various
  81. tread
    a step in walking or running
    He went out; they could hear his slow, careful tread on each of the slippery stairs.Woolson, Constance Fenimore
  82. treason
    an act of deliberate betrayal
    He was accused of disloyalty and treason, with the greatest heat, everywhere.Day, Clarence
  83. treatise
    a formal exposition
    I purchased the requisite study guides — intimidating, densely worded treatises on gastroenterology, cardiology, geriatrics, hematology and all the specialty areas of internal medicine.New York Times (Nov 3, 2011)
  84. trek
    journey on foot, especially in the mountains
    In the mountains, Mr. Sherpa can spend months trekking over glaciers and negotiating ice falls and treacherous crevasses at nosebleed heights.New York Times (Jan 21, 2012)
  85. tremulous
    quivering as from weakness or fear
    Only his tremulous voice and shaking hand betrayed suffering.Armstrong, W. N.
  86. trenchant
    having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought
    The trenchant blade of his intellect is still keen.Codman, John Thomas
  87. trepidation
    a feeling of alarm or dread
    No sign of trepidation or alarm, save the sudden stiffening of her form, was betrayed.Ainsworth, William Harrison
  88. tribulation
    an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event
    The students have described their personal trials, tribulations and emotional turmoil in my writing class.New York Times (Feb 15, 2012)
  89. tribunal
    an assembly to conduct judicial business
    "The judicial power of the United States shall be vested in one Supreme Court and certain inferior tribunals."Van Buren, Martin
  90. trifling
    not worth considering
    Everything, in fact, was well thought over, and as was subsequently proved, the mistakes that did occur were few and trifling.Bull, Jacob B.
  91. trilogy
    a set of three literary or dramatic works related in subject
    Mr. Tucker never finished the third book of what was supposed to be his Stalin trilogy.New York Times (Aug 1, 2010)
  92. triumvirate
    a group of three people responsible for civil authority
    Well, all three teams in the Epstein management triumvirate are struggling.Seattle Times (Apr 22, 2012)
  93. troglodyte
    someone who lives in a cave
    The original cave man, the troglodyte, may have got his that way.Paine, Albert Bigelow
  94. truculent
    defiantly aggressive
    Now he turned to behold a huge cock ostrich bearing down upon him with hostility and aggressiveness writ large all over its truculent personality.Mitford, Bertram
  95. truism
    an obvious statement of fact
    They cannot hurt us more than we can be hurt—an obvious truism but one which is often overlooked.Archer, William
  96. truncate
    make shorter as if by cutting off
    “Health care provider” came into vogue as the catchall phrase and was quickly truncated to just “provider.”New York Times (Dec 29, 2011)
  97. tumult
    a state of commotion and noise and confusion
    A scene of confusion and tumult arose in the office, lasting several moments.Palacio Valdés, Armando
  98. turpitude
    a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice
    The cities were berated as hubs of moral turpitude, decadence and greed.Vaknin, Samuel
  99. tutelage
    teaching pupils individually
    The Falcons have even hired mixed martial arts instructors for off-season tutelage in wrestling, boxing and kickboxing.New York Times (Dec 26, 2011)
  100. tyranny
    dominance through threat of punishment and violence
    Alexander Lebedev sees his newspapers as vital forces against tyranny, oppression and corruption.

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