Difficult words starting with T

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  1. tintinnabulation
    the sound of a bell ringing
  2. talisman
    a trinket thought to be a magical protection against evil
  3. tinge
    color lightly
  4. transcendental
    existing outside of or not in accordance with nature
  5. talon
    a sharp hooked claw especially on a bird of prey
  6. threadbare
    thin and tattered with age
  7. torso
    the body excluding the head and neck and limbs
  8. terse
    brief and to the point
  9. tenacity
    persistent determination
  10. tiller
    someone who prepares the soil for the planting of crops
  11. tremor
    an involuntary vibration, as if from illness or fear
  12. tirade
    a speech of violent denunciation
  13. tremulous
    quivering as from weakness or fear
  14. treatise
    a formal exposition
  15. taint
    place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
  16. trifle
    a detail that is considered insignificant
  17. tenacious
    stubbornly unyielding
  18. tenuous
    very thin in gauge or diameter
  19. turgid
    ostentatiously lofty in style
  20. trinket
    cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing
  21. temerity
    fearless daring
  22. trance
    a psychological state induced by a magical incantation
  23. tryst
    a secret rendezvous, especially between lovers
  24. titter
    laugh nervously
  25. torrid
    characterized by intense emotion
  26. truncheon
    a short stout club used primarily by police officers
  27. truncate
    make shorter as if by cutting off
  28. tyranny
    government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator
  29. taciturn
    habitually reserved and uncommunicative
  30. tome
    a large and scholarly book
  31. transmute
    change or alter in form, appearance, or nature
  32. turncoat
    a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause
  33. testy
    easily irritated or annoyed
  34. timbre
    the distinctive property of a complex sound
  35. tribunal
    an assembly to conduct judicial business
  36. theocracy
    a political unit governed by a deity
  37. taunt
    harass with persistent criticism or carping
  38. taper
    diminish gradually
  39. torpor
    a state of motor and mental inactivity
  40. topography
    the configuration of a surface and its features
  41. throes
    violent pangs of suffering
  42. tawdry
    tastelessly showy
  43. tardy
    after the expected or usual time
  44. thwart
    hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire
  45. tact
    consideration in dealing with others
  46. turpitude
    a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice
  47. tantrum
    a display of bad temper
  48. torrential
    relating to or resulting from the action of a downpour
  49. tyro
    someone new to a field or activity
  50. tensile
    of or relating to physical stress or strain
  51. tart
    tasting sour like a lemon
  52. tipple
    drink moderately but regularly
  53. trough
    a long narrow shallow receptacle
  54. testator
    a person who makes a will
  55. tactile
    of or relating to or proceeding from the sense of touch
  56. trident
    a spear with three prongs
  57. turbid
    clouded as with sediment
  58. torrent
    an overwhelming number or amount
  59. tortuous
    marked by repeated turns and bends
  60. tattered
    worn to shreds; or wearing torn or ragged clothing
  61. tedium
    the feeling of being bored by something
  62. thrall
    the state of being under the control of another person
  63. tawny
    having the color of tanned leather
  64. tarry
    leave slowly and hesitantly
  65. touchstone
    a basis for comparison
  66. trepidation
    a feeling of alarm or dread
  67. throng
    a large gathering of people
  68. threshold
    the starting point for a new state or experience
  69. tantamount
    being essentially equal to something
  70. tantalize
    harass with persistent teasing or baiting
  71. tandem
    an arrangement of objects or persons one behind another
  72. terminus
    a place where something ends or is complete
  73. tautological
    characterized by unnecessary repetition
  74. tumult
    a state of commotion and noise and confusion
  75. tumultuous
    characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination
  76. toady
    a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage
  77. tendentious
    having a strong bias, especially a controversial one
  78. transpose
    change the order or arrangement of
  79. traduce
    speak unfavorably about
  80. titillate
    excite pleasurably or erotically
  81. temper
    a characteristic state of feeling
  82. travesty
    a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style
  83. tempestuous
    characterized by violent emotions or behavior
  84. trunk
    the main stem of a tree
  85. travail
    use of physical or mental energy; hard work
  86. tranquil
    free from disturbance by heavy waves
  87. tout
    advertise in strongly positive terms
  88. trenchant
    having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought
  89. transgression
    the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle
  90. temporize
    draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time
  91. tureen
    large deep serving dish with a cover
  92. toga
    a one-piece cloak worn by men in ancient Rome
  93. tether
    restraint consisting of a rope or chain
  94. tutelage
    attention and management implying responsibility for safety
  95. troth
    a solemn pledge of fidelity
  96. tessellated
    decorated with small pieces of colored glass or stone
  97. tractable
    easily managed
  98. trek
    any long and difficult trip
  99. titanic
    of great force or power
  100. tangential
    of superficial relevance if any
  101. thespian
    a theatrical performer
  102. truculence
    obstreperous and defiant aggressiveness
  103. trivia
    something of small importance
  104. timorous
    timid by nature or revealing timidity
  105. tarnish
    make or become dirty or spotty
  106. tenet
    a religious doctrine proclaimed as true without proof
  107. trappings
    ornaments; embellishments to or characteristic signs of
  108. taut
    pulled or drawn tight
  109. tutelary
    providing protective supervision
  110. transcribe
    write out, as from speech or notes
  111. tread
    put down, place, or press the foot
  112. taxonomist
    a biologist specializing in the classification of organisms
  113. tithe
    a levy of one tenth of something
  114. titular
    existing in name only
  115. teetotalism
    abstaining from alcohol
  116. teetotaler
    a total abstainer
  117. totem
    emblem consisting of an object such as an animal or plant
  118. tightwad
    a miserly person
  119. tarantula
    large southern European spider
  120. thrifty
    mindful of the future in spending money

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