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stalwart: marked by imposing physical strength; firmly built; firm and resolute
E.g.His consistent support of the party has proved that he is a stalwart and loyal member.

stamina: physical or moral strength to resist or withstand illness; enduring strength and energy
E.g.These exercises helped the monks gain stamina to withstand the long meditation sessions.

stammer: make involuntary stops in uttering syllables or words; hesitate or falter in speaking; speak with stops and difficulty
E.g.He did not hear what Amy was saying, and whenever she paused expectantly he could only stammer an awkward assent, which was as often misplaced as otherwise.

stanch: stop or check flow of liquid; stop flow of blood from wound
E.g.It is imperative that we stanch the gushing wound before we attend to the other injuries.

stanza: unit of poem, written or printed as a paragraph
E.g.Do you know the last stanza of the national anthem?

stately: majestic; impressive, as in size or proportions
E.g.One saw life-sized ladies and gentlemen dancing in stately rounds or laughing under trees and among flowers and butterflies.

static: having no motion; being at rest; fixed; stationary
E.g.To claim that the English language will remain static is false.

statute: law enacted by legislature; decree or edict, as of a ruler
E.g.New York's eminent domain statute is virtually capital punishment for property owners.

statutory: enacted by statute; depending on statute for its authority
E.g.The copyright owner can sue them under the current rules and potentially obtain statutory damages of up to 150000 dollars per work -- just as they can now.

steadfast: firmly or constant loyal; fixed or unchanging
E.g.Penelope was steadfast in her affections, faithfully waiting for Ulysses to return from his wanderings.

stealth: avoiding detection by moving carefully; acting in a covert way
E.g.He is a coward and a very evil man who works in stealth to destroy anyone who disagrees with him.

steep: soak; make thoroughly wet
E.g.Be sure to steep the fabric in the dye bath for the full time prescribed.

stellar: outstanding; principal; of or consisting of stars
E.g.To alter that equation, the Indian economy would have to maintain stellar growth rates for years.

stem: stop flow of a liquid; make headway against
E.g.They all hoped that he managed to stem the rebellion in two weeks.

stench: strong, foul odor; stink; foul quality; offensive odor
E.g.Also, on days when the tides and wind are just right, the stench is overpowering.

stereotype: fixed and unvarying representation; conventional and oversimplified conception
E.g.As a parent of two sons with Tourette syndrome, I have spent 10 years fighting this kind of stereotype while watching my children struggle for acceptance.

sterile: barren; infertile; incapable of reproducing; free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms
E.g.The surgical instrument unit includes a tripod having at least two articulating arms, one of which extends into a sterile operating area.

stickler: one who insists on something unyieldingly; something puzzling or difficult
E.g.The main stickler is that by the end of the book, the reader is left without a sense of closure.

stifle: interrupt or cut off voice; keep in or hold back; suppress; conceal or hide
E.g.Halfway through the boring lecture, Laura gave up trying to stifle her yawns.

stigma: symbol of disgrace; small mark, as scar or birthmark; mark made with red-hot iron
E.g.I do not attach any stigma to the fact that you were accused of this crime.

stilted: stiff and artificially formal; inflated
E.g.His stilted rhetoric did not impress the college audience; they were immune to bombastic utterances.

stink: strong, offensive smell; disgusting odor; stench
E.g.After viewing the bad pictures, we can't help but wonder what the big stink is all about?

stint: length of time spent in particular way; allotted amount; limitation or restriction; fixed amount of work allotted
E.g.She still plans to work on winning a real Grammy now that her "Dancing" stint is done.

stint: length of time spent in particular way; allotted amount; limitation or restriction; fixed amount of work allotted
E.g.She still plans to work on winning a real Grammy now that her "Dancing" stint is done.

stipend: fixed and regular payment, such as salary for services or allowance.
E.g.There is a nominal stipend for this position, it is a good job for you.

stipulate: specify or arrange in agreement; express demand in agreement; promise in agreement
E.g.Before agreeing to reduce American military forces in Europe, the president would stipulate that NATO inspection teams be allowed to inspect Soviet bases.

stock: certificate for shareholder of corporation; total amount of goods in a shop
E.g.The value of corporation stock doubled during the past year.

stockade: a line of stout posts set firmly in contact with each other to form a barrier, or defensive fortification; enclosure, made with posts and stakes
E.g.The sheep were surrounded by stockade in case a sudden storm.

stodgy: dull, unimaginative, and commonplace; old-fashioned; stuffy
E.g.For a young person, Winston seems remarkably stodgy: you'd expect someone his age to show a little more life.

stoic: indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain
E.g.I wasn't particularly stoic when I had my flu shot; I squealed like a stuck pig.

stoke: stir up fire; feed plentifully; supply a furnace with fuel
E.g.As a Scout, Marisa learned how to light a fire, how to stoke it if it started to die down, and how to extinguish it completely.

stolid: dull; impassive; having or revealing little emotion or sensibility
E.g.The earthquake shattered Stuart's usual stolid demeanor; trembling, he crouched on the no longer stable ground.

stoop: bend forward and down from the waist or the middle of the back
E.g.She found her head pressing against the ceiling, and had to stoop to save her neck from being broken.

stout: dependable; stocky; euphemisms for fat
E.g.John Reed was a schoolboy of fourteen years old, large and stout for his age, with a dingy and unwholesome skin; thick lineaments in a spacious visage.

stratagem: deceptive scheme; military maneuver designed to deceive or surprise enemy
E.g.We saw through his clever stratagem.

strew: spread randomly; sprinkle; scatter
E.g.Preceding the bride to the altar, the flower girl will strew rose petals along the aisle.

striated: having parallel lines or grooves on surface
E.g.The glacier left many striated rocks.

stricture: restraint, limit, or restriction; adverse remark or criticism
E.g.Huck regularly disobeyed Miss Watson's any rule and stricture upon his behavior: he wouldn't wear shoes, no matter what she said.

strident: loud and harsh; insistent; high-pitched; rough-sounding
E.g.Whenever Sue became angry, she tried not to raise her voice; she had no desire to appear strident.

stringent: demanding strict attention to rules and procedures; binding; rigid
E.g.I think these regulations are too stringent.

strut: display in order to impress others; swagger; walk with a lofty proud gait
E.g.Don't strut out your resume until you have more accomplishments to list.

strut: display in order to impress others; swagger; walk with a lofty proud gait
E.g.Don't strut out your resume until you have more accomplishments to list.

studied: knowledgeable; resulting from deliberation and careful thought
E.g.Given Jill's previous slights, Jack felt that the omission of his name from the guest list was a studied insult.

stultify: cause to appear or become stupid or inconsistent; frustrate or hinder
E.g.His long hours in the blacking factory left young Dickens numb and incurious, as if the menial labor might stultify his brain.

stumble: miss a step and fall or nearly fall; walk unsteadily
E.g.They crowded together and didn't care to sob or stumble: the confusion was inextricable.

stun: surprise greatly; amaze; make senseless or dizzy by or as if by a blow
E.g.The news should stun all of them.

stupefy: make senseless or dizzy; be mystery or bewildering to
E.g.Disapproving of drugs in general, Laura refused to take sleeping pills or any other medicine that might stupefy her.

stupor: state of reduced or suspended sensibility; daze; lack of awareness
E.g.In his stupor, the addict was unaware of the events taking place around him.

sturdy: robust; strong; substantially made or constructed
E.g.More than 3,600 Filipinos rode out the typhoon in sturdy school buildings, town halls, and churches.

stymie: present obstacle; stump; cause to fail or to leave hopelessly puzzled, confused, or stuck
E.g.The contradictory evidence should stymie the detective in the robbery investigation.

suavity: smooth and gracious in manner; quality of being sweet or pleasing to mind; agreeableness
E.g.The elegant actor is particularly good in roles that require suavity and sophistication.

subjective: occurring or taking place in person's mind rather than external world; unreal
E.g.Your analysis is highly subjective; you have permitted your emotions and your opinions to color your thinking.

subjugate: conquer; bring under control
E.g.It is not our aim to subjugate our foe; we are interested only in establishing peaceful relations.

sublime: of high spiritual, moral, or intellectual worth; characterized by nobility; majestic
E.g.What pushes this matter to the sublime is the reality the world is battling a terror threat which has given license to the authorities to treat ordinary citizens like chattel.

subliminal: below threshold of conscious perception, especially if still able to produce a response
E.g.We may not be aware of the subliminal influences that affect our thinking.

submerge: sink; immerse; put under water
E.g.At 17.5 feet, waters begin to submerge Harriet Island Park across the river from downtown.

submissive: yielding; inclined or ready to submit
E.g.She sat still, in submissive patience, her cheek pale with the working of a heart too big for that little body.

subordinate: occupying lower rank; inferior; submissive
E.g.Bishop Proudie's wife expected all the subordinate clergy to behave with great deference to the wife of their superior.

suborn: persuade to act unlawfully, especially to commit perjury
E.g.In The Godfather, the mobsters used bribery and threats to suborn the witnesses against Don Michael.

subpoena: written order to require appearance in court to give testimony
E.g.But you know a subpoena is an order of the court to appear and if called to appear I'll appear.

subsequent: following in time or order; succeeding; later
E.g.In subsequent days, other polls showed that the margin hadn't narrowed all that much.

subservient: behaving like slave; subordinate in capacity or function
E.g.He was proud and dignified; he refused to be subservient to anyone.

subside: settle down; sink to a lower level or form depression; wear off or die down
E.g.The doctor assured us that the fever would eventually subside.

subsidiary: subordinate; secondary; serving to assist or supplement
E.g.This information may be used as subsidiary evidence but is not sufficient by itself to prove your argument.

subsidy: direct financial aid by government
E.g.Without this subsidy, American ship operators would not be able to compete in world markets.

subsistence: something that has real or substantial existence; means of support or maintain life
E.g.In these days of inflated prices, my salary provides a mere subsistence.

substantial: fairly large; in essentials; material; true or real; not imaginary; solidly built
E.g.Both the north and south are hoping for substantial progress at that meeting which starts on Tuesday.

substantiate: establish by evidence; make firm or solid; support
E.g.These endorsements from satisfied customers substantiate our claim that Pacific Lava is a best school to enhance vocabulary.

substantive: essential; not imaginary; actual or real
E.g.Although the delegates were aware of the importance of the problem, they could not agree on the substantive issues.

subterfuge: pretense; something intended to misrepresent
E.g.As soon as we realized that you had won our support by a subterfuge, we withdrew our endorsement of your candidacy.

subtlety: perceptiveness; intellectual activity; delicacy; quality or state of being subtle
E.g.That kind of subtlety is all right in print, but in real life it would put you on a false track in nineteen out of twenty cases.

subversive: tending to overthrow; in opposition to civil authority or government
E.g.In the meantime, Nigerian security agencies have been investigating what they call subversive activities by some foreign correspondents.

succor: aid; assist and deliver from suffering; relieve
E.g.If you believe that con man has come here to succor you in your hour of need, you're an even bigger sucker than I thought.

succulent: full of juicy; full of richness; highly interesting or enjoyable; delectable
E.g.Beyond, the blue smoke of the sugar house curled into the bluer skies, and the odor of the kettles reached in succulent deliciousness far and wide.

succumb: submit to an overpowering force; yield to an overwhelming desire; give up or give in
E.g.President Zardari told the two US officials that Pakistan was fighting for its survival but would not succumb to the militants.

suffocate: kill or destroy by preventing access of air or oxygen; impair the respiration of; asphyxiate
E.g.Big cats always suffocate their prey before they eat.

suffragist: advocate of voting rights for women
E.g.In recognition of her efforts to win the vote for women, Congress authorized coining a silver dollar honoring the suffragist Susan B. Anthony.

suitor: one who sues, petitions, or entreats; petitioner; applicant; man who is courting a woman
E.g.If American is not interested in acquiring US Airways, a different suitor may also come from an unexpected place.

sullen: lonely; solitary; desolate; gloomy; dismal; affected with ill humor
E.g.There was a long silence, profound and unbroken; then a deep, sullen boom came floating down out of the distance.

sultry: burning hot; extremely and unpleasantly hot
E.g.He could not adjust himself to the sultry climate of the tropics.

summation: act of finding the total; summary; act or process of adding
E.g.Obama, in summation, is acting just like the abject puppet of the Wall Street merchants.

sumptuous: magnificent and splendid, suggesting abundance and great expense; luxurious
E.g.I cannot recall when I have had such a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast.

sunder: separate; break or wrench apart
E.g.Why did they sunder northern and southern Ireland politically and religiously?.

sundry: various; miscellaneous; separate; distinct; diverse
E.g."Indeed, mama, " pronounced the haughty voice of Blanche, as she turned round on the piano-stool; where till now she had sat silent, apparently examining sundry sheets of music.

supercilious: arrogant; feeling or showing haughty disdain; overbearing
E.g.The supercilious headwaiter sneered at customers whom he thought did not fit in at a restaurant catering to an ultrafashionable crowd.

superficial: trivial; of little substance; involving a surface only
E.g.We give higher ratings to job applicants who are like us in superficial and irrelevant ways: as went to same school or share same religion.

superfluous: being beyond what is required or sufficient
E.g.Betsy lacked the heart to tell June that the wedding present she brought was superfluous; she and Bob had already received five toasters.

superimpose: place over something else; place on top of
E.g.Your attempt to superimpose another agency in this field will merely increase the bureaucratic nature of our government.

supersede: be placed in or take the room of; replace; make obsolete; make void or useless by superior power
E.g.The new bulk mailing postal regulation will supersede the old one. If you continue to follow the old regulation, your bulk mailing will be returned to you.

supplant: replace; usurp; displace and substitute for another
E.g.As the younger generation replaces the older, the new alliances supplant the existing political coalitions.

supple: flexible; moving and bending with ease
E.g.The trees had long thin supple trunks and round compact crowns to withstand the winds.

supplicate: ask for humbly or earnestly, as by praying; make humble, earnest petition; beg
E.g.We supplicate Your Majesty to grant him amnesty.

supposition: act of supposing; something supposed; assumption
E.g.I based my decision to confide in him on the supposition that he would be discreet.

suppress: put down by force or authority; overwhelm; keep from being revealed
E.g.What they suppress is far more important than what they report.

surfeit: eat until excessively full; be more than full; feed someone to excess
E.g.Every Thanksgiving we surfeit with an overabundance of holiday treats.

surge: outburst; roll or be tossed about on waves, as a boat
E.g.Provided the mission concludes successfully though, the state media are likely to fuel a surge of triumphant patriotism.

surly: rude; sullenly ill humored; gloomy; threatening, as of weather conditions
E.g.Two other men, grizzled and vaguely shabby, walked in surly conversation.

surmise: guess; infer something without sufficiently conclusive evidence
E.g.I surmise that he will be late for this meeting because of the traffic issue.

surmount: overcome or conquer; climb; place something above; be above or on top of
E.g.Could Helen Keller, blind and deaf since childhood, surmount her physical disabilities and lead a productive life?

surpass: be or go beyond, as in degree or quality; exceed
E.g.The price of silver will double before ending the year at around 20 USD an ounce and gold will again surpass the 1000 USD mark, finishing the year at 1150 USD.

surreptitious: secret; done or made by stealth, or without proper authority; made or introduced fraudulently
E.g.Hoping to discover where his mom had hidden the Christmas presents, Timmy took a surreptitious peek into the master bedroom closet.

surrogate: one that takes position of another; substitute
E.g.By the way, if the surrogate is also the real mother, I would not approve.

surveillance: watching; inspection; close observation of a person or group; supervision
E.g.I'd be surprised if anyone believes camera surveillance is a miraculous fix to reduce crime.

susceptible: easily influenced; having little resistance, as to a disease; receptive to
E.g.We don't really know how our current immunization schedule might affect certain susceptible populations.

suspend: hang freely; postpone; delay
E.g.As the warning of earthquake, a number of train and subway lines had to suspend services.

suspense: uncertain cognitive state; uncertainty
E.g.He covered his head with the bedclothes and waited in a horror of suspense for his doom.

sustain: admit as valid; keep in existence; lengthen or extend in duration or space
E.g.How can a country like Spain sustain the millions of migrants who were losing their jobs in 2009 and provide them with the same welfare state Spaniards can access in times of economic crisis?

sustenance: act of sustaining; something, especially food, that sustains life or health
E.g.In the tropics, the natives find sustenance easy to obtain, due to all the fruit trees.

suture: joining two surfaces or edges together along a line by sewing; material used in sewing
E.g.I was sweating and exhausted by the time, the last skin suture was inserted and all that could be seen was the line of stitches.

swagger: behave arrogantly or pompously; walk with swaying motion
E.g.The conquering hero didn't simply stride down the street; he used to swagger.

swamp: low land that is seasonally flooded; low land region saturated with water
E.g.A Florida swamp is a bad place to be, if you don't know how to find your way around in the woods.

swarm: dense moving crowd; large group of honeybees
E.g.But in Manhattan, the swarm is always out there, moving in its mysterious but purposeful way.

swarthy: dark; dusky; naturally having skin of a dark color
E.g.The one who called himself Nathaniel was swarthy and handsome with dark, intense eyes and a spill of brunet hair over a pair of broad shoulders.

swear: affirm or utter a solemn declaration; make promise or resolve on oath
E.g."Are you in earnest? Do you truly love me? Do you sincerely wish me to be your wife?" "I do; and if an oath is necessary to satisfy you, I swear it."

swell: bulge; expand abnormally; increase in size; become filled with pride or anger
E.g.The bellies of the starving children began to swell yesterday.

swelter: be oppressed by heat; suffer terribly from intense heat
E.g.I am going to buy an air conditioning unit for my apartment as I do not intend to swelter through another hot and humid summer.

swerve: wander or stray; turn aside sharply; climb or move upward
E.g.He predicted that gravitational interaction caused light from stars beyond the sun to deviate or swerve from a straight path as it passed the sun.

swill: drink greedily; flood with water, as for washing
E.g.Singing "Yo, ho, ho, and a bottle of rum," Long John Silver and his fellow pirates started to swill their grog.

swindler: cheat; one who defrauds or makes practice of defrauding others
E.g.She was gullible and trusting, an easy victim for the first swindler who came along.

sybarite: person devoted to pleasure and luxury
E.g.Rich people are not always sybarite; some of them have little taste for a life of luxury.

sycophant: one who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people; bootlicker; yes man
E.g.Fed up with the toadies and flunkies who made up his entourage, the star cried, "Get out, all of you! I'm sick of sycophant!"

symbiosis: interdependent relationship between groups or species, often mutually beneficial
E.g.Before I read this book I knew nothing about wild mushrooms, how they live in symbiosis with trees.

symmetry: arrangement of parts so that balance is obtained; congruity
E.g.A certain symmetry is emerging in Indo-American relations.

synoptic: providing general overview; summary
E.g.The professor turned to the latest issue of Dissertation Abstracts for a synoptic account of what was new in the field.

synthesis: combining parts into a coherent whole; putting of two or more things togethe
E.g.Now that we have succeeded in isolating this drug, our next problem is to plan its synthesis in the laboratory.

synthetic: artificial; involving or of the nature of synthesis as opposed to analysis
E.g.Limnology is essentially a synthetic science composed of elements.

tablet: a small flat compressed cake of some substance; a dose of medicine; simplified computer with only screen
E.g.Let us not fool ourselves that the aspirin tablet isn't treating the disease, it is only treating the symptom.

tacit: indicated or understood without expressed directly; not speaking; silent
E.g.We have a tacit agreement based on only a handshake.

taciturn: silent or reserved in speech; saying little; not inclined to speak or converse
E.g.The stereotypical cowboy is a taciturn soul, answering lengthy questions with a "Yep" or "Nope.".

tact: sense of touch; feeling; stroke in beating time; sensitive mental touch; peculiar skill or faculty
E.g.The city remains in tact, complete with incredible views and a richness worth seeing.

tactile: used for feeling; relating to sense of touch; perceptible to the sense of touch; tangible
E.g.His callused hands had lost their tactile sensitivity.

taint: contaminate; cause to lose purity; affect with or as if with a disease; corrupt morally
E.g.One speck of dirt on your utensils may contain enough germs to taint an entire batch of preserves.

talisman: charm to bring good luck and avert misfortune; something that apparently has magic power
E.g.According to the myth, the talisman is the most powerful of all the magical charms.

talon: claw of a bird of prey; part of lock that key presses to shoot bolt
E.g.The falconer wore a leather gauntlet to avoid being clawed by the hawk's talon.

tan: yellowish-brown color; brown color imparted to the skin by exposure to the sun
E.g.It took me all summer to get this tan.

tangential: peripheral; only slightly connected; digressing
E.g.Despite Clark's attempts to distract her with tangential remarks, Lois kept on coming back to her main question: why couldn't he come out to dinner with Superman and her?.

tangible: able to be touched; real or concrete; palpable
E.g.It'll take awhile before GM's new direction shows up in tangible new products at the dealership.

tanner: person who turns animal hides into leather; craftsman who tans skins and hides; sixpence
E.g.A good tanner is a skilled laborer, and these Indians were not only expert makers of dressed leather, but they tanned skins and peltries with the hair or fur on.

tantalize: tease; torture with disappointment; bait someone by showing something desirable but leaving them unsatisfied
E.g.Tom loved to tantalize his younger brother with candy; he knew the boy was forbidden to have it.

tantamount: equivalent in effect or value
E.g.Though Rudy claimed his wife was off visiting friends, his shriek of horror when she walked into the room was tantamount to a confession that he believed she was dead.

tantrum: burst of ill humor; display of temper; ill natured caprice
E.g.But throwing empty points against him exactly likes that a teenage girl throws stuffed animals against her bedroom wall during a temper tantrum.

taper: give light as small wax candle; narrow toward the point; become small toward one end
E.g.Financial aids generally taper off after the first year of college.

tarantula: any large, hairy, chiefly tropical spider
E.g.It appears to be a fact that the bite of the tarantula is not more venomous than that of other large spiders.

tardy: late; delayed; moving slowly
E.g.We were kind of tardy with the hotel reservation, and the governor's suites are all booked.

tarnish: make dirty or spotty; stain; dull the luster of; discolor, especially by exposure to air or dirt
E.g.The air and days did tarnish these coins.

tarry: delay; leave slowly and hesitantly; wait
E.g.We can't tarry if we want to get to the airport on time.

tart: a species of small open pie, or piece of pastry, containing jelly or conserve; a sort of fruit pie
E.g.Bessie had been down into the kitchen, and she brought up with her a tart on a certain brightly painted china plate.

taunt: reproach in a mocking, insulting, or contemptuous manner; make fun of , often in an aggressive manner
E.g.Perhaps later tonight I will dream up something else to taunt you.

taut: pulled or drawn tight; kept in trim shape; neat and tidy
E.g.The captain maintained that he ran a taut ship.

tawdry: cheap in nature or appearance; tastelessly showy; shameful or indecent
E.g.The bride, instead of being disguised in tawdry stuffs of gold and silver, appeared in a negligee of plain blue satin, without any other jewels than her eyes, which far outshone all that ever was produced by the mines of Golconda.

tedium: dullness owing to length or slowness; boredom
E.g.It is an excellent film that avoids the tedium of the conventional documentary.

temper: moderate; tone down or restrain; bring to a desired consistency; adjust finely
E.g.They begin to temper the portfolio to match investor's needs.

temperament: person's normal manner of thinking, behaving or reacting; tendency to become irritable or angry
E.g.For friendship some agreement in temperament is quite essential.

temperate: restrained; self-controlled; moderate in degree or quality
E.g.Try to be temperate in your eating this holiday season; if you control your appetite, you won't gain too much weight.

tempestuous: very stormy; turbulent; rough with wind; impassioned; violent
E.g.Racket throwing tennis star John McEnroe was famed for his displays of tempestuous temperament.

tempo: beat or speed of music; rate or rhythm of activity; pace
E.g.This tempo is not sustainable - and you have failed to grow the ground forces to meet national security needs.

temporal: not lasting forever; limited by time; secular or civil; of material world; worldly
E.g.By passing both laws in temporal proximity to one another, Arizona has revealed itself to have great anxiety not merely about illegal immigration in this nation, but about diversity itself.

temporize: act evasively in order to gain time, avoid argument, or postpone a decision
E.g.I cannot permit you to temporize any longer; I must have a definite answer today.

tenacious: sticking together; stubbornly unyielding; holding together firmly
E.g.The insurgents holed up here remain tenacious, unleashing suicide bombers and planting lethal explosives that can blow anything off the road.

tenacity: firmness of hold or of purpose; persistence
E.g.Jean Valjean could not believe the tenacity of Inspector Javert.

tenant: occupant; one that pays rent to use land or building
E.g.If a tenant is too dangerous to be living among the free, the state and only the state should make that determination and restrict his abode.

tendentious: having or marked by a strong tendency
E.g.The editorials in this periodical are tendentious rather than truth-seeking.

tenet: opinion, doctrine, or principle held as being true by person or organization
E.g.The agnostic did not accept the any tenet of their faith.

tensile: capable of being stretched or extended; ductile
E.g.Mountain climbers must know the tensile strength of their ropes.

tension: action of stretching something tight; anxiety; feelings of hostility
E.g.There's a growing mood of transatlantic tension, both real and imagined; a feeling that European capitals and Washington no longer view the world in quite the same way.

tentative: hesitant; not fully worked out or developed; experimental; not definite or positive
E.g.So, again, that's why I couched everything in tentative terms as there's a great amount of contrary evidence, at least within some critical concentrations of the population.

tenuous: long and thin; slender; having little substance
E.g.The allegiance of our allies is held by rather tenuous ties; we all should see it's in dangerous.

tenure: holding of an office; period during which something is held; status of holding position on permanent contract
E.g.Why the school denied her tenure is the subject of a lawsuit.

terminal: causing or ending in or approaching death; station
E.g.In February, a jury ordered the company to pay 51 million dollars to a Marlboro smoker with terminal lung cancer.

termination: end of something in time or space; result or outcome; conclusion
E.g.You see that you are the end of all plans, and, wherever they may begin, the termination is the same.

terminology: vocabulary of technical terms used in a particular field, subject, science, or art
E.g.The special terminology developed by some authorities in the field has done more to confuse the layman than to enlighten him.

terminus: last stop of railroad; final point or end; boundary or border
E.g.After we reached the railroad terminus, we continued our journey into the wilderness on saddle horses.

terrestrial: earthly, as opposed to celestial; pertaining to the land
E.g.In many science fiction films, alien invaders from outer space plan to destroy all terrestrial life.

terse: effectively concise; appearing as if wiped or rubbed, as smooth
E.g.There is a fine line between speech that is terse and to the point and speech that is too abrupt.

testy: irritated or impatient; easily annoyed; peevish
E.g.That implies that whether or not it was testy is still a matter subject to dispute.

thematic: relating to motif or idea; relating to theme or topic
E.g.In musical composition this process is known as thematic development, and it generally extends over the whole, or a greater part, of the piece.

theocracy: government ruled by or subject to religious authority
E.g.Though some Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower favored the establishment of a theocracy in New England, many of their fellow voyagers preferred a nonreligious form of government.

theoretical: not practical or applied; hypothetical; of or based on theory
E.g.His work in theoretical physics, which I will not attempt to explain further here, has advance our understanding of the universe.

therapeutic: curative; having or exhibiting healing powers; relating to healing art
E.g.Across the Washington region, enrollment in therapeutic camps soars every year, although they are far more expensive than traditional day camp.

thermal: relating to or caused by heat; designed to help retain heat
E.g.As I already mentioned, ocean is not in thermal equilibrium with atmosphere, it is 13 degrees cooler.

thesis: paper; dissertation; an unproved statement put forward as a premise in an argument
E.g.A good thesis makes the difference between a thoughtful research project and a simple retelling of facts.

thespian: relating to drama and acting; dramatic, theatrical
E.g.Her success in the school play convinced her she was destined for a thespian career.

thrall: slave; bondman; slavery; bondage
E.g.Her beauty held him in thrall; he never saw such a girl before.

thrash: beat severely; discuss or examine repeatedly; use a machine or flail to separate grain or seeds from straw
E.g.Let's thrash the matter over before putting it on the agenda.

threadbare: worn through till threads show; wearing old, shabby clothing; shabby and poor
E.g.The poor adjunct professor hid the threadbare spots on his jacket by sewing leather patches on his sleeves.

thrifty: careful about money; economical
E.g.A thrifty shopper compares prices before making major purchases.

thrive: make steady progress; prosper; flourish
E.g.The easy way for a group to thrive is to have an active web presence getting its message out.

throng: large group of people gathered or crowded closely together
E.g.A throng of shoppers jammed the aisles.

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