Oct 28, 2017

TOEFL vocabulary: Taciturn-Turbulent (Part III) 4 of 9

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    • 453. Taciturn
      T. A. C. I. T. U. R. N. — Silent. Reserved. Distant.
      The antonym of taciturn is communicative.
      For example.
      ⇢      The taciturn child preferred to play by herself.

      • 454. Tackle
        T. A. C. K. L. E. — Undertake. Begin. Attempt.
        The following sentence illustrates its usage.
        ⇢      Now that I have painted the inside of the house it is time to tackle the outside.

        • 455. Tactful
          T. A. C. T. F. U. L. — Diplomatic. Discreet. Subtle.
          The antonym of tactful is tactless.
          Listen to its usage in this sentence.
          ⇢      The professor was always tactful when giving criticism to her students.

          • 456. Tactile
            T. A. C. T. I. L. E. — Tangible. Palpable. Physical.
            The antonym of tactile is intangible.
            Note how the words used in this sentence.
            ⇢      The tactile sensation of silk is very pleasing to me.

            • 457. Tangible
              T. A. N. G. I. B. L. E. — This word has two meanings.
              1. Tangible can mean touchable, perceptible or palpable.
              For example.
              ⇢      There is a tangible dampness in the basement.

              2. Tangible can also mean actual real or concrete.
              For example.
              ⇢      The lawyer argued there was no tangible evidence for the accusation.
              In both cases the antonym for tangible is intangible.

              • 458. Tantalize
                T. A. N. T. A. L. I. Z. E. — Tease. Tempt. Entice.
                Note how the word is used in this sentence.
                ⇢      The smell of the cake was tantalizing to the dieter.

                • 459. Tardy
                  T. A. R. D. Y. — Late. Delayed. Overdue.
                  The antonym of tardy is prompt.
                  The following sentence illustrates its usage.
                  ⇢      If you were tardy to class you will receive a deduction on your participation points.

                  • 460. Tarnish
                    T. A. R. N. I. S. H. — Dull. Stain. Discolor.
                    The antonym for tarnish is to clean.
                    Listen to its usage in this sentence.
                    ⇢      If you don’t take care of your jewelry it will become tarnished.

                    • 461. Temperamental
                      T. E. M. P. E. R. A. M. E. N. T. A. L. — Unpredictable. Moody. Volatile.
                      Note how the word is used in this sentence.
                      ⇢      My boss is so temperamental that it makes me nervous to go into his office.

                      • 462. Tenacious
                        T. E. N. A. C. I O. U. S. — Stubborn. Firm. Persistent.
                        For example.
                        ⇢      It is necessary to be tenacious if you want to pursue a career in acting.

                        • 463. Tenor
                          T. E. N. O. R. — Tone. Mood. Theme.
                          Listen to its usage in this sentence.
                          ⇢      The tenor of the letter is very angry.

                          • 464. Tentative
                            T. E. N. T. A. T. I. V. E. — Hesitant. Cautious. Timid.
                            The antonym for tentative is sure.
                            Note how the word is used in this sentence.
                            ⇢      Her hand reached tentatively into the cold water.

                            • 465. Terminal
                              T. E. R. M. I. N. A. L. — Fatal. Incurable. Deadly.
                              For example.
                              ⇢      The doctor told him his cancer was terminal.

                              • 466. Terrain
                                T. E. R. R. A. I. N. — Land. Ground. Environment.
                                The following sentence illustrates its usage.
                                ⇢      The rough terrain makes it difficult to travel.

                                • 467. Territory
                                  T. E. R. R. I. T. O. R. Y. — Area. Region. Land.
                                  Listen to its usage in this sentence.
                                  ⇢      The salesman’s territory included the western U. S. and Japan.

                                  • 468. Testify
                                    T. E. S. T. I. F. Y. — Show. Confirm. Demonstrate.
                                    Note how the word is used in this sentence.
                                    ⇢      I can testify as to the trustworthiness of the employee.

                                    • 469. Tether
                                      T. E. T. H. E. R. — Tie. Join. Find.
                                      The antonym for tether is untie.
                                      For example.
                                      ⇢      She tethered the balloon tour chair but he untied it so it floated away.

                                      • 470. Thermal
                                        T. H. E. R. M. A. L. — Hot. Warm or involving heat.
                                        The following sentence illustrates its usage.
                                        I get so cold in the winter that I have to wear thermal underwear.

                                        • 471. Throb
                                          T. H. R. O. B. — Pound. Thump. Beat.
                                          Listen to its usage in this sentence.
                                          ⇢      Her head throb from her migraine headache.

                                          • 472. Torment
                                            T. O. R. M. E. N. T. — Torture. Father. Taunt.
                                            The antonym for torment is to comfort.
                                            Note how the word is used in this sentence.
                                            ⇢      He was tormented by the images he saw on the screen.

                                            • 473. Transgression
                                              T. R. A. N. S. G. R. E. S. S. I. O. N. — Misbehavior. Offense. Wrongdoing.
                                              For example.
                                              ⇢      Because this was John second transgression he was expelled from school.

                                              • 474. Translucent
                                                T. R. A. N. S. L. U. C. E. N. T. — Semitransparent. Partially see through.
                                                The following sentence illustrates its usage.
                                                ⇢      I need to wear a slip underneath the skirt because it is translucent.

                                                • 475. Treaty
                                                  T. R. E. A. T. Y. — Agreement. [Truth.?] Settlement.
                                                  Listen to its usage in this sentence.
                                                  ⇢      By signing the treaty the prime minister ended 50 years of war.

                                                  • 476. Trepidation
                                                    T. R. E. P. I. D. A. T. I. O. N. — Fear. Apprehension. Anxiety.
                                                    The antonym for trepidation is equanimity.
                                                    Note how the word is used in this sentence.
                                                    ⇢      The howling wolves filled her with trepidation.

                                                    • 477. Turbulent
                                                      T. U. R. B. U. L. E. N. T. — Violent. Restless. Unruly.
                                                      The antonym for turbulent is peaceful.
                                                      For example.
                                                      ⇢      The ocean is too turbulent for us to go swimming today.

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