T tacit Understood without being expressed directly tacit agreement/approval/support tantamount Being almost the same or having the same effect as something, usually something bad tenable (of an opinion or position) able to be defended successfully or held for a particular period of time tenet A principle that is an accepted belief of a particular group A major tenet of the women’s movement has been that society needs their talents. tentative Not certain or confident We have tentative plans to go to Hawaii in February. terse Using few words, sometimes in a way that seems rude or unfriendly "Are you feeling any better?" "No!" was the terse reply. throttle A device that controls how much fuel goes into an engine timorous Nervous and without much confidence torpor The state of not being active and having no energy or enthusiasm torrid Involving strong emotions, especially those of sexual love a torrid romance tractable Easily dealt with, controlled, or persuaded The problem turned out to be less tractable than I had expected. transcend To go beyond or rise above a limit, or be greater than something ordinary The group makes music that transcends traditional pop categories transgress An action that breaks a law or rule It is hard to keep the transgressions of famous people out of the news. travail An unpleasant experience or situation, especially one that involves a lot of hard work or effort: travesty Something that completely fails to do what it is intended or expected to do, and therefore seems ridiculous trenchant Severe, expressing strong criticism or forceful opinions Dorothy Parker's writing is characterized by a trenchant wit and sophistication. tribulation A problem or difficulty trifling A trifling matter or amount of money is small or not important It was such a trifling sum of money to argue about! trite To control the operation or arrangement of something The economy has been badly administered by the present government. truncate To warn someone not to do something, usually in a kind way, or to tell someone to do something. tumid To add something decorative to a person or thing: The bride's hair was adorned with white flowers. twiddle A difficult or unlucky situation or event She’s cheerful in the face of adversity. affable Friendly, kind, relaxed, and easy to talk to It’s hard not to like such an affable fellow. affinity A close similarity between two things There are several close affinities between the two paintings.