100 SAT Words Beginning with “T” – 100 Words

tacit

implied by or inferred from actions or statements

The sentiment here is not tacit, but communicable and overt.Rhys, Ernest
taciturn

habitually reserved and uncommunicative

He is of a reserved, taciturn habit, somewhat surly: not talkative even in his cups.Reid, Mayne
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)
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)
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.
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.
tangential

of superficial relevance if any

It is terrific fun, but its relation to the theme remains tangential at best.
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.
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
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.”
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)
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)
taunt

harass with persistent criticism or carping

Verbal harassment refers to teasing, taunting, or insulting someone.New York Times (Nov 17, 2011)
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
tautological

characterized by unnecessary repetition

The expression sounds trite and tautological; but it needs emphasis.Various
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
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
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
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
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.
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
tenable

based on sound reasoning or evidence

“Then you allow his position to be more tenable and reasonable than yours?”Rogers, Henry
tenacity

persistent determination

Constancy, persistence, dogged tenacity is certainly the striking feature of Jacob’s character.Dods, Marcus
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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
terminology

a system of words used to name things in a discipline

This building was known, in monastic terminology, as the “Lavabo.”Anonymous
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)
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)
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)
terse

brief and to the point

While she stared at him, he uttered the short, terse command: “Hands up!”Seltzer, Charles Alden
tertiary

coming third in position

The plan divides roadways into three major categories: arterial, secondary and tertiary.New York Times (Dec 28, 2010)
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)
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
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)
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)
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.
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
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
thrive

grow vigorously

A naturally outgoing person, Irenstein learned quickly and his dating life began to thrive.Slate (Apr 27, 2012)
throes

violent pangs of suffering

He suffered rheumatism in its most acute form, so the coastguard explained between his throes.Creswicke, Louis
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.
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
thrust

push forcefully

I cried angrily, thrusting back those who pressed on me most closely.Weyman, Stanley John
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.
tirade

a speech of violent denunciation

It is an angry, sometimes abusive, but overall articulate and heartfelt tirade about growing up in Gaza.
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)
toil

work hard

Taking his stone axe he toiled all day until the tree was felled.Westervelt, W. D. (William Drake)
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)
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.
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)
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
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
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)
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)
torrid

extremely hot

Days dragged on; days of torrid, relentless heat.Elliott, Maud Howe
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.
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)
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)
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
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
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
trajectory

the path followed by an object moving through space

Losing altitude, they hurtled on a sloping trajectory toward Washington.Neville, Kris
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.
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
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
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
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)
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)
transitory

lasting a very short time

Positive reviews are blissful but strangely transitory, forgotten within hours.
translucent

allowing light to pass through diffusely

It is usually translucent, becoming nearly transparent on immersion in water.Various
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
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.
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)
traverse

travel across

It had taken them four days to traverse just 25 miles.
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.
treachery

an act of deliberate betrayal

By this fatal step Ashburnham incurred the unmerited charge of treachery and disloyalty.Various
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
treason

an act of deliberate betrayal

He was accused of disloyalty and treason, with the greatest heat, everywhere.Day, Clarence
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)
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)
tremulous

quivering as from weakness or fear

Only his tremulous voice and shaking hand betrayed suffering.Armstrong, W. N.
trenchant

having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought

The trenchant blade of his intellect is still keen.Codman, John Thomas
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
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)
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
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.
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)
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)
troglodyte

someone who lives in a cave

The original cave man, the troglodyte, may have got his that way.Paine, Albert Bigelow
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
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
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)
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
turpitude

a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice

The cities were berated as hubs of moral turpitude, decadence and greed.Vaknin, Samuel
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)
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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