SAT GREEN BOOK 28

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synchronize

to cause to occur at the same time; to make simultaneous

synonym

a word having the same or nearly the same meaning

synopsis

outline; summary; brief

syntax

the grammatical arrangement of words in a sentence

synthesis

the combining of elements to form a unified entity

systemic

affecting an entire system, as the body

table

to remove from consideration; put off to the side

taboo

improper or unacceptable

tacit

conveyed indirectly without words or speech; implicit

taciturn

reserved in speech; sparing of words; quiet

tactical

showing skill in tactics; characterized by skillful maneuvering

tactile

pertaining to the sense of touch

tactless

having no skill dealing with people; rude; insensitive

tailor

to shape or alter; garment maker; designer

taint

a small amount of something, esp. something harmful or unhealthy

talisman

an object with supposed magical powers

tangential

not especially relevant; only slightly related to a matter at hand

tangible

definite; not vague; touchable

tantalize

to tease by arousing expectations

tantamount

synonymous; parallel; equivalent

tardy

late; not on time

taut

stretched tightly; tidy

tawdry

gaudy and cheap in appearance or nature

tedious

long and boring; dull; wearisome

tedium

the condition of being dull or wearisome; monotony; boredom

teem

to have in abundance; to overrun; full of

telegenic

having qualities that televise well

temerity

boldness; recklessness; audacity

temperament

disposition or character

temperance

moderation or self- restraint; self- control

temperate

levelheaded, self-controlled, moderate

tempestuous

marked by unrest, disturbance or stormy turbulence

tempo

rate of motion or performance

temporal

of or related to time; concerned with worldly affairs; short-lived

temporize

to stall; cause delay; pause; stop

tenable

justifiable; rational; viable; defensible

tenacious

tough; stubborn; not letting go

tenet

position; doctrine; a shared principle

tentative

unsure; hesitant; depending on a condition; doubtful

tenuous

unsupported;shaky; frail; flimsy

tepid

somewhat warm;not very strong; halfhearted

termagant

quarrelsome, loud, scolding woman

terminal

having a fatal disease in its final stages

terminate

to bring to an end

terrestrial

pertaining to Earth or of human life on Earth

terse

brief and to the point; concise

tether

to fasten or confine with a rope, chain or something similar

theology

science of divine things, doctrine

theoretical

not based on experience; in theory only; unproven

thesis

a theory to be proven

thorny

tough or painful to deal with; full of thorns

threadbare

worn and thin from much use; shabby

threshold

point at which something starts; entrance

thrive

to grow strong; flourish; prosper; succeed

throng

a large group of people gathered closely together, to gather in a throng

throttle

to choke or strangle; to enlarge or reduce the flow of fuel in an engine

thunderstruck

struck with amazement, terror

thwart

to stop something from happening; to hinder, oppose, or frustrate; to trick

tier

a row or rank

tightfisted

greedy; stingy; tight; penny-pinching

timorous

full of fear

tinge

a slight trace or coloring

tint

a shade of a color; hue; to color slightly

tirade

long angry speech; reprimand

titanic

of extraordinary size and power; of great influence

titillate

to cause to feel pleasantly excited; to stimulate; to tease

titular

existing in name only; nominal; bearing a title

toil

hard and tiring work; labor ; exhausting effort

tolerate

to not interfere with; to respect

tonic

something that refreshes; a refreshing or invigorating drink

torpid

dormant; inactive; lethargic; sleepy

torpor

sluggishness, inactivity, apathy; sleepiness

torque

a tuning or twisting force

torrid

intensely hot; burning; passionate; rapid

tortuous

changing direction frequently; twisting; winding; or crooked

totalitarian

with an absolute rules; not tolerating opposing opinions

totem

a natural object with animals or birds assumed as an emblem

totter

walk with faltering steps; to swat or rock

touchstone

a test or criterion for quality; gauge

tousle

to cause disorder of dishevel

tout

to praise highly; publicize; vaunt

toxic

poisonous; injurious or deadly

tractable

easily managed or controlled; obedient; tame

traditional

as was done in the past; customary; habitual; established

traduce

to speak maliciously and false of; slander; defame; vilify

tragic

disasterous; unfortunate; woeful; catastrophic

trait

a feature that characterizes someone; an attribute; quality

traitorous

having the character of a traitor; treacherous; perfidious

trajectory

the curve described by a projectile in flight

tranquil

quiet; clam; serene

transcend

to rise above or go beyond; to surpass

transcribe

to write down; record; reproduce

transfix

to fix in place or hold motionless; to rivet

transgress

failing to fulfill of conform; violate a moral law

transient

a seasonal traveler who doesn't stay long in a given location

transition

the process of passing from one form or stage ro another

transparent

clear; easily seen or understood

trauma

severe physical or emotional shock; a terrible experience; violent wound

travail

strenuous physical or mental labor or effort

travesty

a complete failure; mockery; a shameful imitation

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