Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Tee totaling (adjective) 
characterized as having complete abstinence from alcoholic drinks

"We trust state and local officials," Peters said, suggesting it doesn't make sense to 
promote pedestrian safety for South Dakota's wide-open spaces or drunken-driving 
programs in largely tee totaling Utah.  

Temperate (adjective) 
used to describe a climate that has a range of temperatures within  moderate limits
Situated close to the Pacific Ocean, San Diego has a temperate climate with
temperatures ranging from 60 - 75 degrees F.

Tempting (adjective) 
causing craving or desire to arise
It is tempting to think that if language evolved by gradual Darwinian natural selection,
we must be able to find some precursor of it in our closest relatives, the chimpanzees.

Tendency (noun) 
a way that somebody or something typically behaves or is likely to react or behave
Some people with mental disorders have a tendency toward self-persecution, self-
sabotage, and even violence.

Tender (noun) 
something offered, as in money
Gold and silver were declared as legal tender, and as such were used for all payments.

Tentative (adjective) 
likely to have many later changes before it becomes final and complete
Today, we believe science is testable, explanatory, and tentative.

Terrify (verb)
to make somebody feel very frightened or alarmed
They represent a terrifying and destructive force that kills more than two out of every
five Americans.

Textbook example (noun phrase) 
one by which others are compared; a standard of comparison 
Hawaii’s volcanoes have, therefore, become the textbook example of non-explosive
volcanism, and the term "Hawaiian type" is used to refer to such eruptions. 

Theatrical (adjective) 
full of exaggerated or false emotion
Starting with the Retablo de Maese, Pedro Cervantes, demonstrates a mastery of
theatrical illusion which, absent from part one, becomes another narrative function in
part two.

Theocracy (noun) 
government of a state by immediate divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as 
divinely guided 
The Puritan government of Massachusetts in the 1600's and 1700's has been called a 

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