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temper: Not even her supervisor's grumpiness could temper Nancy's enthusiasm for her new job.
V. moderate; tone down or restrain; toughen (steel).
tenacity: Jean Valjean could not believe the tenacity of Inspector Javert. Here all Valjean had done was to steal a loaf of bread, and the inspector had pursued him doggedly for twenty years!
N. firmness; persistence.
tentative: Unsure of his welcome at the Christmas party, Scrooge took a tentative step into his nephew's drawing room.
ADJ. hesitant; not fully worked out or developed; experimental; not definite or positive.
terrestrial: In many science fiction films, alien invaders from outer space plan to destroy all terrestrial life.
ADJ. earthly (as opposed to celestial); pertaining to the land.
terse: There is a fine line between speech that is terse and to the point and speech that is too abrupt.
ADJ. concise; abrupt; pithy.
threadbare: The poor adjunct professor hid the threadbare spots on his jacket by sewing leather patches on his sleeves.
ADJ. worn through till the threads show; shabby and poor.
thrive: Despite the impact of the recession on the restaurant trade, Philip's cafe thrived.
v. prosper; flourish.
tirade: The cigar smoker went into a bitter tirade, denouncing the anti-smoking forces that had succeeded in banning smoking from most planes and restaurants.
N. extended scolding; denunciation; harangue.