CHAPTER 99 on Vocabulary

TOME (Noun)

Meaning- Large or scholarly book; one of the volumes in a set of several books.

Uses-

  • When she discovered that the books she needed for her paper were in the university’ s online system, she ended up lugging some truly impressive tomes back from the library. She actually had to stop and rest twice on the way home.

                                      

TORPOR (Noun)

Meaning- State of not being active and having no energy or enthusiasm.

Synonym- TORPIDITY, INDOLENCE, LANGUOR, LETHARGY, SLUGGISHNESS, LISTLESSNESS

Uses-

  • In the heat, they sank into a state of torpor.
  • He fell into a deep torpor.

                                                                   

TORRID (Adj.)

Meaning- 1) extremely hot.

2) Steamy, passionate or showing or expressing very strong feelings; especially, of sexual or romantic desires.

3) Very difficult, uncomfortable and unpleasant.

Synonym- SCALDING, SWELTERING

Uses-

  • A torrid summer.
  • “They were known to have had a torrid love affair.”
  • “With a torrid weather condition and a torrid summer, it has been a terribly difficult summer.”
  • “The parents brought a big umbrella to the picnic the family could decrease the heat of the torrid sun.”
  • There were rumors that their boss and his secretary were having a torrid affair.”

 

TORTUOUS (Adj.)

Meaning- Not simple and direct; long, complicated and difficult to understand.

Synonym- COMPLEX, INTRICATE, LABYRINTHINE, SERPENTINE

Uses-

  • Thomas was not very straightforward and he was quite tortuous as he tried to make his wife believe that he loved her even though she knew that he was having a relationship with another woman.
  • There are some mountain passes which are tortuous for drivers because of the multitudes of winding curves that exist.

                            

TRENCHANT (Adj.)

Meaning- Expressed strongly and effectively in a clear way.

Synonym- INCISIVE, SHARP, ACERBIC, SCATHING, CAUSTIC, PENETRATING

Uses-

  • His trenchant views on the subject are well known.
  • Bruce made a trenchant analysis of the reasons for a loss in sales.
  • Debora was known to have trenchant writing skills.

 

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