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taunt

Short Definition : deride or provoke; challenge in derision; N.

Definition
(noun) aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing
Synonyms : taunting twit
Definition
(verb) harass with persistent criticism or carping
Example Sentence
  • The children teased the new teacher
  • Don't ride me so hard over my failure
  • His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for taunt

t+aunt.....so your aunt provoked you against your parents.

Taunt and Flaunt are rhyming words but have totally different meanings. The rich are always taunting the poor by flaunting (making a show of) their money at them.

taut

Short Definition : tight; strained; tense; ready; OP. slack

Definition
(adj) pulled or drawn tight
Synonyms : tight
Example Sentence
  • taut sails
  • a tight drumhead
  • a tight rope
Definition
(adj) subjected to great tension; stretched tight
Example Sentence
  • the skin of his face looked drawn and tight
  • her nerves were taut as the strings of a bow
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for taut

taut sounds like taught.. and if all the teachers want to taught(teach) lessons at the same period it will be tight..

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Teacher needs to be tight to teach (taut)

Taut sounds like Got. My muscles got taut (strained) after all that strenuous exercise.

like TIGHT

taut sounds like taught...you were taught a lesson last night n were asked to write a test but u forgot.....so you are TENSED........

Tauta (totta) means Maal(sexy looking girl), and tauta tightens few muscles.. tauta means maal then taut can be considered as muscular male who is tight and ready

taut = tota (hindi word for maal ladki) so a <br> 1. tota is always neat and trim <br> 2. and when taut comes around you, you become nervous and stressed

Picture tater [tot]s tightly packed together in a fast food restaurant. :)

Think=Thought; Tight=Taut

tautological

Short Definition : needlessly repetitious; Ex. ``It was visible to the eye''; N. tautology: needless repetition of the same sense; statement that is always true

Definition
(adj) repetition of same sense in different words
Example Sentence
  • `a true fact' and `a free gift' are pleonastic expressions
  • the phrase `a beginner who has just started' is tautological
  • at the risk of being redundant I return to my original proposition
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tautological

tota (parrot) repeats what u say !!

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TAU+TAU+logical....tau is coming twice at different places...

(for biological students)Remember tautonomy= practice of naming animal having same Genus and species name. ex: spotted deer=Axis axis

Tautology and Monotony have somewhat similar sounds, but they have the same meaning i.e to happen repeatedly.

For computer students, discrete mathematics contains step to prove one equation is same as other.

Addition to Userdce's mnemonic...... Tau + Tau + Logic - Repeating the same logic using different repeated words

Thatha in tamil means grandfather.. old people repeat the what they say all the time

Tauto - Logical-- Taut students logically, don't repeat the chapter every time.

strut- truck

what do u find looking at the mnemonics stated for this wors...? mr.sravan unnecessarily repeating the same thing..

tawdry

Short Definition : cheap and gaudy; Ex. tawdry jewelry

Definition
(adj) tastelessly showy
Example Sentence
  • a flash car
  • a flashy ring
  • garish colors
  • a gaudy costume
  • loud sport shirts
  • a meretricious yet stylish book
  • tawdry ornaments
Definition
(adj) cheap and shoddy
Synonyms : cheapjack shoddy
Example Sentence
  • cheapjack moviemaking...that feeds on the low taste of the mob
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tawdry

TOWEL+DRY......In a public locker room, a person who dries his body with a towel in front of everybody is vulgar and gaudy.

I AM WRITING AN ANECDOTE BELOW, FROM WHICH YOU WILL REM THE WORD FOREVER: ORIGINALLY THE WORD IS DERIVED FROM AUDRYLACE,A PLACE IN BRITAIN WHERE CHEAP AND SHOWY LACE(PROB OF SHOES) WERE SOLD,SO THE WORD MEANS GAUDY,GARISH,CHEAP AND SHOWY. NICE

taw - Toy which is cheap and Dry - Means it is dry showy - Not proper elegence.

tawdry sounds like rowdy..a cheap person indeed!!

Tawdry sounds like Laundry -> clothes -> gaudy/showy/cheaply shining clothes

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Sounds like Taadi in marathi..taadi are cheap alcohol shops

any1 who asks dowry from their bahus is a <b>fucking</b> tawdry

sounds like toddy.. toddy shops are cheap liquor shops.. hence the meaning cheap gaudy..

TAWDRY = TAsteless + gAUDY.

Sounds like "To Oddly Dry" yourself in a way that others can see your body (It could be both Showy and Immoral)

Tawdry is Vulgarity - to be showy, garish or flashy - something that is unpresentable and ungraceful.

Dry lands r cheap so tawdry means cheap

TAWDRY sounds like "TODDY" means white water it is very cheap compare to all wines....

tawny

Short Definition : brownish yellow

Definition
(adj) of a light brown to brownish orange color; the color of tanned leather
Synonyms : tawny-brown
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tawny

like BROWNY

tanned ......... tanny ... tawny

Tawny or Fawny (fawn) or Creamy (cream)or Sandy (colour of sand), are all shades of yellow ochre (brownish yellow).

after TAN we are TAWNY

taxonomist

Short Definition : specialist in classifying (animals, etc.); CF. taxonomy: science of classification

Definition
(noun) a biologist who specializes in the classification of organisms into groups on the basis of their structure and origin and behavior
Synonyms : systematist taxonomer
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for taxonomist

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taxo(classifying into different catagories or arranging in an order...) + nomist(one who names the things....)

TAXO+NOMIST...imagine urself in a moving TAXI and and u are giving names NAMEIST[ (classifying)...people passing by

a Person who (TAX)Stacks into Groups

Taxonomy is a Methodology of classifying animals into groups.

Imagine a tax guy, high on something. He sees animals around him, and classifies them.

TAXI's are now -a -days classified into various CAB's...and dey r used to carry da SOCIAL ANIMALS(us guyzzz n galzzz)

tedium

Short Definition : boredom; weariness; ADJ. tedious

Definition
(noun) the feeling of being bored by something tedious
Synonyms : boredom ennui
Definition
(noun) dullness owing to length or slowness
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tedium

tedium....stadium.......bored of sitting in a stadium...... especially during test matches...for 5 days..!!!!

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Just think of the cognate 'tedious' which means annoying. Tedium annoys too.

Tedium (boring) and Humdrum (dull) are rhyming words and they also relate to each other. If something is dull it is bound to be boring.

teetotalism

Short Definition : practice of abstaining totally from alcoholic drinks; N. teetotaler;; ADJ. teetotal; CF. T + total

Definition
(noun) abstaining from alcohol
Synonyms : teetotaling
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for teetotalism

totally drinking tea..not drinking alcohol :-)

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tee + total + ism.......focus..on total.....practice of totally abstaining from alcoholic drinks......

Teetotalism and Epicureanism are similar in sound but are opposite in meaning. Teetotalism is to abstain from alchohol but Epicureanism is to enjoy wining (wine) and dining.

TEA+TOTAL- totally taking TEA instead of wine/beer

Tee(THE) + TOTAL + ISM... THE practice of TOTALLY ABSTAINING FROM ALCOHOLISM.....

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