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Tantalize
Tantalus, who through hybris tried to feed the gods human flesh, is punished by being in a state of perpetual thirst and hunger, food and drink always just beyond his reach. To tantalize is therefore to tease and tempt without satisfaction. See sisyphean and tartarean.
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Tartarean
Tartarus is the region in the realm of Hades reserved for the punishment of sinners, among whom are those who have committed the most heinous crimes and suffer the most terrible punishments. The adjective tartarean refers to those infernal regions. See sisyphean and tantalize.
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Terpsichorean
From Terpsichore, one of the nine muses comes the adjective, terpsichorean, which refers to her special area of expertise, dancing. See Muse.
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Titan
Titan or titanic.
The twelve Titans, the second generation of gods, born of Ge and Uranus, were of gigantic stature, most of them conceived of as natural forces, and although defeated and punished by Zeus, virtually invincible. Their massive strength is preserved in the adjective titanic, which was also the name given to an ocean vessel thought to be unsinkable. To call someone a titan is to emphasize one's enormous mastery and ability in any field or endeavor.
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Typhoon
Zeus' struggle with the dragon Typhon (also named Typhaon or Typhoeus) was the most serious battle that he had before finally consolidating his rule. Typhon had one hundred heads and tongues, fire shot out of his eyes, and terrible cries bellowed from his throats. The word typhoon, meaning a severe tropical hurricane which arises in the China sea or the western Pacific ocean, comes from the Chinese ta ("great") and feng ("wind"), but the form of the word is influenced by the name Typhon.
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