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sadistic
adj. inclined to cruelty

n. sadism
saga
n. Scandinavian myth; any legend


this is a saga of the sea
sagacious
adj. perceptive; shrewd; having insight

my father is a sagacious judge of character

n. sagacity
salacious
adj. lascivious; lustful


he is salacious, a teller of lewd tales and ribald jests
salient
adj prominent



one of the salient features of the newspaper is...
saline
adj. salty


saline taste
sallow
adj. yellowish; sickly in color


she had a sallow complexion
salubrious
adj. healthful



many people w/ hay fever move to more salubrious sections of the country
salutary
adj. tending toimprove; beneficial; wholesome


the punishment had a salutary effect on the boy
sanctimonious
adj. displaying ostentatious or hypocritical devoutness


you do not have to be so sanctimonious to prove that you are devout
sanguinary
adj. bloody


the battle was unexpectedly sanguinary
sanguine
adj. cheerful; hopeful

let's not be too sanguine about the outcome; something could go wrong
sap
v. diminish; undermine

it sapped his strength
sardonic
adj. disdainful; sarcastic; cynical

sardonic humor of nightclub comedians
sartorial
adj. pertaining to tailors


the sartorial splendor of his attire
sate
v. satisfy to the full; cloy


Its hunger sated, the lion dozed.
satire
n. form of literature in which irony, sarcasm, and ridicule are employed to attack vice and folly
saturnine
adj. gloomy

Do not be mislead by his saturnine countenance; he is not as gloomy as he looks
satyr
n. half-human, half-bestial being in the court of Dionysus, portrayed as wanton and cunning

He was like a satyr in his lustful conduct
saunter
v. stroll slowly



we sauntered thru the park
savant
n. scholar


our faculty includes many famous savants
scabbard
n. case for a sword blade; sheath
scad
n. a great quantity


i've got scads of clothes
scaffold
n. temporary platform for workers; bracing framework; platform for execution


the workers put up a scaffold to alllow them to work on the 2nd story
scale
v. climb up; ascend


Lee scaled the ladder to find the book
scanty
adj. meager; insufficient

scanty helping of food
scavenge
v. hunt thru discarded materials for usable items; search, esp for food
schematic
adj. relating to an outline or diagram; using a system of symbols


schematic diagram illustrating the relationships btn items

n. schema
schism
n. division; split


Let us not widen the schism by further bickering
scintilla
n. shred; least bit


You have not produced a scintilla of evidence to support your argument
scintillate
v. sparkle; flash

our conversation always scintillates
scoff
v. mock; ridicule


he scoffed at dentists until he has his first toothache
scotch
v. stamp out; thwart; hinder


She tried to scotch the rumor that she had stolen her best friend's fiance
scourge
n. lash; which; sever punishment


they regarded the plague as a deadly scourge
scruple
v. fret about; hesitate, for ethical reasons


Fearing that her husband had become involved in an affair, she did not scruple to read his diary
scrupulous
adj. conscientious; extremely thorough


he is scrupulous in fulfilling his duties at work
scuffle
v. struggle confusedly; move off in a confused manner

The twins scuffled, wrestling for the toy
scurrilous
adj. obscene; indecent

your scurrilous remarks are offensive
scurvy
adj. despicable; contemptible


peter pan sneered at Captain Hook and his scurvy crew
scuttle
v. sink


they scuttled their boat instead of surrendering it to their enemy
seamy
adj. sordid; unwholesome



the Godfather did not want to expose his seamy side to his family
sear
v. char or burn; brand


she seared her hand badly on the grill
seasoned
adj. experienced


the coach wished he had more seasoned players on the team
secession
n. withdrawal from alliance or an organization

v. secede
secrete
v. hide away or cache; produce and release a substance into an organism


the pack rat secretes odds and ends in its nest
sect
n. separate religious body; faction


adj. sectarian
secular
adj. wordly; not pertaining to church matters; temporal



the church leaders decided not to interfere in secular matters
sedate
adj. composed grave


the parents worried that their son was too quiet and sedate
sedentary
adj. requiring sitting


sedentary nature of the job
sedition
n. resistance to authority; insubordination
sedulous
adj. diligent

n. sedulity
seedy
adj. run-down; decrepit; disreputable


i dont' want to stay in the seedy hotel
seemly
adj. proper; appropriate


Lady Bracknell didn't think it was seemly for Ernest to lack a proper family
seethe
v. be disturbed; boil


the nation was seething w/ discontent
seine
n. net for catching fish
seismic
adj. pertaining to earthquakes


The Richter scale is a measurement of seismic disturbances
semblance
n. outward appearance; guise

this book only has a semblance of wisdom and scholarship... it actually has lots of errors
seminal
adj. germinal; influencing future developments; related to seed or semen


Freud was a seminal thinker who shaped the course of psychology
seminary
n. school for training future ministers; secondary school esp for young women
senility
n. old age; feeblemindedness of old age
sensitization
n. process of being made sensitive or acutely responsive to an external agent or substance


her extreme sensitization to chemicals
sensual
adj. devoted to the pleasures of the senses; carnal; voluptuous


what caused him to drop his sensual way of life and become so ascetic?
sententious
adj. terse; concise; aphoristic


his sententious style is pleasing
sentient
adj. capable of sensation; aware; sensitive


there was a sentient, intelligent creature from outer space
Sentinel
n. sentry; lookout

he posted sentinel around the encampment
septic
adj. putrid; producing putrefaction


the patients suffered from septic poisoning
sepulcer
n. tomb

he was buried in the sepulcer by the sea