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sequester
v. isolate; retire from public life; segregate; seclude


the judge sequestered the jury
sere
adj. parched; dry


your lips look sere
serendipity
n. gift for finding valuable or desirable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck


many scientific discoveries are a matter of serendipity
serenity
n. calmness, placidity


the serenity was shattered by an explosion
serpentine
adj. winding; twisting


the car swerved on the serpentine road
sextant
n. navigation tool used to determine a ship's latitude and longitude
shackle
v. chain; fetter

the criminal's ankles were shackled to prevent him from escaping
sham
v. pretend

she shammed sickness
shambles
n. wreck; mess


her apartment was a shambles
shard
n. fragment, generally of pottery

he reassembled the clay pot from the shards he picked up
sheaf
n. bundle of stalks of grain; any bundle of things tied together



the lawyer picked up the sheaf of papers
sheathe
v. place into a case



he sheathed his dagger
shirk
v. avoid (responsibility, work, etc); malinger

he would never shirk any responsibility
shoddy
adj. sham (pretend); not genuine; inferior



i would never buy such shoddy material
shrew
n. scolding woman


no one wanted to marry the shrew
shun
v. keep away from

Cherishing his solitude, the recluse shunned the company of other human beings.
shunt
v. turn aside; divert; sidetrack

he shunted the train onto a side track
shyster
n. lawyer using questionable methods
sibylline
adj. prophetic; oracular


sibylline books
sidereal
adj. relating to the stars


the telescope is used to view distant sidereal bodies
silt
n. sediment deposited by running water
simian
adj. monkeylike


lemurs have many simian characteristics
simper
v. smirk; smile affectedly

Complimented on her appearance, she self-consciously simpered
simplistic
adj. oversimplified
sinecure
n. well-paid position w/ little responsibility


this job is no sinecure!
sinewy
adj. tough; strong and firm

the steak was too sinewy to chew
singular
adj. unique; extraordinary; odd



i don't undestand his singular behavior
sinuous
adj. winding; bending in and out; not morally honest



the snake moved in a sinuous manner
skiff
n. small, light sailboat or rowboat
skinflint
n. stingy person; miser



Scrooge was a skinflint
skirmish
n. minor fight


the troops might run into a skirmish or two on their way there
skittish
adj. lively; frisky


she is as skittish as a kitten playing w/ a piece of string
skulduggery
n. dishonest behavior


the investigation turned up new instances of skulduggery
skulk
v. move furtively and secretly


he skulked thru the alleys to avoid bumping into his friends
slacken
v. slow up; loosen


by the 5th hr, the runners slackened their pace
slag
n. residue from smelting metal; dross; waste matter
slake
v. quench; sate



When we reached the oasis were able to slake our thirst
slapdash
adj. haphazard; careless; sloppy


there are still tons of errors - he obviously proofread it in a slapdash manner
sleazy
adj. flimsy; unsubstantial


This is a sleazy fabric; it will not wear well
sleeper
n. something originally of little value or importance that in time becomes very valuable
sleight
n. dexterity


the magician amazed us w/ his sleight of hand
slew
n. large quantity or number


she had a whole slew of errands to do
slight
n. insult to one's dignity; snub

to treat (someone) with indifference; ignore, esp. pointedly or contemptuously; snub: to be slighted by society.

8. to do negligently; scamp: to slight one's studies.
slipshod
adj. untidy or slovenly; shabby



he prided himself on never doing slipshod work
slither
v. slip or slide


during the storm, many people slithered down the hill
sloth
n. slow-moving tree-dwelling mammal
slothful
adj. lazy


i feel slothful today
slough
v. cast off


Each spring, the snake sloughs off its skin
slovenly
adj. untidy; careless in work habits

unshaven, he had a slovenly appearance
sluggard
n. lazy person


think sluggish!
sluice
n. artificial channel for directing or controlling the flow of water


in times of drought, the sluice enables farmers to obtain water for irrigation
slur
n. insult to one's character or reputation; slander
smattering
n. slight knowledge


I don't know whether it's better to be ignorant or to have a mere smattering of information about it.
smelt
v. melt or blend ores, changing their chemical composition

he smelts tin w/ copper to create an alloy
smolder
v. burn w/o flame; be liable to break out at any moment


the rags smoldered for hrs before they burst into flame
snivel
v., run at the nose; snuffle; whine



Don't you come sniveling to me complaining about your big brother
sobriety
n. moderation (esp regarding indulgence in alcohol); seriousness

Neither falling-down drunks nor stand--up comics are noted for sobriety
sodden
adj. soaked; dull, as if from drink


he set his sodden overcoat near the radiator to dry
sojourn
n. temporary stay


After his sojourn in Florida...
solace
n. comfort in trouble


i hop you will find solace inthe thought that all of us share your loss
solecism
n. construction that is flagrantly incorrect grammatically


You failed your paper bc it contains many solecisms
solemnity
n. seriousness; gravity

nothing shall disturb the solemnity of the marriage service
solicitous
adj. worried, concerned


the employer was very solicitous about the health of her employees
soliloquy
n. talking to oneself
solstice
n. point at which the sun is farthest from the equator


the winter solstice usually occurs on dec. 21
soluble
adj. able to be dissolved; able to be worked out



this problem is not soluble!
solvent
adj. able to pay all debt



By dint of very frugal living, he was finally able to become solvent
somatic
adj. pertaining to the body; physical