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subliminal
adj. below the threshold


subliminal influences which affect our thinking
suborn
v. pursuade to act unlawfully (esp to commit perjury)

they used bribery to suborn the witness against the man
subpoena
n. writ (formal document) summoning a witness to appear


The prosecutor's office was ready to serve a subpoena on the reluctant witness
subsidiary
adj. subordinate; secondary


this info can only be used as subsidiary evidence - it's not sufficient to prove the argument
subsistence
n. existence; means of support; livelihood


my salary provides a mere subsistence
substantiate
v. establish by evidence; verify; support


these endorsements substantiate our claim that Barron's is the best
substantive
adj. essential; pertaining to the substance


we never agree on substantive issues
subsume
v. include; encompass

Is Newton's law of gravity subsumed into Einstein's larger scheme?
subterfuge
n. pretense (feigning); evasion

Once we realized you had won our support by subterfuge, we withdrew our endorsement of your candidacy
subversive
adj. tending to overthrow; destructive
succor
v. aid; assist; comfort


he has come to succor you in your hrof need
succulent
adj. juicy; full of richness


Florida citrus fruits are so succulent
suffragist
n. advocate of voting rights (for women )
suffuse
v. spread over
sully
v. tarnish; soil


sully his hands in such menial labor
sultry
adj. sweltering


sultry climate of the tropics
summation
n. act of finding the total; summary


in his summation, the lawyer...
sumptuous
adj. lavish; rich


sumptuous Thanksgiving feast
sunder
v. separate; part


North and South Korea are politically sundered
sundry
adj. various; severy



I read sundry items in teh newspapers about your behavior
superannuated
adj. retired or disqualified bc of age
supercilious
adj. arrogant; condescending; patronizing
supererogatory
adj. superfluous; more than needed or demanded
supernumerary
n. person or thing in excess of what is necessary; extra



his first appearance on the stage was as a supernumerary
supersede
v. cause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete


robots have superseded humans in this factory
supine
adj. lying on back
supplant
v. replace; usurp


Did the woman acutally supplant Princess Diana in Prince Charles's affections?
supple
adj. flexible; pliant



her body is supple from years of yoga
suppliant
adj. entreating (to ask for earnestly); beseeching (implore urgently)

Unable to resist the dog's suppliant whimpering, he gave it some food
supplicate
v. petition humbly; pray to grant a favor


We supplicate your Majjesty to grant him amnesty (pardon for offenses)
supposition
n., hypothesis; surmise (to conjecture or guess)


I based my decision to confide in him on the supposition that he would be discreet


v. SUPPOSE!
supposititious
adj. assumed; counterfeit; hypothetical


there is no similariaty btn your supposititious illustration and the problem we are facing
surfeit
v. satiate; stuff; indulge to excess in anything


we are surfeited w/ an overabundance of holiday treats
surly
adj. rude; cross


surly attitude
surmise
v. guess



I surmise that he will be late
surmount
v. overcome


I know that i can surmount any difficulties
susceptible
adj. impressionable; easily influenced; having little resistance, as to a disease; receptive to



a very susceptible customer (i convinced him to buy it!)
sustain
v. experience; support; nourish


he sustained a severe injury

work to sustain his family
sustenance
n. means of support, food, nourishment


the natives find sustenance easy to obtain bc of all the fruit trees
swarthy
adj. dark, dusky


many Italians look swarthy
swathe
v. wrap around; bandage


he was swathed in bandages
swelter
v. be opppressed by heat



I can't swelter through another hot and humid summer
swill
v. drink greedily

the pirates swilled their beer
sybarite
n. lover of luxury


Rich people are not always sybarites
sycophant
n. servile flatterer; bootlicker; yes man
syllogism
n. logical formula consisting of a major premise, a minor premise and a conclusion; deceptive or specious argument


there must be a fallacy in this syllogism
sylvan
adj. pertaining to the woods; rustic


His paintings of nymphs in sylvan backgrounds
synoptic
adj. providing a general overview; summary


synoptic account of what was new inthe field
synthetic
adj. artificial; resulting from synthesis
tacit
adj. understood; not put into words


we have a tacit agreement
taciturn
adj. habitually silent; talking little


a cowboy is usually a taciturn soul
tactile
adj. pertaining to organs or sense of touch


his callused hands lost their tactile sensitivity
talisman
n. charm

she wore the talisman to ward off evil
talon
n. claw of bird


the hawk's talons
tangential
adj. peripheral; only slightly connected; digressing


he tried to distract her w/ tangential remarks
tanner
n. person who turns animal hides into leather


the tanner treated the cowhide
tantalize
v. tease; torture w/ disappointment


Tom loved to tantalize his younger brother w/ candy; he knew the boy was forbidden to have it
tantamount
adj. equivalent in effect or value



the tax was tantamount to disenfranchisement for black voters bc the blacks could not afford to pay the tax.