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100 Cards in this Set

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s queer
strange; eccentric; deviating from the normal
n uncanny
strange; mysterious; Ex. uncanny knack
n throttle
strangle; regulate the speed of with a throttle; N: valve that regulates the flow; CF. throat ?
n subterfuge
stratagem(deceptive scheme); pretense; evasion; Ex. resort to a harmless subterfuge
s ploy
strategem to gain an advantage; tactic; Ex. management ploy
strategic military or naval movement (done for training purposes); carefully planned process; stratagem; V: carry out a military maneuver; use maneuvers in gaining an end
s straggle
stray or fall behind (a main group); spread out in a scattered group; Ex. straggling marathon racer; Ex. straggling branch
n travail
strenuous work; toil; painful labor; labor of childbirth
stretch out full on ground; make prostrate; enervate; Ex. prostrating illness; ADJ: lying face down; having lost all strength
s tension
stretching; condition of being stretched; mental strain; strained relationship between groups or people
n martinet
strict disciplinarian; person who demands total obedience to rules and orders; CF. Jean Martinet
n buffet
strike forcefully; slap; batter; knock out; N: table with food set out for people to server themselves; meal at which people help themselves to food that's been set
s clap
strike the palms of the hands together with a sudden explosive sound; come together suddenly with a sharp sound; put or send promptly; Ex. clap the thief in jail; N: clapping; loud or explosive sound; CF. applause
n clapper
striker (tongue) of a bell
n percussion
striking one object against another sharply; Ex. percussion instrument; N: striking together of two bodies; sound caused by percussion
n incandescent
strikingly bright; shining with intense heat; emitting visible light when heated; Ex. incandescent light bulb; CF. candle
strip (as of clothes); deprive (as of rights); dispossess; N. divestiture(divestment)
n defrock
strip a priest or minister of church authority; unfrock
n flay
strip off skin; plunder; remove the skin from; criticize harshly
n apoplexy
stroke; loss of consciousness caused by too much blood in the brain
n saunter
stroll(go for a leisurely walk) slowly; N.
s gust
strong abrupt rush of wind; V. CF. bluster
s sturdy
strong and firm (in the body)
n yen
strong desire; longing; urge; Ex. yen for travel
n transport
strong emotion; rapture; Ex. in a transport/transports of; V: move to strong emotion; enrapture
s stench
strong foul odor; reek; stink
n penchant
strong inclination; strong liking (esp. for something that is disapproved of by other people); Ex. penchant for fast cars
n wanderlust
strong longing to travel
strong point or special talent in a person's character
n bulwark
strong wall built for defense; earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
strong; vigorous
s drastic
strong; violent and severe; Ex. drastic changes/measures
n bastion
stronghold; something seen as a source of protection; Ex. the last bastion of male chauvinism
strongly opposed to social or political change; opposing progress; politically ultraconservative; N. OP. radical
n flounder
struggle and thrash about; proceed clumsily or falter (as in water, mud, snow, etc.); proceed in confusion
n scuffle
struggle confusedly; move off in a confused hurry; N. CF. scuffling twins ?
struggle; compete; assert earnestly; state strongly
stubborn and disobedient; resisting authority (esp. disobedient to an order made by a court)
n bigotry
stubborn intolerance
stubborn; hard to control or treat; Ex. obstinate cough; N. obstinacy
stubborn; refusing to change one's belief
s wrongheaded
stubbornly wrong
s cadet
student at a military school
student of the history and science of humankind
n pore
study industriously; ponder; scrutinize; Ex. pore over the book; N.
study of artifacts and relics of early mankind
n ichthyology
study of fish; CF. ichthyo-: fish
n ethnology
study of humankind; study of the different races of human beings; CF. anthropology
study of insects
n philology
study of language or words
n paleontology
study of prehistoric life or fossils; CF. paleo-: ancient or prehistoric; Ex. paleography: study of ancient written documents
s penology
study of prison management and criminal rehabilitation
s gerontology
study of the sociological phenomena associated with old age
study of word parts; study of the origins of words
n gorge
stuff oneself (with food); glut; CF. gorgeous: dazzlingly beautiful
s daze
stun as with a blow or shock; bemuse; benumb; N.
n stupefy
stun; make numb (as with a drug); amaze
n oaf
stupid awkward person; CF. elf
s buffoon
stupid person; clown
n asinine
stupid; Ex. asinine remarks
n cuisine
style of cooking; Ex. French cuisine
n urbane
suave; refined in manner; elegant
n meek
submissive; patient and long-suffering
n subaltern
n appurtenances
subordinate possessions; something added to a more important thing
subordinating the individual to the state; completely dominating another's will; Ex. authoritarian regime/father
n abate
subside or moderate
n emetic
substance causing vomiting; ADJ.
n humus
substance or rich soil formed by decaying vegetable matter; CF. soil
substance that dissolves another; ADJ: capable of dissolving another substance
substance that prevents infection in a wound; ADJ.
substance that removes sensation with or without loss of consciousness; N. anesthesia
substance which propels or drives forward (such as an explosive charge or a rocket fuel)
n substantive
substantial; essential; pertaining to the substance; substantial; considerable; Ex. substantive issues
n surrogate
substitute; person or thing used in place of another; Ex. surrogate mother; ADJ.
s prosperous
successful; rich; affluent; well-to-do; well-off
s nurse
suckle; take care of (as a nurse); bear in mind; Ex. nursing mother; Ex. nurse a hope/grudge against someone
s whim
sudden capricious idea; fancy
sudden disastrous downfall or defeat; complete disaster
n spate
sudden flood or rush; Ex. spate of accidents
s stampede
sudden frenzied rush (of panic-stricken animals or people); V: participate in or cause stampede; Ex. stampede before the price rises
s fit
sudden outburst of an illness or feeling; convulsion caused by epilepsy
s pang
sudden sharp feeling of pain
n quirk
sudden sharp turn or twist; startling twist; caprice; idiosyncrasy; peculiarity of behavior; Ex. by a quirk of fate
n revulsion
sudden strong feeling of disgust; sudden violent change of feeling; negative reaction; Ex. revulsion from the scenes of torture
suffer (harm or loss); experience; support; prop; maintain; keep in existence; nourish (to maintain life); Ex. sustain the family/the trapped miners
n blighted
suffering from a disease; destroyed
n dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion; N. dyspepsia: indigestion; difficulty in digesting food
n bilious
suffering from indigestion; sick from having too much bile; irritable; easily irritated
n tribulation
suffering; ordeal; distress; trial
suggest a meaning not expressed; signify
suggested or implied meaning of an expression; V. connote
s reminiscent
suggestive of something (in the past); of reminiscence
suggestive; implying; serving to indicate
suitable (for a particular purpose although not necessarily morally correct); practical; politic(prudent); N: something expedient
n potable
suitable for drinking; drinkable
n menial
suitable for servants; lowly; mean; N: someone who does menial work (esp. servant in a house)
n forensic
suitable to debate or courts of law; of or used in legal proceedings and the tracking of criminals; Ex. forensic science/medicine
suitable; to the point; relevant
n dour
sullen; gloomy; stubborn