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saccharine
cloyingly sweet
sacrosanct
most sacred; inviolable
saga
Scandinavian myth; any legend
sagacious
perceptive; shrewd; having insight
sage
* person celebrated for wisdom
salacious
lascivious; lustful
sallow
yellowish; sickly in color
salubrious
* healthful
salutary
tending to improve
sanctimonious
displaying ostentatious or hypocritical devoutness
sanction
* approve; ratify
sanguinary
bloody
sanguine
cheerful; hopeful
sap
diminish; undermine
sardonic
disdainful; sarcastic; cynical
sartorial
pertaining to tailors
sate
satisfy to the full; cloy
satiate
* satisfy fully
saturate
* soak thoroughly
saturnine
gloomy
satyr
half-human, half-bestial being in the court of Dionysus, portrayed as wanton and cunning
savant
scholar
savor
* enjoy; have a distinctive flavor, smell, or quality
scabbard
case for a sword blade; sheath
scad
a great quantity
scaffold
temporary platform for workers; bracing framework; platform for execution
scenario
plot outline; screenplay; opera libretto
schematic
relating to an outline or diagram; using a system of symbols
scintilla
shred; least bit
scintillate
sparkle; flash
scotch
stamp out; thwart; hinder
scourge
lash; whip; severe punishment
scrupule
fret about; hesitate, for ethical reasons
scuffle
struggle confusedly; move off in a confused hurry
scurrilous
obscene; indecent
scurvy
despicable; contemptible
scuttle
sink
seamy
sordid; unwholesome
secession
withdrawal
secrete
* hide away or cache; produce and release a substance into an organism
sedate
composed; grave
sedition
resistance to authority; insubordination
sedulous
diligent
seedy
run-down; decrepit; disreputable
seemly
proper; appropriate
seine
net for catching fish
semblance
outward appearance; guise
seminal
germinal; influencing future developments; related to seed or semen
seminary
school for training future ministers; secondary school, especially for young women
sensuous
pertaining to the physical senses; operating through the senses
sententious
terse; concise; aphoristic
sentient
capable of sensation; aware; sensitive
sentinel
sentry; lookout
septic
putrid; producing putrefaction
sepulcher
tomb
sere
parched; dry
serendipity
gift for finding valuable or desirable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck
serpentine
winding; twisting
sextant
navigation tool used to determine a ship's latitude and longitude
sham
pretend
shambles
wreck; mess
shard
* fragment, generally of pottery
sheaf
bundle of stalks of grain; any bundle of things tied together
sheathe
place into a case
shirk
avoid (responsibility, work, etc.); malinger
shunt
turn aside; divert; sidetrack
shyster
lawyer using questionable methods
sibylline
prophetic; oracular
sidereal
relating to the stars
simian
monkeylike
simper
smirk; smile affectedly
sinecure
well-paid position with little responsibility
sinewy
tough; strong and firm
sinuous
winding; bending in and out; not morally honest
skeptic
* doubter; person who suspends judgment until having examined the evidence supporting a point of view
skiff
small, light sailboat or rowboat
skinflint
stingy person; miser
skirmish
minor fight
skittish
lively; frisky
skulduggery
dishonest behaviour
skulk
move furtively and secretly
slacken
slow up; loosen
slag
residue from smelting metal; dross; waste matter
slake
quench; sate
slapdash
haphazard; careless; sloppy
sleazy
flimsy; unsubstantial
sleeper
something originally of little value or importance that in time becomes very valuable
sleight
dexterity
slight
insult to one's dignity; snub
slipshod
untidy or slovenly; shabby
slothful
lazy
slough
cast off
slovenly
untidy; careless in work habits
sluggard
lazy person
sluice
artificial channel for directing or controlling the flow of water
smattering
slight knowledge
smolder
burn without flame; be liable to break out at any moment
snivel
run at the nose; snuffle; whine
sobriety
moderation (especially regarding indulgence in alcohol); seriousness
sodden
soaked; dull, as if from drink
sojourn
temporary stay
solace
comfort in trouble
solder
repair or make whole by using a metal alloy
solecism
construction that is flagrantly incorrect gramatically
solicitous
* worried, concerned
solitude
state of being alone seclusion
solstice
point at which the sun is farthest from the equator
solvent
able to pay all debts
somnambulist
sleepwalker
somnolent
half asleep
sonorous
resonant
sophist
teacher of philosophy; quibbler; employer of fallacious reasoning
sophistry
seemingly plausible but fallacious reasoning
soporific
* sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness
spangle
small metallic piece sewn to clothing for ornamentation
spartan
lacking luxury and comfort; sternly disciplined
spawn
lay eggs
specious
* seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading (often intentionally)
spectral
ghostly
spectrum
* colored band produced when a beam of light passes through a prism
spendthrift
someone who wastes money
sphinx-like
enigmatic; mysterious
splice
fasten together; unite
spoonerism
accidental transposition of sounds in successive words
sporadic
* occurring irregularly
sportive
playful
spruce
neat and trim
spry
vigorously active; nimble
spurn
reject; scorn
squat
stocky; short and thick
staid
sober; sedate
stalwart
strong, brawny; steadfast
stanch
check flow of blood
statute
law enacted by legislature
statutory
created by statute or legislative action
steadfast
loyal; unswerving
stealth
slyness; sneakiness; secretiveness
stellar
pertaining to the stars
stem
check the flow
stentorian
extremely loud
stigma
* token of disgrace; brand
stilted
bombastic; stiffly pompous
stint
* be thrifty; set limits
stint
supply; allotted amount; assigned portion of work
stipend
pay for services
stipple
paint or draw with dots
stipulate
* make express conditions; specify
stock
typical; standard; kept regularly in supply
stockade
wooden enclosure or pen; fixed line of posts used as defensive barrier
stoic
impassive; unmoved by joy or grief
stoke
stir up a fire; feed plentifully
stolid
* dull; impassive
stratagem
clever trick; deceptive scheme
stratum
layer of earth's surface; layer of society
strew
spread randomly; sprinkle; scatter
striated
* marked with parallel bands; grooved
stricture
critical comments; severe and adverse criticism
strident
loud and harsh; insistent
strut
* pompous walk
strut
* supporting bar
studied
unspontanous; deliberate; thoughtful
stultify
cause to appear or become stupid or inconsistent; frustrate or hinder
stygian
gloomy; hellish; deathly
stymie
present an obstacle; stump
subaltern
subordinate
sublimate
refine; purify
suborn
persuade to act unlawfully (especially to commit perjury)
subpoena
* writ summoning a witness to appear
subside
* settle down; descend; grow quiet
subsidiary
subordinate
substantiate
* establish evidence; verify; support
substantive
essential; pertaining to the stubstance
subterfuge
pretense; evasion
subtlety
perceptiveness; ingenuity; delicacy
succor
aid; assist; comfort
suffuse
spread over
sultry
sweltering
sumptuous
lavish; rich
sunder
separate; part
sundry
various; several
superannuated
retired or disqualified because of age
supercilious
arrogant; condescending; patronizing
supererogatory
superfluous; more than needed or demanded
superfluous
excessive; overabundant; unnecessary
supernumerary
person or thing in excess of what is necessary; extra
supersede
* cause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete
supine
lying on back
supplant
replace; usurp
supple
flexible; pliant
suppliant
entreating; beseeching
supplicate
petition humbly; pray to grant a favor
supposition
* hypothesis; surmise
surfeit
satiate; stuff; indulge to excess in anything
surmise
guess
surreptitious
secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden
supposititious
assumed; counterfeit; hypothetical
sustain
experience; support; nourish
swarthy
dark; disky
swathe
wrap around; bandage
swelter
be oppressed by heat
sybarite
lover of luxury
syllogism
logical formula consisting of a major premise, a minor premise and a conclusion; deceptive or specious argument
sylvan
pertaining to the woods; rustic
symbiosis
interdependent relationship (between groups, species), often mutually beneficial
synoptic
providing a general overview