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saccharine
adj; cloyingly sweet; irritatingly sweet
sacrosanct
adj; most sacred; inviolable (secure from attack)
salient
adj; prominent
sallow
adj; yellowish; sickly in color
salubrious
adj; healthful
salutary
adj; tending to improve; beneficial
sanctimonious
adj; displaying ostentatious or hypocritical devoutness
sanguine
adj; cheerful; hopeful
sartorial
adj; pertaining to tailors
sate
v; satisfy to the full; cloy
saturnine
v; gloomy
savant
n; scholar
scad
n; a great quantity
schism
n; division; split
scintilla
n; shred; least bit
scotch
v; thwart; hinder
scruple
v; fret about; hesitate, for ethical reasons
scurrilous
adj; obscene; indecent
scuttle
v; sink
seamy
adj; sordid; unwholesome
sear
v; char or burn; brand
sedition
n; resistance to authority; insubordination; mutiny; insurrection
sedulous
adj; diligent
seemly
adj; proper; appropriate
seine
n; net for catching fish
seminal
adj; germinal; influencing future developments
sententious
adj; terse; concise; aphoristic
sentient
adj; capable of sensation; aware; sensitive
septic
adj; putrid; producing putrefaction
sere
adj; parched; dry
serendipity
n; good fortune or luck
sheaf
n; bundle of stalks of grain; any bundle of things tied together
shirk
v; avoid responsibility, work, etc; malingerer
shrew
n; scolding woman
shunt
v; turn aside
shyster
n; lawyer using questionable methods
sibylline
adj; prophetic; oracular
sidereal
adj; relating to the stars
simper
v; smirk; smile affectedly
sinecure
n; well-paid position with little respoonsibility
sinewy
adj; tough; strong and firm
sinuous
adj; winding; bending in and out; not morally honest
skinflint
n; stingy person; miser
skittish
adj; lively; frisky; nervous
skulk
v; move furtively and secretely
slag
n; waste matter
slake
v; quench; sate
slipshod
adj; untidy or slovenly; shabby
slough
v; cast off
sluice
n; artificial channel for controlling water
smattering
n; slight knowledge
sodden
adj; soaked; dull, as if from drink
sojourn
n; temporary stay
solecism
n; construction that is flagrantly incorrect grammatically
solvent
adj; able to pay all debts
somatic
adj; pertaining to the body; physical
somnambulist
n; sleepwalker
somnolent
adj; half asleep
sophist
n; teacher of philosophy; employer of fallacious reasoning
sophistry
n; seemingly plausible but fallacious reasoning
soporific
adj; sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness
sordid
adj; filthy; base; vile
spasmodic
adj; fitful; periodic
spate
n; sudden flood
specious
adj; seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading (often intentionally)
spendthrift
n; someone who wastes money
sphinx-like
adj; mysterious
spoonerism
n; accidental transposition of sounds in successive words
spurious
adj; false; counterfeit; forged; illogical
staid
adj; sober; sedate
stalwart
adj; strong; brawny; steadfast
stanch
v; check flow of blood
steep
v; soak; saturate
stem
v; check the flow
stentorian
adj; extremely loud
stigma
n; token of disgrace
stilted
adj; bombastic; stiffly pompous
stint
v; be thrifty; set limits
stodgy
adj; stuffy; boringly conservative
stolid
adj; dull; impassive
stratified
adj; divided into classes; arranged into strata
stratum
n; layer of earth's surface; layer of society
striated
adj; marked with parallel bands; grooved
stricture
n; critical comments; severe and adverse criticism
strident
adj; loud and harsh; insistent
strut
n; supporting bar
stultify
v; cause to appear or become stupid or inconsistent; frustrate
stygian
adj; gloomy; hellish; deathly
subaltern
n; subordinate
sublimate
v; refine; purify; exhilarate
suborn
v; persuade to act unlawfully
subsidy
n; direct financial aid by government
subsistence
n; existence; means of support
substantive
adj; essential; pertaining to the substance; substantial
subsume
v; include; encompass
subterfuge
n; pretense; evasion; deceptive device
subversive
adj; tendency to overthrow; destructive
suffuse
v; spread over
sunder
v; separate; part
sundry
adj; various; several
superannuated
adj; retired or disqualified because of age
supercilious
adj; arrogant; condescending
supererogatory
adj; superfluous
supernumerary
n; person or thing in excess of what is necessary
supersede
v; cause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete
supine
adj; lying on back
suppliant
adj; entreating; beseeching
suppositious
adj; suppposed; assumed; counterfeit; hypothetical
surfeit
v; satiate; stuff; indulge to excess in anything
surmise
v; guess
surreptitious
adj; secret; furtive; sneaky
swarthy
adj; dark
swill
v; drink greedily
sybarite
n; lover of luxury
syllogism
n; deceptive or specious argument
sylvan
adj; pertaining to the woods; rustic