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RESPITE
interval of relief
RESTIVE
impatient, uneasy, restless
RETINUE
group of attendants with an important person
REVELRY
boisterous festivity
RIBALD
humourous in a vulgar way
RIPOSTE
a retort
ROCOCO
very highly ornamented
ROTUND
round in shape; fat
RUMINATE
to contemplate, reflect upon
SACROSANCT
extremely sacred; beyond criticism
SAGACIOUS
shrewd, wise
SALACIOUS
lustful
SALUBRIOUS
healthful
SANGUINE
ruddy; cheerfully optimistic
SAPIENT
wise
SCABBARD
sheath for sword or dagger
SCINTILLA
very small amount
SCINTILLATE
to sparkle, flash
SCURRILOUS
vulgar, low, indecent
SEDITION
behaviours promoting rebellion
SENESCENT
aging, growing old
SENTIENT
aware, conscious, able to perceive
SEPULCHRAL
typical of a place of burial
SHIRK
to avoid a task due to laziness or fear
SIMPER
to smirk, smile foolishly
SINECURE
well-paying job or office that requires little or no work
SINUOUS
winding; intricate, complex
SLAKE
to quench or moderate
SLOVENLY
untidy, messy
SOJOURN
visit, stay
SOLECISM
grammatical mistake
SOLIPSISM
belief that the self is the only reality
SOPHIST
person good at arguing deviously
SPORTIVE
frolicsome, playful
SQUALID
filthy; morally repulsive
STAID
self-restrained, strait-laced
STENTORIAN
extremely loud
STRINGENT
imposing severe, rigorous standards
STYMIE
to block or thwart
SUBTERFUGE
trick or tactic used to avoid something
SULLY
to soil, stain, tarnish; taint
SUPERCILIOUS
arrogant, haughty, overbearing, condescending
SURLY
rude and bad-tempered
SYBARITE
person devoted to pleasure and luxury
SYCOPHANT
self-serving flatterer, yes-man
SYNCOPATION
temporary irregularity in musical rhythm
TABLEAU
vivid description, striking incident or scene
TANTAMOUNT
equivalent in value or significant; amounting to
TEMERITY
recklessness
TENABLE
defensible, reasonable
TENUOUS
weak, insubstantial
THRENODY
a sad poem or song
TRAMMEL
to impede or hamper
TRENCHANT
acute, sharp, incisive; forceful, effective
TRITE
shallow, superficial
TRUCULENT
savage and cruel; fierce; ready to fight
TURGID
swollen, bloated
TURPITUDE
inherent vileness, foulness, depravity
TYRO
beginner, novice
UMBRAGE
offense, resentment
UNCTUOUS
greasily, oily; smug and falsely earnest
UNFETTERED
free, unrestrained
UNSULLIED
clean
UNTOWARD
not favourable; unruly
URBANE
courteous, refined, suave
USURY
lending money at exorbitant rates
VARIEGATED
varied; marked with different colors
VIRILE
manly, having qualities of an adult male
VITIATE
reduce in value or effectiveness
VITUPERATE
to abuse verbally
VOCIFEROUS
loud, vocal, and noisy
VOLUBLE
speaking much and easily, talkative; glib
WASPISH
easily irriated
WIZENED
withered, shriveled, wrinkled
WRAITH
a ghost