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subliminal
below the threshold of conscious perception; Ex. subliminal advertisement
n suborn
persuade to act unlawfully (especially to commit perjury); N. subornation
n subpoena
writ(written command issued by a court) summoning a witness to appear in court; V: summon with a subpoena
subsequent
following in time or order; later
subservient
behaving like a slave; servile; obsequious; subordinate; N. subservience
subside
sink to a lower level; settle down; sink to the bottom (as a sediment); descend; grow quiet; become less; moderate; abate
subsidiary
serving to assist; subordinate; secondary; of a subsidy; N.
subsidy
direct financial aid by government, etc.; V. subsidize: assist with a subsidy
subsistence
existence; means of subsisting; means of support; livelihood; V. subsist: exist; maintain life (at a meager level)
substantial
of substance; material; solid; essential or fundamental; ample; considerable; well-to-do; wealthy
substantiate
support (a claim) with evidence; establish with evidence; verify
n substantive
substantial; essential; pertaining to the substance; substantial; considerable; Ex. substantive issues
n subsume
include (as a member of a group); encompass
n subterfuge
stratagem(deceptive scheme); pretense; evasion; Ex. resort to a harmless subterfuge
subtlety
perceptiveness; ingenuity; delicacy; ADJ. subtle: delicate; so slight as to be difficult to detect; able to make fine distinctions; clever; Ex. subtle mind/differences in meaning
n subversive
tending to overthrow or ruin; V. subvert: overthrow completely (an established system); destroy completely; CF. undermine ?
succor
assist (someone in difficulty); aid; comfort; N.
n succulent
juicy; full of juice or sap; full of richness; N: succulent plant such as a cactus
succumb
yield (to something overwhelming); give in; die; Ex. succumb to the illness
n suffragist
advocate of the extension of voting rights (for women); CF. suffrage
n suffuse
spread through or over (with a color or liquid); charge; Ex. A blush suffused her cheeks.
n sully
defile; soil; tarnish; Ex. sully one's hands in menial labor
s tarnish
make or become dull or discolored; N.
sultry
(of weather) hot; sweltering; sensual; voluptuous
summation
act of finding the total; summing-up; summary (esp. one given by the judge at the end of a trial)
n sumptuous
grand suggesting great expense; lavish; rich; Ex. sumptuous feast
n sunder
separate; part; CF. asunder
n sundry
miscellaneous; various; several; N. sundries: small miscellaneous items
n superannuated
retired or disqualified because of age; outmoded; obsolete
supercilious
haughty; arrogant; condescending; patronizing; CF. eyebrow, cilium
n supererogatory
superfluous; more than needed or demanded
superficial
of the surface; not deep; shallow; not thorough; trivial; Ex. superficial analysis/knowledge
superfluous
excessive; overabundant; unnecessary; N. superfluity
superimpose
place over something else
n supernumerary
person or thing excess of what is necessary; extra; ADJ: additional to the usual or necessary number
supersede
replace; cause to be set aside; make obsolete; N. supersession
n supine
lying on back; passive; inactive; Ex. The defeated pugilist lay supine; Ex. supine acceptance of the decision
supplant
take the place of unfairly; usurp; replace
supple
flexible; limber; pliant
suppliant
entreating; beseeching; N.
supplicate
petition humbly; pray to grant a favor
s supplicant
one who supplicates; ADJ.
supposition
assumption; hypothesis; surmise; V. suppose
n supposititious
assumed; counterfeit; hypothetical
n surfeit
satiate; feed or supply to excess; stuff; indulge to excess in anything; N: surfeiting; excessive amount; Ex. surfeit of food
n surly
bad-tempered; rude; cross
s cross
bad-tempered; showing ill-humor; angry
surmount
overcome
surreptitious
done secretly; secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden
n surrogate
substitute; person or thing used in place of another; Ex. surrogate mother; ADJ.
surveillance
close observation of a person (esp. one under suspicion); watching; guarding
n suture
stitches sewn to hold the cut edges of a wound or incision; material used in sewing; V: sew together a wound
n swarthy
(of a skin or complexion) dark; dusky; Ex. swarthy Italian ?
n swathe
swath; wrap around; bandage; Ex. one's head swathed in bandages
n swelter
(of a person) suffer from oppressive heat; be oppressed by heat
n swerve
deviate; turn aside sharply from a straight course; Ex. swerve from the principle; Ex. The car swerved to the right.
n swill
drink greedily
n sybarite
lover of luxury; person devoted to pleasure and luxury; CF. Sybaris: an ancient Greek city in Italy
sycophant
servile flatterer; bootlicker; yes man; ADJ. sycophantic
syllogism
logical formula consisting of a major premise, a minor premise and a conclusion; deceptive or specious argument
n sylvan
pertaining to the woods or the country
n symbiosis
interdependent relationship (between groups, species) often mutually beneficial; ADJ. symbiotic; CF. together + life
symmetry
arrangement of parts so that balance is obtained; congruity; ADJ. symmetrical
s lopsided
heavier or larger on one side than the other; Ex. lopsided way of walking
synchronous
similarly timed; simultaneous with; occurring at the same time; V. synchronize
synoptic
providing a general overview; summary; N. synopsis
synthesis
combining parts or separate things into a whole; the whole so formed; PL. syntheses; V. synthesize
synthetic
not natural; artificial; resulting from synthesis; Ex. synthetic fiber; N.
tacit
understood (without actually being expressed); not put into words; Ex. tacit agreement
n taciturn
habitually silent; talking little
tactile
pertaining to the organs or sense of touch
s tact
skill or sensitivity in dealing with people without causing offence
n taint
contaminate; cause to lose purity; modify with a trace of something bad; Ex. tainted reputation; N: stain; touch of decay or bad influence; CF. touch
n talisman
charm; object believed to give supernatural powers to or protect its bearer
n tangential
only slightly connected; not central; peripheral; digressing; showing divergence; CF. tangent
tangible
able to be touched; real; concrete; palpable; possible to realize or understand; Ex. tangible proof
n tanner
person who turns animal hides into leather
s tan
convert (hide) into leather; make brown by exposure to the sun
n tantalize
tease; excite by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach; torture with disappointment; CF. Tantalus: Greek mythological figure
n tantamount
equivalent in effect or value; Ex. This invasion is tantamount to a declaration of war; CF. amount