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sagacious
having sound judgment, perceptive, wise
In lord of the rings, Gandalf's sagacious character helps save middle earth from destruction.
salacious
obscene, scandalous
His salacious behavior in class earned him detention for the next week.
salubrious
healthful, wholesome
If you focus on a salubrious lifestyle, you can live to your 90's in great health.
salutary
helpful, useful, valuable
The professor offered us some salutary remarks on the last day of class.
sanctimony
show or expression of beliefs one doesn't posses
She claimed to be a Christian, but i could see the sanctimony in the way she spoke about her beliefs.
sanction
approval, authorization, penalty
The removal of 10,000 troops from Iraq has been sanctioned by the president.
sanguine
cheerful, confident, optimistic
Even in tough times, her sanguine attitude helped her stay on track.
sanity
health of mind, soundness of judgment
After betting upwards of 4000 dollars a game, people started to question my sanity.
sash
long strip worn around the waist
The roman emporers would always wear a sash when addressing the public.
satiate
satisfy fully
Being in a relationship requires you be able to satiate all the needs of your partner.
saturnine
gloomy, dark, morose
The poems of edgar allen poe were always saturnine in mood.
savant
person of great learning, expert
When it comes to vocab, i ask lindsay for help since she is a savant in that area.
savor
relish, take pleasure in, enjoy
I like apple pie so much that i eat it slowly, savoring every bite.
sawdust
tiny bits of wood
Huge mounds of sawdust were scattered across the field after cutting up the many fallen trees.
scabbard
sheath for a blade, cover
He would keep his filet knife in a scabbard to protect it from the elements.
scent
smell
I could always tell she was in the room by her prevalent scent.
scorch
burn, dry up, go at high speed
The fire scorched the hills of all vegetation.
scribble
write hastily
The teacher would talk so fast that I would scribble notes as fast as my hand would write.
scurvy
mean, contemptible
He did a lot of scurvy things in his life, but tasering a ucla student was definitely the worst.
secular
material not spiritual
He left his secular lie behind after attending a christian school and finding god.
sedulous
persevering
He was sedulous even when it seemed like there was no hope for success.
seminal
like a seed, constituting a source, originating
The spaceship sent a group of seminals to begin populating the foreign planet.
sententious
concise and full of meaning
The key to captivating an audience is to prepare a sententious speech that will not bore them with length or confuse them with complexity.
sequence
succession, connected line of
There are many games based on remembering and reproducing the sequence of events or moves.
sere
withered, dry
There is nothing but sere vegetation at the edge of the desert.
sermon
a long tedious speech
The pastor gave a sermon that lasted for 2 hours.
serrated
having a toothed edge
A serrated knife is much more effective than a smooth edge when cutting red meat.
servile
like a slave, lacking independence
The child was so used to being servile, that when he went off to college he didn't know what to do.
sever
break or cut off
The shark attack ended up severing both of her legs.
shallow
little depth, not earnest
He was very shallow when it came to choosing a wife, looks were the main focus.
shard
piece of broken earthware
The broken window left shards of glass all over the living room.
sheath
cover for a blade or a tool
The samurai removed his sword from its sheath with plans to kill tom cruise.
shrewd
astute, showing sound judgment, perceptive
He was a shrewd old man, even at 85 he still had his wits about him.
shrill
sharp, piercing, harsh, scream
I responded to the criticism with some shrill words of his own.
shun
reject, avoid
I shunned the use of cigarettes after hearing many warnings on health effects.
shunt
lay aside, evade discussion
Global warming is no longer a problem that society can shunt aside.
sidestep
step to one side
She sidestepped to the left to avoid being hit by the ball.
simper
sneer, grin
He simpered a lame excuse for not going to dinner with him.
sinuous
winding, serpentine, flowing
The sinuous road made me car sick.
skiff
small boat
Greg would take us up and down the river in his skiff.
skit
short piece of humorous writing
Part of science camp was making up a short skit on a given subject.
slack
sluggish, dull, not tight
You don't want a lot of slack in your line or you won't be able to hook the fish.
slate
propose, schedule, criticize
He needed a doctor's appointment so the secretary slated him for 8am.
sluggard
lazy, slow moving person
If you don't have a full time job, its easy to become a sluggard and not move all day.
slur
insult
A lot of fights start in the south because of racial slurs.
smolder
burn slowly without a flame
The steaks were slowly cooked over a smoldering fire.
snare
trap
He used a snare to catch the wild rabbits that were eating his vegetables.
snub
treat with contempt, blow off, ignore
Bill and Judy became so annoying that we started to snub them to avoid contact.
soar
rise, fly high
Hawks can soar very high when there are strong winds.
sober
self-controlled, serious, dull
The devastating news left the room in a very sober state.
sobriety
quality or condition of being sober
Derek is on the path towards sobriety, thanks to his psycho girlfriend.
sodden
soaked, saturated
The boxes were left outside, and are now sodden because of the storm.
soggy
heavy with water
I hate when i forget about cereal and it becomes soggy.
solvent
something that can be used to make a solution
Water is a great solvent for many different types of particles.
somatic
of or relating to the body
While he thought he had a somatic illness, it was really completely mental.
soot
black powder in smoke
The chimney sweep was covered in soot after a long day of work.
sophisticated
complex, mature, refined
Everyone in the frat tries to act sophisticated at formal as opposed to the other events of the year.
sophistry
faulty logic or reasoning
The sophistry that comes out of brady's mouth is usually his way of being selfish.
sophomoric
overconfident, conceited but immature
Her sophomoric questions did not impress the teacher.
soporific
producing sleep
The triptofan in turkey is soporific and usually puts everyone right to sleep.
sordid
wretched, comfortless, contemtible
The sordid accomodations in the fraternity make up for the cheap price of living there.
specious
illogical or questionable truth
Bush declares that this is a just war, but that statement seems a little specious to me.
splenetic
bad-tempered, irritable
She became splenetic whenever she was on her period.
splice
join two ends
One rebar wasn't long enough so they had to splice two pieces together.
sponge
to borrow or live at the expense of others
He planned on not getting a job and sponging his entire life.
spurious
false, counterfeit
Today at the register someone tried to pay with a spurious hundred dollar bill.
spurn
to reject or despise
Everytime he tried to make a move, she would spurn his advances.
squalid
foul, filthy
There was a squalid smell coming from the outhouse.
squander
spend wastefully
When I get to vegas, the gambling spirit takes me over and I'll squander all my money.
squat
settle without permission
The Tsiu river has had many different people squat on the riverside and fish without permission.
stanch
to stop the flow of a fluid
We need to install a new valve to stanch the water flowing in the hose.
stentorian
extremely loud and powerful
The speaker was well understood because of his stentorian voice.
stickler
person who insists on the importance of something
She was a real stickler when it came to talking about her drinking habits.
stigma
mark of shame or disgrace
The woman was forced to wear a scarlet letter as a stigma for what she had done.
stigmatize
to set a disgrace upon
The crime of the father stigmatized the whole family.
stingy
spending, using unwillingly
Danny used to be stingy, but since he got a job he spends money willingly.
stint
to be thrifty, to set limits
I have stinted for years in order to save up for after college.
stipple
paint with dots
They crossed a field stippled with purple weeds.
stipulate
state or put forward as a necessary condition
Total disarmament was stipulated in the treaty.
stolid
showing no emotion
He was in such shock that his reaction to the news was completely stolid.
stray
wander, lose one's way
Do not stray from the path or rattlesnake's will bite you.
streak
move very fast, long, thin
Rubbing against the wet paint left a pink streak across my shirt.
striated
striped, grooved or banded
I didn't want plain fabric, I wanted the striated one.
stride
walk with long steps
I watched him stride across the hot coals.
strut
a supporting bar
The roof was braced with a series of metal struts.
stygian
dark or gloomy
After she lost 96 G's in a deal or no deal game there was a stygian look on her face.
stymie
to hinder, obstruct or block
He goal keeper spent the entire night trying to stymie the other team, yet still let a goal past.
subdue
overcome, bring under control
The announcer tried to subdue the crowd after a bad call by the officials.
sublime
extreme, supreme or outstanding
She made a sublime dinner to impress her new in-laws.
submerge
put under liquid, sink out of sight
If you submerge the spongelike object it turns into a full sized tshirt.
suborn
to bribe or induce someone to do something illegal
He suborned his butler to cover up the murder of his wife.
subpoena
written order requiring a person to appear in court
In A Few Good Men, Tom Cruise takes a risk and subpoenas an attorney general.
substantiator
giving facts to support
The lawyer did everything he could to substantiate the charge of murder to O.J.
subsume
include under a rule
The new version of Halo subsumes all of the qualities of the old version.
succor
assistance, relief in a time of distress
During the american revolution, the war was won with succor from the french.
suffice
be enough
I'm sorry i ruined your couch, as compensation will $100 suffice?
suffocate
cause or have difficulty in breathing
I went to the ER because I felt like i was about to suffocate.
sullied
to be stained or discredited
The revealing pictures sullied her reputation.
summarily
briefly, without delay, without notice
She was dismissed summarily from her position at the firm.
sumptuous
magnificent, luxurious, grand
Jackie P lives in a sumptuous residence.
sundry
various, miscellaneous
Lindsay's purse always contains a sundry of items.
supercilious
showing arrogant superiority and disdain for others views
After hearing her speech, he gave a supercilious grin as if she was an uneducated child.
superfluous
more than is needed or wanted
I asked for some groceries and my mom came back with a superfluous amount of food.
superimpose
put something on top
Design majors often like to superimpose graphics on top of one another.
supersede
take the place of
All cd players have been superceded by the development of the ipod and MP3's.
supine
inactive, passive
Sadaam showed great supine when we began invading his country, as he sought only his own safety.
suppliant
asking humbly or earnestly
I tried to be very suppliant when asking brady if i could watch the 49ers game.
supplicate
to seek or ask humbly
The gospels would supplicate to the Lord in hopes that he would guide them through life.
suppress
prevent from being known, put an end to
The U.S. is attempting to suppress the various terrorist groups throughout the world.
surcharge
additional load, charge
Income tax is just one of the surcharges the government places on our spending habits.
surfeit
satiate, feed to fullness or to excess
I made a batch of muffins this morning to surfeit my early morning appetite.
susceptibility
sensitiveness, vulnerability
The main susceptibility to death in halo is getting shot in the head.
swerve
change direction suddenly
The car swerved to avoid the kids running across the street.
sycophant
a person who tries to win favor by flattering influential people
And in the office is a sycophant who tries to manipulate michael into promoting him.
synopsis
summary or outline
Teachers would require a synopsis of the reading to ensure that we actually read it.
taciturn
untalkative, silent
In the company of even his close literary and political friends he was shy if not taciturn.