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SACCHARINE
excessively sweet or sentimental
SAGACIOUS
shrewd
SALIENT
prominent or conspicuous
SALLOW
sickly yellow in color
SALUBRIOUS
healthful
SALUTATION
greeting
SANCTION (N.)
permission, support, law, penalty
SANCTUARY
haven, retreat
SANGUINE
ruddy, cheerfully optimistic
SARDONIC
cynical, scornfully mocking
SATIATE
to satisfy
SAUNTER
to amble, walk in a leisurely manner
SAVANT
learned person
SAVORY
agreeable in taste or smell
SCALE (V.)
to climb to the top of
SCINTILLATE
trace amount
SCOFF
to deride, ridicule
SCORE (N.)
notation for a musical composition
SCORE (V.)
to make a notch or scratch
SCRUPULOUS
restrained, honest, careful and precise
SCRUTINY
careful observation
SCURRILOUS
vulgar, ,low, indecent
SECULAR
not specifically pertaining to religion
SEDENTARY
inactive, stationary, sluggish
SEMINAL
relating to the beginning or seeds of something
SENESCENT
aging, growing old
SENTIENT
aware, conscious able to perceive
SEQUESTER
to remove or set apart, put into seclusion
SERAPHIC
angelic, pure, sublime
SERPENTINE
serpent like, twisting, winding
SERVILE
submissive, obedient
SHARD
piece of broken glass or pottery
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
SINGE
to burn slightly, scorch
SINUOUS
winding, intricate complex
SKEPTICAL
doubtful, questioning
SKULK
t move in a stealthy or cautious manner, sneak
SLIGHT
to treat as unimportant, insult
SLOTH
sluggishness, laziness
SLOUGH
to discard or shed
SLOVENLY
untidy, messy
SOBRIETY
seriousness
SODDEN
thoroughly soaked, saturated
SOJOURN
visit, stay
SOLACE
comfort in distress, consolation
SOLICITOUS
concerned, attentive, eager
SOLILOQUY
literary or dramatic speech by one character, not addressed to others
SOLUBLE
capable of being solved or dissolved
SOMBER
dark and gloomy, melancholy, dismal
SOMNOLENT
drowsy, sleepy, inducing sleep
SONOROUS
producing a full, rich sound
SOPHISTRY
deceptive reasoning or argumentation
SOPHOMORIC
immature and overconfident
SOPORIFIC
sleepy or tend to cause sleep
SORDID
filthy, contemptible and corrupt
SOVEREIGN
having supreme power
SPARTAN
austere, severe, grave, simple, bare
SPONTANEOUS
on the spur of the moment, impulsive
SPORADIC
infrequent, irregular
SPURIOUS
lacking authenticity, counterfeit, false
SPURN
to reject or refuse contemptuously, scorn
SQUALID
filthy, morally repulsive
SQUANDER
to waste
STACCATO
marked by abrupt, clear-cut sounds
STAID
self-restrained to the point of dullness
STAND (N.)
group of trees
STARK
bare, empty, vacant
STIFLE
to smother or suffocate, suppress
STIPEND
allowance, fixed amount of money paid regularly
STOCKADE
enclosed area forming defensive wall
STOIC
indifferent to or unaffected by emotions
STOLID
having or showing little emotion
STRIDENT
loud harsh, unpleasantly noisy
STRINGENT
imposing severe, rigorous standards
STUPEFY
to dull the senses of, stun, astonish
STYMIE
to block or thwart
SUAVE
smoothly gracious or polite, blandly ingratiating
SUBJUGATE
to conquer, subdue, enslave
SUBLIME
awe-inspiring, of high spiritual or moral value
SUBLIMINAL
subconscious imperceptible
SUBTERFUGE
trick or tactic used to avoid something
SUBTERRANEAN
hidden, secret, underground
SUBTLE
hard to detect or describe, perceptive
SUBVERT
to undermine or corrupt
SUCCINCT
terse, brief, concise
SUCCULENT
juicy, full of vitality or freshness
SUFFRAGIST
one who advocates extended voting rights
SULLEN
brooding, gloomy
SULLY
to soil, stain, tarnish, taint
SUPERCILIOUS
arrogant, haughty, overbearing, condescending
SUPERFICIAL
hasty, shallow and phony
SUPERFLUOUS
extra, more than necessary
SUPERSEDE
to take the place of, replace
SUPPLICANT
one who asks humbly and earnestly
SURFEIT
excessive amount
SURLY
rude and bad-tempered
SURMISE
to make an educated guess
SURMOUNT
to conquer, overcome
SURREPTITIOUS
characterized by secrecy
SUSCEPTIBLE
vulnerable, unprotected
SYBARITE
person devoted to pleasure and luxury
SYCOPHANT
self-serving flatterer, yes-man
SYLLABUS
outline of a course
SYMBIOSIS
cooperation, mutual helpfulness
SYNOPSIS
plot summary
SYNTHESIS
blend, combination
TACIT
silently understood or implied
TACITURN
uncommunicative, not inclined to speak much
TACTILE
relating to the sense of touch
TAINT
to spoil or infect to stain honor
TALON
claw of an animal, especially a bird of prey
TANG
sharp flavor or odor
TANGENTIAL
digressing, diverting
TANGIBLE
able to be sensed, perceptible, measurable
TAWDRY
gaudy, cheap, showy
TEMPERANCE
restraint, self-control, moderation
TEMPERED
moderated, restrained
TEMPESTUOUS
stormy, raging, furious
TENABLE
defensible, reasonable
TENACIOUS
stubborn, holding firm
TENET
belief, doctrine
TENUOUS
weak, insubstantial
TEPID
lukewarm, showing little enthusiasm
TERSE
concise, brief, free of extra words
TESTAMENT
statement of belief, will
TETHER
to bind, tie
THEOCRACY
government by priests representing a god
THESAURUS
book of synonyms and antonyms
TIMOROUS
timid, shy, full of apprehension
TIRADE
long, violent speech, verbal assault
TOADY
flatterer, hanger-on, yes-man
TOME
book, usually large and academic
TORPID
lethargic, unable to move, dormant
TORTUOUS
having many twists and turns, highly complex
TOXIN
poison
TRACTABLE
obedient, yielding
TRANSCEND
to rise above, go beyond
TRANSIENT (ADJ.)
temporary, short-lived, fleeting
TRANSITORY
short-lived, existing only brief
TRANSLUCENT
partially transparent
TRAVESTY
parody, exaggerated imitation, caricature
TREMULOUS
tumbling, quivering, fearful, timid
TRENCHANT
acute, sharp, incisive, forceful, effective
TREPIDATION
fear and anxiety
TRIFLING
of slight worth, trivial, insignificant
TRITE
shallow superficial
TROUPE
group of actors
TRUNCATE
to cut off, shorten by cutting
TUNDRA
treeless plain found in arctic or sub arctic regions
TURGID
swollen, bloated
TURPITUDE
inherent vileness, foulness, depravity
TYRO
beginner, novice
UBIQUITOUS
being everywhere simultaneously
UMBRAGE
offense, resentment
UNADULTERATED
absolute pure
UNANIMITY
state of total agreement or unity
UNCONSCIONABLE
unscrupulous shockingly unfair or unjust
UNCTUOUS
greasy, oily, smug and falsely earnest
UNDULATING
moving in waves
UNEQUIVOCAL
absolute, certain
UNIFORM (ADJ.)
consistent and unchanging, identical
UNIMPEACHABLE
beyond question
UNSCRUPULOUS
dishonest
UPBRAID
to scold sharply
UPROARIOUS
loud and forceful
URBANE
courteous, refined, suave
USURP
to seize by force
USURY
practice of lending money at exorbitant rates
UTOPIA
perfect place
VACILLATE
to waver, show indecision
VAGRANT
person with no home and no means of support
VANQUISH
to conquer, defeat
VAPID
tasteless, dull
VARIEGATED
varied, marked with different colors
VAUNTED
boasted about, bragged about
VEHEMENT
strong, urgent
VENDETTA
prolonged feud marked by bitter hostility
VENERABLE
respected because of age
VENT (V.)
to express, say out loud
VERACITY
accuracy, truth
VERBATIM
word for word
VERBOSE
wordy
VERITY
truthfulness, belief viewed as true and enduring
VERMIN
small creatures offensive to humans
VERNACULAR
everyday language used by ordinary people, specialized language of a profession
VERNAL
related to spring
VERSATILE
adaptable, all-purpose
VESTIGE
trace, remnant
VEX
to irritate, annoy, confuse, puzzle
VIABLE
workable, able to succeed or grow
VICARIOUS
enjoyed through imagined participation in another's experience
VIE
to compete, contend
VIGILANT
attentive, watchful
VILIFY
to slander, defame
VIM
energy, enthusiasm
VINDICATE
to clear of blame, support a claim
VINDICTIVE
spiteful, vengeful, unforgiving
VIRTUOSO
someone with masterly skill, expert musician
VIRULENT
extremely poisonous, malignant, hateful
VISCOUS
thick, syrupy, and sticky
VITRIOLIC
burning, caustic, sharp, bitter
VITUPERATE
to abuse verbally
VIVACIOUS
lively, spirited
VOCIFEROUS
loud, vocal, and noisy
VOLITION
free choice, free will, act of choosing
VOLUBLE
speaking much and easily, talkative, glib
VORACIOUS
having a great appetite
VULNERABLE
defenseless, unprotected innocent, naïve
WAIVE
to refrain from enforcing a rule, to give up a legal right
WAN
sickly pale
WANTON
undisciplined, unrestrained, reckless
WARY
careful, cautious
WHET
to sharpen, stimulate
WHIMSICAL
playful or fanciful idea
WRIT
written document, usually in law
WRY
amusing, ironic
XENOPHOBIA
fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers
YOKE (V.)
to join together
ZENITH
highest point, summit
ZEPHYR
gentle breeze
ZOOLOGIST
scientist who studies animals