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sate

D. to satisfy a desire

E. The meal was more than enough to sate his hunger. / The information sated their curiosity.

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satiate

D. to glut, to give somebody so much of something that they do not feel they want any more

E. a long drink of water at last satiated my thirst / a couple of satiate dinner guests had ensconced themselves on the living room sofa

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saturate

D. to soak

E. The company had saturated the market for personal organizers (= so that no new buyers could be found).

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saturnine

\ˈsa-tər-ˌnīn\

D. looking serious and threatening; gloomy (like Saturn)

E. the men awaiting interrogation by the police shared a saturnine silence

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savant

\sa-ˈvänt\

D. a scholar

E. a savant in the field of medical ethics

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savoir faire

\ˌsav-ˌwär-ˈfer\

D. tact

E. I admire her sophistication and savoir faire.

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savor

D. to enjoy the full taste or flavour of something, especially by eating or drinking it slowly; to enjoy a feeling or an experience thoroughly

E. I wanted to savour every moment.

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scabrous

\ˈska-brəs\

D. offensive or shocking in a sexual way; having a rough surface

E. a movie with scabrous humor / a scabrous problem / scabrous skin

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scapegoat

\ˈskāp-ˌgōt\

D. one who is blamed for the wrongs of other

E. She felt she had been made a scapegoat for her boss's incompetence.

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scathing

\'sā-thing\

D. harsh; biting

E. a scathing rebuttal of the latest theory concerning the assassination

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schism

\ˈsi-zəm\

D. a split

E. a schism between leading members of the party

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scintilla

\sin-ˈti-lə\

D. a tiny bit

E. there is not a scintilla of evidence for your outrageous claims

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scintillate

D. to sparkle; to show verbal brilliance

E. we watched contentedly as our campfire scintillated in the darkness / scintillate witticisms

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scion

\ˈsī-ən\

D. an offspring

E. He's a scion of a powerful family.

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scoff

\ˈskäf\

D. to talk about somebody/something in a way that makes it clear that you think they are stupid or ridiculous

E. He scoffed at our amateurish attempts.

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scourge

\'scər-ji\

D. a person or thing that causes trouble or suffering

E. the scourge of war/disease/poverty / Inflation was the scourge of the 1970s.

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scruple

\ˈskrü-pəl\

D. a feeling that prevents you from doing something that you think may be morally wrong

E. I overcame my moral scruples.

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scrupulous

D. very careful in doing what is correct

E. You must be scrupulous about hygiene when you're preparing a baby's feed.

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scrutiny

D. careful and thorough examination

E. Her argument doesn't really stand up to scrutiny. / The documents should be available for public scrutiny.

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scurrilous

D. ery rude and insulting, and intended to damage somebody's reputation

E. scurrilous attacks on the senator

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scuttle

\ˈskä-təl\

D. to run with quick short steps; to deliberately cause something to fail; o sink a ship deliberately by making holes in the side or bottom of it

E. She scuttled off when she heard the sound of his voice. / Shareholders successfully scuttled the deal.

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sebaceous

\si-ˈbā-shəs\

D. producing a substance like oil in the body

E. the sebaceous glands in the skin

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secede

\si-ˈsēd\

D. to withdraw

E. South Carolina seceded from the Union in 1860.

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secular

D. worldly

E. that's an issue for the secular authorities, not the church

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sedate

\si-ˈdāt\

D. calm; serious

E. We walked the beach at a sedate pace. / He remained sedate under pressure.

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sedentary

\ˈse-dən-ˌter-ē\

D. spending a lot of time sitting down and not moving; that stay and live in the same place or area ( migratory)

E. He became increasingly sedentary in later life. / Rhinos are largely sedentary animals.

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seditious

\si-ˈdi-shəs\

D. pertaining to revolt against government

E. several dissidents were jailed for leading protests that the government branded as seditious

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sedulous

D. diligent; showing great care and effort in your work

E. sedulous attention to detail

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seethe

D. to boil; to foam

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seine

\ˈsān\

D. a fishing net

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seismic

\ˈsīz-mik\

D. pertaining to earthquake

E. Seismic social changes have occurred.

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semantic

\si-ˈman-tik\

D. pertaining to meaning of words and sentences

E. semantic analysis / semantically related words

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semblance

\ˈsem-blən(t)s\

D. appearance

E. tried to project some semblance of confidence even though public speaking terrified her

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senile

\ˈsē-ˌnī(-ə)l\

D. behaving in a confused or strange way, and unable to remember things, because you are old

E. I think she's going senile. / an old man on the verge of senility

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sensual

D. connected with your physical feelings; giving pleasure to your physical senses

E. Food is a great sensual experience. / Her face had an air of sleepy sensuality.

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sententious

\sen-ˈten(t)-shəs\

D. trying to sound important or intelligent, especially by expressing moral judgements

E. sententious remarks / a sententious crank who has written countless letters to the editor about the decline in family values

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sepulcher

\ˈse-pəl-kər\

D. a tomb

E. a poem describing the forgotten sepulcher of a valiant knight of the Middle Ages

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sequester

\si-ˈkwes-tər\

D. to set apart; to withdraw

E. The old lady sequestered herself from all strangers. / The jury was sequestered until a verdict was reached.

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serene

D. calm

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sentient

\ˈsen(t)-sh(ē-)ənt\

D. feeling; conscious

E. sentient of the danger posed by the approaching hurricane

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serrated

\ˈser-ˌāt\

D. having a series of sharp points on the edge like a saw

E. a knife with a serrated edge

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servile

D. slavelike

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sever

\ˈse-vər\

D. to separate; to cut in two, especially : to remove by cutting

E. His finger was severed in the accident. / Activists are asking the government to sever all diplomatic relations with the country.

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shackle

\ˈsha-kəl\

D. to hold back; to restrain

E. placed shackles on the legs of the prisoners> / the shackles of illiteracy can be just as confining as leg irons

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shambles

D. a slaughterhouse; a place of disorder

E. the city was a shambles after the bombing

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shard

\ˈshärd\

D. a broken piece (of pottery)

E. shards of glass / little shards of time and space recorded by the camera's lens