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1

sacred cow

to be above criticism

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sagacious

wise,clever

3

sagacity

the quality of being sagacious:

4

salad days

the period when one is young and inexperienced.
• the peak or heyday of something.

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salient

noticeable, important, main, principal, major, chief, primary; notable

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salutary


beneficial, advantageous, good,

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sampler

collection of samples

8

sanctions

penalty, punishment, deterrent; punitive action,restriction

9

sanctuary

safety, protection, shelter, immunity, asylum.

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sanctum

holy place, refuge

11

scald

a burn or other injury caused by hot liquid or steam.

12

scoff

mock, taunt

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scrumptious

(of food) extremely appetizing or delicious. (of a person) very attractive.

14

scrutiny

passengers can expect much more scrutiny at our terminals: examination, inspection, survey, study, perusal; investigation, exploration, probe, inquiry; informal going-over.

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scurry

hurry, hasten, run

16

seance

a meeting at which people attempt to make contact with the dead, esp. through the agency of a medium.

17

seascape

a view of an expanse of sea.

18

secede

withdraw formally from membership in a federal union, an alliance, or a political or religious organization: the kingdom of Belgium seceded from the Netherlands in 1830.

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secular

secular music: nonreligious, areligious, lay, temporal, worldly, earthly, profane; formal laic. ANTONYMS holy, religious.

20

seethe

be angry, boil

21

self-effacing

not claiming attention for oneself; retiring and modest: his demeanor was self-effacing, gracious, and polite.

22

semiotics

the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation.

23

sensate

perceiving or perceived by the senses: you are immersed in an illusory, yet sensate, world.

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sentient

(capable of) feeling, living, live; conscious, aware, responsive, reactive.

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sequel

follow-up, continuation,consequence, result

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sequester

1 he sequestered himself from the world: isolate oneself, hide away, shut oneself away, seclude oneself, cut oneself off, segregate oneself; closet oneself, cloister oneself, withdraw, retire.
2 the government sequestered his property: confiscate, seize, sequestrate, take, appropriate, expropriate, impound, commandeer.

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seriatim

in series, order

28

sever


1 the head was severed from the body: cut off, chop off, detach, disconnect, dissever, separate, part; amputate; literary sunder. ANTONYMS join, attach.
2 a knife had severed the artery: cut (through), rupture, split, pierce.
3 they severed diplomatic relations: break off, discontinue, suspend, end, terminate, cease, dissolve. ANTONYMS establish, maintain.

29

shalom

salutation

30

shambles

messy,chaos,

shuffle

31

sheaf

bundle, bunch, stack, pile, heap, mass.

32

sheepish

embarrassed, uncomfortable, hangdog,

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sheer

complete,pure

thin

steep

verb - turn away from

34

shoddy

poor quality, sloppy

35

shrew

mouse like animal

bad tempered woman

36

shrouded

covered

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siesta

afternoon nap

38

simian

relating to, resembling, or affecting apes or monkeys: simian immunodeficiency virus. Compare with prosimian.

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singularly

you are singularly beautiful: remarkably, extraordinarily, exceptionally, very, extremely, really, outstandingly, signally, particularly, incredibly, decidedly, supremely, distinctly, tremendously; informal awfully, terribly, terrifically, powerful.

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sinister

1 there was a sinister undertone in his words: menacing, threatening, ominous, forbidding, baleful, frightening, alarming, disturbing, disquieting, dark, black; formal minatory; literary direful.
2 a sinister motive: evil, wicked, criminal, corrupt, nefarious, villainous, base, vile, malevolent, malicious; informal shady. ANTONYMS innocent.

41

sinologist

a person who study the Chinese language, history, customs, and politics.

42

skittish

going to the dentist makes me skittish: nervous, anxious, on edge, excitable, restive, skittery, jumpy, jittery, high-strung.

43

skulk

Hiding with a sinister motive or a group of foxes

44

sleazy

corrupt

low-class, cheap

45

sleeper

related to sleep

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sleuth

(private) detective, (private) investigator; informal private eye, snoop,

47

slur

insult

mumble

48

smitten

suffering

attracted to

49

smog

fog, haze; fumes, smoke, pollution.

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smorgasbord

variety