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Sagacious (adj)

having sound judgment, preceptive, wise

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Sage (n)

person recognized as having great wisdom

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Salacious (adj)

appealing to or causing sexual desire, bawdy

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Salient (adj)

prominent, protruding, conspicuous, high relevant

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Salubrious (adj)

promoting health or well-being

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Salutary (adj)

remedial, wholesome, causing improvement

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Sanctimony (n)

self-righteousness, pretended piety

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Sanctimonious (adj)

hypocritically pretending to be pious or being excessively pious

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Sanction (n)

1) authoritative permission or approval 2) a penalty intended to enforce compliance

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Sanguine (adj)

cheerful, confident, optimistic

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Sap (v)

to enervate or weaken the vitality of

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Sap (n) (informal)

gullible person, a fool

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Satiate (v)

to overindulge, satisfy to excess

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Sate (v)

satisfy to the full

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Satire (n)

literary work that ridicules or criticizes human vice through humor or design

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Saturnine (adj)

gloomy, dark, sullen, morse

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Scurvy (adj)

contemptible, despicable

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Sedulous (adj)

diligent, persistent, hard-working

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Seine (n)

a large net hung out and dragged in to catch fish

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Sere (adj)

withered, arid

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Seminal (adj)

like a seed, constituting a source, originative

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Shard (n)

a piece of broken pottery or glass, any small piece or part

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Simper (v)

to smirk, to say something with a silly coy smile

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Simper (n)

silly smile

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Sinecure (n)

position requiring little or no work and usually providing an income

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Singular (adj)

exceptional, unusual, odd

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Sinuous (adj)

winding, curving, moving lithely, devious

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Slake (v)

to satisfy, quench, lessen the intensity of

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Sodden (adj)

soaked or drenched, unimaginative, dull

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Solder (v)

to weld, fuse or join, as with a smoldering gun

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Solicitous (adj)

concerned and attentive, eager

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Solvent (adj)

able to meet financial obligations

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Sophistry (n)

fallacious reasoning; plausible but faulty logic

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fallacious

based on a mistaken belief

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soph- (Greek)

wisdom

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Sophomoric (adj)

exhibiting immaturity, lack of judgment, pretentious

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Sophomoric (adj)

of or pertaining to a sophomore

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Soporific (adj)

causing drowsiness, tending to induce sleep

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Sordid (adj)

characterized by filth, grime, or squalor, foul

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Sparse (adj)

thin, not dense, arranged at widely spaced intervals

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Specious (adj)

seeming true, but actually false, misleadingly attractive

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Spendthrift (n)

one who spends money wastefully

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Splenetic (adj)

bad-tempered, irritable

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Splenetic

relating to the spleen, which was the seat of ill temper in classical knowledge

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Sporadic (adj)

occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances

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Spurious (adj)

lacking authenticity or validity, false, counterfiet

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Squalid (adj)

sordid, wretched and dirty as from neglect

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Squalor (n)

wretched or filthy condition

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Squander (v)

to waste by spending or using irresponsibly

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Stanch (v)

to stop the flow of a fluid

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Staunch (adj)

loyal and committed in attitude

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Static (adj)

not moving, active or in motion, at rest

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Steep (v)

to saturate or completely soak

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Stentorian (adj)

extremely loud and powerful

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Stint (v)

to restrain, be sparing or frugal

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unstinting

bestowed liberally

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Stint (n)

length of time spent in a specific way

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Stoic (adj)

indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain, steadfast

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Stolid (adj)

calm, impassive

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impassive

not feeling or showing emotion

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Striated (adj)

striped, grooved, or banded

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Strut (n)

a structural support used to brace a framework

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Strut (v)

brace or support

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Stupefy (v)

to stun, baffle, or amaze

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Stymie (v)

to block, thwart

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Subpoena (n)

a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony

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Subtle (adj)

not obvious, elusive, difficult to discern, crafty or sly

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Succinct (adj)

brief, concise

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Succor (n)

assistance, relief in time of distress

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Sundry (adj)

various, miscellaneous, separate

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Supercilious (adj)

disdainful, arrogant, haughty, characterized by haughty scorn

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Superfluous (adj)

exceeding what is sufficient or necessary

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Supine (adj)

inactive, lying on one's back, apathetic, mentally or morally slack

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Supplant (v)

to take the place of, supersede

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Suppliant (adj)

asking humbly, beseeching

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Suppliant (n)

making a humble plea to someone in power or authority

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Supplicant (n)

beggar, one who prays or begs for something

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Surfeit (v)

to feed or supply in excess

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Surfeit (n)

excess, overindulgence

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Sycophant (n)

someone who tries to flatter or please for personal gain, parasite

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Synthesis (n)

the combination of parts to make a whole