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simpering

adj. smirking

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sirocco

n. warm. sultry wind blown from Africa to southern Europe

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skeptic

n. doubter; person who suspends judgment until he has examined the evidence supporting a point of view

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slander

n. defamation; utterance of false and malicious statements

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slattern

n. untidy or slovenly person

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sleight

n. dexterity

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slither

v. slip or slide

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sluice

n. artificial channel for directing or controlling the flow of water

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smattering

n. slight knowledge

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sobriquet

n. nickname

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solace

n. comfort in trouble

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somatic

adj. pertaining to the body; physical

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sophist

n. teacher of philosophy; quibbler; employer of fallacious reasoning

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sophistication

n. artificiality; unnaturalness; act of employing sophistry in reasoning

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sophomoric

adj. immature; shallow

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soporific

n. sleep producer

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spate

n. sudden flood

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spatula

n. broad-bladed instrument used for spreading or mixing

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spectrum

n. colored band produced when beam of light passes through a prism

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spoliation

n. pillaging; depredation

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spoonerism

n. accidental transposition of sounds in successive words

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spume

n. froth; foam

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staccato

adj. played in an abrupt manner; marked by abrupt sharp sound

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stalemate

n. deadlock

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stalwart

adj. strong, brawny; steadfast

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statutory

adj. created by statute or legislative action

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stereotyped

adj. fixed and unvarying representation

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stertorous

adj. having a snoring sound

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stigma

n. token of disgrace; brand

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stilted

adj. bombastic; inflated

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stratum

n. layer of earth's surface; layer of society

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stultify

v. cause to appear foolish or consistent

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suave

adj. smooth; bland

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subjective

adj. occurring or taking place within the subject; unreal

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subliminal

adj. below the threshold

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subsidy

n. direct financial aid by government, etc.

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substantive

adj. essential; pertaining to the substance

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sudorific

adj. pertaining to perspiration

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sumptuary

adj. limiting or regulating expenditures

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superimpose

v. place over something else

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supernal

adj. heavenly; celestial

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supernumerary

n. person or thing in excess of what is necessary; extra

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supple

adj. flexible; pliant

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suppurate

v. create pus

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suture

n. stitches sewn to hold the cut edges of a wound or incision; material used in sewing

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syllogism

n. logical formula utilizing a major premise, a minor premise and a conclusion

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symmetry

n. arrangement of parts so that balance is obtained; congruity

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talon

n. claw of bird

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tantamount

adj. equal

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tarantula

n. venomous spider

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tarn

n. small mountain lake

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tatterdemalion

n. ragged fellow

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taut

adj. tight; ready

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tautology

n. unnecessary repetition; pleonasm

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teleology

n. belief that a final purpose or design exists for the presence of individual beings or of the universe itself

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temerarious

adj. rash

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tenacity

n. firmness; persistency; adhesiveness

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tendentious

adj. having an aim; designated to further a cause

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tenebrous

adj. dark; gloomy

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tergiversation

n. evasion; fickleness