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studied

carefully considered or prepared; thoughtful
knowledgeable, learned
produced or marked by conscious design or premeditation; calculated

e.g. a studied response
studied indifference

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stultify

to cause to appear or be stupid, foolish, or absurdly illogical
to impair, invalidate, or make ineffective; negate

e.g. Menial work can stultify the mind.

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stunt

to hinder the normal growth, development, or progress of
a check in growth
an unusual or difficult feat requiring great skill or daring

e.g. Brutal treatment in childhood stunted his personality.

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stupor

a condition of greatly dulled or completely suspended sense or sensibility
a state of extreme apathy or torpor resulting often from stress or shock; daze

e.g. a drunk stupor
in a stupor of fatigue

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stygian

extremely dark, gloomy, or forbidding

e.g. lost in the stygian reaches of the deep forest

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stylus

an instrument for writing, marking, or incising

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stymie

to present an obstacle to; stand in the way of

e.g. stymied by red tape

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subjugate

to bring under control and governance as a subject; conquer
to make submissive; subdue

e.g. Fashion can summon the strange, can subjugate the body and render it alien just as readily as it can highlight every curve.

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subliminal

inadequate to produce a sensation or a perception
existing or functioning below the threshold of consciousness

e.g. The studio denied the existence of subliminal messages in the movie.
subliminal advertising

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suborn

to induce secretly to do an unlawful thing
to induce to commit perjury; also, to obtain perjured from a witness

e.g. suborn the press and blind the eyes of the people

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subsidiary

furnishing aid or support; auxiliary
of secondary importance
of, relating to, or constituting a subsidy

e.g. subsidiary details
a subsidiary payment to an ally

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substantiate

to give substance or form to; embody
to establish by proof or competent evidence; verify

e.g. substantiate a charge

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substantive

being a totally independent entity
real rather than apparent; firm
essential
substantial

e.g. These charges are more symbolic than substantive.
made substantive progress / substantive discussion among the world leaders

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subsume

to include or place within something larger or more comprehensive; encompass as a subordinate or component element

e.g. Red, green, and yellow are subsumed under the term "color".

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subterfuge

deception by artifice or stratagem in order to conceal, escape, or evade
a deceptive device or stratagem

e.g. Delving into why this slaughter never happened uncovers a story of spy-craft, subterfuge and tightly-kept secrets.

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succor

relief, aid, help
to go to the aid of; relieve

e.g. give succor to those in need
Love is always mighty to succor the weak-hearted.

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suffice

to meet or satisfy a need; be sufficient (oft. used with an impersonal it)
to be competent or capable

e.g. A brief note will suffice (them).
Suffice it to say that they are dedicated and serious.

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suffuse

to spread over or through in the manner of fluid or light; flush, fill

e.g. The northern horizon was suffused with a deep red glow.

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sulky

angry or upset

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sullen

gloomily or resentful silent or repressed
dismal, gloomy
moving sluggishly

e.g. a sullen crowd / countenance / morning
a sullen river

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sumptuous

extremely costly, rich, luxurious, or magnificent

e.g. sumptuous banquets

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sunder

to break apart in two; separate by or as if by violence or by intervening time or space

e.g. a family sundered by scandal

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supercilious

coolly and patronizingly haughty

e.g reacted to their breach of etiquette with a supercilious smile

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superfluous

exceeding what is sufficient or necessary; extra
not needed; unnecessary

e.g. clear off all the superfluous stuff to make room

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superintend

to have or exercise the charge and oversight of; direct

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supersede

to cause to be set aside
to take the place or position of

e.g. Sport does have this incredible power to supersede current affairs and politics.

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supine

lying on the back or with the face upward
exhibiting indolent or apathetic inertia or passivity; especially, mentally or morally slack

e.g. a supine legislature that is afraid to take action

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supplant

to supersede (another) especially by force or treachery

e.g. waiting in the shadows to shank and supplant their revelry-addled elders

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suppliant

humbly imploring; entreating
expressing supplication

e.g. the suppliant thief pleaded for a second chance

30

supplicate

to make a humble entreaty

e.g. But not from them will I supplicate that which is mine by right.
supplicate for acceptance

31

surfeit

an overabundant supply; excess
an intemperate or immoderate indulgence in something
also

e.g. a surfeit of volunteers
surfeited ourselves on raw oysters

32

surmise

conjecture
to form a notion of from scanty evidence; imagine, infer

e.g. surmise that...

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surmount

to prevail over; overcome

e.g. surmount an obstacle

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surreptitious

done, made, or acquired by stealth; clandestine
acting or doing something clandestinely; stealthy

e.g. a surreptitious relationship
a surreptitious glance

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svelte

slender, lithe
urbane, suave

e.g. a svelte figure

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sweltering

oppressively hot

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swill

wash, drench
to drink great drafts of; guzzle

e.g. swill the floor with buckets of water
swill beer

38

sybarite

voluptuary, sensualist

e.g. It is the Spartan, not the Sybarite, who is capable of heroic deeds.

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sycophant

a servile self-seeking flatterer

e.g. When her career was riding high, the self-deluded actress often mistook sycophants for true friends.

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synchronous

happening, existing, or arising at precisely the same time

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synergic

working together; cooperating

e.g. synergic muscles

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synopsis

a condensed statement or outline; abstract

e.g. a synopsis of the movie

43

tacit

expressed or carried on without words or speech
implied or indicated but not actually expressed

e.g. a tacit answer
tacit consent / tacit admission of guilt

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taciturn

temperamentally disinclined to talk

e.g. a taciturn man, never initiating a conversation

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tacky

somewhat sticky to the touch; adhesive
shabby, seedy
not having or exhibiting good taste

e.g. tacky varnish
a tacky town whose citrus groves were blighted by smoke
a tacky publicity stunt / a tacky outfit

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tackle

a set of equipment used in a particular activity; gear
an assemblage of ropes and pulleys arranged to gain mechanical advantage or hoisting and pulling