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Sacrilegious (adj)

desecrating; profane
His stealing of the altar cloth was a very sacrilegious act

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Sacrosanct (adj)

most sacred inviolable
The brash insurance salesman invaded the sacrosanct private of the office of the president of the company

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Sagacious (adj)

perceptive; shrewd; having insight
My father was a sagacious judge of character; he could spot a phoney a mile away

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Salubrious (adj)

healthful
Many people with hay fever move to more salubrious sections of the country during the months of August and September

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Sanctimonious (adj)

displaying ostentatious or hypocritical devoutness
You do not have to be so sanctimonious to prove that you are devout

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Sanguinary (adj)

bloody
The battle of Iwo Jima was unexpectedly sanguinary, with many casualties

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Sanguine (adj)

cheerful; hopeful
Let us not be too sanguine about the outcome; something could go wrong

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Sardonic (adj)

disdainful; sarcastic; cynical
The sardonic humour of nightclub comedians who satirise or ridicule patrons in the audience strikes some people as amusing and others as rude

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Savant (n)

scholar

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Scanty (adj)

merger; insufficient

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Schism (n)

division; split
The movement to ordain women threatened to create a schism in the Church

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Scintilla (n)

shred; least bit
You have not produced a scintilla of evidence to support your arguments

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Scintillate (v)

sparkle; flash

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Scruple (v)

fret about; hesitate; for ethical reasons
Fearing that her husband had become involved in an affair, she did not scruple to read his diary

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Scrupulous (adj)

conscientious; extremely thorough
Though Alfred is scrupulous in fulfilling his duties at work, he is less conscientious about his obligations to his family and friends

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Scurrilous (adj)

insultingly offensive; obscene; indecent
The candidate maintained that there was no trace of evidence to support the irresponsible, scurrilous accusations his opponents had made

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Secession (n)

withdrawal

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Sedulous (adj)

diligent
Student who have not been particularly sedulous and diligent in keeping up with their coursework may find themselves in difficulties at midterm time

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Seethe (v)

be disturbed; boil
The nation was seething with the corruption looming in the kingdom as the noblemen continued their arrogant ways