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Somnolent (adj)

half asleep
The heavy meal and the overheated room made us all somnolent and indifferent to the speaker

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Sophist (n)

teacher of philosophy; quibbler
You are using all the devices of a sophist in trying to prove your case; your argument is specious

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Sophistry (n)

seemingly plausible but fallacious reasoning
Instead of advancing valid arguments, he tried to overwhelm his audience with a flood of sophistries

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Sophomoric (adj)

immature; half baked like a sophomore
The humour in Dumb & Dumber is sophomoric at best

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Soporific (adj)

sleep causing, marked by sleepiness
Prof Albert's lecture was so soporific that even he fell asleep in class

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Spasmodic (adj)

fitful; periodic
The spasmodic coughing in the auditorium annoyed the performers

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Specious (adj)

seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading

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Spendthrifts (n)

someone who wastes money

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Sphinx-like (adj)

enigmatic; mysterious
The Mona Lisa's sphinx like expression has puzzled art lovers for centuries

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Squalor (n)

filth; degradation; dirty; neglected state

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Staid (adj)

sober; sedate

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Stalwart (adj)

strong; brawny; steadfast
His consistent support to the party has proved that he is a stalwart and loyal member

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Stickler (n)

perfectionist; person who insists things be exact
The IRS agent was a stickler for accuracy

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Stigma (n)

token of disgrace; brand

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Stipend (n)

pay for services

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Stodgy (adj)

stuffy; boringly conservative
For a young person, Winston seems remarkably stodgy you'd expect someone his age to have a little more life

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Stolid (adj)

dull; impassive
The earthquake shattered Stuart's stolid demeanour

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Stratagem (n)

clever trick; deceptive scheme
What a gem of a stratagem! Watson, I have the perfect plan to trick Moriarty into revealing himself

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Stricture (n)

critical comments; severe and adverse criticism
His strictures on the author's style are prejudiced and unwarranted