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sadistic
adj. inclined to cruelty
saga
n. Scandinavian myth; any legend
sage
n. person celebrated for wisdom
salacious
adj. lascivious; lustful
salient
adj. protruding; strikingly conspicuous; jumping
salubrious
adj. promoting good health; healthful
salutary
adj. tending to improve; beneficial; wholesome
salvage
v. rescue from loss
salvo
n. discharge of firearms; military salute; a sudden attack
sanctimonious
adj. falsely holy; feigning piety
sanction
v. approve; ratify
sanctuary
n. refuge; shelter; shrine; holy place
sanguine
adj. cheerful; hopeful
sap
v. diminish; undermine
sarcasm
n. scornful remarks; stinging rebuke
sardonic
adj. cynically mocking; sarcastic
sartorial
adj. pertaining to tailors
sate
v. satisfy to the full; cloy
satellite
n. small body revolving around a larger one
satiate
v. satisfy fully
satire
n. form of literature in which irony, sarcasm, and ridicule are employed to attack vice and folly
satirical
adj. mocking
saturate
v. soak thoroughly
saturnine
adj. gloomy
saunter
v. stroll slowly
savant
n. learned scholar
savor
v. enjoy; have a distinctive flavor, smell, or quality
savory
adj. tasty; pleasing, attractive, or agreeable
scabbard
n. case for a sword blade; sheath
scad
n. a great quantity
scaffold
n. temporary platform for workers; bracing framework; platform for execution
scale
v. climb up; ascend
scamp
n. rascal
scanty
adj. meager; insufficient
scapegoat
n. sonebody who bears the blame for others
scavenge
v. hunt through discarded materials for usable items; search, esp for food
scenario
n. plot outline; screenplay; opera libretto
schematic
adj. relating to an outline or diagram; using a system of symbols
schism
n. division; split
scintillate
v. sparkle; flash
scoff
v. mock; ridicule
scourge
n. cause of widespread devastation; severe punishment; whip
scruple
v. fret about; hesitate, for ethical reasons
scrupulous
adj. conscientious; extremely thorough
scrutinize
v. examine closely and critically
scuffle
v. struggle confusedly; moved off in a confused hurry
scurrilous
adj. vulgar; coarse; foul-mouthed; obscene
scurry
v. move briskly
scurvy
adj. despicable; contemptible
scuttle
v. scurry; run with short, rapid steps; sink
seamy
adj. sordid; unwholesome
sear
v. char or burn; brand
seasoned
adj. experienced
secession
n. withdrawal
seclusion
n. isolation; solitude
secrete
v. hide away; produce and release a substance into an organism
sect
n. separate religious body; faction
sectarian
adj. relating to a religious faction or subgroup; narrow-minded; limited
secular
adj. worldly; not pertaining to church matters; temporal
sedate
adj. calm and composed; dignified
sedentary
adj. requiring sitting
sedition
n. resistance to authority; insubordination
sedulous
adj. diligent; hard-working
seedy
adj. run-down; decrepit; disreputable
seemly
adj. proper; appropriate
seep
v. flow slowly; ooze; trickle
seethe
v. be disturbed; boil
seismic
adj. pertaining to earthquakes
seminary
n. school for training future ministers; academy for young women
sensual
adj. devoted to the pleasures of the senses; carnal; voluptuous
sententious
adj. terse; concise; aphoristic
sentinel
n. a soldier whose job is to guard something; sentry; lookout