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sequester
v. isolate; retire from public life; segregate; seclude
serendipity
n. gift for finding valuable or desirable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck
serenity
n. calmness; placidity
serpentine
adj. winding; twisting
serrated
adj. having a sawtoothed edge
servile
adj. slavish; cringing
servitude
n. slavery; compulsory labor
sever
v. cut; separate
severity
n. harshness; intensity; sternness; austerity
shackle
v. chain; fetter
sham
v. pretend
shambles
n. wreck; mess
shard
n. fragment, generally of pottery
sheaf
n. bundle of stalks or grain; any bundle of things tied together
shear
v. cut or clip (hair, fleece); strip of something
sheathe
v. place into a case
sheer
adj. very thin or transparent; very steep; absolute
shimmer
v. glimmer intermittently
shirk
v. avoid (responsibility, work, etc.); malinger
shoddy
adj. inferior; trashy; cheap
shrewd
adj. clever; astute
shroud
v. hide from view; wrap for burial
shun
v. keep away from
shyster
n. lawyer using questionable methods
sibling
n. brother or sister
simian
adj. monkeylike
simile
n. comparison of one thing with another, using the word "like" or "as"
simper
v. smirk; smile affectedly
simplistic
adj. oversimplified
simulate
v. feign
sinecure
n. well-paid position with little responsibility
sinewy
adj. tough; strong and firm
singular
adj. unique; extraordinary; odd
sinister
adj. evil; conveying a sense of ill omen
sinuous
adj. winding; bending in and out; not morally honest
skeptic
n. doubter; person who suspends judgment until the evidence supporting a point of view has been examined
skiff
n. small, light sailboat or rowboat
skimp
v. provide scantily; live very economically
skinflint
n. stingy person; miser
skirmish
n. minor fight
skulk
v. move furtively and secretly
slacken
v. slow up; loosen
slag
n. residue from smelting metal; dross; waste matter
slake
v. quench; state
slander
n. defamation; utterance of false and malicious statements
slapdash
adj. haphazard; careless; sloppy
sleeper
n. something originally of little value or importance that in time becomes very valuable
sleight
n. dexterity
slight
n. insult to one's dignity; snub
slipshod
adj. untidy or slovenly; shabby
slither
v. slip or slide
slothful
adj. lazy
slough
v. cast off
slovenly
adj. untidy; careless in work habits
sluggard
n. lazy person
sluggish
adj. slow; lazy; lethargic
slur
v. speak indistinctly; mumble
slur
n. insult to one's character or reputation; slander
smelt
v. melt or blend ores, changing their chemical composition
smirk
n. conceited smile
smolder
v. burn without flame; be liable to break out at any moment
snicker
n. half-stifled laugh
snivel
v. run at the nose; snuffle; whine
sobriety
n. moderation (especially regarding indulgence in alcohol); seriousness
sodden
adj. soaked; dull, as if from drink
sojourn
n. temporary stay
solace
n. comfort in trouble
solecism
n. construction that is flagrantly incorrect grammatically
solemnity
n. seriousness; gravity
solicit
v. request earnestly; seek
solicitous
adj. worried; concerned
soliloquy
n. talking to oneself
solitude
n. state of being alone; seclusion
soluble
adj. able to be dissolved; able to be explained
solvent
adj. able to pay all debts
solvent
n. substance that dissolves another