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rift
a gap or fissure (such as in rock), a break in friendly relations
rococo
very elaborate and ornate (in decorating or metaphorically, as in speech and writing); relating to a highly ornate style of art and architecture in 18th century France
rue
regret, remorse; to feel regret or remorse
ruminate
turn over in the mind, reflect on; chew cud (as a cow)
salient
obvious, standing out; projecting, protruding, jutting out
sardonic
scornfully or ironically mocking, cynically derisive
savant
learned person, scholar, someone admitted to membership in a scholarly field; a person with amazing mental abilities despite having a cognitive difference or disability
scintilla
a tiny bit or trace
scurvy
contemptible, mean
searchingly
in a searching or penetrating manner; while examining closely or probing for answers
secrete
produce and release a substance from a cell or gland of the body for a functional purpose
sedition
inciting rebellion against a government, esp. speech or writing that does this
semantic
relating to the different meanings of words or other symbols
seraphic
like an angel; serene, spiritually carried off or transported
shard
fragment of some brittle substance, esp. a sharp fragment of pottery, glass, etc.
sinecure
a job or position that pays while requiring little or no work
skittish
shy, fickle, uncertain, or prone to act suddenly due to nervousness; lively in a restless or excessive way
slake
satisfy (esp. thirst), cool, or refresh; make less active
sobriquet
a nickname
solecism
nonstandard use of grammar or words; mistake, esp. in etiquette