Competitive Exams: Word List: Vocabulary S

Word List: S

  • sagacious-having sound judgment; perceptive, wise; like a sage
  • salacious: Obscene
  • salient: Prominent, protruding, conspicuous, highly relevant
  • salubrious: Healthful
  • salutary: Remedial, wholesome, causing improvement
  • sanctimony: Self-righteousness, hypocritical, with false piety
  • sanction: Approval (by authority); penalty
  • sanguine: Cheerful, confident, optimistic
  • sanity: Health of mind; soundness of judgement
  • sap: Weaken
  • sate: Satiate
  • satiate: Satisfy fully
  • saturnine: Gloomy, dark, sullen, morose
  • savant: Person of great learning
  • savor: Taste, flavor smth
  • sawdust: Tiny bits of wood
  • scabbard-sheath for the blade
  • scent: Smell (esp pleasant)
  • scribble: Write hastily
  • scurvy: Mean, contemptible
  • seal: Piece of wax, lead, etc stamped on the document
  • secular: Material (not spiritual); living outside monasteries
  • sedulous: Persevering
  • seminal: Like a seed; constituting a source, originative
  • sententious: Short and pithy, full of maxims/proverbs
  • sequence: Succession, connected line of
  • serrated: Having a toothed edge
  • serration: Having a toothed edge
  • servile: Like a slave, lacking independence
  • severance: Severing
  • shaft: Arrow or spear, smth long and narrow
  • shallow: Little depth; not earnest
  • shard piece of broken earthenware
  • sheath: Cover for the blade of a weapon or a tool
  • shove: Push
  • shrewd: Astute; showing sound judgement
  • shrill: Sharp, piercing
  • shun: Keep away from; avoid
  • shunt: Send from one track to another; lay aside; evade discussion
  • sidestep: Step to one side
  • sinuous: Winding, undulating, serpentine
  • skiff: Small boat
  • skit: Short piece of humorous writing
  • slack: Sluggish; dull; not tight
  • slake: To assuage, to satisfy, allay
  • slate: King of blue-grey stone; propose; criticize
  • sluggard: Lazy, slow-moving person
  • soar: Rise, fly high
  • sober: Self-controlled
  • sobriety: Quality or condition of being sober
  • sodden: Soaked, saturated
  • soggy: Heavy with water
  • solvent-of the power of forming a solution
  • somatic: Of the body
  • soot: Black powder in smoke
  • sophisticated: Complex, subtle, refined
  • sophistry: Fallacious reasoning, faulty logic
  • sophomoric: Self-assured though immature, affected, bombastic, overblown
  • sordid: Wretched, comfortless, contemptible
  • spear: Weapon with a metal point on a long shaft
  • specious: Illogical, of questionable truth or merit
  • splenetic: Bad-tempered, irritable
  • splice: Join (two ends)
  • sponge: Porous rubber for washing; live at once expense
  • spurious: False, counterfeit
  • spurn: Have nothing to do; reject or refuse
  • squalid: Foul, filthy
  • squander: Spend wastefully
  • stanch: To stop the flow of a fluid
  • steeply: Rising or falling sharply
  • stentorian: Extremely loud and powerful
  • stickler: Person who insists on importance of smth
  • stigma: Mark of shame or disgrace
  • stigmatize-describe smb scornfully
  • sting: Smth sharp
  • stingy: Spending, using unwillingly
  • stint: To be thrifty, to set limits
  • stipulate: State or put forward as a necessary condition
  • stolid: Showing no emotion; impassive
  • strands: Smth twisted together into a rope, line of development
  • stray: Wander, lose one's way
  • streak: Long, thin; move very fast
  • striated: Striped, grooved, or banded
  • stride: Walk with long steps
  • strut: a supporting bar
  • stygian: Hence, dark, gloomy
  • stymie: To hinder, obstruct, or block
  • subdue: Overcome, bring under control
  • sublime: Extreme; astounding
  • submerge: Put under water, liquid, sink out of sight
  • suborn: Induce by bribery or smth to commit perjury
  • subpoena: Written order requiring a person to appear in a low court
  • subsume: Include under a rule
  • succor: Assistance, relief in time of distress
  • suffice: Be enough
  • sullied: To be stained or discredited
  • summarily: Briefly; without delay
  • sumptuous: Magnificent
  • sundry: Various, miscellaneous, separate
  • supercilious: Disdainful; characterized by haughty scorn
  • superfluous: More then is needed or wanted
  • superimpose-put smth on the top
  • supersede: Take the place of
  • supine: Lying on the back; slow to act, passive
  • suppliant: Asking humbly, beseeching
  • supplicate: Make a humble petition to
  • suppress: Prevent from being known; put an end to
  • surfeit: Satiate, feed to fulness or to excess
  • susceptibility: Sensitiveness
  • sustain: Keep from falling; maintain; suffer; give a decision
  • sycophant: Person who flatter to the rich and powerful
  • sagacious: Able to discern and distinguish with wise perception.
  • salacious: Having strong sexual desires.
  • salient: Standing out prominently.
  • salubrious: Healthful; promoting health.
  • salutary: Beneficial.
  • sanction: To approve authoritatively.
  • sanguine: Cheerfully confident; optimistic.
  • sardonic: Scornfully or bitterly sarcastic. Satiate: To satisfy fully the appetite or desire of. Satyr: A very lascivious person. Savor: To perceive by taste or smell.
  • scabbard: The sheath of a sword or similar bladed weapon. Scintilla: The faintest ray. Scribble: Hasty, careless writing. Sedulous: Persevering in effort or endeavor.
  • sequence: The order in which a number or persons, things, or events follow one another in space or time. Severance: Separation.
  • shrewd: Characterized by skill at understanding and profiting by circumstances.
  • sinecure: Any position having emoluments with few or no duties.
  • sinuous: Curving in and out:
  • skiff: Usually, a small light boat propelled by oars.
  • sluggard: A person habitually lazy or idle.
  • solace: Comfort in grief, trouble, or calamity.
  • solvent: Having sufficient funds to pay all debts.
  • somniferous: Tending to produce sleep.
  • somnolent: Sleepy.
  • sonorous: Resonant.
  • sophistry: Reasoning sound in appearance only, especially when designedly deceptive. Soporific: Causing sleep; also, something that causes sleep. Sordid: Filthy, morally degraded specious: Plausible. Spurious: Not genuine.
  • squalid: Having a dirty, mean, poverty-stricken appearance. Stanch: To stop the flowing of; to check.
  • stigma: A mark of infamy or token of disgrace attaching to a person as the result of evil-doing. Stingy: Cheap, unwilling to spend money. Succinct: Concise. Sumptuous: Rich and costly.
  • supercilious: Exhibiting haughty and careless contempt. Superfluous: Being more than is needed.
  • supernumerary: Superfluous. Supersede: To displace. Supine: Lying on the back. Supplicate: To beg.
  • suppress: To prevent from being disclosed or punished.
  • surcharge: An additional amount charged.
  • surfeit: To feed to fullness or to satiety.
  • susceptibility: A specific capability of feeling or emotion.
  • sycophant: A servile flatterer, especially of those in authority or influence.
  • synopsis: A syllabus or summary.
  • synopsis: Summary or outline