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*resolution
n.
determination
*resolve
n.
determination; firmness of purpose

v.
decide; settle; solve
resplendent
adj.
dazzling; glorious; brilliant
restitution
n.
reparation; indemnification
resumption
n.
taking up again
retentive
adj.
holding; having a good memory
...he had a retentive mind...
*reticent
adj.
reserved; uncommunicative
retiring
adj.
modest; shy
retrench
v.
cut down; economize, cut down on costs
retrograde
v.
go backwards; degenerate
*reverent
adj.
respectful; worshipful
revile
v.
attack with abusive language; vilify
revulsion
n.
sudden violent change of feeling; negative reaction
rhapsodize
v.
to speak or write in an exaggeratedly enthusiastic manner
ribald
adj.
wanton; profane
rider
n.
amendment or clause added to a legislative bill
rife
adj.
abundant; current
rig
v.
fix or manipulate
rile
v.
vex; irritate; muddy
rococo
adj.
ornate; highly decorated
roil
v.
to make liquids murk by stirring up sediment; to disturb
roseate
adj.
rosy; optimistic
rostrum
n.
platform for speech-making; pulpit
rote
n.
repitition
...he recited the passage by rote...
rout
v.
stampede; drive out
rubric
n.
title or heading (in red print); directions for religious ceremony; protocol
rue
v.
regret; lament; mourn
ruminate
v.
chew over and over
runic
adj.
mysterious; set down in an ancient alphabet
rusticate
v.
banish to the country; dwell in the country
sadistic
adj.
inclined to cruelty
sagacious
adj.
perceptive; shrewd; having insight
salacious
adj.
lascivious; lustful
...the monk was not pious but salacious...
salient
adj.
prominent
sallow
adj.
yellowish; sickly in color
salutary
adj.
tending to improve; beneficial; wholesome
sanctimonious
adj.
displaying ostentatious or hypocritical devoutness
...you don't have to be so sanctimonious to prove that you are devout...
sanguinary
adj.
bloody
sanguine
adj.
cheerful; hopeful
sap
v.
diminish; undermine
sardonic
adj.
disdainful; sarcastic; cynical
sartorial
adj.
pertaining to tailors, or manner of dress
satirical
adj.
mocking
saturnine
adj.
gloomy
...do not be misled by his saturnine countenance...
savant
n.
scholar
savory
adj.
tasty; pleasing; attractive, or agreeable
scad
n.
a great quantity
scapegoat
n.
someone who bears the blame for others
scenario
n.
plot outline
schematic
adj.
relating to an outline or diagram; using a system of symbols
scintilla
n.
shred; least bit
scintillate
v.
sparkle; flash
scoff
v.
mock; ridicule
scotch
v.
stamp out; thwart; hinder
scourge
n.
lash; whip; severe punishment; a cause of affliction or suffering
scruple
v.
fret about; hesitate, for ethical reasons
...she did not scruple to read his diary...

also n.
scrupulous
adj.
conscientious; extremely thorough
scuffle
v.
struggle confusedly; move off in a confused hurry
scurrilous
adj.
obscene; indecent
scurvy
adj.
despicable; contemptible
scuttle
v.
sink
seamy
adj.
sordid; unwholesome
*secrete
adj.
hide away or cache; produce or release a substance into an organism
sedate
adj.
composed; grave
sedition
n.
resistance to authority; insubordination
sedulous
adj.
diligent
seemly
adj.
proper; appropriate
seine
n.
net for catching fish
sensitization
n.
process of being made sensitive or acutely responsive to an external agent or substance
sententious
adj.
terse; concise; aphoristic
sentient
adj.
capable of sensation; aware; sensitive
septic
adj.
putrid; producing putrefaction
sepulcher
n.
tomb
sere
adj.
parched; dry
serendipity
n.
gift for finding valuable or desirable things by accident
sextant
n.
navigation tool used to determine a ship's longitude and latitude
sham
v.
pretent
...she shammed sickness...

also, n.
sheaf
n.
bundle of stalks of grain; any bundle of things bundled together
shirk
v.
avoid (responsibility, work, etc.); malinger
shrew
n.
scolding woman
shunt
v.
turn aside; divert; sidetrack
shyster
n.
lawyer using questionable methods
sibylline
adj.
prophetic; oracular
simper
v.
smirk; smile affectedly
sinecure
n.
well-paid position with little responsibility
sinuous
adj.
winding; bending in and out
skinflint
n.
stingy person; miser
skittish
adj.
lively; frisky
skulduggery
n.
dishonest behavior
...the investigation into the minicipal corruption turned up new instances of skulduggery daily...
skulk
v.
move furtively and secretly
sleazy
adj.
flimsy; unsubstantial
...this sleazy fabric...

squalid; sordid; filthy
sleeper
n.
something originally of little value or importance that in some time becomes valuable
sleight
n.
dexterity
slight
n.
insult to one's dignity; shabby
sllipshod
adj.
untidy or slovenly; shabby
sluggard
n.
lazy person
sluice
n.
artificial channel for directing or controlling the flow of water
smattering
n.
slight knowledge
snivel
v.
run at the nose; snuffle; whine
sobriety
n.
moderation (especially regarding indulgence in alcohol); seriousness
sojourn
n.
temporary stay
solecism
n.
construction that is flagrantly incorrect grammatically
*solicitous
adj.
worried, concerned
soliloquy
n.
talking to oneself
solvent
adj.
able to pay all debts

n.
substance tha dissolves another
sextant
n.
navigation tool used to determine a ship's longitude and latitude
sham
v.
pretent
...she shammed sickness...

also, n.
sheaf
n.
bundle of stalks of grain; any bundle of things bundled together
shirk
v.
avoid (responsibility, work, etc.); malinger
shrew
n.
scolding woman
shunt
v.
turn aside; divert; sidetrack
shyster
n.
lawyer using questionable methods
sibylline
adj.
prophetic; oracular
simper
v.
smirk; smile affectedly
sinecure
n.
well-paid position with little responsibility
sinuous
adj.
winding; bending in and out
skinflint
n.
stingy person; miser
skittish
adj.
lively; frisky; easily startled
skulduggery
n.
dishonest behavior
...the investigation into the minicipal corruption turned up new instances of skulduggery daily...
skulk
v.
move furtively and secretly
sextant
n.
navigation tool used to determine a ship's longitude and latitude
sham
v.
pretent
...she shammed sickness...

also, n.
sheaf
n.
bundle of stalks of grain; any bundle of things bundled together
shirk
v.
avoid (responsibility, work, etc.); malinger
shrew
n.
scolding woman
shunt
v.
turn aside; divert; sidetrack
shyster
n.
lawyer using questionable methods
sibylline
adj.
prophetic; oracular
simper
v.
smirk; smile affectedly
sinecure
n.
well-paid position with little responsibility
sinuous
adj.
winding; bending in and out
skinflint
n.
stingy person; miser
skittish
adj.
lively; frisky
skulduggery
n.
dishonest behavior
...the investigation into the minicipal corruption turned up new instances of skulduggery daily...
skulk
v.
move furtively and secretly
strew
v.
spread randomly; sprinkle; scatter
stricture
n.
critical comments; severe and adverse criticism
stringent
adj.
binding; rigid
*strut
n.
pompous walk

n.
supporting bar
studied
adj.
unspontaneous; deliberate; thoughtful
stultify
v.
cause to appear or become stupid or incorporate; frustrate or hinder
stupor
n.
state of apathy; daze; lack of awareness
stygian
adj.
gloomy; hellish; deathly
suavity
n.
urbanity; polish
sublimate
v.
refine; purify
suborn
v.
persuade to act unlawfully (especially to commit perjury)
*subpoena
n.
writ summoning a witness to appear
subsidiary
adj.
subordinate; secondary
subsistence
n.
existence; means of support
*substantiate
v.
establish by evidence; verify; support
subsume
v.
include; encompass
subterfuge
n.
pretense; evasion
succor
v.
aid; assist; comfort
suffragist
n.
advocate of voting rights (for women)
suffuse
v.
spread over
sully
v.
tarnish; soil
sultry
adj.
sweltering
sunder
v.
separate; part
sundry
adj.
various; several
superannuated
adj.
retired or disqualified because of age
supercilious
adj.
arrogant; condescending; patronizing
supererogatory
adj.
superfluous; more than needed or demanded
supernumerary
n.
person or thing in excess of what is necessary; extra
*supersede
v.
cause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete
supple
adj.
flexible; pliant
suppliant
adj.
entreating; beseeching
supplicate
v.
petition humbly; pray to grant a favor
*supposition
n.
hypothesis; surmise
supposititious
adj.
assumed; counterfeit; hypothetical
surfeit
v.
satiate; stuff; indulge to excess in anything
surly
adj.
rude; cross
surmise
v.
guess
surmount
v.
overcome
surreptitious
adj.
secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden
swarthy
adj.
dark; dusty
swathe
v.
wrap around; bandage
swill
v.
drink greedily
sybarite
n.
lover of luxury
sycophant
n.
servile flatterer; bootlicker; yes man
symbiosis
n.
interdependent relationship, often mutually beneficial
synoptic
adj.
providing a general overview
synthetic
adj.
artificial; resulting from synthesis
tantalize
v.
tease; torture with disappointment
tantamount
adj.
equivalent in effect or value