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3500 ACT Vocabulary (11)

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quadrilateral
quadruped
quaff
quagmire
quail
qualm
quantitative
quarterly
quay
quell
quench
querulous
query
questionnaire
quiescent
quietude
quintessence
quip
quirk
quiver
quixotic
quizzical
quorum
raconteur
radical
radically
raiment
rally
ramification
ramify
ramshackle
ranch
ranching
rancid
rancor
rank
rankle
rapacious
rapt
rarefied
raspy
ratify
ratiocination
raucous
ravel
raven
ravenous
ravine
raze
reactionary
readily
realization
realm
reap
reassure
rebuff
rebuke
recalcitrant
recapitulate
recast
recession
recidivism
reciprocal
recoil
recrimination
recruit
rectitude
recumbent
recurrent
redolent
redoubtable
redress
reel
reflection
reformism
refract
refraction
refractory
refreshing
refurbish
refute
regale
regime
regimentation
register
rehabilitate
reigning
reiterate
rejoinder
rejuvenate
relaxed
release
relegate
relent
relic
relieve
relieved
remark
remediable
reminiscence
remnant
remonstrance
remunerative
rend
rendering
renegade
renege
renovate
renovation
renown
reparable
reparation
repast
repeal
repel
repercussion
replenish
replete
replicate
repose
repository
representative
repress
reprimand
reprisal
reprise
reprobate
reproduce
reprove
repudiate
repugnance
repugnant
repulse
repulsion
reputed
request
requiem
requisite
requite
rescue
resent
reserve
reside
resident
resolute
resonant
respect
respective
respiratory
respite
resplendent
responsibility
responsiveness
restitution
restive
restore
restrain
restrict
resumption
resurge
retain
retentive
reticence
retinue
retort
retreat
retrench
retroactive
retrograde
retrospective
revelry
revered
reverent
reverie
revile
revulsion
rhapsodize
ribald
rife
rigor
rigorous
rile
ripen
risky
rite
riveting
rivulet
rodent
roe
roil
rostrum
rote
rotundity
rout
rubbery
ruffian
ruin
ruminate
saboteur
saccharine
sacrilegious
sacrosanct
sagacious
salacious
salient
salubrious
salutary
salvo
sanctimonious
sanction
sanguine
sanitary
sanitation
sarcastic
sardonic
sartorial
sate
satiate
satire
satirical
satirist
satirize
satisfaction
saturate
saturnine
saucer
saunter
savant
savory
scabbard
scads
scaffold
scamp
scanty
scarcely
scare
scavenge
scenery
scent
schematic
scheme
schism
scholarship
scintillate
scissors
scout
scrape
scruple
scrupulous
scrutinize
scurrilous
scurvy
scuttle
seam
seamy
sear
seasoning
secession
seclude
seclusion
secrete
sectarian
sectional
secular
secure
securely
sedentary
sedition
sedulous
seedling
seemly
seep
seethe
segregate
seismic
seminal
seminary
sensation
sentence
sententious
sentimental
sequester
seraphic
serendipity
serious
seriously
serpentine
serrated
servile
servitude
shackle
shallow
shard
sheaf
shear
sheathe
shed
shine
shining
shipwright
shirk
shocking
shuffle
shun
shuttle
shyness
shyster
significant
silly
silt
simile
simper
simplicity
simplistic
simulate
simultaneous
sinecure
sinewy
sinuous
skeleton
skeptic
skepticism
sketch
skiff
skimp
skinflint
skip
skirmish
skulk
skyrocket
slacken
slake
slapdash
sleight
slight
slipshod
sloping
sloth
slothful
slough
slovenly
sluggard
sluggish
slur
smelt
smolder
smuggle
snicker
snivel
snobbish
sobriquet
sociable
sodden
sojourn
solder
solecism
solemnity
solicit
solicitous
soliloquy
solitary
soluble
solvent
somber
somnambulist
somnolent
sonorous
sophistry
sophomoric
soporific
sort
soundproof
sovereign
span
spangle
spare
spark
sparse
spartan
spasmodic
spate
spatial
spawn
specification
specified
specious
spectacular
spectacularly
speedy
spendthrift
spoil
spontaneity
sporadic
sporadically
sportive
spotlight
sprawl
sprout
spry
spurious
spurn
squabble
squalor
squeeze
staccato
stagnant
staid
stained
stalemate
stalk
stalwart
stanch
standing
stanza
stardom
starfish
starve
stash
stasis
stationary
stature
statute
steadfast
steep
steer
stereotype
stick
sticky
stifle
stigma
stigmatize
stilted
stimulant
stimulate
stimulus
stipend
stipulate
stodgy
stoic
stoical
stoke
stolid
stratagem
stratify
stratum
strenuously
stretch
strew
striated
stricture
strident
striking
strikingly
stringent
strive
stultify
stupefy
stupor
stymie
suavity
subdue
subdued
subjective
subjugate
subliminal
submissive
subordinate
suborn
subsequent
subsequently
subservient
subside
subsidiary
subsidy
subsist
subsistence
substantial
substantiate
substantive
substitute
subterfuge
subterranean
subtractive
subversive
succinct
succor
succumb
suffocate
suffragist
sultry
sumptuous
sunder
superb
supercilious
superficially
superfluous
superimpose
superintend
superintendent
supersede
supervisor
supplant
supple
supplicate
suppose
supposition
supremacy
surface
surfeit
surging
surmise
surmount
surpass
surrender
surreptitious
survival
susceptible
suspect
suspend
suspender
sustenance
swagger
swarthy
swathe
sweeping
swelter
swindler
sybarite
sycophant
symbiosis
sympathetic
symphony
synchronize
synoptic
synthesis
synthesize
synthesizer


quadrilateral: Read  four-sided polygon; having four sides

quadruped: Read  four-footed or quadruped animal, especially, four-footed mammal

quaff: Read  drink with relish; swallow hurriedly or greedily

quagmire: Read  soft wet boggy land; complex or dangerous situation from which it is difficult to free oneself

quail: Read  draw back, as with fear or pain; show fear

qualm: Read  sudden feeling of sickness or faintness; sudden attack of illness

quantitative: Read  expressed or expressible as a quantity; relating to measurement of quantity

quarterly: Read  every three months; in three month intervals

quay: Read  dock; landing place; reinforced bank where ships are loaded or unloaded

quell: Read  extinguish; put down forcibly; suppress; pacify or quiet

quench: Read  put out a fire; extinguish; put an end to; destroy

querulous: Read  habitually complaining; expressing complaint or grievance

query: Read  inquiry; doubt in the mind; mental reservation

questionnaire: Read  form containing a set of questions; submitted to people to gain statistical information

quiescent: Read  at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive

quietude: Read  tranquility; state of peace and quiet

quintessence: Read  pure, highly concentrated essence of a thing

quip: Read  clever, witty remark often prompted by occasion

quirk: Read  sudden sharp turn or twist; strange attitude or habit; peculiarity of behavior

quiver: Read  shake with slight, rapid, tremulous movement

quixotic: Read  idealistic without regard to practicality

quizzical: Read  suggesting puzzlement; mocking; curious

quorum: Read  number of members necessary to conduct a meeting; select group

raconteur: Read  storyteller; one who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit

radical: Read  drastic; extreme; arising from or going to a root or source; basic

radically: Read  drastically; by root or origin; primitively; originally; naturally

raiment: Read  clothing; garments; dress; garb; costume

rally: Read  gathering, especially one intended to inspire enthusiasm for a cause; reassembling, of troops

ramification: Read  act or process of branching out or dividing into branches; subdivision or branch

ramify: Read  divide into branches or subdivisions; subordinate branchlike parts

ramshackle: Read  of very poor quality or condition; loose-jointed; ill-made; out of gear or repair

ranch: Read  farm consisting of a large tract of land

ranching: Read  farming for the raising of livestock

rancid: Read  having disagreeable odor or taste of decomposing oils or fats

rancor: Read  bitter, long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will; hatred

rank: Read  hold a particular position in a social hierarchy; form or stand in a row or rows

rankle: Read  grow worse; cause persistent irritation or resentment

rapacious: Read  excessively greedy; predatory; taking by force; plundering

rapt: Read  absorbed; deeply moved or delighted

rarefied: Read  made less dense of gas; elevated in character or style; lofty

raspy: Read  unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound

ratify: Read  approve formally; confirm; verify

ratiocination: Read  reasoning; act of drawing conclusions from premises

raucous: Read  harsh and rough-sounding; disturbing public peace; loud and rough

ravel: Read  separate the fibers or threads of; clarify by separating the aspects of

raven: Read  large black bird with a straight bill and long wedge-shaped tail

ravenous: Read  extremely hungry; voracious; eager for prey

ravine: Read  gorge; deep narrow steep-sided valley

raze: Read  destroy completely; scrape or shave off

reactionary: Read  opposition to progress or liberalism; extremely conservative

readily: Read  easily; quickly; in a prompt, timely manner; promptly

realization: Read  fulfillment; awareness; coming to understand something clearly and distinctly

realm: Read  kingdom; domain ruled by a king or queen

reap: Read  gain; harvest a crop from; get or derive; obtain as a result of effort

reassure: Read  give or restore confidence in; cause to feel sure or certain

rebuff: Read  offer sudden or harsh resistance; turn down or shut out; repel or drive back

rebuke: Read  scold harshly; criticize severely

recalcitrant: Read  obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority

recapitulate: Read  summarize; repeat in concise form

recast: Read  reconstruct sentence or story; present ideas in new or different arrangement

recession: Read  withdrawal; retreat; time of low economic activity

recidivism: Read  habitual return to crime; committing new offenses after being punished for crime

reciprocal: Read  concerning each of two or more persons or things; exchangeable; interacting

recoil: Read  drawback, as with fear or pain ; spring back

recrimination: Read  countercharge; counter or mutual accusation; accusation brought by the accused against the accuser

recruit: Read  enlist; register formally as a participant; engage for military service

rectitude: Read  uprightness; moral virtue; correctness of judgment

recumbent: Read  reclining; lying down completely or in part

recurrent: Read  occurring or appearing again or repeatedly

redolent: Read  fragrant; odorous; suggestive of odor

redoubtable: Read  formidable; arousing fear or awe; worthy of respect or honor

redress: Read  remedy; compensation; act of correcting error or fault

reel: Read  frame with radial arms, or a kind of spool, turning on axis, on which threads or lines are wound

reflection: Read  image of something as reflected by mirror; remark expressing careful consideration

reformism: Read  doctrine or movement of reform

refract: Read  deflect sound or light from straight path ; alter by viewing through medium

refraction: Read  turning or bending of any wave, such as light or sound wave, when it passes from one medium into another of different optical density

refractory: Read  stubborn; unmanageable; obstinately resistant to authority or control

refreshing: Read  invigorating; energizing; pleasantly new or different

refurbish: Read  renovate; make bright by polishing

refute: Read  disprove; prove to be false or incorrect

regale: Read  entertain; provide with great enjoyment

regime: Read  form of government; government in power; administration; prevailing social system or pattern

regimentation: Read  act of forming into military unit or large group of people; imposition of order or discipline; organization

register: Read  give outward signs of; express; record in writing; enroll as a student

rehabilitate: Read  restore to proper condition; help to re-adapt, as to former state of health or good repute

reigning: Read  exercising power or authority; currently ruling or holding a position

reiterate: Read  say, state, or perform again or repeatedly

rejoinder: Read  retort; comeback; answer to a reply

rejuvenate: Read  make young again; restore to youthful vigor or appearance

relaxed: Read  easygoing; made less tense or rigid; relieved

release: Read  give off; liberate; grant freedom to; make something available

relegate: Read  assign to obscure place, position, or condition; delegate; assign

relent: Read  give in; become more compassionate or forgiving; cause to soften in attitude or temper

relic: Read  surviving remnant; something left after loss or decay; object kept for its association with the past

relieve: Read  free from a burden; alleviate; save from ruin

relieved: Read  eased; made easier to bear; extending out above or beyond a surface or boundary

remark: Read  expression, in speech or writing, of something remarked or noticed

remediable: Read  capable of being remedied or cured; set straight or right

reminiscence: Read  recollection; process of remembering

remnant: Read  remainder; small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists

remonstrance: Read  expression of protest, complaint, or reproof, especially formal statement of grievances

remunerative: Read  compensating; rewarding; profitable or paying

rend: Read  split; tear or split apart or into pieces violently

rendering: Read  depiction or interpretation, as in painting or music; translation; version

renegade: Read  disloyal person; traitor or rebel

renege: Read  deny; go back on; fail to fulfill promise or obligation

renovate: Read  restore to good condition; renew

renovation: Read  improving by renewing and restoring; state of being restored to its former good condition; renewal

renown: Read  fame; quality of being widely honored and acclaimed

reparable: Read  capable of being repaired; admitting of repair

reparation: Read  act of putting something in working order again; act or process of making amends; compensation

repast: Read  food eaten or provided at a meal; feast; banquet

repeal: Read  revoke or annul, especially by official or formal act

repel: Read  force or drive back; disgust; offer resistance to; fight against

repercussion: Read  often indirect effect or result that is produced by an event or action; reflection, especially of sound

replenish: Read  fill or make complete again; add a new stock or supply to

replete: Read  filled to brim or to point of being stuffed; abundantly supplied

replicate: Read  duplicate, copy, reproduce, or repeat; fold over or bend back

repose: Read  relaxation; leisure; freedom from worry; peace of mind

repository: Read  place where things may be put for safekeeping, as storehouse, warehouse, museum, or tomb

representative: Read  fitted to represent; exhibiting a similitude; bearing character or power of another; acting for another or others

repress: Read  put down by force or intimidation ; restrain; crush; oppress; conceal or hide

reprimand: Read  reprove severely, especially in a formal or official way; rebuke formally; censure severely or angrily

reprisal: Read  action taken in return for injury or offense

reprise: Read  musical repetition; repeat performance; recurrent action

reprobate: Read  person hardened in sin; person without moral scruples

reproduce: Read  have offspring or young; duplicate; make a copy

reprove: Read  voice or convey disapproval of; rebuke; find fault with

repudiate: Read  disown; refuse to acknowledge; reject validity or authority of

repugnance: Read  extreme dislike or aversion; opposition; conflict; resistance, in a physical sense

repugnant: Read  arousing disgust or aversion; offensive or repulsive; hateful

repulse: Read  force or drive back; drive back; refuse; disgust

repulsion: Read  distaste; extreme aversion; act of driving back

reputed: Read  state of being held in high esteem and honor

request: Read  express the need or desire for; ask for

requiem: Read  mass for dead; song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as memorial

requisite: Read  necessary requirement; indispensable item

requite: Read  repay; revenge; make repayment for or return something

rescue: Read  free from harm or evil; take from legal custody by force

resent: Read  feel bitter; consider as injury or affront; be in angry

reserve: Read  lack of enthusiasm; skeptical caution; something saved for future use; self-restraint in expression

reside: Read  dwell; live in a place permanently or for an extended period

resident: Read  one who resides in a place permanently or for an extended period; dweller

resolute: Read  firm, unyielding, or determined; having decided purpose

resonant: Read  echoing; strong and deep in tone; resounding; having lasting presence or effect

respect: Read  honor or esteem; admire; aspect; detail or point

respective: Read  individual; relating to particular persons or things, each to each; particular; respectful; regardful

respiratory: Read  inhaling and exhaling; breathing

respite: Read  usually short interval of rest or relief; delay in punishment

resplendent: Read  dazzling; glorious; shining with brilliant luster; very bright

responsibility: Read  duties; obligation; state of being responsible, accountable, or answerable

responsiveness: Read  quality of being responsive; reacting quickly

restitution: Read  reparation; getting something back again; restoring something to its original state

restive: Read  impatient under restraint or opposition; resisting control; difficult to control

restore: Read  give or bring back; return to its original condition

restrain: Read  keep under control; hold back ; place limits on

restrict: Read  keep or confine within limits

resumption: Read  resuming; beginning again; recommencement

resurge: Read  rise again; sweep or surge back again

retain: Read  keep; maintain possession of; hire by payment of a fee; keep in mind; remember

retentive: Read  holding; having quality, power, or capacity of retaining, as to retain knowledge with ease

reticence: Read  reserve; state or quality of being reluctant; unwillingness

retinue: Read  following members; attendants accompanying high-ranking person

retort: Read  reply, especially to answer in a quick, caustic, or witty manner

retreat: Read  fall or draw back; withdraw or retire; slope backward

retrench: Read  cut down; reduce; restrict; economize

retroactive: Read  extending in scope or effect to a prior time or to prior conditions

retrograde: Read  go backwards; decline to inferior state; degenerate

retrospective: Read  looking back on, or directed to the past; applying to or influencing the past

revelry: Read  merrymaking, especially, festivity or jollity

revered: Read  greatly respected; profoundly honored

reverent: Read  respectful; worshipful; impressed with veneration or deep respect

reverie: Read  daydream; state of abstracted musing; absent-minded dreaming while awake

revile: Read  attack with abusive language; vilify

revulsion: Read  sudden strong change or reaction in feeling, especially a feeling of violent disgust

rhapsodize: Read  speak or write in exaggeratedly enthusiastic manner

ribald: Read  coarse or indecent; humorously vulgar or offensive

rife: Read  excessively abundant or numerous; in widespread existence, practice, or use

rigor: Read  strictness or severity, as in temperament, action, or judgment; something hard to endure

rigorous: Read  full of rigors; harsh; rigidly accurate; precise

rile: Read  irritate; stir to anger; stir up liquid; muddy

ripen: Read  grow ripe; cause to ripen or develop fully

risky: Read  involving risk or danger; hazardous

rite: Read  established ceremony prescribed by a religion

riveting: Read  wholly absorbing one's attention

rivulet: Read  small brook or stream; streamlet

rodent: Read  gnawing; biting; corroding; any of various mammals of rodent, such as a mouse, rat, squirrel,

roe: Read  fish eggs; egg mass; female of any species of deer

roil: Read  make liquids murky by stirring up sediment

rostrum: Read  elevated platform for public speaking; pulpit

rote: Read  memorizing process using routine or repetition; sound of surf breaking on the shore

rotundity: Read  roundness; rounded fullness; integral entireness

rout: Read  put to disorderly flight or retreat; drive out; cause to flee; defeat overwhelmingly

rubbery: Read  elastic; difficult to chew; having a texture resembling rubber

ruffian: Read  bully; lawless and cruel; cruel and brutal person or gangster

ruin: Read  fall or tumble down; destroy; devastate; exterminate

ruminate: Read  chew over and over mentally, or like cows physically; mull over; ponder

saboteur: Read  one who commits sabotage; destroyer of property

saccharine: Read  having cloyingly sweet attitude, tone, or character; overly sweet

sacrilegious: Read  acting or speaking very disrespectfully toward what is held to be sacred; violating sacred things; profane

sacrosanct: Read  regarded as sacred and inviolable

sagacious: Read  perceptive; shrewd; having insight

salacious: Read  lustful; suggestive of or tending to moral looseness

salient: Read  prominent or protruding; projecting outwardly; moving by leaps or springs

salubrious: Read  healthful; favorable to health; promoting health; wholesome

salutary: Read  tending to improve; beneficial; favorable to health

salvo: Read  release or discharge of bombs or firearms; forceful verbal or written assault

sanctimonious: Read  excessively or hypocritically pious; possessing sanctity; sacred; holy; saintly; religious

sanction: Read  give authorization or approval to something; penalize a state, especially for violating international law

sanguine: Read  cheerfully confident; optimistic; of healthy reddish color; ruddy

sanitary: Read  relating to health or the protection of health

sanitation: Read  health; hygiene; application of measures designed to protect public health; disposal or recycling of waste

sarcastic: Read  ironic; expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds

sardonic: Read  disdainful or ironically humorous; cynical; scornful and mocking

sartorial: Read  relating to a tailor, tailoring, or tailored clothing

sate: Read  satisfy appetite fully; satisfy to excess

satiate: Read  satisfy fully; overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself

satire: Read  form of literature in which irony and ridicule are used to attack human vice and folly

satirical: Read  mocking; exposing human folly to ridicule

satirist: Read  humorist who uses ridicule and irony and sarcasm

satirize: Read  make object of satire; attack with satire; censure with keenness or severe sarcasm.

satisfaction: Read  fulfillment or gratification of a desire, need, or appetite; source or means of gratification

saturate: Read  soak, fill, or load to capacity; cause to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance

saturnine: Read  gloomy; marked by tendency to be bitter or sardonic

saucer: Read  dish; small shallow dish having a slight circular depression in the center for holding a cup

saunter: Read  stroll slowly; walk at a leisurely pace

savant: Read  scholar; man of learning or science; one eminent for learning

savory: Read  appetizing to taste or smell; salty or Non-Sweet; pleasing, attractive, or agreeable

scabbard: Read  case for sword blade; sheath

scads: Read  a large number or quantity

scaffold: Read  temporary platform for workers; bracing framework; platform for execution

scamp: Read  one that is dishonest or troublemaker, especially a impish youngster

scanty: Read  somewhat less than needed in amplitude or extent; insufficient

scarcely: Read  hardly; barely; only just

scare: Read  frighten; alarm; strike with sudden fear

scavenge: Read  hunt through discarded materials for usable items; search, especially for food

scenery: Read  landscape; view; view or views of natural features, especially in open country

scent: Read  distinctive odor that is pleasant; fragrance; perfume

schematic: Read  relating to outline or diagram; represented simply, as using symbols

scheme: Read  elaborate and systematic plan of action; chart or outline of a system or object

schism: Read  separation or division into factions; formal division or split within religious body

scholarship: Read  knowledge resulting from study and research; grant of financial aid awarded to student

scintillate: Read  give off sparks; shine as if emanating sparks; twinkle or glow

scissors: Read  edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades

scout: Read  find paths through unexplored territory

scrape: Read  gather something together over time; scratch repeatedly

scruple: Read  hesitate as a result of conscience or principle

scrupulous: Read  exactly and carefully conducted; by extreme care and great effort; cautious

scrutinize: Read  examine closely and critically

scurrilous: Read  obscene; indecent; expressing offensive reproach

scurvy: Read  fit or deserving to be despised; contemptible; worthless; mean; shabby

scuttle: Read  scurry; run with short, rapid steps

seam: Read  line of junction formed by sewing together two pieces; line across a surface, as a crack; scar

seamy: Read  sordid; morally degraded; squalid or corrupt

sear: Read  make very hot and dry; become superficially burned

seasoning: Read  flavoring; spice; act of adding a seasoning to food

secession: Read  act of seceding; withdrawal; withdrawal of 11 Southern states from the Union

seclude: Read  isolate; separate; keep away from others

seclusion: Read  isolation; solitude; secluded place; shutting out or keeping apart

secrete: Read  hide away; generate and separate substance from cells or bodily fluids

sectarian: Read  relating to religious faction or subgroup; narrow-minded; limited

sectional: Read  consisting of or divided into sections; separating into sections

secular: Read  worldly rather than spiritual; not specifically relating to religion; lasting from century to century

secure: Read  free from fear, care, or anxiety; not have reason to doubt

securely: Read  in a manner free from fear or risk

sedentary: Read  requiring sitting; accustomed to sitting or to taking little exercise; living in one area, not migratory

sedition: Read  resistance to authority; insubordination or rebellion

sedulous: Read  diligent; hardworking; persevering and constant in effort or application

seedling: Read  young plant or tree grown from seed; produced from seed

seemly: Read  proper; appropriate; of pleasing appearance; handsome

seep: Read  pass gradually or leak through, as if through small openings

seethe: Read  be disturbed; boil; be in state of turmoil or ferment

segregate: Read  isolate; separate; divide from the main body

seismic: Read  caused by earthquake or earth vibration; earthshaking

seminal: Read  influential in original way; providing basis for further development; creative

seminary: Read  school, especially a theological school for training of priests, ministers, or rabbis; school of higher education, especially for girls

sensation: Read  feeling; perception associated with stimulation of a sense organ or with a specific body condition

sentence: Read  final judgment of guilty in criminal case and punishment that is imposed

sententious: Read  concise and full of meaning; using as few words as possible

sentimental: Read  emotional; Resulting from emotion rather than reason or realism

sequester: Read  isolate; retire from public life; segregate; seclude

seraphic: Read  angelic; having sweet nature befitting an angel

serendipity: Read  gift for finding valuable or desirable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck

serious: Read  grave in manner or disposition; earnest; thoughtful; solemn; really intending what is said

seriously: Read  in a serious or literal manner; gravely; solemnly; in earnest; without levity

serpentine: Read  winding; twisting; curving in alternate directions; having the shape or form of a snake

serrated: Read  saw-like; having a row of sharp or tooth-like projections

servile: Read  slavish; suitable to slave or servant; relating to servitude or forced labor

servitude: Read  forced labor imposed as a punishment for crime; lack of personal freedom

shackle: Read  chain; fetter; restraint that confines or restricts freedom

shallow: Read  lacking physical depth; not deep or strong

shard: Read  fragment of brittle substance, as of glass or metal; piece of broken pottery, especially one found in archaeological dig

sheaf: Read  bundle of stalks of grain; any bundle of things tied together

shear: Read  cut or clip hair; strip of something; remove by cutting or clipping

sheathe: Read  enclose with protective covering; encase; cover up or hide

shed: Read  get rid of ; cast off; cause to pour forth

shine: Read  emit rays of light; give light; beam with steady radiance; exhibit brightness or splendor

shining: Read  glowing; radiant; having a high polish or sheen

shipwright: Read  carpenter who helps build and launch wooden vessels

shirk: Read  avoid or neglect duty or responsibility; malinger

shocking: Read  jolting; frightful; terrible; highly disturbing emotionally; highly offensive

shuffle: Read  disorder; move back and forth; mix so as to make a random order or arrangement

shun: Read  avoid deliberately; keep away from

shuttle: Read  go, move, or travel back and forth by

shyness: Read  feeling of fear of embarrassment

shyster: Read  lawyer using questionable methods; unethical lawyer or politician

significant: Read  fairly large; important in effect or meaning

silly: Read  exhibiting a lack of wisdom or good sense; foolish; stupid

silt: Read  mud, clay, or small rocks deposited by river or lake

simile: Read  comparison of one thing with another, in English generally using like or as

simper: Read  smirk; smile in artificial way to make an impression

simplicity: Read  easiness; plainness; absence of luxury or showiness; lack of good sense or intelligence; foolishness

simplistic: Read  overly simple; simplifying something so that its complexity is lost or important details are overlooked

simulate: Read  make a pretence of; reproduce someone's behavior or looks

simultaneous: Read  existing, happening, or done at the same time

sinecure: Read  well-paid position with little responsibility

sinewy: Read  tough; strong and firm; possessing physical strength and weight

sinuous: Read  winding; bending in and out; not morally honest

skeleton: Read  framework; internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape

skeptic: Read  doubter; person who suspends judgment until evidence has been examined

skepticism: Read  doubt about the truth of something; doubting or questioning attitude or state of mind

sketch: Read  draw or describe briefly; give the main points; summary of

skiff: Read  small, light sailboat; small boat propelled by oars

skimp: Read  provide for or supply inadequately; deal with hastily, carelessly, or with poor material

skinflint: Read  one who is very reluctant to spend money; miser; selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend

skip: Read  jump lightly; hop; bypass

skirmish: Read  minor battle in war; minor or preliminary conflict or dispute

skulk: Read  move furtively and secretly; hide, or get out of the way, in a sneaking manner

skyrocket: Read  increase rapidly; rise quickly; soar

slacken: Read  become slower; loosen; become less vigorous, intense, or severe

slake: Read  make less active or intense; satisfy thirst

slapdash: Read  haphazard; careless; done hastily

sleight: Read  skillful performance or ability in using hands; dexterity

slight: Read  almost no; very little; deliberate discourtesy

slipshod: Read  untidy or slovenly; shabby; great carelessness; done poorly or too quickly

sloping: Read  slanting; inclining or inclined from the plane of the horizon

sloth: Read  laziness; apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue; any of several slow-moving arboreal mammals

slothful: Read  lazy; disinclined to work or exertion; inactive; sluggish

slough: Read  cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers; discard as refuse

slovenly: Read  untidy; careless in work habits

sluggard: Read  lazy person; person habitually lazy, idle, and slow; sluggish; lazy

sluggish: Read  lazy; with little movement; very slow

slur: Read  speak indistinctly; pass over carelessly or with little notice

smelt: Read  melt or blend ores, changing their chemical composition

smolder: Read  burn without flame; be liable to break out at any moment

smuggle: Read  import or export without paying customs duties

snicker: Read  laugh in half-suppressed or foolish manner; disrespectful laugh

snivel: Read  run at the nose; snuffle; whine; talk in tearful manner

snobbish: Read  of or pertaining to a snob; vulgarly pretentious

sobriquet: Read  nickname; familiar name for person, typically shortened version of given name

sociable: Read  gregarious; friendly; inclined to or conducive to companionship with others

sodden: Read  thoroughly soakedsoaked; expressionless, stupid, or dull, especially from drink

sojourn: Read  temporary stay; brief period of residence; place of temporary stay

solder: Read  repair or unite by using fusible metal alloy, usually tin and lead

solecism: Read  error in use of language, especially intentional use of misspelling or incorrect grammar ; violation of the conventional rules of society

solemnity: Read  seriousness; gravity; religious or ritual ceremony

solicit: Read  request earnestly; seek to obtain by persuasion or formal application

solicitous: Read  worried or concerned; full of desire; expressing care or concern

soliloquy: Read  talking to oneself; act of a character speaking to himself so as to reveal his thoughts to audience

solitary: Read  isolated; existing, living, or going without others; alone; unaccompanied

soluble: Read  able to be dissolved; able to be explained

solvent: Read  able to pay all debts; capable of meeting financial obligations

somber: Read  gloomy; depressing or grave; dull or dark in color

somnambulist: Read  sleepwalker; person who walks in his sleep

somnolent: Read  half asleep; inclined to drowsiness; tending to induce sleep

sonorous: Read  having or producing full, loud, or deep sound; impressive in style of speech; easy to feel

sophistry: Read  argument for exercise merely; plausible but misleading argument; art or process of reasoning; logic

sophomoric: Read  immature; half-baked, like a sophomore

soporific: Read  sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness

sort: Read  kind or species; a class of;

soundproof: Read  insulate against noise; impermeable to noise

sovereign: Read  having supreme rank or power; self governing; excellent; independent

span: Read  duration; distance; cover; extent or measure of space between two points

spangle: Read  small metallic piece sewn to clothing for ornamentation

spare: Read  give up what is not strictly needed; hold back from; withhold or avoid; save or relieve from action

spark: Read  flash; sparkle; emit or produce sparks

sparse: Read  occurring, growing, or settled at widely spaced intervals; not thick or dense

spartan: Read  avoiding luxury and comfort; sternly disciplined

spasmodic: Read  affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; periodic

spate: Read  sudden flood or strong outburst; sudden heavy fall of rain

spatial: Read  relating to space; existing in or connected with space

spawn: Read  lay eggs; produce offspring in large numbers

specification: Read  instruction; description; act of specifying, or making a detailed statement

specified: Read  given; thoroughly explained; adequately commented

specious: Read  seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading intentionally

spectacular: Read  impressive or sensational; lavishly produced performance; grand

spectacularly: Read  in a spectacular manner; extraordinarily, amazingly

speedy: Read  fast; rapid; accomplished or arrived at without delay; prompt

spendthrift: Read  one who spends money recklessly or wastefully

spoil: Read  go bad; rot; decay; become unfit for consumption or use

spontaneity: Read  naturalness; freedom from constraint; happening or arising without external cause; self-generated

sporadic: Read  occurring at irregular intervals; having no pattern or order in time

sporadically: Read  in irregular or unpredictable manner

sportive: Read  playful; relating to or interested in sports

spotlight: Read  lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; focus of public attention

sprawl: Read  extend; stretch; spread; sit or lie with the body and limbs spread out awkwardly

sprout: Read  have new growth of a plant such as a new branch or a bud; shoot up

spry: Read  vigorously active; active, as in leaping or running

spurious: Read  false; counterfeit; forged; illogical

spurn: Read  reject disdainfully or contemptuously; scorn

squabble: Read  minor quarrel; noisy quarrel, usually about a trivial matter

squalor: Read  filthy and wretched condition or quality; dirty or neglected state

squeeze: Read  force something into or through a restricted space; compress with violence

staccato: Read  played in abrupt manner; marked by abrupt sharp sound

stagnant: Read  not moving or flowing; lacking vitality or briskness; stale; dull

staid: Read  sober; serious, organized, and professional; characterized by dignity and propriety

stained: Read  discolored; dirty; having a stain

stalemate: Read  deadlock; situation in which further action is blocked

stalk: Read  go through an area in search of prey; pursue; walk with a stiff or angry gait; move threateningly

stalwart: Read  marked by imposing physical strength; firmly built; firm and resolute

stanch: Read  stop or check flow of liquid; stop flow of blood from wound

standing: Read  high reputation; esteem; maintaining an erect position

stanza: Read  unit of poem, written or printed as a paragraph

stardom: Read  fame; status of a performer acknowledged as a star; star performers considered as a group

starfish: Read  echinoderms characterized by five arms extending from a central disk

starve: Read  hunger; deprive of food

stash: Read  hide or store away in a secret place

stasis: Read  condition of balance among various forces; inactivity resulting from static balance

stationary: Read  fixed; immobile; static; not capable of being moved

stature: Read  height; status; high level of respect

statute: Read  law enacted by legislature; decree or edict, as of a ruler

steadfast: Read  firmly or constant loyal; fixed or unchanging

steep: Read  having a sharp inclination; of a near-vertical gradient; of a slope, surface, curve

steer: Read  drive; direct; guide by means of a device such as a rudder, paddle, or wheel

stereotype: Read  fixed and unvarying representation; conventional and oversimplified conception

stick: Read  fasten into place by fixing an end; be a follower or supporter

sticky: Read  glutinous; adhesive; covered with an adhesive agent; humid; stiff

stifle: Read  interrupt or cut off voice; keep in or hold back; suppress; conceal or hide

stigma: Read  symbol of disgrace; small mark, as scar or birthmark; mark made with red-hot iron

stigmatize: Read  accuse; condemn; mark as wicked

stilted: Read  stiff and artificially formal; inflated

stimulant: Read  drug that temporarily quickens some vital process; acts to arouse action

stimulate: Read  encourage; motivate; arouse; spur; excite or invigorate with a stimulant

stimulus: Read  helps something to happen more quickly

stipend: Read  fixed and regular payment, such as salary for services or allowance.

stipulate: Read  specify or arrange in agreement; express demand in agreement; promise in agreement

stodgy: Read  dull, unimaginative, and commonplace; old-fashioned; stuffy

stoic: Read  indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain

stoical: Read  enduring pain and hardship without showing feeling or complaint

stoke: Read  stir up fire; feed plentifully; supply a furnace with fuel

stolid: Read  dull; impassive; having or revealing little emotion or sensibility

stratagem: Read  deceptive scheme; military maneuver designed to deceive or surprise enemy

stratify: Read  divide into classes; form, arrange, or deposit in layers

stratum: Read  layer of earth's surface; layer of society

strenuously: Read  in a strenuous manner; strongly or vigorously

stretch: Read  extend; pull in opposite directions; lie down comfortably

strew: Read  spread randomly; sprinkle; scatter

striated: Read  having parallel lines or grooves on surface

stricture: Read  restraint, limit, or restriction; adverse remark or criticism

strident: Read  loud and harsh; insistent; high-pitched; rough-sounding

striking: Read  dramatic; outstanding; arresting attention and producing a vivid impression

strikingly: Read  in a striking manner; remarkably, surprisingly

stringent: Read  demanding strict attention to rules and procedures; binding; rigid

strive: Read  endeavor; struggle or fight forcefully; exert much effort or energy

stultify: Read  cause to appear or become stupid or inconsistent; frustrate or hinder

stupefy: Read  make senseless or dizzy; be mystery or bewildering to

stupor: Read  state of reduced or suspended sensibility; daze; lack of awareness

stymie: Read  present obstacle; stump; cause to fail or to leave hopelessly puzzled, confused, or stuck

suavity: Read  smooth and gracious in manner; quality of being sweet or pleasing to mind; agreeableness

subdue: Read  quiet or bring under control by physical force or persuasion; make less intense; tone down

subdued: Read  conquered; overpowered; becoming quieter; not glaring in color; soft in tone

subjective: Read  occurring or taking place in person's mind rather than external world; unreal

subjugate: Read  conquer; bring under control

subliminal: Read  below threshold of conscious perception, especially if still able to produce a response

submissive: Read  yielding; inclined or ready to submit

subordinate: Read  occupying lower rank; inferior; submissive

suborn: Read  persuade to act unlawfully, especially to commit perjury

subsequent: Read  following in time or order; succeeding; later

subsequently: Read  in a subsequent manner; at a later time; accordingly; therefore

subservient: Read  behaving like slave; subordinate in capacity or function

subside: Read  settle down; sink to a lower level or form depression; wear off or die down

subsidiary: Read  subordinate; secondary; serving to assist or supplement

subsidy: Read  direct financial aid by government

subsist: Read  remain or continue in existence; maintain life; live; support oneself

subsistence: Read  something that has real or substantial existence; means of support or maintain life

substantial: Read  fairly large; in essentials; material; true or real; not imaginary; solidly built

substantiate: Read  establish by evidence; make firm or solid; support

substantive: Read  essential; not imaginary; actual or real

substitute: Read  exchange; put in the place of another

subterfuge: Read  pretense; something intended to misrepresent

subterranean: Read  hidden; secret; situated or operating beneath the earth's surface; underground

subtractive: Read  involving subtraction; having the minus sign; tending to subtract

subversive: Read  tending to overthrow; in opposition to civil authority or government

succinct: Read  brief or compact; by clear, precise expression in few words

succor: Read  aid; assist and deliver from suffering; relieve

succumb: Read  submit to an overpowering force; yield to an overwhelming desire; give up or give in

suffocate: Read  kill or destroy by preventing access of air or oxygen; impair the respiration of; asphyxiate

suffragist: Read  advocate of voting rights for women

sultry: Read  burning hot; extremely and unpleasantly hot

sumptuous: Read  magnificent and splendid, suggesting abundance and great expense; luxurious

sunder: Read  separate; break or wrench apart

superb: Read  of unusually high quality; excellent; wonderful

supercilious: Read  arrogant; feeling or showing haughty disdain; overbearing

superficially: Read  in a superficial manner; shallowly; surface only

superfluous: Read  being beyond what is required or sufficient

superimpose: Read  place over something else; place on top of

superintend: Read  oversee with power of direction; take care of with authority; supervise

superintendent: Read  director; person who has the authority to supervise or direct; janitor or custodian in a building

supersede: Read  be placed in or take the room of; replace; make obsolete; make void or useless by superior power

supervisor: Read  director; overseer; one who is in charge of a particular unit, as in government or school system

supplant: Read  replace; usurp; displace and substitute for another

supple: Read  flexible; moving and bending with ease

supplicate: Read  ask for humbly or earnestly, as by praying; make humble, earnest petition; beg

suppose: Read  imagine or admit to exist; assume to be true; believe; receive as true

supposition: Read  act of supposing; something supposed; assumption

supremacy: Read  dominance; power to dominate or defeat

surface: Read  exterior part of anything that has length and breadth; outside; outward or external appearance

surfeit: Read  eat until excessively full; be more than full; feed someone to excess

surging: Read  great swelling waves; rising of waves, or as if of waves

surmise: Read  guess; infer something without sufficiently conclusive evidence

surmount: Read  overcome or conquer; climb; place something above; be above or on top of

surpass: Read  be or go beyond, as in degree or quality; exceed

surrender: Read  hand over, give up, give something into another's control

surreptitious: Read  secret; done or made by stealth, or without proper authority; made or introduced fraudulently

survival: Read  existence; remaining alive

susceptible: Read  easily influenced; having little resistance, as to a disease; receptive to

suspect: Read  have doubts about; distrust

suspend: Read  hang freely; postpone; delay

suspender: Read  elastic straps that hold trousers up; something suspends something else

sustenance: Read  act of sustaining; something, especially food, that sustains life or health

swagger: Read  behave arrogantly or pompously; walk with swaying motion

swarthy: Read  dark; dusky; naturally having skin of a dark color

swathe: Read  wrap or bind with or as if with bandages

sweeping: Read  extensive; having wide-ranging influence or effect:

swelter: Read  be oppressed by heat; suffer terribly from intense heat

swindler: Read  cheat; one who defrauds or makes practice of defrauding others

sybarite: Read  person devoted to pleasure and luxury

sycophant: Read  one who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people; bootlicker; yes man

symbiosis: Read  interdependent relationship between groups or species, often mutually beneficial

sympathetic: Read  expressing compassion or friendly fellow feelings; approving; having similar disposition and tastes

symphony: Read  large orchestra; harmony, especially of sound or color

synchronize: Read  happen at the same time; arrange or represent events so that they co-occur

synoptic: Read  providing general overview; summary

synthesis: Read  combining parts into a coherent whole; putting of two or more things togethe

synthesize: Read  integrate; compose; combine so as to form a new, complex product

synthesizer: Read  electronic instrument that generates and modifies sounds electronically