rue: /ru:/ v. Syn. regret; lament; mourn feel regret, remorse, or sorrow for; mourn Tina seemed to rue the night she met Tony and wondered how she ever fell for such a jerk.
sacrosanct: /'sækroʊsæŋkt/ a. Syn. inviolable regarded as sacred and inviolable The brash insurance salesman invaded the sacrosanct privacy of the office of the president of the company.
sagacious: /sə'geɪʃəs/ a. Syn. perceptive; shrewd perceptive; shrewd; having insight My father was a sagacious judge of character: he could spot a phony a mile away.
sagacity: /sə'gæsətɪ/ n. quality of being sagacious; quickness or acuteness of sense perceptions; keenness of discernment; shrewdness She was half sorry her sagacity had miscarried, and half glad that Tom had stumbled into obedient conduct for once.
sanctimonious: /sæŋktɪ'moʊnɪəs/ a. Syn. hypocritical excessively or hypocritically pious; possessing sanctity; sacred; holy; saintly; religious What we need to do is not fool ourselves and remain sanctimonious about the issue of doping in baseball.
sanguine: /'sæŋgwɪn/ a. Syn. cheerful; hopeful; ruddy cheerfully confident; optimistic; of healthy reddish color; ruddy Let us not be too sanguine about the outcome; something could go wrong.
sartorial: /sɑr'tɔ:rɪəl/ a. relating to a tailor, tailoring, or tailored clothing He was as famous for the sartorial splendor of his attire as he was for his acting.
satellite: /'sætəlaɪt/ n. Syn. subordinate small body revolving around a larger one; subordinate U.S. officials say the satellite is a cover for Pyongyang's efforts to perfect missile technology.
scourge: /skɜrdʒ/ n. Syn. lash; whip whip used to inflict punishment; severe punishment They feared the plague and regarded it as a deadly scourge.
scrutinize: /'skru:tɪnaɪz/;/-tənaɪz/ v. examine closely and critically Searching for flaws, the sergeant wanted to scrutinize every detail of the private's uniform.
simper: /'sɪmpə(r)/ v. Syn. smirk smirk; smile in artificial way to make an impression . Complimented on her appearance, Stella had to self-consciously simper.
sinecure: /'saɪnɪkjʊə(r)/ n. well-paid position with little responsibility My job is no sinecure; I work long hours and have much responsibility.
sinister: /'sɪnɪstə(r)/ a. Syn. evil suggesting or threatening evil In sudden panic, she's convinced someone sinister is trying to push her from the train.
soporific: /sɒpə'rɪfɪk/ a. sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness Professor Pringle's lectures were so soporific that even he fell asleep in class.
sordid: /'sɔ:dɪd/ a. Syn. filthy; vile; dirty; foul filthy; unethical or dishonest; dirty; foul; morally degraded Many of these files contain sordid details about the personal lives of the litigants.
sovereign: /'sɒvrɪn/ a. Syn. excellent; independent having supreme rank or power; self governing; excellent; independent Belarus, Albania, the Ukraine also have sovereign currencies, not using euro, they also have crashed.
sporadic: /spə'rædɪk/ a. occurring at irregular intervals; having no pattern or order in time Although you can still hear sporadic outbursts of laughter and singing outside, the big Halloween parade has passed; the party's over till next year.
spurn: /spɜrn/ v. Syn. reject; scorn reject disdainfully or contemptuously; scorn The heroine had to spurn the villain's advances.
stoic: /'stoʊɪk/ a. Syn. impassive indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain I wasn't particularly stoic when I had my flu shot; I squealed like a stuck pig.
stringent: /'strɪndʒənt/ a. Syn. binding; rigid demanding strict attention to rules and procedures; binding; rigid I think these regulations are too stringent.
stupendous: /stju:'pɛndəs/;/stu:-/ a. astonishing; wonderful; amazing, especially, astonishing in magnitude or elevation The lads came back and went at their sports again with a will, chattering all the time about Tom's stupendous plan and admiring the genius of it.
succulent: /'sʌkjʊlənt/ a. Syn. delectable full of juicy; full of richness; highly interesting or enjoyable; delectable Beyond, the blue smoke of the sugar house curled into the bluer skies, and the odor of the kettles reached in succulent deliciousness far and wide.
sultry: /'sʌltrɪ/ a. burning hot; extremely and unpleasantly hot He could not adjust himself to the sultry climate of the tropics.
tangible: /'tændʒɪb(ə)l/ a. Syn. real; palpable able to be touched; real or concrete; palpable It'll take awhile before GM's new direction shows up in tangible new products at the dealership.
tantamount: /'tæntəmaʊnt/ a. equivalent in effect or value Though Rudy claimed his wife was off visiting friends, his shriek of horror when she walked into the room was tantamount to a confession that he believed she was dead.
taunt: /tɔ:nt/ v. reproach in a mocking, insulting, or contemptuous manner; make fun of , often in an aggressive manner Perhaps later tonight I will dream up something else to taunt you.
temerity: /tɪ'mɛrɪtɪ/ n. Syn. boldness; rashness boldness; rashness; foolhardy disregard of danger Do you have the temerity to argue with me?.
temporal: /'tɛmpər(ə)l/ a. Syn. secular not lasting forever; limited by time; secular or civil; of material world; worldly By passing both laws in temporal proximity to one another, Arizona has revealed itself to have great anxiety not merely about illegal immigration in this nation, but about diversity itself.
temporize: /'tɛmpəraɪz/ v. act evasively in order to gain time, avoid argument, or postpone a decision I cannot permit you to temporize any longer; I must have a definite answer today.
tenet: /'tɛnɪt/ n. Syn. doctrine; dogma opinion, doctrine, or principle held as being true by person or organization The agnostic did not accept the any tenet of their faith.
tenuous: /'tɛnjʊəs/ a. Syn. thin; rare; slim long and thin; slender; having little substance The allegiance of our allies is held by rather tenuous ties; we all should see it's in dangerous.
tranquil: /'træŋkwɪl/ a. Syn. serene; pacific free from disturbance; pacific Though I look comfortably accommodated, I am not very tranquil in my mind.
transgress: /træns'grɛs, trɑr-/ v. pass over or beyond; surpass You may transgress this programming if the circumstances are right.
tremulous: /'trɛmjʊləs/ a. Syn. trembling; wavering marked by trembling, quivering, or shaking; timid or fearful; timorous She was tremulous more from excitement than from fear.
trivial: /'trɪvɪəl/ a. Syn. unimportant; trifling; commonplace unimportant; of little significance or value; ordinary; commonplace Mr Madhi escaped from Iran in February 2008 after being sentenced to 73 years in jail for what he described as a trivial charge.
truculence: /'trukjələns/ n. Syn. aggressiveness; ferocity aggressiveness; ferocity; ferociously cruel actions or behavior Tynan's reviews were noted for their caustic attacks and general tone of truculence.
truculent: /'trukjələnt, 'trʌkjʊlənt/ a. Syn. belligerent disposed to fight; belligerent; aggressively hostile The bully was initially truculent but eventually stopped picking fights at the least provocation.
turgid: /'tɜrdʒɪd/ a. Syn. swollen; distended swollen; distended; excessively ornate or complex in style or language The turgid river threatened to overflow the levees and flood the countryside.
ubiquitous: /ju:'bɪkwɪtəs/ a. Syn. omnipresent being or existing everywhere; omnipresent That Christmas "The Little Drummer Boy" seemed ubiquitous; we heard the tune everywhere.
untenable: /ʌn'tɛnəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. indefensible indefensible; not able to be maintained Wayne is so contrary that, the more untenable a position is, the harder he'll try to defend it.
utilitarian: /jʊtɪlɪ'tɛərɪən/ a. Syn. practical; useful practical and functional, not just for show Do not forget those utilitarian steel tables when moving.
vanquish: /'væŋkwɪʃ/ v. Syn. conquer; overcome; defeat conquer; overcome; come out better in a competition The time it takes to vanquish is greatly increased by lots of unnecessary backtracking.
veneer: /vɪ'nɪə(r)/ n. thin layer; coating consisting of thin layer; ornamental coating to a building Casual acquaintances were deceived by his veneer of sophistication and failed to recognize his fundamental shallowness.
venerable: /'vɛnərəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. revered; honored deserving high respect; impressive by reason of age; profoundly honored We do not mean to be disrespectful when we refuse to follow the advice of our venerable leader.
vernal: /'vɜrn(ə)l/ a. Syn. fresh related to spring; suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh Bea basked in the balmy vernal breezes, happy that winter was coming to an end.
versatile: /'vɜrsətaɪl/;/-tl/ a. Syn. flexible; pliable having many talents; capable of working in many fields She was a versatile athlete, especially in basketball, hockey, and track.
vicarious: /vɪ'kɛərɪəs/ a. acting as substitute; done by deputy; experienced at secondhand Many people get a vicarious thrill at the movies by imagining they are the characters on the screen.
vicissitude: /vɪ'sɪsɪtud/ n. change, especially in one's life or fortunes; regular change or succession of one thing to another; alternation Humbled by life's vicissitude, the last emperor of China worked as a lowly gardener in the palace over which he had once ruled.
vituperative: /vaɪ'tupərətiv/ a. Syn. abusive; scolding marked by harsh spoken or written abuse; scolding He became more vituperative as he realized that we were not going to grant him his wish.
waive: /weɪv/ v. Syn. yield; relinquish give up temporarily; yield; give up voluntarily; defer If they can waive the fees for all charities, we think the others could lower their charges.
whim: /wɪm/;/hwɪm/ n. Syn. fancy; caprice; impulse sudden turn or start of mind; temporary eccentricity; fancy; capricious notion We shouldn't be changing our constitution to suit a short-term whim or agenda.
whimsical: /'wɪmzɪk(ə)l/ a. Syn. capricious determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason; capricious The hero is a playful, whimsical man who takes a notion to dress up as a woman so that he can look after his children, who are in the custody of his ex-wife.
writhe: /raɪð/ v. Syn. contort move in twisting or contorted motion; contort in pain In Dances with Snakes, the snake dancer wriggled sinuously and made her python writhe around her torso.
zealot: /'zɛlət/ n. Syn. fanatic fanatically committed person; person who shows excessive zeal Though Glenn was devout, he was no zealot, he never tried to force his beliefs on his friends.
zealous: /'zɛləs/ a. Syn. enthusiastic; fervent enthusiastic; filled with or motivated by zeal The company will offer you the most reliable price and satisfied service with its most zealous and most professional service.
zenith: /'zɛnɪθ/ n. Syn. summit point directly overhead in sky; summit When the sun was at its zenith, the glare was not as strong as at sunrise and sunset.