Starting with S

  1. Sacrilege
    Violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred
  2. Sacrosanct
    Regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with
  3. Sadism
    The tendency to derive pleasure, especially sexual gratification, from inflicting pain, suffering or humiliation on others
  4. Sagacious
    Having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgement, wise or shrewd
  5. Sagacity
    The quality of being sagacious
  6. Sage
    A profoundly wise man
  7. Saga
    A long, involved story, account, or series of incidents
  8. Salacious
    Having or conveying undue or indecent interest in sexual matters
  9. Salient
    Most noticeable or important, prominent and conspicuous
  10. Sallow
    An unhealthy yellow or pale brown colour
  11. Sally
    A sudden charge out of a besieged place against the enemy, a sortie
  12. Salubrious
    Health giving, healthy, pleasant, not run-down
  13. Salutary
    Producing good effects, beneficial
  14. Salve
  15. Sanatorium
    An establishment for the medical treatment of people who are convalescing or have a chronic illness
  16. Sanctify
    Declare holy
  17. Sanctimonious
    Making a show of being morally superior to other people
  18. Sanction
    A threatened penalty for disobeying a law or rule
  19. Sanctity
    Ultimate importance and inviolability
  20. Sanctuary
    Refuge or safety from pursuit, persecution or other danger
  21. Sanctum
    A private place from which most people are excluded
  22. Sangfroid
    Composure or coolness shown in danger or under trying circumstances
  23. Sanguine
    Optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation
  24. Sanitise
    Make something more palatable by removing elements that are likely to be unacceptable or controversial
  25. Sarcasm
    The use of irony to mock or convey contempt
  26. Sardonic
    Grimly mocking or cynical
  27. Sartorial
    Relating to tailoring, clothes or style of dress
  28. Sate
    Satisfy a desire or appetite to the full
  29. Satiate
    Satisfied to the full
  30. Satire
    The use of humour, irony, exaggeration or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices
  31. Satirise
    Deride and criticize by means of satire
  32. Saturnalia
    An occasion of wild revelry or indulgence
  33. Saturnine
    Gloomy temperament
  34. Saunter
    Walk in a slow & relaxed manner
  35. Savant
    A learned person
  36. Savoir faire
    The ability to act or speak appropriately in social situations
  37. Savour
    Taste and enjoy it to the full
  38. Savvy
    Shrewdness and practical knowledge, the ability to make good judgements
  39. Scant
    Barely sufficient or adequate
  40. Scarify
    Criticise severely and hurtfully
  41. Sceptic
    A person inclined to question or doubt accepted opinions
  42. Schema
    A representation of a plan or theory in the form of an outline or model
  43. Schematic
    Of a diagram or other representation, symbolic and simplified
  44. Schism
    A split or division between strongly opposed sections or parties, caused by differences in opinion and belief
  45. Scilicet
    That is to say, namely (introducing  a word to be supplied or an explanation of an ambiguity)
  46. Scintillate
    Emit flashes of light, sparkle
  47. Scintilla
    A tiny trace or spark of a specified quality or feeling
  48. Scion
    A descendant of a notable family
  49. Scorn
    A feeling and expression of contempt or disdain for someone or something
  50. Scoundrel
    A dishonest or unscrupulous person, a rogue
  51. Scourge
    A person or thing that causes great trouble or suffering
  52. Screed
    A long speech or piece of writing, typically one regarded as tedious
  53. Scribe
    A person who copies out documents
  54. Scrimp
    Be thrifty or parsimonious
  55. Scruple
    A feeling of doubt or hesitation with regard to the morality or propriety of a course of action
  56. Scrupulous
    Careful, thorough and extremely attentive to details
  57. Scrutinise
    Examine or inspect closely or thoroughly
  58. Scurrilous
    Making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation
  59. Scurry
    Move hurriedly with short quick steps
  60. Secede
    Withdraw formally from membership of a federal union, an alliance etc
  61. Seclude
    Keep someone away from other people
  62. Secular
    Not connected with religious or spiritual matters
  63. Sedate
    Calm, dignified and unhurried
  64. Sedentary
    Tending to spend much time seated, somewhat inactive
  65. Sedition
    Conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch
  66. Seduce
    Entice someone into sexual activity
  67. Sedulous
    Of a person or action, showing dedication and diligence
  68. Seemly
    Conforming to accepted notions of propriety or good taste
  69. Seer
    A person of supposed supernatural insight who sees visions of the future
  70. Seethe
    Be filled with intense but unexpressed anger
  71. Segue
    Move without interruption from one piece of music to another
  72. Seismic
    Of enormous proportions or effect
  73. Semantic
    Relating to meaning in language or logic
  74. Semblance
    The outward appearance or apparent form of something
  75. Seminal
    Strongly influencing later developments
  76. Sensational
    Causing great public interest and excitement
  77. Sententious
    Given to moralizing in a pompous or affected manner
  78. Sentient
    Able to perceive or feel things
  79. Sentiment
    A view or opinion that is held or expressed
  80. Sequence
    A particular order in which related things follow each other
  81. Sequester
    Isolate or hide away
  82. Serendipity
    The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy and beneficial way
  83. Serene
    Calm, peaceful and untroubled
  84. Servile
    Having or showing an excessive willingness to serve or please others
  85. Servitude
    The state of being a slave or completely subject to someone more powerful
  86. Sesquipedalian
    Characterised by long words
  87. Sever
    Divide by cutting or slicing
  88. Several
    Separate or respective
  89. Shambles
    A state of total disorder
  90. Sheepish
    Showing or feeling embarrassment from shame or a lack of self-confidence
  91. Sheer
  92. Shun
    Persistently avoid, ignore or reject
  93. Simile
    A figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind eg as brave as lion
  94. Similitude
    The quality or state of being similar to something
  95. Simper
    Smile in an affectedly coy or ingratiating way
  96. Simplistic
    Treating complex issues and problems as if they were much simpler than they really are
  97. Simulate
    Imitate the appearance or character of
  98. Simultaneous
    Occurring, operating or done at the same time
  99. Sinecure
    A position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit
  100. Sinuous
    Having many curves and turns
  101. Skittish
    Nervous or excitable, easily scared
  102. Skulduggery
    Underhand, unscrupulous
  103. Skulk
    Keep out of sight, typically with a sinister or cowardly motive
  104. Skylark
    Pass time by playing tricks or practical jokes
  105. Slake
    Quench or satisfy one's thirst
  106. Slander
    A false and malicious spoken statement
  107. Slapdash
    Done too hurriedly and carelessly
  108. Slapstick
    Comedy based on deliberately clumsy actions and humorously embarrassing events
  109. Sleight
    The use of dexterity or cunning, especially so as to deceive
  110. Slipshod
    Characterised by a lack of care, thought or organization
  111. Sloth
    Reluctance to work or make an effort
  112. Sloven
    A person who is habitually untidy or careless
  113. Sluggard
    A lazy, sluggish person
  114. Smidgen
    A small amount of something
  115. Smirch
    Discredit a person or their reputation
  116. Smite
    Strike with a firm blow
  117. Smitten
    Be strongly attracted to someone
  118. Sneer
    A contemptuous or mocking smile
  119. Snide
    Derogatory or mocking in an indirect way
  120. Snigger
    Laugh in a half-suppressed and typically scornful way
  121. Snipe
    Make a sly or petty verbal attack
  122. Snub
    Rebuff, ignore or spurn disdainfully
  123. Soigne
    Dressed very elegantly, well groomed
  124. Soiree
    An evening party or gathering
  125. Sojourn
    A temporary stay
  126. Solace
    Comfort or consolation in a time of great distress or sadness
  127. Solecism
    A grammatical mistake in speech or writing, a breach of good manners
  128. Solemn
    Formal and dignified
  129. Solicit
    Ask for or try to obtain something from someone
  130. Solicitous
    Characterised by or showing interest or concern
  131. Solidarity
    Unity or agreement of feeling or action
  132. Soliloquy
    An act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself
  133. Solitude
    The state or situation of being alone
  134. Soluble
    Able to be solved
  135. Sombre
    Having or conveying a feeling of deep seriousness and sadness
  136. Somnolent
    Sleepy, drowsy
  137. Sonorous
    Using imposing language
  138. Sophism
    A clever but false argument, especially one used deliberately to deceive
  139. Sophistry
    The use of clever but false arguments, especially with the intention of deceiving
  140. Sophisticated
    Having, revealing or involving a great deal of worldly experience
  141. Soporific
    Tending to induce drowsiness or sleep
  142. Sordid
    Involving dishonourable actions and motives
  143. Sotto voce
    In a low voice
  144. Soupcon
    A very small quantity of something
  145. Sparse
    Thinly dispersed or scattered
  146. Spartan
    Showing or characterised by austerity or a lack of comfort or luxury
  147. Spasmodic
    Occurring or done in brief, irregular bursts
  148. Spate
    A large number of similar things coming in quick succession
  149. Spatial
    Relating to space
  150. Spawn
    Produce or generate a large number of
  151. Specific
    Clearly defined or identified
  152. Specious
    Superficially plausible, but actually wrong
  153. Spectacle
    A visually striking performance or display
  154. Spectre
    Something widely feared as a possible unpleasant or dangerous occurrence
  155. Spectrum
    A wide range
  156. Spellbound
    Hold the complete attention of someone as though by magic
  157. Sphere
    An area of activity, interest or expertise, a section of society or an aspect of life distinguished and unified by a particular characteristic
  158. Spiel
    An elaborate or glib speech or story
  159. Splay
    Thrust or spread
  160. Splendid
    Magnificent, very impressive
  161. Splendour
    Magnificent and splendid appearance
  162. Splutter
    Make a series of short explosive spitting or choking sounds
  163. Spontaneous
    Performed or occurring as a result of a sudden impulse or inclination and without premeditation
  164. Spoonerism
    A verbal error in which a speaker accidentally transposes the initial sounds or letters of two or more words
  165. Sporadic
    Occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places
  166. Spree
    A spell or sustained period of unrestrained activity of a particular kind
  167. Sprightly
    Lively, full of energy
  168. Spruce
    Neat in dress and appearance
  169. Spurious
    Not being what it purports to be, false or fake
  170. Spurn
    Reject with disdain or contempt
  171. Squalid
    Extremely dirty and unpleasant
  172. Squalor
    The state of being extremely dirty and unpleasant
  173. Squander
    Waste something in a reckless and foolish manner
  174. Squeamish
    Easily made to feel sick or disgusted
  175. Stagnant
    Having no current or flow and often having an unpleasant smell
  176. Stalwart
    Loyal, reliable and hard-working
  177. Stamina
    The ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort
  178. Startle
    Cause to feel sudden shock or alarm
  179. Static
    Lacking in movement, action or change
  180. Statuesque
    Of a woman, attractively tall, graceful and dignified
  181. Stature
    Importance or reputation gained by ability or achievement
  182. Staunch
    Very loyal and committed in attitude
  183. Steadfast
    Resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering
  184. Stealth
    Cautious and surreptitious action or movement
  185. Stellar
    Exceptionally good, outstanding
  186. Stentorian
    Loud and powerful
  187. Stifle
    Restrain a reaction or stop oneself acting on an emotion
  188. Stigma
    A mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality or person
  189. Stipulate
    Demand or specify a requirement
  190. Stolid
    Calm, dependable and showing little emotion or animation
  191. Stratagem
    A plan or scheme, especially one used to outwit an opponent or achieve an end
  192. Stratify
    Form or arrange into strata
  193. Stratum
    A thin layer within any structure
  194. Strenuous
    Requiring or using great effort or exertion
  195. Stricken
    Seriously affected by an undesirable condition or unpleasant feeling
  196. Strict
    Demanding that rules concerning behaviour are obeyed and observed
  197. Stricture
    A sternly critical or censorious remark or instruction
  198. Strident
    Loud and harsh, grating
  199. Strife
    Angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues
  200. Stringent
    Strict, precise and exacting
  201. Studious
    Spending a lot of time studying or reading
  202. Stultify
    Cause to lose enthusiasm and initiative, especially as a result of a tedious or restrictive routine
  203. Stupefy
    Make someone unable to think or feel properly
  204. Stupendous
    Extremely impressive
  205. Stupor
    A state of near unconsciousness or insensibility
  206. Stymie
    Prevent or hinder the progress of
  207. Suave
    Charming, confident and elegant
  208. Subcutaneous
    Situated or applied under the skin
  209. Subdue
    Overcome, quieten or bring under the control of a person
  210. Subjective
    Based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes or opinions
  211. Subjugate
    Bring under domination or control, especially by conquest
  212. Sublime
    Of very great excellence or beauty
  213. Subliminal
    Perceived by or affecting someone's mind without their being aware of it
  214. Submissive
    Ready to conform to the authority or will of others
  215. Subordinate
    Lower in rank or position
  216. Subservient
    Prepared to obey others unquestioningly
  217. Subside
    Become less intense, violent or severe
  218. Subsist
    Maintain or support oneself, especially at a minimal level
  219. Substantive
    Having a firm basis in reality and so important, meaningful or considerable
  220. Subsume
    Include or absorb something in something else
  221. Subterfuge
    Deceit used in order to achieve one's goal
  222. Subtle
    So delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyse or describe
  223. Subvert
    Undermine the power and authority of an established system or institution
  224. Successive
    Following one another or following others
  225. Succinct
    Briefly and clearly expressed
  226. Succour
    Assistance and support in times of hardship and distress
  227. Succulent
    Tender, juicy and tasty
  228. Succumb
    Fail to resist pressure, temptation or some other negative force
  229. Sufferance
    Absence of objection rather than genuine approval
  230. Suffice
    Be enough or adequate
  231. Sufficient
    Enough, adequate
  232. Suffrage
    The right to vote in political elections
  233. Sullen
    Bad-tempered and sulky
  234. Sully
    Damage the purity or integrity of
  235. Sultry
    Hot and humid OR displaying or suggesting a strongly sexual nature
  236. Sumptuous
    Splendid and expensive-looking
  237. Sunder
    Split apart
  238. Superb
    Very good, excellent
  239. Supercilious
    Behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others
  240. Superficial
    Not thorough, deep or complete
  241. Superfluous
    Unnecessary, especially through being more than enough
  242. Superimpose
    Place or lay one thing over another
  243. Superlative
    Of the highest quality or degree
  244. Supernumerary
    Present in excess of the normal or requisite number
  245. Supersede
    Take the place of a person or thing previously in authority or use
  246. Supervene
    Occur as an interruption or change to an existing situation
  247. Supplant
    Supercede and replace
  248. Supple
    Bending and moving easily and gracefully
  249. Suppress
    Forcibly put an end to
  250. Supposition
    A belief held without proof or certain knowledge, an assumption or hypothesis
  251. Suppress
    Forcibly put an end to
  252. Supra
    Used in academic or legal texts to refer to someone or something mentioned above or earlier
  253. Supreme
    Very great or the greatest
  254. Surety
    The state of being sure or certain of something
  255. Surfeit
    An excessive amount of something
  256. Surly
    Bad tempered and unfriendly
  257. Surmise
    Suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm it
  258. Surmount
    Overcome a difficulty or obstacle
  259. Surpass
    Exceed, be greater than
  260. Surreal
    Dream like experiences
  261. Surreptitious
    Kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of
  262. Surrogate
    A substitute
  263. Susceptible
    Likely or liable to be influenced or harmed by a particular thing
  264. Sustainable
    Able to be maintained at a certain rate or level
  265. Sustenance
    Food and drink regarded as a source of strength, nourishment
  266. Svelte
    Slender and elegant
  267. Sybarite
    A person who is self-indulgent in their fondness for sensuous luxury
  268. Sycophant
    A person who acts obsequiously towards someone in order to gain advantage
  269. Sylph
    A slender woman or girl
  270. Symmetry
    The quality of being made up of exactly similar parts facing each other or around an axis
  271. Symptomatic
    Serving as a symptom or sign, especially of something undesirable
  272. Symposium
    A conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject
  273. Synchronise
    Cause to occur or operate at the same time or rate
  274. Synchronicity
    The simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection
  275. Synopsis
    A brief or condensed statement giving  general view of some subject
  276. Synoptic
    Of or forming a general summary or synopsis
  277. Syntax
    The arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language
  278. Synthesis
    The combination of components or elements to form a connected whole
  279. Synthesise
    Combine a number of things into a coherent whole
  280. Systematise
    Arrange according to an organized system, make systemic
  281. Systematic
    Done or acting according to a fixed plan or system
  282. Systemic
    Relating to a system
  283. Sabbatical
    A period of paid leave granted to a worker for study or travel
  284. Sanbenito
    The stigmatising hood and robe that those accused by the Inquisition were obliged to wear
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