Kaplan SAT Word List: "S" Words

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Words that start with "S" that might turn up on your SATs

saccharine

Excessively sweet or sentimental

sacrilegious

Irreverent towards those considered sacred or holy

salient

Prominent; of pronounced significance

sanctimonious

Hypocritically moral or devout

satiate

To satisfy a need or desire to the fullest or to excess

saturnine

Cold and steady mood; gloomy; slow to react

savant

A person of learning; esp. one with extreme knowledge in a certain field

seamy

Unpleasant; low in moral standards

secular

Not relating to religion; pertaining to the general world

sedition

Behavior that promotes open rebellion or disorder against the authority

seminal

Influential in an original, creative way; providing a path for further developments

sequester

To set apart, seclude; separate

seragraphic

Sweet; angelic

simian

Apelike; pertaining to apes

sinecure

A well-paying job or office that requires little or no work

sobriquet

A nickname or alias

sojourn

A temporary stay or visit

solicitous

Anxious or concerned; full of desire; eager

sophomoric

Displaying extreme immaturity and lack of judgement or common sense

spartan

Highly self-disciplined

specious

Having the effect of truth but actually being false; deceptively attractive or desirable

sportive

Playful; frolicsome; pertaining to sports

squalid

Filthy and diminished due to neglect or poverty

stalwart

Marked by outstanding strength and endurance or body, mind, or soul

stasis

A state of equilibrium or inactivity

stint

To be sparing; to restrict in compliance to a share or allowance

stipulate

To specify as a condition or obligation of an agreement or offer

stratify

To arrange or divide into separate layers

strident

Loud, harsh; unpleasantly noisy

stymie

To block or thwart; to stump

subterranean

Hidden; secret; underground

sully

To taint or pollute; to tarnish

superfluous

Extra; excess; more than required

supersede

To cause to be set aside; to force out of use as inferior, to replace

supplant

To replace by force; to take the place of

surmount

To conquer or overcome

sybarite

A person dedicated to pleasure and luxury

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