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Kaplan SAT Word List: "S" Words

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