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2500 GRE Most Used Words And GAT Vocabulary With Sentence

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Prohibitive tending to prohibit, preclude, or disallow The college was prohibitive of alcohol on the campus.
Proletarian The working class or lower class. they are true proletarians
Proliferate spread rapidly or increase in number As problems with the business continued to proliferate, Edward decided to chuck it all and go into retirement.
Prolific producing abundant results or works The prolific chemical reaction produced a lot of carbon monoxide.
Prolix tiring because too long, prone to using large words that most people do not understand The prolix professor had a habit of using complex words that most people could not comprehend.
Prompt in good time; punctual Because I take pride in being prompt, I always leave early for work
Prone prostrate; inclined to (undesirable things), inclined to act a certain way Jack is prone to be quite talkative after he has consumed several beers.
Propagation increasing the number; spreading; extending Usenet messages can be cancelled, which prevents their further propagation.
Propensity a natural inclination or tendency My mother-in-law can not get over her propensity to interfere in my marriage.
Propinquity nearness in time or place affinity of nature, nazdeeki, When I saw the propinquity of all the houses next to each other, I decided to move into a more spacious subdivision.
Propitiate to make things right by doing something that is requested Only an idiot believes he can propitiate his way into heaven by giving the church all of his money.
Propitiatory conciliatory; appeasing; mitigating, to make things right by doing something that is requested Only an idiot believes he can propitiate his way into heaven by giving the church all of his money.
Propitious auspicious; presenting favorable circumstances, full of promise; favorable The wrestler waited for a propitious moment to attack his opponent.
Proponents a person who advocates a theory, proposal, or course of action a strong proponent of the free market and liberal trade policies
Proposition a proposal or plan Most of the homeowners in the area disagreed with the state’s proposition for the new superhighway.
Propriety following what is socially acceptable in speech and conduct; correctness of behaviour To ensure all legal obligations are met, Tom must review every paragraph of the contract for propriety.
Prosaic straightforward.; lacking in imagination and spirit, commonplace or dull; unimaginative Because the biggest thing in my hometown is the grocery store, the city really is a prosaic little place.
Proscribe denounce as dangerous In our country, there are laws which proscribe discrimination based on race and gender.
Prosody the patterns of rhythm and sound used in poetry. the translator is not obliged to reproduce the prosody of the original
Prostration the action of lying stretched out on the ground she was laying prostration position while reading
Protagonist the leading character or one of the major characters in a play, film, novel, etc. the novel’s main protagonist is an American intelligence officer
Protean changing often; variable Because the woman’s affections are protean, she has ten ex-husbands.
Protégé a person who is led by a more experienced individual As the principal’s protégé, my math teacher knows how to effectively manage a classroom.
Protracted prolonged a protracted and bitter dispute
Provident frugal; looking to the future My financier told me that I needed to be more provident when it came to my spending.
Provincial concerning a province of a country or empire. Even though James had travelled all over the world, he still wore clothing which was quite provincial and outdated.
Provisional of the present time only Provisional custody arrangements favored the mother, but the children were later ordered to live with their father.
Provocation anything or anyone that incites a response I walked away from a potential fight despite my enemy’s provocation
Provocative Tending to provoke or stimulate In order to get attention, the young woman wore a provocative dress to the party.
Provoke to trigger a reaction, often an angry one Nobody expected the teen’s death to provoke a national investigation into the brutality of police force.
Proximate (especially of the cause of something) closest in relationship; immediate the fact that a storm may show up the poor condition of a flat roof does not signify that storm was the proximate cause of damage to it
Prudence careful forethought we need to exercise prudence in such important matters
Prudent marked by wisdom or sound judgment My prudent uncle pays for everything with cash so he will not build up a pile of debt.
Prudish easily shocked; excessively modest Someone who is very proper and cannot stand hearing any sexual reference, this is an example of someone
Prune dried plum silly person, aalo bukhara I am eating prune
Pry get something inquire too curiously In order to pry into the subject’s past, the detective interviewed family members.
Psychosis a severe mental disorder It was quite obvious that psychosis plagued the mumbling man with the lost eyes who would occasionally yell and get scared for no reason.
Pucker tightly gather or contract into wrinkles or small folds., wrinkle You’re really talking about a pucker whistle.
Puerile childish Since my son is thirty-three years of age, I do not find his puerile behavior amusing.
Pugnacious fond of in the habit of fighting John’s pugnacious behavior causes him to have few friends.
Puissance strength By overstepping his boundaries, William took his puissance as the company president and changed the century-old by-laws to fit his preferences.
Pulchritude Physical beauty Not only is Angelina Jolie a woman of great pulchritude, her humanitarian efforts have demonstrated that she is equally as beautiful on the inside as on the outside.
Pulchritudinous physically beautiful; comely. having great physical beauty Jack loves to stand in front of his mirror, staring at his pulchritudinous face.
Punctilious Meticulous, showing great attention to detail Because my aunt is quite punctilious when it comes to table settings, every utensil must be turned properly.
Pundit pedant authority on a subject,one who gives his opinion as an expert in a specific field During the trial, the prosecutor will call upon a pundit of forensics to link the evidence to the suspect.
Pungency sharpness stinging quality When the pungent smell of rotten eggs filled the house, I held my nose
Pungent having an intense flavor or odor When the pungent smell of rotten eggs filled the house, I held my nose.
Punitive Punishing, done as an act of punishment The purpose of the punitive lawsuit’s community service ruling is to forever remind the drunk driver of the cost of his actions.
Purist a perfectionist who believes in sticking to all of the rules “Even a purist would think this room is clean,” the angry teenager yelled to her scolding mother.
Purloin to take another’s belongings without permission Because Eddie tried to purloin the woman’s purse, he spent the night in jail.
Purvey provide supply shops purveying cooked food
Pusillanimous cowardly; craven The pusillanimous soldier cried because he was scared of the gunfire.
Putrefaction becoming rotten, decay Putrefaction of the animal made the area where it died smell horrible.
Putrefy to produce a strong odor while decaying Water left over from the hurricane swept the area and covered the corpses that quickly started to putrefy.
Pyre large pile of wood for burning When my husband left me for his clerk, I burned all his clothes in a pyre in the front yard.
Pyromania a strong urge to start fire to things Since many teenagers were partaking in activities involving pyromania, numerous forest fires continued to burn across their town.
Quack person dishonestly claiming to something I heard a quack and saw some ducks huddled together. “Careful who you call ` quack’!”
Quaff drink deeply The huge athlete was able to quaff down a gallon of water in less than two minutes.
Quagmire a situation from which it is hard to escape When Hank called me from jail, I knew he was in a quagmire.
Quail lose courage turn frightened, a small, short-tailed, commonly hunted bird When I visited the local park, a quail darted near the pond and pecked with its beak at the bread crumbs lying around.
Quaint appearing old-fashioned in an appealing way My grandmother’s quaint home is filled with knick-knacks from her childhood.
Qualm feeling of doubt temporary feeling of sickness, a feeling of doubt or uncertainty about whether you are doing the right thing I have a serious qualm about my teenage daughter dating an older man.
Quandary state of doubt or perplexity, a state of doubt about what to do in a certain situation; a difficult situation I find myself in a moral quandary about whether or not I should tell my wife the truth about my affair.
Quarantine a place where individuals or animals who have contagious diseases are held As long as John is in quarantine, he will not be able to contaminate anyone else.
Quarry an area from which materials like stone are removed On Monday, the middle school students will visit the quarry to search for limestone.
Quell suppress subdue, to calm or reduce The old man drinks warm milk to quell his upset stomach.
Querulous full of complaints; complaining Forgive me for sounding querulous, but there is a bug in my soup.
Quibble try to avoid by sophistication, to quarrel about minor matters It is normal for married couples to quibble over small things like who controls the television remote.
Quiescence state of being passive/motionless Now that school has started back, my neighborhood is pretty quiescent during the day
Quintessential a model example of a specific quality Everyone knows watermelon is the quintessential fruit on a hot summer day.
Quirk habit or action peculiar to something, an odd behavior or different way of acting Janice has this irritating quirk of rolling her eyes whenever she speaks.
Quisling a traitor who helps an enemy that has taken control of his or her country The quisling was a traitor who helped the British when they came to try and take over his country.
Quiver to shudder with a slight sound or motion, usually because of strong feelings I knew Jill was upset when her lips started to quiver.
Quixotic fanciful, fantastic, imaginary, unrealistic and impractical It is quixotic to think you can get away with walking into the prison and breaking out your boyfriend.
Quotidian banal; everyday, everyday events that are normal and not that exciting As the days of celebration wore on, the formerly spectacular events began to seem more quotidian, and the king found himself yawning at the chariot races.
Rabble mob crowd the lower classes of populace, a disorderly crowd, a large group of butterflies he was met by a rabble of noisy, angry youths
Raconteur person who tells anecdotes, one recognized as being a talented teller of stories A screenwriter is a raconteur who simply puts his stories on paper.
Raffish showing vulgar in nature or appearance; tawdry, unconventional and unacceptable yet intriguing While many people found the singer’s raffish behavior interesting, others viewed it as completely unacceptable.
Ramble to talk aimlessly Because my math professor tends to ramble on, I often fall asleep in class.
Ramification a change that makes a situation more complicated The trade embargo will be a damaging ramification to the financially distressed nation.
Ramify to be divided or subdivided to branch out, complicate Frankfurt’s theory can ramify to any number of levels.
Rampant not restrained, not under control Sadly, the Internet has made it easier for the rampant spread of false information.
Rancor feeling bitterness; spitefulness, a feeling of hate or anger Although my friend betrayed me, I have no rancor towards him.
Ranger army ranger is member of a body of armed men
Rant use extravagant language With her rant completed, the woman tapped her foot, waiting for her children to begin cleaning.
Rapacious greedy (esp for money) Even though Bruno is always happy to give you a loan at a ridiculously high interest rate, if you don’t pay him back on time he becomes a rapacious bill collector.
Rarefy to make thin to make less dense to purify or refine To make the mixture less dense, add water to rarefy it.
Rash acting without thinking Because of Tim’s rash behavior, he’ll be in prison for the next twenty years.
Ratify to officially go on the record as approving something The shareholders will ratify any merger that will increase their dividends.
Rationale an explanation given to justify something The judge asked the young man to explain his rationale for stealing a police car.
Raucous behaving in a noisy and disorderly way Raucous but fun is how they always describe her birthday parties.
Rave act with excessive enthusiasm, to speak wildly and incoherently, as though insane People who take drugs are likely to rave at others if they are not in their right mind
Raze to demolish, to destroy The commercial builder has plans to raze the buildings and develop the area into a series of strip malls.
Reactionary opposing progress My grandmother is described as reactionary because she refuses to use modern technologies like microwaves and mobile phones.
Rebuff snub, to turn down or refuse Since your offer does not benefit me, I will have to rebuff it and walk away empty-handed.
Rebus puzzle in which pictures stand for words a puzzle in which words are represented by combinations of pictures and individual letters; for instance, apex might be represented by a picture of an ape followed by a letter X.
Rebuttal an account that is written or stated to contradict another idea,  contradict=against During the politician’s rebuttal, he further described his proposal to improve the nation’s economy.
Recalcitrant disobedient, stubborn Because of its two recalcitrant members, the committee got very little work done.
Recant take back as being FALSE give up If my best friend does not recant the accusation she made about me, then she and I will no longer be friends.
Recapitulate to review or repeat At the start of each class, the professor will recapitulate yesterday’s lecture.
Recast cast or fashion anew We need to recast the play because the people we currently have in each role aren’t well suited to it.
Recede to go back When the storm quiets, the waters will recede from the beach.
Receptacle an item used to hold something All trash should be placed in the garbage receptacle.
Recidivism relapse into antisocial or criminal behavior, to harm the good reputation of a person Because the state prison is so awful, prisoners who are sentenced there tend to avoid recidivism
Reciprocity granting of privileges in return for similar Without reciprocity, a relationship will eventually begin to feel one-sided.
Recitals a number of performance of music I gave my first recital at the Royal College
Reckless unconcerned to danger or the consequences; careless The reckless driver did not stop at the red light.
Recluse person who lives alone and avoids people Despite her reputation as a recluse, Samantha held regular gatherings in her home to entertain close friends.
Recompense make payment to reward punish There is no recompense I would accept in exchange for the life of my child who was recently killed in a hit-and-run accident.
Reconcile settle a quarrel restore peace Instead of spending a fortune in court fees, the two parties have agreed to see a mediator to reconcile their differences.
Recondite little known; abstruse Since I do not have a law degree, I find it hard to understand the recondite terms of the contract.
Reconnaissance a survey or observation to gain information With assistance from the aerial team, the police on the ground will conduct reconnaissance on the suspect.
Recourse options or assistance during a difficult period or situation Before hospitals, midwives were often the only recourse for expectant mothers
Recreancy cowardice a cowardly giving up The king was angered by the recreancy of his wife and his best friend
Recumbent a resting or reclining state Is your cat going to lie recumbent on the windowsill all day long?
Recuperate to obtain something that has been lost, usually one’s good health or a financial stake Hopefully Jean will recuperate quickly and be able to leave the hospital soon.
Redeem get back by payment compensate I save my coupons so that I can redeem them at the supermarket.
Redolent filled with a scent or odor The candy shop was redolent with the rich smell of chocolate.
Redoubtable  a difficult challenger or challenge Because the teacher knew the test was redoubtable, she urged her students to study tirelessly.
Redress To make something right or the payment for a wrong The company hopes to redress the victim’s injury by paying out a million dollar settlement.
Redtape excessive bureaucracy or adherence to official rules and formalities this law will just create more red tape
Redundant something that is unnecessary My professor’s redundant speech consisted of him saying the same thing over and over again.
Referendum a public vote on a particular issue The employees were asked to vote on a referendum about the company insurance plan.
Refine make or become pure cultural, to improve or make better Taking each step carefully, the dancer made an extra effort to refine any sloppy movements
Refractory stubborn; unmanageable; intractable Because the prisoner acts in a refractory manner, he is accompanied by four guards whenever he leaves his cell.
Refulgent shining; brilliant When the beauty queen accepted her crown, she had a refulgent smile on her face.
Refute to prove wrong by argument or evidence My physics teacher challenged us to refute his laboratory findings with our own evidence.
Regale to delight or entertain to feast, to please someone Since I prefer happy endings, reading gory crime novels does not regale me.
Regicide crime of killing a king The man was charged with regicide after killing the king.
Reinstate restore; bring back My insurance will reinstate my policy once I’m fully paid up.
Reiterate say or do again several times The purpose of this email is to reiterate the points we discussed on the telephone.
Rejoice display or show feelings of great joy The children will rejoice after they open their holiday gifts.
Rejoinder response, a clever or sharp response The boy was chastised when he responded to the teacher with a sarcastic rejoinder.
Rejuvenation becoming young in nature or appearance, to provide with energy and/or strength The football players consume sports drinks to rejuvenate themselves during the game.
Rekindle To kindle once again,  To recover from a state of oblivion, revive he tried to rekindle their friendship
Relapse fall back again To avoid having a relapse, the patient should rest and take his medications.
Relegate to put (someone or something) in a lower or less important position, rank n spite of her strong commitment to her job, she vowed she would never relegate her maternal duties to a nanny
Relent To become less severe or intense; to become less hard, Hopefully the judge will relent and allow me to post bail.
Reminiscent suggest something in the past The smells coming from the bakery were reminiscent of the scents that used to come from my grandmother’s kitchen.
Remnant what remains of an item after the majority of it has been used The abandoned plant was a remnant of the town’s once thriving economy.
Remonstrate to protest object,  criticize someone about something Before I could remonstrate on the poor working conditions, my boss fired me.
Remorse guilt or regret for a misdeed I felt remorse after I bought the rundown car from the dealer.
Remuneration compensation for goods or services The salary earned by teachers is not enough remuneration for all the work they do on a daily basis.
Render deliver provide represent My donation is going to the local soup kitchen because I know it will use the funds to render food to the homeless.
Renegade someone who leaves one group and joins another with different goals or beliefs The renegade soldiers decided to leave the base and go back home to their families.
Renege to not fulfill a promise The property buyers will be sued if they renege on the terms of the contract.
Renovate restore something to better condition The homeowners decided to renovate their old kitchen.
Renown the state of being widely known; acclaim The philanthropist has garnered renown for her clean water projects in Africa.
Renowned celebrated; famous The renowned actress could not go out in public without wearing a disguise.
Repast meal, food consumed as a meal Hoping to enjoy a romantic repast with her husband, Jill prepared his favorite dishes and lit candles.
Repel refuse to accept/cause dislike, to force a thing or person away Hopefully the air freshener will repel the odor of the deceased rodent.
Repertoire A stock of plays, dances, or pieces that a company or a performer knows or is prepared to perform As long as the piano player continues to strum through a boring repertoire of tunes, he will never keep a large audience.
Repine at be discontented with, to yearn for something or someo The little girl began to cry when she started to repine for her family during her first sleepover.
Replete having much or plenty of something History is replete with examples of the dangers of war.
Repose rest;sleep When you begin to meditate, you need to sit in repose and try to empty your mind of all thoughts.
Reprehensible highly unacceptable action; deserving severe disapproval or criticism Stealing is reprehensible.
Repress to prevent from coming forth, t o press again. During the protest, troops were sent to the town hall to repress angry citizens from entering the building.
Reprieve to cancel or postpone a bad situation Because of a legal review, the criminal was granted a reprieve on his sentence.
Reprimand an act of disapproval, generally done in an official manner When I misbehaved in school, my teacher sent me home with a written reprimand for my parents to sign.
Reproach scold upbraid, disgrace or scandal The politician’s sordid actions have brought reproach to the entire government.
Reprobate person hardened in sin; one devoid of decency The serial killer was a reprobate who did not care about anyone.
Reproof a criticism or rebuke Without harsh reproof, the mother calmly explained the reasons why the boy shouldn’t throw the ball in the house.
Repudiate disown refuse to accept or pay, to reject; refuse to support Because I want to avoid the conflict between my two sisters, I repudiate their argument.
Repugnant repulsive or offensive The smell was completely repugnant to the pregnant woman.
Repulse to repel or drive back His gross eating habits would repulse anyone sharing a meal with him.
Repulsive causing a feeling of disgust The repulsive smell of the dead body sent me running from the house.
Requite repay give in return, to give payment for something The civil court jury will decide how much money the drug manufacturer must requite the widow for the death of her husband.
Rescind repeal/annul/cancel I cannot believe Janice’s boyfriend tried to rescind his marriage proposal!
Resent to express displeasure for My daughter will resent the fact I have cancelled her mobile phone service.
Resigned unresistant; submissive, to leave one’s position without being asked After a scandal emerged about his extramarital affair, the pastor resigned from his church.
Resilience quality of quickly recovering the original shape Despite a cancer diagnosis, Mary would remain resilient and fight until the very end.
Resonant continuing to sound; echoing During the concert, the opera singer’s resonant voice vibrated across the stage.
Resort to frequently visit, rujuu karna The Choices program encompasses all the resort’s restaurant menus.
Resound to be loud enough to echo The auctioneer’s projecting voice gave him to resound over the chatty crowd.
Respite brief interval of rest or relief In most places, summer brings a much-needed respite to teachers and students alike.
Resplendent shiny and colourful, and thus pleasing to the eye The peacock is a very showy bird with resplendent plumage in multiple shades of blues and greens
Restitution the restoring of something that is stolen or lost to the property owner Since I was in the car but not the driver, I do not believe I should have to pay restitution to the hit-and-run victim.
Restive refusing to move reluctant to be controlled, feeling bored or impatient while waiting for something to happen or change After just a week of summer vacation, the kids were bored and restive, demanding new things to do.
Restorative capable of making an individual feel well My eighty-five-year-old grandmother credits restorative yoga as the key to her good health.
Resuscitation coming back to consciousness When my father had a second heart attack in the hospital, the doctor was unable to resuscitate him.
Retard check hinder, to delay or hold back the development of something The poor fiscal decisions of one country can do much to retard the growth of other nations as well.
Retention the power to hold on to or keep something Because of water retention my stomach appears swollen.
Reticence uncommunicativeness While Barbara likes to discuss her personal life with our co-workers, I am much more reticent.
Reticent reserved; untalkative; silent; taciturn While Barbara likes to discuss her personal life with our co-workers, I am much more reticent.
Retinue following; attendants When the actress and her retinue arrive, they will require twelve hotel rooms.
Retiring shy and fond of being on one’s own you have to be fairly resilient and not too much of a shy retiring type
Retraction the taking back of a previous statement that was not true or accurate After he gave a false statistic, the politician needed to make a retraction.
Retreat a private event or place where a person goes to relax The presidential retreat at Camp David was used as a place to unwind and reflect.
Retrograde receding, reverting backwards The disease produces a retrograde process which weakens normally healthy muscles.
Retrospective Looking back on past When the seniors looked at the retrospective slideshow, they laughed at their freshmen photos.
Revere have deep respect for Many people from India are Hindu, and so they do not eat beef because they revere the cow as a sacred object.
Reverent feeling or showing deep respect At the funeral, hundreds of police officers paid reverence to their fallen office.
Revile to attack with abusive language Although the media goes out of its way to revile the president, its actions have not caused a fall in the leader’s popularity.
Rhetoric persuasive or impressive language which is often insincere The protestors’ rhetoric is filled with anger towards the government.
Riddle puzzling person or thing My friend asked me a question about something that was black and white but ‘read’ all over, but I knew that the answer to his riddle was a newspaper.
Rife widespread, great quantitiy The beach is rife with young people during the summer months.
Rift split crack dissension, a circumstance in which an amiable relationship has been broken A difference in perspectives caused a rift that forced the two friends to end their business partnership.
Rigor inflexibility; severity, The degree of something undesirable; badness or seriousness. Students who do not apply themselves will not be able to handle the rigor of medical school.
Rind the tough outer skin of certain fruit, especially citrus fruit decorate with fine shreds of orange rind
Ritual a standard procedure for a rite or ceremony The genital mutilation ritual is performed on women and girls in over twenty-five countries.
Rivet fix take up secure metal pin, to command the attention of Apple Inc. knows how to rivet the world’s attention by constantly releasing cutting edge technology
Riveting completely engrossing; compelling the book is a riveting account of the legendary freedom fighte
Robust strong and healthy In order to be a fireman, one needs to be robust because fighting fires is a very difficult job.
Rogue a person without principles; a dishonest individual Although the rogue was engaged to be married, he found it easy to flirt with other women.
Roll call calling of names Roll the dice
Roster a person without principles; a dishonest individual Although the rogue was engaged to be married, he found it easy to flirt with other women.
Rotund rich and deep; plump and round The jovial man’s rotund belly bounced wildly as he tried to jump rope with the kids.
Rubicund red and healthy,bearing skin that is pink or red in color The sunburn made his face rubicund in appearance.
Ruddy reddish, healthy-looking My daughter’s normally pale skin becomes ruddy with a rosy color when she works in the garden.
Rue to experience regret or sorrow My husband will rue the day he ever cheated on me!
Rueful dejected, displaying regret and/or sorrow for one’s actions Because the judge felt the defendant wasn’t rueful, he gave him a harsh sentence.
Ruffian violent cruel man The ruffian became violently angry when the cashier refused to sell him alcohol.
Ruminate to think deeply about something His sudden death made us all ruminate on the true value of time.
Rumple make rough Besides, he would tug at the ribbons of her bonnet and, no doubt, rumple her dress.
Rung a horizontal support on a ladder for a person’s foot, ringing He kept shaking his head like he really rung his bell.
Runic character any of the characters of any of several alphabets used by the Germanic peoples from about the 3rd to the 13th centuries
Ruse a plan or plot to mislead someone One example of a military ruse is the Trojan horse.
Saccharin a sweet-tasting synthetic compound used in food and drink as a substitute for sugar Saccharin is sugar free sweet tasting
Sacred holy; divine The Indian tribe will not hunt the eagle because it considers it to be a sacred creature.
Sacrosanct too important or respected to be criticized or changed The award-winning filmmaker felt his movies were too sacrosanct to be criticized by the media.
Sadastic Cruel, feeling pleasure from the pain of others, delighting Doris feared being kidnapped by a sadistic maniac.
Sagacious having sound judgment; perceptive; wise like a sage It is not very sagacious of you to play with fire.
Sage a wise individual who gives others helpful advice My father was the sage who kept everyone in my family on a straight path by giving us guidance before it was even requested.
Salacious obscene, promoting sexual desire or lust The salacious content of some popular novels has led parents to demand that they be removed from school libraries.
Sallow having an unnatural yellowish or pale skin color The boy’s lack of proper nutrition caused him to have a sallow unhealthy appearance.
Salubrious healthful, something that is good for you or is beneficial to mind or body Vegetables are salubrious foods which provide essential nutrients.
Salutary remedial wholesome causing improvement, producing good benefits The board hopes the merger of the two companies will have salutary effects that will leave all the shareholders happy.
Salvage the saving of property from loss, something pulled out or saved because of its value The salvage from the nonworking computer will come in handy when we decide to build a new PC.
Salvation a thing that rescues a person or object from a dangerous situation When the shipwreck survivor located a box of food, he knew he’d found his salvation.
Sanctimonious pretending to be better than others on a moral level Even though the minister had been arrested for shoplifting, he still had the nerve to act sanctimonious in front of the congregation.
Sanctimony self-righteousness hypocritical with FALSE piety Even though the minister had been arrested for shoplifting, he still had the nerve to act sanctimonious in front of the congregation.
Sanction approval (by authority) penalty The government will never sanction drinking and driving because it is unsafe.
Sanguine cheerful; confident; optimistic, optimistic, hopeful, or confident about the future lthough the economy is looking better, we should still not be too sanguine about the future.
Sanity health of mind soundness of judgment How can I retain my sanity when I have eight small children running around my house making me feel insane?
Sap gradually weaken or destroy, the fluid which circulates in the vascular system of a plant, consisting chiefly of water with dissolved sugars and mineral salts. these insects suck the sap from the roots of trees, our energy is being sapped by bureaucrats and politicians
Sardonic displaying disrespect in a scornful way The criminal had a sardonic smile on his face when he shot at the police officer.
Sash long strip worn round the waist why you are not putting sash
Sate to satisfy; fill up I need a glass of ice water to sate my thirst.
Satiate satisfy fully Hopefully this feast I am preparing will satiate your hunger.
Saturnine gloomy; dark; sullen; morose The dog’s eyes became saturnine whenever he was left at home alone.
Savant person of great learning Because Jackie is a savant of style, she hosts a television show about the latest fashion trends.
Savor taste flavor something Jack kissed her as long as he could because he wanted to savor the sweetness of her lips.
Sawdust tiny bits of wood Fine sawdust can cause eye irritations so this should be avoided.
Scabbard sheath for the blade The pirate pulled his sword out of the scabbard attached to his belt.
Scalding hot enough to boil, to be hurt by a scorching fluid Even the smallest splash of hot oil on my skin would scald it causing severe burns.
Scapegoat a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place Now that the company is about to declare bankruptcy, upper level managers are looking for a scapegoat to save their own skins.
Scent smell (especially pleasant) The difference between a scent and a stench is that a scent smells pleasant while a stench is disgusting.
Scorch become discolored/dry up/go at high speed, to burn the surface something My tendency to leave the iron laying on clothing has led me to scorch many a shirt.
Scribble write hastily, write or draw something quickly or without much focus A toddler may draw with a crayon or chalk, but considering their lack of focus they usually do little more than scribble.
Scrupulous very careful about doing something correctly Although Margaret tries to be a scrupulous cleaner, she sometimes forgets to dust off the bookshelves.


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