S sagacious having or showing understanding and the ability to make good judgements salubrious A salubrious place is pleasant, clean, and healthy to live in: He doesn't live in a very salubrious part of town. salutary Causing improvement of behaviour or character a salutary reminder of the dangers of mountain climbing sanctity The quality of being very important and deserving respect sang-froid The ability to stay calm in a difficult or dangerous situation scant Very little and not enough: He pays scant attention to the needs of his children. scathing To not allow yourself to have something, especially something you like or want scintillating To remove part of the surface of something by rubbing scornful Showing or feeling scorn for someone or something: They are openly scornful of the new plans. scrupulous Extremely honest A scrupulous politician would not lie about her business interests. sequester To keep the people on a jury separate from everyone else, even from their families, while deciding a case settee A long, soft seat for two or more people, with a back and usually with arms shiftless Lazy and not having much determination or a clear purpose He called the young people shiftless, lazy and good-for-nothing. sinuous Moving in a twisting, curving, or indirect way, or having many curves: solicit To ask someone for money, information, or help sordid Dirty and unpleasant: There are lots of really sordid apartments in the city's poorer areas. spasmodic Happening suddenly for short periods of time and not in a regular way spurn To refuse to accept something or someone because you feel that thing or person is not worth having squalid (of places) extremely dirty and unpleasant, often because of lack of money squalor To warn someone not to do something, usually in a kind way, or to tell someone to do something. statute A law that has been formally approved and written down stead In place of someone The marketing manager was ill and her deputy ran the meeting in her stead. stigma A strong feeling of disapproval that most people in a society have about something, especially when this is unfair stodgy Food is heavy and unhealthy, sometimes in an unpleasant way I've been eating too many stodgy puddings. sublime Extremely good, beautiful, or enjoyable The book has sublime descriptive passages. subterfuge A trick or a dishonest way of achieving something It was clear that they must have obtained the information by subterfuge. subvert To try to destroy or damage something, especially an established political system succour Help given to someone, especially someone who is suffering or in need suffuse To spread through or over something completely His voice was low and suffused with passion. sumptuous Luxurious and showing that you are rich: The celebrity guests turned up dressed in sumptuous evening gowns. supercilious Behaving as if you are better than other people, and that their opinions, beliefs, or ideas are not important superficial (of a person) never thinking about things that are serious or important: He's fun to be with, but he's very superficial. supplant To replace Printed books will soon be supplanted by e-books. surmise To guess something, without having much or any proof The police surmise (that) the robbers have fled the country. surreptitious Done secretly, without anyone seeing or knowing a surreptitious glance sustenance Food, or the energy and other things food provides people and animals to keep them strong and healthy: swagger To walk or act in a way that shows that you are very confident and think that you are important sycophant (of a person or of behaviour) praising people in authority in a way that is not sincere, usually in order to get some advantage from them synonymous Having the same meaning The words "annoyed" and "irritated" are more or less synonymous.