S Words: Enhancing Vocabulary and Communication Skills

Discover a variety of intriguing words that start with the letter ‘S’ and enrich your vocabulary!

  1. Sachet- A small bag containing powder or liquid, usually aromatic.
  2. Sagacious- Having keen mental discernment and good judgment.
  3. Salient- Most noticeable or important.
  4. Salubrious- Health-giving; healthy.
  5. Sanctimonious- Making a show of being morally superior to others.
  6. Sanguine- Optimistic or positive, especially in a difficult situation.
  7. Sardonic- Grimly mocking or cynical.
  8. Satiate- Satisfied to the full; satiated.
  9. Savant- A person of extensive learning; an eminent scholar.
  10. Scintillating- Sparkling or shining brightly.
  11. Scurrilous- Making or spreading scandalous claims about someone to damage their reputation.
  12. Sedulous- Showing dedication and diligence.
  13. Sempiternal- Eternal and unchanging; everlasting.
  14. Serendipity- The occurrence of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
  15. Sesquipedalian- Characterized by long words; long-winded.
  16. Shibboleth- A custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people.
  17. Sibilant- Making or characterized by a hissing sound.
  18. Sinecure- A position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit.
  19. Sinuous- Having many curves and turns.
  20. Skulk- Keep out of sight, typically with a sinister or cowardly motive.
  21. Slipshod- Characterized by a lack of care, thought, or organization.
  22. Slovenly- Messy and dirty.
  23. Solace- Comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness.
  24. Soliloquy- An act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers.
  25. Somnolent- Sleepy; drowsy.
  26. Sonorous- Capable of producing a deep or ringing sound.
  27. Sophomoric- Pertaining to or characteristic of a sophomore; pretentious or juvenile.
  28. Soporific- Tending to induce drowsiness or sleep.
  29. Spartan- Showing the indifference to comfort or luxury traditionally associated with ancient Sparta.
  30. Specious- Superficially plausible, but actually wrong.
  31. Splenetic- Bad-tempered; spiteful.
  32. Spurious- Not being what it purports to be; false or fake.
  33. Squalid- Extremely dirty and unpleasant, especially as a result of poverty or neglect.
  34. Squander- Waste (something, especially money or time) in a reckless and foolish manner.
  35. Stalwart- Loyal, reliable, and hardworking.
  36. Stentorian- Loud and powerful (typically of a person’s voice).
  37. Stoic- Enduring pain and hardship without showing one’s feelings or complaining.
  38. Strident- Loud and harsh; grating.
  39. Stymie- Prevent or hinder the progress of.
  40. Subjugate- Bring under domination or control, especially by conquest.
  41. Sublime- Of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe.
  42. Subterfuge- Deceit used in order to achieve one’s goal.
  43. Succinct- (Especially of something written or spoken) briefly and clearly expressed.
  44. Sundry- Of various kinds; several.
  45. Supercilious- Behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others.
  46. Supine- Failing to act or protest as a result of moral weakness or indolence.
  47. Supplant- Supersede and replace.
  48. Surfeit- An excessive amount of something.
  49. Surreptitious- Kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of.
  50. Svelte- (Of a person) slender and elegant.
  51. Swathe- Wrap in several layers of fabric.
  52. Sycophant- A person who acts obsequiously toward someone important in order to gain advantage.
  53. Symposium- A conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject.
  54. Synecdoche- A figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa.
  55. Synoptic- Relating to a synopsis or summary; giving a general view.
  56. Syntax- The arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language.
  57. Sartorial- Relating to tailoring, clothes, or style of dress.
  58. Scrupulous- (Of a process or person) diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to details.
  59. Scurrilous- Making or spreading scandalous claims about someone to damage their reputation.
  60. Semaphore- A system of sending messages by holding the arms or two flags or poles in certain positions according to an alphabetical code.
  61. Senescence- The condition or process of deterioration with age.
  62. Seraphic- Characteristic of or resembling a seraph or seraphim; angelic.
  63. Sequester- Isolate or hide away.
  64. Sibylline- Relating to or characteristic of a sibyl; prophetic and mysterious.
  65. Sidereal- Of or relating to the stars; celestial.
  66. Simulacrum- An image or representation of someone or something.
  67. Sine qua non- An essential condition; a thing that is absolutely necessary.
  68. Sinister- Giving the impression that something harmful or evil is happening or will happen.
  69. Skeptic- A person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions.
  70. Skirmish- An episode of irregular or unpremeditated fighting.
  71. Slake- Quench or satisfy (one’s thirst).
  72. Sleight- The use of dexterity or cunning, especially so as to deceive.
  73. Sloven- A person who is habitually messy or careless.
  74. Snide- Derogatory or mocking in an indirect way.
  75. Sojourn- A temporary stay.
  76. Solstice- Either of the two times in the year, the summer and winter solstices, when the sun reaches its highest or lowest point in the sky at noon, marked by the longest and shortest days.
  77. Somnambulist- A person who walks during sleep; sleepwalker.
  78. Sonnet- A poem of fourteen lines using any of a number of formal rhyme schemes.
  79. Sophistry- The use of fallacious arguments, especially with the intention of deceiving.
  80. Sorcery- The use of magic, especially black magic.
  81. Spatulate- Having a broad, rounded end.
  82. Speculate- Form a theory or conjecture about a subject without firm evidence.
  83. Spheral- Relating to or shaped like a sphere.
  84. Sporadic- Occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered or isolated.
  85. Spurn- Reject with disdain or contempt.
  86. Squalor- A state of being extremely dirty and unpleasant, especially as a result of poverty or neglect.
  87. Squander- Waste (something, especially money or time) in a reckless and foolish manner.
  88. Stagnant- Showing no activity; dull and sluggish.
  89. Stalactite- A tapering structure hanging like an icicle from the roof of a cave, formed of calcium salts deposited by dripping water.
  90. Stalemate- A situation in which further action or progress by opposing or competing parties seems impossible.
  91. Staunch- Loyal and committed in attitude.
  92. Stevedore- A person employed at loading and unloading ships.
  93. Stifle- Make (someone) unable to breathe properly; suffocate.
  94. Stipulate- Demand or specify (a requirement), typically as part of a bargain or agreement.
  95. Stratagem- A plan or scheme, especially one used to outwit an opponent or achieve an end.
  96. Sublime- Of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe.
  97. Substantiate- Provide evidence to support or prove the truth of.
  98. Subterfuge- Deceit used in order to achieve one’s goal.
  99. Succor- Assistance and support in times of hardship and distress.
  100. Sundry- Of various kinds; several.

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