Mini Dictionary (S) | Hamaraguru

Mini Dictionary (S) | Hamaraguru
  1. sack: v. to dismiss, especially without delay


  1. salvo (SAL-voh): (noun). a salute or tribute; a sudden burst; a series of gunshots, either all at once or one after the other.


  1. sanction (SANGK-shun): v. to give authoritative approval or consent; to make valid or binding, usually with a formal procedure.


  1. sanction: n. a plan adopted, generally by several nations, to force a country to stop violating international law/principle or at least to submit to a legal decision on its lawfulness; a formal decree; official approval; 


  1. savvy (SAV-ee): adj. having practical know-how; knowledgeable; 


  1. scatological (skat-el-ODJ-i-kuhl): (adjective). dealing with obscene matters, especially in literature


  1. scathing (SKAYTHE-ing): (adjective). bitterly harsh


  1. scenario (suh-NARE-ee-oh): (noun). A film synopsis or play or outline; a summary of a projected course of events or course of action.


  1. schism (SIZ-uhm, SKIZ-uhm): (noun). a break between people, discord, disharmony; separation.


  1. scudding: (adjective). driven swiftly by the wind


  1. scuttle: v. to wreck; to sink or attempt to sink by cutting holes; 


  1. seep: (verb). to flow slowly through small openings


  1. sentient (SEN-chuhnt, SENT-ee-uhnt): (noun). sensitive in feeling; aware, especially to impressions of the senses; 


  1. seriocomic (sir-ee-oo-KAHM-ick): (adjective). combining the serious and the comic


  1. severance (SEV-uh-ruhntz): (noun). the state or act of being cut or ended


  1. shard: n. a small, usually brittle fragment


  1. sheaf: n. a bundle


  1. shore up: v. to give support to


  1. shortfall: n. a failure to come up to a goal or need; the amount of the failure


  1. shrewd: ad). clever and aware; given to cleverly tricky ways of dealing


  1. simplistic (sim-PLISS-tick): adj. tending to oversimplify or be oversimplified, especially by ignoring complicating factors


  1. simulate (SIM-yuh-Iate): v. to copy outwardly, often in order to deceive; to be a superficial copy


  1. simultaneously (sy-muhl-TAY-nee-us-Iee): adv. at the same time


  1. skepticism (SKEP-tuh-siz-uhm): n. an attitude of doubt or suspended judgment


  1. skewed: ad). slanted in one direction or to one side


  1. sleazy (SLEE-zee): adj. carelessly or cheaply made; cheap or shoddy


  1. smug: adj. very self-satisfied


  1. solace (SAHL-us, SOLE-uhs): n. comfort, consolation; source of consolation


  1. sorely: adv. painfully; extremely


  1. souped-up: ad). increased in power or efficiency


  1. specter (also spectre) (SPECK-tuhr): n. a ghost; something that haunts the mind


  1. spectrum (SPECK-truhm): n. a continuous sequence or range


  1. speculate (SPECK-yuh-Iate): v. to think about something casually and inconclusively; to take a business risk in hope of gain


  1. splat: n. a splattering or slapping sound


  1. spoils: n. something gained by special effort; public office gained by political winners


  1. spontaneous (spahn-TAY-nee-uss): adj. arising from natural feeling or momentary impulse; developing without apparent external influence


  1. spoor (SPOOR, SPORE): n. a track or trail, especially that of a wild animal


  1. sporadic (spuh-RAD-ick): adj. occurring from time to time


  1. spree: n. an unrestrained outburst of activity, a binge


  1. spunky: adj. full of spirit


  1. spurious (SPYURE-ee-uss): adj. illegitimate; having only outward similarity; forged or of wrongly attributed origin; deceitful


  1. squabble (SKWAB-uhl): n. a noisy quarrel, usually over trifles


  1. squat: v. to sit low to the ground; to settle on property without right, title, or payment of rent


  1. squat: adj. low to the ground; disproportionately low or thick


  1. squib: n. a short news item; a funny or satiric short speech or writing


  1. stabilize (STAY-buh-lize): v. to become, make or hold steady; to limit in fluctuation; to establish a minimum price for


  1. stagnation (stag-NAY-shun): n. quality of being motionless or inactive; act of becoming stale


  1. stampede (starn-PEED): n. a wild headlong rush of frightened animals; a mass movement of people on common impulse


  1. stigmatize (STIG-muh-tize): v. to mark or brand; to describe or identify as being shameful or contemptible


  1. stolid (STAHL-uhd): adj. showing no emotion or sensibility; dull


  1. straggle: v. to wander off course; to wander away from others of its kind


  1. strangulated (STRANG-gyuh-Iate-uhd): adj. excessively constricted, to the point of being strangled; violently destroyed


  1. strife: n. fight, struggle; angry, often violent conflict; struggle for superiority


  1. stringent (STRIN-juhnt): adj. tightly bound; strict or severe, especially about rules or standards; marked by scarce money and restricted credit


  1. stump: v. to baffle; to walk heavily and clumsily; to travel making political speeches or supporting a cause


  1. suave (SWAHV): adj. smoothly but often superficially polite and friendly; smooth in performance or finish; 


  1. substantive (SUHB-stuhn-tivv): adj. permanent; real rather than apparent; essential;  substantial.


  1. subversion (suhb-VUHR-zhuhn): (noun). overthrow, especially governmental overthrow by persons working secretly within the country


  1. succumb (suh-KUMM): v. to be brought to an end by destructive forces; to yield to greater force or to very great appeal or desire; 


  1. sunder (SUN-duhr): (verb). to break apart, especially with violence


  1. sway: (noun). ruling power; the ability to influence or control; a controlling influence.


  1. swelter (SWELL-tuhr): (verb). to suffer from heat


  1. symposium (sim-POH-zee-um): (noun). A collection of opinions on a subject, especially if they are published in a journal; a discussion; a formal meeting at which several specialists give short speeches on a topic or related topics;


  1. syntax (SIN-tax): n. connected systems or orderly system for the arrangement of parts; how words are put together to form phrases, clauses, or sentences