submissive: When he refused to permit Elizabeth to marry her poet, Mr.Barrett expected her to be properly submissive; instead, she eloped!
ADJ. yielding; timid
subordinate: Bishop Proudie's wife expected all the subordinate clergy to behave with great deference to the wife of their superior.
ADJ. occupying a lower rank; inferior; submissive.
subside: The doctor assured us the the fever would eventually subside.
V. settle down; descend; grow quiet.
substantiate: These endorsements from satisfied customers substantiate our claim that Barron's How to Prepare for the SAT is the best SAT-prep book on the market.
V. establish by evidence; verify; support.
succinct: Don't bore your audience withe excess verbiage: be succinct.
ADJ. brief; terse; compact.
superficial: Since your report gave only a superficial analysis of the problem, I cannot give you more than a passing grade.
ADJ. trivial; shallow.
superfluous: Betsy lacked the heart to tell June that the wedding present she brought was superfluous; she and Bob had already received five toasters. Please try not to include so many superfluous details in your report; just give me the facts. superfluity, n.
ADJ. unnecessary; excessive; overabundant.
supplant: Bolingbroke, later to be known as King Henry IV, fought to supplant his cousin, Richard III, as King of England.
V. replace; usurp.
surfeit: Every Thanksgiving we are surfeited with an overabundance of holiday treats. also N.
V. satiate; stuff; indulge to excess in anything.
surpass: Her SAT scores surpassed our expectations.
surreptitious: Hoping to discover where his mom had hidden the Christmas presents, Timmy took a surreptitious peek into the master bedroom closet.
ADJ. secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden.
susceptible: Said the patent medicine man to his very susceptible customer: "Buy this new miracle drug, and you will no longer be susceptible to the common cold."
ADJ. impressionable;easily influenced; having little resistance, as to a disease; receptive to.
sustain: He sustained such a severe injury that the doctors feared he would be unable to work to sustain his growing family.
V. experience; support; nourish.
sycophant: Fed up with the toadies and flunkies who made up his entourage, the star cried, "Get out, all of you! I'm sick of sycophants!" sycophancy,N.
N. servile flatterer; bootlicker; yes man.
taciturn: The stereotypical cowboy is a taciturn soul, answering lengthy questions with "Yep" or "Nope."
ADJ. habitually silent; talking little.
tantamount: Because so few Southern blacks could afford to pay the poll tax, the imposition of this tax on prospective voters was tantamount to disenfranchisement for black voters.