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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. subside: The doctor assured us the the fever would eventually subside.
    V. settle down; descend; grow quiet.
  4. 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.
  5. succinct: Don't bore your audience withe excess verbiage: be succinct.
    ADJ. brief; terse; compact.
  6. superficial: Since your report gave only a superficial analysis of the problem, I cannot give you more than a passing grade.
    ADJ. trivial; shallow.
  7. 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.
  8. supplant: Bolingbroke, later to be known as King Henry IV, fought to supplant his cousin, Richard III, as King of England.
    V. replace; usurp.
  9. surfeit: Every Thanksgiving we are surfeited with an overabundance of holiday treats. also N.
    V. satiate; stuff; indulge to excess in anything.
  10. surpass: Her SAT scores surpassed our expectations.
    V. exceed.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. taciturn: The stereotypical cowboy is a taciturn soul, answering lengthy questions with "Yep" or "Nope."
    ADJ. habitually silent; talking little.
  16. 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.
    ADJ. equivalent in effect or value.
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