“S” – Vocab-ability – A More Powerful Vocabulary (This post includes all entries beginning with the letter “S”)

in writing •  10 months ago

This post comprises all the “S” entries of the Vocab-ability series. One of the longer posts in this series, it includes many English words whose etymology can be traced to Greek and Latin roots.

If you learn one root, you can learn, understand, and use each and every English word derived from that root. Vocab-ability is an easy-to-use resource guide to help you understand those roots.

In total, this Vocab-ability post features 27 entries that begin with the letter “S."

Free Use: 

Please feel free to download the following material, copy it, print it out, and distribute it for any and all educational purposes. If it helps you or your students increase your English vocabulary, it will have served its purpose. And I will know that my efforts have proven beneficial. (Please see my additional comments and notes below the entries.) Vocab-ability–201 (sacr = holy)

Vocab-ability–202 (sal = salt) (Much thanks to @watertoncafe, for advising me to include Vocab-ability–202, and for pointing out some of the example words.)

Vocab-ability–203 (sanct = holy)

Vocab-ability–204 (scend = climb)

 Vocab-ability–205 (sci, scio = know)

 Vocab-ability–206 (scop = watch, view)

 Vocab-ability–207 (scrib, script = write)

 Vocab-ability–208 (sed, sess, sid, set = sit, settle)

 Vocab-ability–209 (seg, sect = cut)

 Vocab-ability–210 (sent, sens = think, feel, sense)

 Vocab-ability–211 (seque, secut, su = follow, continue)

 Vocab-ability–212 (serv = serve, keep)

 Vocab-ability–213 (sinu = fold, bend)

 Vocab-ability–214 (soci = companion)

 Vocab-ability–215 (sol = alone)

 Vocab-ability–216 (solv, solut = loosen)

 Vocab-ability–217 (somn = sleep)

 Vocab-ability–218 (son = sound)

 Vocab-ability–219 (sophi = wise)

 Vocab-ability–220 (soror = sister)

 Vocab-ability–221 (spect = look)

 Vocab-ability–222 (spir = breath, spirit)

 Vocab-ability–223 (stat, stant, stab = stand)

 Vocab-ability–224 (stinct, sting = prick, mark)

 Vocab-ability–225 (strain, strict = tie, tight)

 Vocab-ability–226 (stru, stro = build)

 Vocab-ability–227 (surg, surrect = rise)

Note re Copyright / Free Use: 

I hold the copyright to the original Vocab-ability guide, which was published in 2002. I hereby grant free use to all the material contained in this post and all other Vocab-ability posts on Steemit.    

Note re Copying each Screenshot: 

Each separate entry (including those in this and other Vocab-ability posts) consists of one screenshot (since making screenshots was the only way I could properly format the individual entries for uploading to Steemit). To use these entries for your personal study or in any classroom, you can download any or all screenshots by clicking and dragging the screenshots that you want to use, and then print them out.   

Note re Passing on the Vocab-ability Links:  

Alternatively, you can simply pass on one or more of the following links to the Vocab-ability posts:

Vocab-ability – Introduction to Vocab-ability.

Vocab-ability – Guide to Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “A” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “B” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “C” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “D” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “E” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “F” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “G” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “H” Entries.

Vocab-ability – The Single “I” Entry.

Vocab-ability – All “J” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “L” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “M” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “N” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “O” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “P” Entries.

Vocab-ability – The Single “Q” Entry.

Vocab-ability – All “R” Entries.

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awesome word power study. This one is both an inspiration, as always, and a surge in the extent of words it covers! Thanks for the post @majes.tytyty and thanks for the mention.


Thanks for perusing the entire post. :-)

This has no doubt, added to my fountain of knowledge, even as a native English speaker, there is no end to learning

I find this message very important, not just to myself and steemians, but also to everyone out there seeking to improve their verbal and writing communication skills

You have done a good job here @majes.tytyty, your posts like this will not go unrewarded


Thanks for your input and insights. And for your compliment. I hope this series helps many people, both now and in the future. Since all these posts will end up on the blockchain, I trust that more and more people will find them, in the near future and the distant future, and that they will all benefit from Vocab-ability.

The Crypto version would look like

Segwit - Segregated Witness


STEEM - The best blockchain
Stellar - Decentralized Ripple

As always, great work and as always i wrote down some words, that I find interesting. For example strenuous, this is one I have heard for the first time ever.

P.S. There is as 300-word short story initiative by @swissclive You should check it out 300-word short story

Very high-quality post. 24 new words so quickly do not study, I had to read for 2 times. Thank you for helping to expand our knowledge.

Очень качественный пост. 24 новых слова так быстро не изучишь, пришлось читать за 2 раза. Спасибо, что помогаете расширить наши знания.

Your writing vocabulary read always ..I appreciate your post sir cause your post is educational.
If I mistake grammatical .I will show your post.
Thanks a lot for sharing your valuable content
Carry on your activity ..I think you are create blogger in steemit.
I wish you will success in steemit...best of luck..

Resteemit done.....

Thank you for the free dictionary post sir @majes.tytyty
..i happened to have a friend who find speaking words that starts with letter "S" a bit difficult.

good writing @majes.tytyty. Thanks for sharing

good writing @majes.tytyty. Thanks for sharing educational post. i like your post and following.

Bugün çok güzel şeyler öğrendim thanks for sharing very helpful

very useful and useful @majes.tytyty

well said sir like it keep it up

that a great info

i have just joined the steemit and i m enjoying on it everyone is so kond to one another good work done

I knew it all, I knew it all!


except theosophy and sorority. I did English written test, reading comprehension today and tomorrow morning will be listening and speaking. Fingers crossed :)


Great. Now you can also say that you know theosophy and sorority.

How did you do on the written test? Successful. Relatively successful? Good luck with the listening / speaking portion.


I am so upset! The written went relatively well, but the speaking test was shit. Examples questions: Examples: tell us how news report changes in the last 13 years. What do you think it will happen with the pollution in the future? What do you think about the esperanto language and preserving local culture? Explain how to plant a seed. Your are at huge loss and you have to tell to the managers that some of them will lose their jobs.
I didn't thought much about my replies, I was to instinctive and I had many questions where I didn't reach the clue, because there was not enough time -It was a online pre-recorded voice I had to talk to :( ahhhhhhhhhh


Those are indeed tough questions! Even many native speakers would have a hard time answering them properly and effectively.

A bit of advice for next time you have such a speaking test. In English, we have the saying, If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, then baffle them with bullshit."

Meaning that if you don't know the proper answer, just pretend that you know more than they do. (Try to) appear confident, (try to) never appear confused, and (try to) appear very pensive and thoughtful.

Also, that strategy does not always work, and for your recent test, it probably would have been difficult to use that strategy. And you may not have enough time. But as a last resort, it sometimes works.

Note – I don't agree with that above statement for general daily life, but during a test, it's not a bad strategy.

Keep learning and keep reading and keep travelling! You're well on your way to having more knowledge than most people on planet earth!!

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