Adjectives Starting with S

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Interesting Categories for the Adjectives Starting with S

Heroic Adjectives list is also provided which consists of adjectives that appropriately describes a hero/heroine or their heroic deeds. On the other hand, the Sporty Adjectives category includes adjectives that are commonly used to modify an athletic person or a person who loves to engage in physical activities. Moreover, the Romantic Adjectives list is composed of descriptive words that are usually used to convey romantic love or to describe a special someone. Finally, the Shortest/ Longest Adjectives categories are composed of adjectives that have the least and the most number of letters.

Adjectives that Start with S

Interesting Adjectives

sacrosanct:regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with

–          the individual’s right to work has been upheld as sacrosanct

salacious:  treating sexual matters in an indecent way and typically conveying undue interest in or enjoyment of the subject

–          salacious stories

sallow: (of a person’s face or complexion) of an unhealthy yellow or pale brown color

–          dull and sallow face

salubrious: health-giving; healthy.

–          salubrious weather

sanctimonious: making a show of being morally superior to other people.

–          what happened to all the sanctimonious talk about putting his family first?

svelte: slender and elegant

–          a svelte young woman


Positive Adjectives to Describe a Person

sagacious: having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgment; shrewd.

–          they were sagacious enough to avoid any outright confrontation

sane: of sound mind; not mad or mentally ill

–          hard work kept me sane

scholarly: having or showing knowledge, learning, or devotion to academic pursuits

–          he is a scholarly man

scintillating: brilliantly and excitingly clever or skillful

–          the audience loved his scintillating wit

scrupulous:  diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to details

–          a scrupulous researcher

supportive: providing encouragement or emotional help

–          the staff are extremely supportive of each other


Positive Adjectives to Describe an Event

salient: most noticeable or important

–          it succinctly covered all the salient points of the case

salutary:  producing good effects; beneficial

–          a salutary reminder of where we came from

satisfactory: fulfilling expectations or needs; acceptable, though not outstanding or perfect

–          the satisfactory performance

scholastic: of or concerning schools and education

–          scholastic achievement

sensational: causing great public interest and excitement

–          a sensational court trial

spectacular: beautiful in a dramatic and eye-catching way

–          a spectacular show


Positive Adjectives to Describe a Place

sacred: connected with God (or the gods) or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration

–          sacred mountain

safe:  affording security or protection

–          put it in a safe place

sanitary: hygienic and clean

–          their kitchen is sanitary

scenic: providing or relating to views of impressive or beautiful natural scenery

–          the scenic route to Brussels

significant: sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy

–          a significant historical site

spacious: having ample space

–          a spacious room


Negative Adjectives to Describe a Person

sarcastic: marked by or given to using irony in order to mock or convey contempt

–          his sarcastic remarks

sardonic: grimly mocking or cynical

–          Starkey attempted a sardonic smile

scornful: feeling or expressing contempt or derision

–          the justices have been scornful of the government’s conduct

scraggly: ragged, thin, or untidy in form or appearance

–          his scraggly appearance

scrawny: unattractively thin and bony

–          she is a scrawny teenager

surly: bad-tempered and unfriendly

–          he left with a surly expression


Negative Adjectives to Describe an Event

sad: causing or characterized by sorrow or regret; unfortunate and regrettable

–          a sad homecoming

scandalous: causing general public outrage by a perceived offense against morality or law

–          a series of scandalous liaisons

scurrilous: making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation

–          a scurrilous interview

sinister: giving the impression that something harmful or evil is happening or will happen

–          there was something sinister about that murmuring voice

strenuous: requiring or using great exertion

–          strenuous exercise

stressful: causing mental or emotional stress

–          corporate finance work can be stressful


Negative Adjectives to Describe a Place

scary: frightening; causing fear

–          a scary cemetery

semiarid: characterized by very little annual rainfall; very dry

–          semiarid region

smelly: having a strong or unpleasant smell

–          smelly bathroom

spooky: sinister or ghostly in a way that causes fear and unease

–          a spooky house

stormy: characterized by strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning, or snow

–          a stormy sea

strange: unusual or surprising in a way that is unsettling or hard to understand; unfamiliar or alien

–          a strange bazaar


Heroic Adjectives

selfless: concerned more with the needs and wishes of others than with one’s own; unselfish

–          his act of selfless devotion

spirited: full of energy, enthusiasm, and determination

–      a spirited campaigner for women’s rights

spectacular: beautiful in a dramatic and eye-catching way.

–          spectacular mountain scenery

steadfast: resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering

–          his steadfast loyalty to the country

strong: having the power to move heavy weights or perform other physically demanding tasks

–      a strong knight

superior: higher in rank, status, or quality

–          a superior officer

sympathetic: feeling, showing, or expressing sympathy

–          the sympathetic guardian


Sporty Adjectives

sinewy: lean and muscular

–          the sinewy runner

skillful: having or showing skill

–          a skillful goalkeeper

slick: done or operating in an impressively smooth, efficient, and apparently effortless way

–          his slick shot

speedy: moving quickly

–          a speedy midfielder

sprightly: lively; full of energy

–          a sprightly striker

stunning: extremely impressive

–          the boxer’s stunning uppercut

superb: excellent

–      the gymnast’s superb routine

swift: moving or capable of moving at high speed

–          his swift movements


Romantic Adjectives

sassy: lively, bold, and full of spirit; cheeky

–          she’s a sassy girl

scrumptious: very attractive

–      she is a scrumptious honey

seductive: tempting and attractive; enticing.

–          a seductive voice

showy: having a striking appearance or style, typically by being excessively bright or colorful

–          her showy outfit

slender: gracefully thin

–          her slender neck

sweet:  pleasant and kind or thoughtful

–          sweet girlfriend        


Shortest Adjectives

sad:bad; unfortunate

–      a sad decision

sec:(of champagne) moderately dry

–          a sec champagne

set:fixed and unmoving

–          with eyes set in a fixed glassy stare

shy:wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things

–          shy of strangers

six:denoting a quantity consisting of six items or units

–          six times

sly:marked by skill in deception

–          sly men often pass for wise

safe:free from danger or the risk of harm

–          a safe trip

sage:having wisdom that comes with age and experience

–          a sage old man

said:being the one previously mentioned or spoken of

–          said party has denied the charges

salt: (of speech) painful or bitter

–          a salt apology


Longest Adjectives

semiautobiographical: of or relating to a work that combines autobiography and fiction

–          a semiautobiographical novel

supernaturalistic: of or relating to supernaturalism

–          supernaturalistic beliefs

scandalmongering: typical of tabloids

–          editor of a scandalmongering journal

sensationalistic: typical of tabloids

–          a sensationalistic news feature

syncategorematic: of a term that cannot stand as the subject or (especially) the predicate of a proposition but must be used in conjunction with other terms

–          `or’ is a syncategorematic term

sadomasochistic: of or relating to sadomasochism

–          sadomasochistic sexual practices

semiterrestrial: chiefly but not exclusively terrestrial

–          semiterrestrial organisms

semitransparent: allowing light to pass through diffusely

–          semitransparent curtains at the windows

servomechanical: of or involving servomechanisms

–          a servomechanical device

sociobiological: of or relating to sociobiology

–          sociobiological factors



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