sinecure

  1. a benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral duties are attached

    Type Of : ecclesiastical benefice, benefice
  2. an office that involves minimal duties

    Type Of : billet, office, place, position, post, situation, spot, berth

stygian

  1. dark and dismal as of the rivers Acheron and Styx in Hades

    Synonyms : acheronian, acherontic
  2. hellish

stipulate

  1. specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement

    Synonyms : condition, qualify, specify
    Type Of : undertake, contract
    Examples :
    • The will stipulates that she can live in the house for the rest of her life
    • The contract stipulates the dates of the payments
  2. give a guarantee or promise of

    Type Of : guarantee, vouch
    Examples :
    • They stipulated to release all the prisoners
  3. make an oral contract or agreement in the verbal form of question and answer that is necessary to give it legal force

    Type Of : contract, undertake

sycophant

  1. a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage

    Synonyms : ass-kisser, crawler, lackey, toady
    Type Of : adulator, flatterer

sybarite

  1. a person addicted to luxury and pleasures of the senses

    Synonyms : voluptuary
    Type Of : sensualist

suspect

  1. imagine to be the case or true or probable

    Synonyms : surmise
    Type Of : guess, venture, pretend, hazard
    Examples :
    • I suspect he is a fugitive
  2. a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused

    Synonyms : defendant
    Type Of : litigator, litigant
  3. not as expected

    Synonyms : fishy, funny, shady, suspicious
    Examples :
    • her motives were suspect
  4. regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in

    Synonyms : distrust, mistrust
    Type Of : disbelieve, discredit
  5. hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty

    Type Of : imagine, opine, reckon, think, suppose, guess
    Examples :
    • The U.S. suspected Bin Laden as the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks
  6. someone who is under suspicion

    Type Of : somebody, individual, soul, someone, person, mortal

susceptible

  1. (often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of

    Antonyms : unsusceptible
    Examples :
    • susceptible to colds
    • susceptible of proof
  2. easily impressed emotionally

surreptitiously

  1. in a surreptitious manner

    Synonyms : sneakily
    Examples :
    • he was watching her surreptitiously as she waited in the hotel lobby

surreptitious

  1. conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

    Synonyms : clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner, hugger-mugger, hush-hush, secret, undercover, underground
    Examples :
    • surreptitious mobilization of troops
  2. marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed

    Synonyms : furtive, sneak, sneaky, stealthy
    Examples :
    • a surreptitious glance at his watch

surly

  1. inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace

    Synonyms : ugly
    Examples :
    • a surly waiter