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-S Vocabulary Words Which Aren't Plurals

These words all end in S, although none of them are plurals. Can you name them, based on the definitions?
Last updated: June 29, 2015
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non-solid non-liquid
gas
well-known
famous
somber and grave
serious
underlying foundation for an idea
basis
lettuce variety
cos
prior; earlier
previous
therefore
thus
detailed study of a situation
analysis
dangerous but opportune situation,
a possible turning-point
crisis
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public transport mode
bus
possibly
perhaps
current affairs information
news
TV's Days of our Lives, eg
series
in the direction of
towards
of different kinds or sorts
various
direction of attention
focus
biological grouping
species
Jewish or Islamic, eg
religious
special weight or forcefulness given
to something considered important
emphasis
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level 79
Jun 29, 2015
Notorious for famous?
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level 71
Jun 29, 2015
"Notorious" has a negative connotation not implied by the clue, whereas the term "famous" can be either good or bad (think Gandhi and Genghis Khan) which is a more accurate reflection of the clue as written.
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level 75
Jun 29, 2015
This quiz would seem to make more sense if all these words were nouns.
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level 71
Jun 29, 2015
(This quiz was originally titled Singular -S Vocabulary Words).
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level 71
Jun 30, 2015
Perhaps you are referring not so much to the quiz questions as the quiz title (that word is stated with special weight or forcefulness given to something considered important) which has brought about a dangerous but opportune situation, a possible turning-point, possibly resolved by being amended in the direction of something providing the underlying foundation for the idea that the quiz title will now place the direction of your attention to solving word categories of different kinds or sorts despite the previous distraction of the grab-bag of nouns, verbs, prepositions and adverbs being served up for your delectation under the burden of being presented under the umbrella of an unintentionally absurd title. In other words, we hope you like the quiz's new name.