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In these words the sound /sh s/ is spelled cious.

delicious The trifle was delicious.
audacious The explorer was audacious by nature.
auspicious They hoped that their wedding would be an auspicious occasion.
atrocious He behaved in an atrocious manner.
avaricious The government were corrupt and avaricious.
conscious She was conscious that what she had said to her mother was unacceptable.
ferocious The island was home to a ferocious beast.
gracious She was a gracious loser.
luscious His home was filled with luscious plants.
judicious The party would require judicious thought and careful planning.
malicious It was a malicious act to break the window.
officious They were offered help by an officious bystander.
precious The cave was filled with precious stones.
precocious She was a precocious child who spoke three different languages.
pugnacious The brothers were extremely pugnacious and often fought.
spacious Their new home would be much more spacious.
suspicious The policeman investigated the suspicious package.
vicious The dog was vicious.
vivacious She was a cheerful and vivacious addition to their group.
voracious She was a voracious reader.

Learn more about these words in Unit 30. Words with ci and ti e.g. ancient, special, initial, gracious

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