Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

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  1. venomous
    extremely poisonous or injurious
  2. minstrel
    a singer of folk songs
  3. lubricate
    make slippery or smooth
  4. waft
    a long flag; often tapering
  5. illuminate
    make lighter or brighter
  6. refract
    subject to change in direction of a propagating wave
  7. imperceptible
    impossible or difficult to sense
  8. mausoleum
    a large burial chamber, usually above ground
  9. cataract
    disease that involves the clouding of the lens of the eye
  10. inclined
    at an angle to the horizontal or vertical position
  11. nectar
    a sweet liquid secretion that is attractive to pollinators
  12. olfactory
    of or relating to the sense of smell
  13. proboscis
    a long flexible snout as of an elephant
  14. drone
    make a monotonous low dull sound
  15. proclivity
    a natural inclination
  16. condemn
    express strong disapproval of
  17. ravenous
    extremely hungry
  18. fathom
    a linear unit of measurement for water depth
  19. centrifuge
    an apparatus that separates particles from a suspension
  20. cacophony
    loud confusing disagreeable sounds
  21. feign
    make believe with the intent to deceive
  22. pratfall
    a tumble backward, especially for comic effect
  23. breach
    an opening, especially a gap in a dike or fortification
  24. censor
    a person authorized to suppress unacceptable material
  25. combustible
    capable of igniting and burning
  26. teeming
    abundantly filled with especially living things
  27. cadence
    the accent in a metrical foot of verse
  28. monologue
    a dramatic speech by a single actor
  29. suffuse
    cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
  30. vacuum
    an empty area or space
  31. gorge
    a deep ravine, usually with a river running through it
  32. retaliation
    action taken in return for an injury or offense
  33. submission
    the act of surrendering power to another
  34. strew
    spread by scattering
  35. saccharine
    overly sweet
  36. jowl
    a looseness of the flesh of the lower cheek and jaw
  37. intuitive
    spontaneously derived from or prompted by a natural tendency
  38. profusion
    the property of being extremely abundant
  39. mediocre
    moderate to inferior in quality
  40. loam
    a rich soil consisting of sand, clay and organic materials
  41. skepticism
    doubt about the truth of something
  42. sown
    sprinkled with seed
  43. insidious
    working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
  44. treason
    a crime that undermines the offender's government
  45. linguist
    a specialist in the study of language
  46. complement
    something added to embellish or make perfect
  47. compliment
    a remark expressing praise and admiration
  48. homely
    lacking in physical beauty or proportion
  49. filigree
    delicate and intricate ornamentation
  50. invigorate
    give life or energy to
  51. distill
    undergo condensation
  52. hone
    sharpen with a whetstone
  53. cite
    make reference to
  54. scripture
    any writing that is regarded as sacred by a religious group
  55. torrent
    an overwhelming number or amount
  56. oracle
    a shrine where a prophet is consulted
  57. discourse
    an extended communication dealing with some particular topic
  58. moor
    come into or dock at a wharf
  59. beatific
    resembling or befitting an angel or saint
  60. perfunctory
    hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
  61. vantage
    place or situation affording some benefit
  62. concussion
    injury to the brain caused by a blow
  63. chaff
    material consisting of seed coverings and pieces of stem
  64. phosphorescent
    emitting light without appreciable heat
  65. valise
    a small overnight bag for short trips
  66. perpetual
    continuing forever or indefinitely
  67. aesthetic
    characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste
  68. char
    burn to charcoal
  69. anesthetize
    administer a numbing or sleep-inducing drug to someone
  70. penance
    voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for something
  71. excursion
    a journey taken for pleasure
  72. thoroughfare
    a public road from one place to another
  73. plummet
    drop sharply
  74. trajectory
    the path followed by an object moving through space
  75. quarry
    animal hunted or caught for food
  76. objectively
    in a manner not influenced by emotion
  77. subjectively
    in a subjective way
  78. stationary
    not capable of being moved
  79. stationery
    paper cut to an appropriate size for writing letters
  80. ricochet
    spring back; spring away from an impact
  81. juggernaut
    a massive inexorable force
  82. gingerly
    in a manner marked by extreme care or delicacy
  83. converge
    be adjacent or come together
  84. simultaneous
    occurring or operating at the same time
  85. incriminate
    suggest that someone is guilty
  86. resolve
    find a solution or answer
  87. convoluted
    highly complex or intricate
  88. scythe
    an edge tool for cutting grass
  89. incessantly
    without interruption
Created on February 5, 2010

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