English Vocab for Fahrenheit 451

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abstracted
removed in thought from the immediate situation
aesthetic
relating or pertaining to a sense of beauty or art
bestial
brutality lacking reason; having attributes of a savage
blanch
to take the color out; bleach; make white
cacophonous
harsh sounding; having dissonance
censorious
critical
centrifuge
an apparatus used for separating materials
certitudes
things that are inevitable or certain
contempt
scorn; extreme dislike or disdain
desolate
deserted; without inhabitants
dictum
an authoritative statement
din
loud and discordant noises
feint
a false appearance; a fake punch
flourish
to thrive; to grow well; a dramatically graceful gesture
fold
a group bound together by common beliefs
incessant
uninterrupted; continual
insidious
treacherous or dangerous in a secret sort of way
luxuriant
abundant growth; very fertile
melancholy
depression of spirits
metaphorically
compared non literally
mural
a large, wall painting
pulverize
to break into tiny pieces
ravenous
extremely hungry
rend
to tear apart
saccharine
seemingly sweet, but fake
scythe
a sharp, bladed tool used for harvesting
serene
calm
stagnant
unmoving
stoke
to add fuel to (a fire e.g)
stolidly
without emotions; calm
stratum
a layer or series of layers
tactile
of or connected with the sense of touch
oblivion
a state of being forgotten or unknown; unconsciousness
obscure
unclear or uncertain; to make unclear
odious
hateful
parry
to block
pedantry
excessive concern with minor details and rules
perfunctory
carried out with minimum effort; routine without enthusiasm
perpetuate
to continue
phoenix
a mythical bird which burned itself up every few hundred years, and then was reborn to live another period
prattle
nonsensical speech; baby talk
proclivity
a natural tendency or inclination to do something
profuse
abundant