F451 Vocab

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F451 Vocab
2011-01-06 01:07:30

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  1. stolid
    (of a person) calm, dependable, and showing
  2. pulverize
    reduce to fine particles
  3. stratum
    a level or class to which people are assigned according to their social status, education, or income
  4. proclitivity
    a tendency to choose or do something regularly; an inclination or predisposition toward a particular thing
  5. odious
    extremely unpleasant; repulsive
  6. ravenous
    extremely hungry
  7. scythe
    a tool used for cutting crops such as grass or wheat, with a long curved blade at the end of a long pole attached to which are one or two short handles
  8. incessantly
    (of something regarded as unpleasant) continuing without pause or interruption
  9. stagnant
    • (of a body of water or the
    • atmosphere of a confined space) having no current or flow and often having an unpleasant smell as a consequence
  10. bestial
    of or like an animal or animals
  11. tactile
    of or connected with the sense of touch
  12. dictrum
    a formal pronouncement from an authoritative source
  13. profusion
    an abundance or large quantity of something
  14. insidious
    proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects
  15. desolation
    a state of complete emptiness or destruction
  16. parry
    ward off (a weapon or attack), esp. with a countermove
  17. contemptible
    deserving contempt; despicable
  18. perpetual
    never ending or changing
  19. aesthetic
    concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty
  20. certitude
    absolute certainty or conviction that something is the case
  21. blanch
    make white or pale by extracting color; bleach
  22. oblivion
    the state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening
  23. prattle
    talk at length in a foolish or inconsequential way
  24. flourish
    (of a person, animal, or other living organism) grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, esp. as the result of a particularly favorable environment
  25. motif
    a distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition
  26. paradox
    a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory
  27. metaphorical
    a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable
  28. irony
    • the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect
    • a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result
  29. contrast
    the state of being strikingly different from something else, typically something in juxtaposition or close association
  30. imagery
    visually descriptive or figurative language, esp. in a literary work