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Fahrenheit 451
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aesthetic
1 use
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = in a manner that is beautiful or tasteful
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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bound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
She's bound to succeed.
She's bound to get into a good college.
bound = almost certain to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
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2  —1 use as in:
the binding is loose
The library buys books with a durable binding or rebinds them to make them stronger.
binding = things that hold the pages together (in this case, careful assembly with glue and perhaps strings)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of binding means:
something that holds things together, or wraps or covers or ties something
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cacophony
1 use
There was a cacophony of discord as everyone spoke at once.
cacophony = combination of loud confusing disagreeable sounds
DefinitionGenerally cacophony means:
loud confusing disagreeable sounds
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cadence
2 uses
The sound of the waves crashing on the shore had a comforting cadence.
cadence = rhythm or recurring pattern
DefinitionGenerally cadence means:
rhythm or recurring pattern of sounds or movements
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censor
2 uses
The Chinese devote enormous resources to censoring the Internet.
censoring = suppressing everything considered politically unacceptable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of censor means:
to remove or suppress anything considered obscene, immoral, or politically unacceptable

or:

a person who does such suppression
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certitude
1 use
Her certitude has given way to doubt.
certitude = certainty
DefinitionGenerally certitude means:
total certainty or (more rarely) something that is certain to happen
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consonant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
consonant or vowel?
She stresses the last consonants or her words.
consonants = letters of the alphabet (or a speech sounds) that are not a vowels
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
a letter of the alphabet (or a speech sound) that is not a vowel
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converge
1 use
The lines converge at this point
converge = come together
DefinitionGenerally converge means:
to come together; or to be adjacent or similar
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convoluted
1 use
It's hard to follow her convoluted reasoning.
convoluted = highly complex or intricate
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distill
2 uses
distill the essential ideas to fit on a single page
distill = extract essential elements
DefinitionGenerally distill means:
to purify, concentrate, or separate a liquid (such as whisky) by boiling it and condensing its vapors

or:

to extract essential ideas
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divert
1 use
I tried to divert her attention.
divert = get her to start thinking about something else
DefinitionGenerally divert means:
to change the direction of something; or to distract someone's attention

or more rarely:  to change the purpose for which something is used — such as an army or funds
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fanatic
1 use
We think it was not a solitary fanatic, but a hired assassin.
fanatic = a person motivated by extreme enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally fanatic means:
a person motivated by extreme enthusiasm (as for a cause) — sometimes to a fault

or:

extremely enthusiastic — sometimes to a fault
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heresy
1 use
It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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pedantic
1 use
Her lectures were too pedantic for my taste.
pedantic = too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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proclivity
1 use
She has a proclivity for exaggeration.
proclivity = a natural inclination
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resolve
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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saccharine
1 use
I enjoyed the movie, but I thought the end was too saccharine.
saccharine = overly sweet
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torrent
2 uses
She screamed a torrent of abuse.
torrent = an overwhelming amount
DefinitionGenerally torrent means:
an overwhelming amount — especially of quickly moving water
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