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The Martian Chronicles
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aesthetic
1 use
They never let science crush the aesthetic and the beautiful.
aesthetic = tasteful (or sense of beauty)
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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cadence
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It began to crack down the middle, as with an earthquake, and as Stendahl watched the magnificent sight he heard Pikes reading behind him in a low, cadenced voice: ". . . my brain reeled as I saw the mighty walls rushing asunder—there was a long tumultuous shouting sound like the voice of a thousand waters—and the deep and dank tarn at my feet closed sullenly and silently over the fragments of the House of Usher."
cadenced = rhythmic (having a recurring sound pattern)
DefinitionGenerally cadence means:
rhythm or recurring pattern of sounds or movements
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cease
7 uses
It made a hollow bubbling sound that ceased after a moment.
ceased = stopped
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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decorum
1 use
None of it flung down, no, but deposited gently and with feeling, with decorum, upon the dusty edges of the road, as if a whole city had walked here with hands full, at which time a great bronze trumpet had sounded, the articles had been relinquished to the quiet dust, and one and all, the inhabitants of the earth had fled straight up into the blue heavens.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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deride
1 use
...and burst into a shout of derision.
derision = mockery at their inferiority
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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disconcerting
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Michael held off the tears, curious, but quite ready to continue in case Dad's further revelation was as disconcerting as the original.
disconcerting = disturbing or unsettling
DefinitionGenerally disconcerting means:
disrupt composure — such as to confuse or worry
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impassive
1 use
Mr. K's face was impassive.
impassive = having or revealing little emotion — especially under circumstances others would find exciting
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induce
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
induce symptoms
Olfactory hallucination, induced by sensual telepathy.
induced = caused
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to cause something to arise or happen
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inquire
6 uses
"And these Martians are a found people?" inquired the captain.
inquired = asked about or looked into

(editor's note:  By a found people, Spender is referring to a people whose science and religion enrich each other.)
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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insolent
1 use
"Why, that lousy, insolent son of a . . ."
insolent = rudely disrespectful
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luminous
2 uses
A soft evening light shone over them from the stars and the luminous double moons of Mars.
luminous = glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
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odious
1 use
The comparison was odious!
odious = extremely unpleasant, disgusting, or dislikable
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parched
1 use
Now the walls dissolved into distances of parched weed, mile on mile, and warm endless sky.
parched = dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight; or very thirsty
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propagate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
propagate the species
Life was the propagation of more life and the living of as good a life is possible.
propagation = reproduction
DefinitionGenerally this sense of propagate means:
to reproduce or copy
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resilient
1 use
art and literature were soon like a great twine of taffy strung about, being twisted in braids and tied in knots and thrown in all directions, until there was no more resiliency and no more savor to it.
resiliency = ability to withstand strain and/or quickly recover from it
DefinitionGenerally resilient means:
able to withstand strain and/or quickly recover from it — especially a person retaining a positive attitude or a material retaining its shape
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ruminate
1 use
Stendabi ruminated. Night after night he...
ruminated = to think again and again about something
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solemn
4 uses
From every house in the street came little solemn processions bearing long boxes ... walking to the churchyard, where there were new holes freshly dug and new tombstones installed.
solemn = very serious and dignified
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
very serious—and often dignified
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solicitous
1 use
"Suddenly you're so solicitous," she said.
solicitous = showing great care or concern for someone
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tremulous
1 use
There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pools singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white;

(from a poem by Sara Teasdale)
tremulous = quivering (shaky)

(editor's note:  The white petals of the plum tree quiver in the wind.)
DefinitionGenerally tremulous means:
quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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undulate
1 use
A silver ring fish floated by them, undulating, and closing like an iris, instantly, around food particles, to assimilate them.
undulating = moving with a smooth wave-like motion
DefinitionGenerally undulate means:
a smooth wave-like motion (physical or auditory)

or:

having a wavy or rippled form or surface
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