Fahrenheit 451 Vocabulary Group – F 451◦ stolid • Unemotional • The stolid soldiers stood motionless as the caravan passed. phoenix • A legendary bird burned to death, rose youthfully alive from it own ashes • Like a phoenix, the flowers returned after the winter cold. melancholy • Sad, depressed • The melancholy woman stood motionless, her eyes turned toward the ground. conjure • To create or bring about as if by magic. • Somehow she was able to conjure a delicious dinner with only a few canned goods and some herbs. odious • Causing or deserving hatred • He had the odious task of cleaning the horse stalls. ravenous • Extremely hungry • The students were ravenous after the four hour exams. feigning • To give false impression, pretend • She’s feigning, she’s not sick at all. nomadic • A group of people moving from place to place, wandering, without a fixed home • The nomadic farmers traveled from farm to farm to plant the seeds in the fields. dictum • A statement made with authority, pronouncement • The judge’s dictum denied a retrial. exploitation • To take an unfair advantage • To get value or use • The basketball team’s height dominance was an exploitation of the much smaller team. quibble • To talk about unimportant things rather than the subject at hand • Stop quibbling about who was there and tell what happened. Fahrenheit 451 Vocabulary Part II Group – F 451◦ subside • To become less intense • The flulike symptoms began to subside after a few days of rest. sieve • A utensil used to separate liquids from solids or larger objects from smaller • Similar to a strainer • Use the sieve to remove the lumps from the flour. gibbering • Meaningless speaking • No one could understand the baby’s gibbering. submission • Yielding to superior force • As a sign of submission, the country removed their flag and raised the flag of their conquerors. intuitively • Insightful; knowingly • The children intuitively knew to go inside when it started to rain. insidious • Enticing but harmful • Subtle with harmful effects • The investigators uncovered an insidious scheme to rob people of their savings. manifested • To appear to the senses • To show itself • The teacher manifested his approval by nodding his head. tyranny • Government under single ruler • The dictator governed with tyranny and therefore was not restricted by a constitution or laws. Aesthetic • Having a pleasing appearance • The pictures were arranged for aesthetic purposes. convolutions • A complication in form, design, structure • She never finished reading the book because of the endless convolutions in the plot.