novels vocab #1

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15 Cards. Created by Paul ().
 
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arsonist

a criminal who illegally sets fire to property

asylum

a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person

cacophony

loud confusing disagreeable sounds

devour

eat greedily or ravenously; seize upon and destroy

distill

remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation

flourish

to develop in an extremely successful way

gush

to flow forth suddenly in great volume (esp. tears or praise)

hearth

the floor of a fireplace; the fireside as a symbol of the home and family

luxuriously

self-indulgently; done in richest and finest manner.

odious

unequivocally detestable

pantomime

a performance using gestures and body movements without words

proclivity

inclination; natural tendency (esp. towards something bad)

rationalize

defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

sieve

distinguish and separate out

suffuse

to fill up from within; to spread throughout