great gatsby vocab

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unobtrusively

in a way that attracts little or no attention

infinitesimal

very small

complacency

self-satisfaction; smugness

corroborate

to confirm

peremptory

dictatorial, imperious

contiguous

having a common boundary or edge

anemic

lacking vigor or energy

indeterminate

not precisely determined or established

rakish

jaunty; stylish; sporty; morally corrupt; dissolute; Ex. He wore his hat at a rakish and jaunty angle.

hauteur

overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors

harlequin

fancifully varied in color, decoration, etc

innuendo

a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference (often in a derogatory sense)

prodigality

extravagance

vehement

marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions

homogeneity

the quality of being of uniform throughout in composition or structure

staid

(adj.) serious and dignified; quiet or subdued in character or conduct

vacuous

devoid of significance or point

florid

excessively decorated or embellished

corpulent

excessively fat

echolalia

babble; the habit of repeating what other people say

inept

generally incompetent and ineffectual

din

the act of making a noisy disturbance

chasm

deep breach; wide gap or rift

subterfuge

a deceptive stratagem or device

punctilious

very careful and exact, attentive to fine points of etiquette or propriety

retributions

the act of correcting for your wrongdoing

incredulity

disbelief

somnambulatory

related to sleep walking

nebulous

cloudy or cloudlike; hazy, vague, indistinct

insidious

working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way

meretricious

based on pretense

conceit

a fancy; a whim; fanciful notion

reveries

(noun) daydream; state of being lost in one's thoughts

debauchee

a person given to excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures

menagerie

the facility where wild animals are housed for exhibition; a varied group of people

dilatory

inclined to waste time and lag behind

incarnation

a new personification of a familiar idea

caravansary

large inn or hotel

portentous

of momentous or ominous significance

vicariously

experiencing something by imagined participation in another's experience

rancor

bitter resentment or ill-will

magnanimous

noble and generous in spirit

expostulation

the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest

truculent

aggressively hostile

luminosity

n. The quality of giving or radiating light.

redolent

serving to bring to mind

garrulous

given to much talking, tediously chatty

pneumatic

relating to air; worked by compressed air

fortuitous

occurring by happy chance

amorphous

lacking definite form; no define shape

adventitious

(adj.) resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character; accidental, not essential; (medicine) acquired, not congenital

pasquinade

a satire or lampoon, esp. one posted in a public place

pander

to give or promise what is wanted in order to please someone

aesthetic

concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste

commensurate

proportionate

orgastic

at the height of emotional excitement

elude

escape, either physically or mentally

acute

sharper, severe in effect; sensitive to slight details

pungent

mentally stimulating or appealing; penetrating power to taste or smell

languid

relaxed; lacking in vigor or vitality

privy

participating in the knowledge of something private or secret

feign

to put on an appearance of; used as an excuse

supercilious

arrogant; scornful.

levity

lightness of mind, character, behavior

bouyed

to keep afloat or support

abortive

failing to succeed

fractiousness

readily angered

wistful

characterized by melancholy, longing or yearning

divan

sofa or couch usually without arms or a back

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