Great Gatsby Vocabulary

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wan

(adj.) sickly pale; feeble or weak (due to emotion)

fractious

(adj.) hard to manage; unruly; rebellious; peevish; irritable; cross

supercilious

(adj.) disdainful or contemptuous; haughty

proximity

(n.) nearness

epigram

(n.) a terse, witty, or pointed statement

fervent

(adj.) showing great warmth of feeling; intensely devoted or earnest

anaemic

(n.) pale and sickly looking (due to an illness)

levity

(n.) lightness of mind; not serious

pastoral

(adj.) of or relating to farm life

conscientious

(adj.) characterized by extreme care and great effort

oblique

(n.) indirectly stated or expressed; not straightforward

condemnation

(n.) the state of being condemned, disapproved of, or convicted

objective

(n.) purpose; goal; target; (adj.) free of any bias or prejudice

assiduous

(adj.) constant; working diligently at a task

lassitude

(n.) lack of energy

mote

(n.) a small particle or speck, esp. of dust

blithe

(adj.) joyous, merry, or gay disposition; glad; cheerful; without regard or thought; carefree; heedless

robust

(adj.) strong and healthy

evasive

(adj.) to evade or avoid

subjective

(adj.) placing excessive emphasis on one's own moods, attitudes, opinions, etc.

contemptuously

(adj.) full of contempt; scornful

effeminate

(adj.) having qualities attributed to women, as weakness, delicacy, etc. to describe a man; unmanly

intimation

(n.) a hint

extemporize

(v.) to speak, perform, etc. etempore; improvise

apathetic

(adj.) having lack of emotion, interest; indifference; listlessness

ambiguous

(adj.) having two or more meanings; not clear, vague

deft

(adj.) skillful; dexterous

anathema

(n.) a thing or person greatly detested

gubernatorial

(adj.) of or relating to government matter

hauter

(n.) arrogance, high-toned

permeate

(v.) to spread throughout

innuendo

(n.) an indirect intimation about a person or thing

obligingly

(ad.) willing or eager to do favors, offer one's services

staid

(adj.) old-fashioned

provocation

(n.) something that instigates, angers, or irritates

metropolitan

(adj.) of or pertaining to a large city, its surrounding suburbs, and other neighboring communities

asunder

(adv.) into separate parts

tumultuous

(adj.) disturbance or uproar; commotion

subterfuge

(n.) a deceptive stratagem or device

poignant

(adj.) affecting or moving emotions

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