57 terms

Great Gatsby H. M. King

These are the vocabulary words for the Summer Session I version of The Great Gatsby
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persistent
never-ceasing
rapture
a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
hauty
proud and vain to the point of arrogance
languid
lacking spirit or liveliness
ambiguous
having more than one possible meaning
clad
wearing or provided with clothing
fortnight
a period of fourteen consecutive days
melancholy
a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
corpulent
excessively fat
indifferent
showing no care or concern in attitude or action
tantalize
to tease, torment by teasing
tumultuous
noisy and disorderly
caterwaul
to howl or screech like a cat
loiter
to linger in an aimless way, hang around, dawdle, tarry
poignant
deeply affecting, touching; keen or sharp in taste or smell
tactful
showing skill and sensitivity in dealing with people
awe
an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration
Precede
To come, exist, or occur before a certain time
Scorn
Contempt or disdain felt towards a person or object considered despicable or unworthy
Deft
Quick and skillful, adept
Hardy
Being in robust and sturdy good health
Smirk
An affected, almost offensively self-satisfied manner
Intimation
To make known subtly or indirectly, to announce, proclaim
Pessimist
Tendency to stress the negative or take the gloomiest point of view
Prominent
Projecting outward or upward from a line or a surface, predominant
Compel
To force, drive, or constrain
Epigram
A short, witty poem expressing a thought or observation
Reproach
To express disapproval of, criticism of, or disapproval in someone
Shrill
High pitched and piercing in tone or sound
Libel
A false publication in writing, print, signs, or in pictures that damages a person's reputation
Banter
To speak in a playful or teasing way
Gruff
Brusque or stern in manner or appearance
Feign
To give a false appearance of
Defiant
A person/object that acts as a resistor to an opposing force or authority, boldly resisting
Perpetual
Lasting for an eternity
Sinister
Suggesting or threatening evil
Levity
Lightness of manner or speech, especially when inappropriate, frivolity
subtle
faint and difficult to analyze
fluctuate
to rise and fall; to vary irregularly
melodious
having a musical sound
sporadic
occurring irregularly
punctilious
very careful and exact, attentive to fine points of etiquette or propriety
proprietor
An owner of a store or other business
facade
the face or front of a building
aspire
have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
denizen
a person who inhabits a particular place
rove
move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
gratify
to please
succulent
full of juice
brood
think moodily or anxiously about something
somnabulatory
- V. to walk or perform another act while asleep or in a sleep like condition
lapse
a mistake resulting from inattention
earnest
Serious and sincere
obscure
make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
anteroom
a large entrance or reception room or area
loaf
be lazy or idle
incredulous
not believing