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The Great Gatsby Vocab 2

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riotous
adj. - disorderly, uncontrolled, boisterous, loud, reckless
affected
adj./n. - false, artificial, phony, insincere, trying to impress
sinister
adj. - threatening; evil or dishonest in a mysterious or sneaky way
colossal
adj. - huge
wistful
adj. - longing or yearning for something one doesn't have
supercilious
adj. - characterized by pride, scorn, or feelings of superiority
fractious
adj. - irritable, unruly, ill-tempered, rebellious
contemptuous
adj. - scornful, disdainful, the quality of despising something inferior
imperative
adj. - absolutely necessary, commanding attention
languid
adj. - drooping, lacking vigor or energy
banter
n. or v. - light, frivolous back-and-forth discussion or teasing
complacent
adj. - self-satisfied, smug, content with how things are
audible
adj. - able to be heard (i.e., loud enough to be heard)
peremptory
adj. - sharp and commanding, intolerant, decisive
decadent
in a state of decay or decline, often because of excessive, overindulgent behavior
anemic
adj. - lacking energy or spirit, sickly, bloodless
discreet
adj. - showing careful judgment in speech or action
defer to
v. - to yield respectfully to the thoughts or opinions of others
haughty
adj. - excessively proud, disdainful or contemptuous of others
attire
v. or n. - to clothe / clothing
innuendo
n. - indirect suggestion or hint, usually unflattering
convivial
adj. - sociable, merry, jovial, fond of parties
incredulous
adj. / n. - disbelieving / stunned disbelief
gaudy
adj. - tastelessly bright, ornate or showy
harrowing
adj. - distressing, chilling, frightening
meretricious
adj. - attractive but in a vulgar or deceitful way; superficially appealing but corrupt under the surface; a prostitute can be _________—glitzy but vulgar underneath
contingency
n. - an event or occurrence that is possible in certain conditions; something that happens by accident or chance
inviolate
adj. / n.- unharmed, unbroken, untouched
incessant
adj. - without pause or interruption