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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