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The Great Gatsby Vocab

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abortive
(adj) failing to accomplish an intended result; unsuccessful
adventitious
(adj) accidental; happening by chance
amorphous
(adj) without a clearly defined shape or form; vague; ill-organized; unclassifiable
bleary
(adj) unfocused or filmy from sleep or tiredness
commensurate
(adj) corresponding in size or degree
conceit
(n) excessive pride in oneself; a fanciful expression in writing or speech; an elaborate metaphor
countenance
(n) a person's face or facial expression; support. (v) admit as acceptable or possible
dilatory
(adj) slow to act; intended to cause delay
extemporize
(v) compose, perform, or produce something such as music or a speech without preparation; improvise
fractious
(adj) easily irritated; bad-tempered; difficult to control
garrulous
(adj) excessively talkative; full of trivial conversation
grail
(n) a thing that is being earnestly pursued or sought after
harrowed
(adj/v) disturbed, distressed
hauteur
(n) haughtiness of manner; disdainful pride.
impetuous
(adj) acting or done quickly and without thought or care
incredulity
(n) the state of being unwilling or unable to believe something
olfactory
(adj) of or relating to the sense of smell
pander
(n) a pimp; (v) gratify or indulge
pasquinade
(n) a satire or lampoon, originally one displayed or delivered publicly in a public place
premptory
(adj) insisting on immediate attention or obedience
probity
(n) the quality of having strong moral principles; honesty and decency
provincial
(adj) unsophisticated or narrow-minded
punctilious
(adj) showing great attention to detail or correct behavior
redolent
(adj) strongly reminiscent or suggestive of; fragrant
settee
(n) a small sofa
surmise
(v/n) suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm it
tortuous
(adj) full of twists and turns; lengthy and complex
vacuous
(adj) having or showing a lack of thought or intelligence; mindless
vestibule
(n) an antechamber, hall, or lobby
vestige
(n) a trace of something that is disappearing or no longer exists
wistfulness
(adj) having or showing a feeling of vague or regretful longing