Great Gatsby Vocab

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levity
n. lightness, lack of weight, funniness, bouyancy
plagiaristic
adj. plagiarism
n. derivative, secondary, borrowed

ANT: original
epigram
n. short poem or statement expressing a pointed observation, motto, saying, moral
extemporize
v. to perform with little or no practice; improvise

ANT: plan, rehearse
peremptory
adj. imperative, urgent, dictatorial

ANT: unassertive, polite, democratic
contiguous
adj. adjacent, sharing a boundary, touching

ANT: apart, distant, remote
innuendo
n. a hint, usually derogatory, insinuation

ANT: admiration, approval, flattery, praise
homogeneity
n. sate of being similar or like in nature, uniform
meretricious
adj. attracting attention in a vulgar manner;deceitfully alluring, gaudy

ANT: subtle, unobtrusive, tasteful
ineffable
adj. indescribable, inexpressible, unspeakable

ANT: believable, explainable
truculent
adj. savage and cruel. fierce, defiant, belligerent

ANT: civilized, cultured, humane, kind, refined
redolent
adj. pleasantly odorous; aromatic, fragrant, odoriferous

ANT: stinky
amorphous
adj. shapeless, vague, baggy, nebulous

ANT: specific, defined
pander
v. to act as a go between, to pimp, to cater to the lowest tastes and desires.
turgid
adj. bombastic, declamatory, large, tumid, bloated in style, swollen, distended.

ANT: humble, reserved.
dilatory
adj. laggard, slow
vacuous
adj. mindless, empty hollow, airheaded,

ANT: wise, meaningful, alert
inviolate
adj. chaste, sacred

ANT: profaned, immoral
portentous
adj. prodigious, fateful, foreboding, of ominous significance, pompous.

ANT: insignificant, calming, trivial
vicariously
adv. indirectly, through a substitute, empathetically

ANT: directly, primarily
garrulous
adj. chatty, gabby, loquacious
swank
n. chic, trendy, fashionable
languid
adj. dreamy, lethargic, apathetic

ANT: active, energetic, passionate, interested
corpulent
adj. obese, weighty, plump
somnambulatory
adj. walking in sleep

ANT: cadaverous, out cold, awake