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THE GREAT GATSBYVOCABULARY [You will only be tested over the boxed-in words; the other words have been compiled for your convenience. Always keep this list near you when reading!!] Chapter 1Chapter 1Chapter 1Chapter 1 1) reserved(p. 1/5): adj. - formal or self-restrained in manner and relationship; avoiding familiarity or intimacy with others: a quiet, reserved man. 2) privy(p. 1/5): adj. - participating in the knowledge of something private or secret (usually fol. by to): Many persons were privy to the plot. 3) feign(p. 1/5): verb– to make believe; pretend 4) levity(p. 1/5): noun- a manner lacking seriousness 5) mar(p. 2/6): verb– to damage, ruin, deface 6) abortive (p. 2/7): adj. - partially or imperfectly developed; vain 7) elation(p. 2/7): noun- a feeling or state of great joy or pride; exultant gladness; high spirits 8) confer(p. 4/8): verb– 1. to bestow upon as a gift, favor, honor; 2. to consult together 9) acute(p. 6/10): adj. – sharp; intense 10) savor(p. 6/10): verb– to taste or smell 11. reproach(p. 6/10): noun– an object of scorn or contempt 12) wistfully/wistful(p. 6/10): adv/adj– full of wishful yearning or longing, often with sadness 13) supercilious(p. 7/11): adj. – having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy; cocky 14) effeminate(p. 7/11): adj. – having traits, tastes or habits traditionally considered feminine 15) pungent(p. 7/12): adj. – sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell 16) buoy(p. 8/12): verb– to float or rise by reason of lightness 17) divan(p. 8/13): noun– sofa or couch, usually without arms or a back 18) compulsion (p. 9/14): noun– a strong, usually irresistible impulse to perform an act, esp. one that is irrational or contrary to one's will 19) deft(p. 10/15): adj. – quick and skillful 20) retort(p. 10/15): verb– to reply to, usually in a sharp or retaliatory way 21) incredulously/incredulous(p. 10/15): adv/adj– skeptical; disbelieving 22) reciprocal (p. 11/15): adj. – given or felt by each toward the other; mutual 23) contemptuously/contemptuous(p. 11/15): adv/adj– showing or feeling disapproval or disdain toward something a person considers mean, vile, or worthless; scornful 24) languidly/languid(p. 11/16): adv./adj. – lacking energy or vitality; weak 25) unobtrusively/unobtrusive(p. 12/16): adv./adj. – Not undesirably noticeable or obvious 26) claret(p. 12/17): noun– the red table wine produced in the Bordeaux region of France 27) fervent(p. 13/18): adj. – having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm
28) infinitesimal(p. 13/18): adj. – immeasurably small; less than an assignable quantity 29) vigil(p. 16/20): noun- a devotional watching, or keeping awake, during the customary hours of sleep 30) settee(p. 16/21): noun– a seat for two or more persons, having a back and arms 31) cynical(p. 16/21): adj. – distrusting, criticizing, or mocking the motives of others; pessimistic; glass is half empty mentality 32) rotogravure (p. 18/23): noun– a print made by a photomechanical process using a copper cylinder 33) corroborate(p. 19/24): verb– to make more certain; confirm 34) libel(p. 19/24): noun

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