The Great Gatsby Vocabulary Flashcards

Terms Definitions
Obscure
Vague
redolent
fragrant
deft
skillful
feigned
not genuine
truculent
cruel, savage
hauteur
snobbishness, haughtiness
juxtaposition
a side-by-side position
laudable
worthy of praise
strident
harsh sounding; shrill
prodigality
spending money extravagantly
vestige
n. sign/ evidence/ indication
permeate
disseminated through, pervade, fill
turgid
inflated in language; bombastic
libertine
one loose in morals
Convivial
adj: pleasant because of friendliness
denizen
an inhabitant or resident, citizen
portentous
Adj – significant OR pompous
Incoherent
without logical or meaningful connection; disjointed; rambling: an incoherent sentence.
Claret 
(n) a dry, red wine
conscientious
involving or taking great care; painstaking;diligent
Fortuitously
Happening or produced by chance; accidental
staid
very proper and conservative in behavior
contiguous
sharing an edge or boundary; touching
surmise
to infer from incomplete or uncertain evidence
wan
of an unnatural or sickly pallor; pallid; lacking color
Gatsby is disturbed by Daisy's former affairs
False
Transitory
lasting only a short time; brief; short-lived; temporary.
Contingency
(n) a chance, accident, or possibility conditional on something uncertain
din
n. a mixture of loud or discordant noises
Platonic
Adj – relating to Plato or his philosophy
flounce
to move in a lively or bouncy manner
When Myrtle sees Jordan with Tom, she believed that Jordan is
His wife
feign
to put on a show; pretend; to make up; invent
Insidious
treacherous
intermittent
periodic
Incredulous
skeptical
fervent
enthusiastic
superfluous
excessive
corpulent
fat
tonic
...
retracted
took back
resented
welcomed/rejoiced in
bulbous
curving outward
fractiousness
irritability, abrasiveness
pervading
spread throughout
expostulation
earnest protest, remonstrate
defunct
completely broken, dead
Laden
burdened; loaded down.
Oculist
n. eye doctor
abrupt
sudden and unexpected
deplore
to regret, lament
Jaunty
happy, carefree, and confident
probity
complete honesty and integrity
extemporizing
to perform without preparation
Pathetic
deserving or inciting pity
notoriety
widely and unfavorably known
meretricious
falsely attractive: superficially significant.
vinous
of or relating to wine
languid
lacking in spirit or interest/indifferent
Tantalizing
beautiful, attractive, or well-formed, appealing
Luxuriated
enjoying without concern; reveling, enjoy oneself in a luxurious way; take self-indulgent delight
enjoin
to direct with authority, command
amorphous
without a definite form, unorganized
Humidor
a container that humidifies tobacco
fortuitous
occurring by happy chance, lucky
caravansary
a group of people traveling together
Formidable
Exremely impressive in strenght or excellence
intimation
a slight suggestion or vague understanding
commensurate
corresponding in amount, magnitude, or degree, proprtionate
abortive
failing to produce the intended result
supercilious
having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
vacuous
[adjective] Having no content; lacking ideas or intelligence; lacking serious occupation; null.
corrugated
to shape into folds or ridges
Discordant
conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
privy
participating in the knowledge of something private or secret (usually fol. by to):
enigmatic
resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought;not clear to the understanding
regionalism
The Great Gatsby was about the northeast.
Incarnation
spirit in human form, beauty, similar to reincarnation
recalcitrant
stubbornly resistant to and defiant of authority or restraint
shiftless
lazy, lacking in ambition and energy; inefficient
cynically
like or characteristic of a cynic; distrusting or disparaging the motives of others.
What happens between Nick and Jordan at the end of the chapter?
They kiss.
deflower
(v) to deprive a woman of virginity, to ravish, to violate; to despoil of freshness,
beauty, or sanctity
George Wilson
Owner of a gas station. Myrtle's Husband
peccadillo
noun- a very minor or slight sin or offense
Elicit
v; to draw or bring out or forth; educe; evoke
Malevolent (adj) (p. 52)
1) showing ill will; malicious 2) evil; harmful; injurious
Why did Gatsby drop out of college?
He was humiliated by having to work as a janitor to pay his tuition.
Garrulous
talkative
chauffeur
driver
vehemently
forcefully
implored
...
scrutiny
close observation
erroneous
wrong. incorrect
sumptuous
lavish, luxurious
ecstatic
blissful; enraptured.
fluctuate
be unstable
homogeneity
same; similar
Innumerable
cannot be counted
dilatry
tending to delay
Anachronism
error in chronology
supercilous
snobbish, vain, superior
fractious
refractory or unruly:
Sport Jordan Baker plays
golf
Florid
flowery; excessively ornate; showy
infinitesimal
infinitely or immeasurably small
somnambulatory
related to sleep walking
Inept
Showing no skill; clumsy.
Colors silver and gold
wealth
tumultuous
characterized by noise and disorder
vicinity
the nearby or surrounding area
cahoots
partnership; got each others backs
bizarre
out of the ordinary, odd
grail
the goal of a quest
Suppress
-to do away with; abolish; stop.
blind
not based on reason or evidence
innuendo
a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference (often in a derogatory sense)
profusion
the property of being extremely abundant
nebulous
misty cloudy or hazy; having indefinite form or limits ; vague
Corroborate
To support with evidence or authority
Profundity
Great depth of thought or insight.
Jovially (adv)
in a good-humored or merry way
Dan Cody
Who changed Gatsby's life forever, inspiring him to become rich and powerful?
deferred
to yield respectfully in judgment or opinion to another
Exempt
to free from an obligation or liability to which others are subject; release:
New York
the state the story takes place
punctilious
very careful and exact, attentive to fine points of etiquette or propriety
Prig
one who offends or irritates by observance of proprieties in a pointed manner or to an obnoxious degree
labyrinthine
like a maze, very convoluted and intricate
racy (59/163)
adjective (of speech, writing, or behavior) lively, entertaining, and typically mildly titillating sexually
jovial
endowed with or characterized by a hearty, joyous humor or a spirit of good-fellowship:
complacency
the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
Who's eyes are represented on the billboard in the valley of ashes?
T.J Eckelburg
obstetrical
of or relating to the profession of obstetrics or the care of women during and after pregnancy
Mar
to detract from the perfection of the whole
Evidently it surprised her as much as it did me, for she yawned and with a series of rapid, _______ movements stood up into the room.
Deft
pasquinade
a satire or lampoon, esp. one posted in a public place.
settee
a seat for two or more persons, having a back and usually arms, and often upholstered
divot
n. a piece of turf gouged out with a club in making a stroke
gayety
merriment
credulity
gullibility
dilatory
delay
antecedents
...
benediction
a blessing
Scott Fitzgerald
Author?
tangible
touchable, palpable
anon
soon, shortly
provincial
lacking sophistication, narrow-minded
Indefinite
adj. Unclear; vague
credulous
believing too readily
Notorious
widely and unfavorably known
obstinate
inflexible; stubborn; not yielding
disintergrate
to decay, decompose, break up
Louisville
Where did Daisy meet Gatsby?
apathetic
not interested or concerned; indifferent or unresponsive
indignant
angry at something unworthy, unjust, unfair, or mean
olfactory
referring to the sense of smell
impetuous
hotheaded: characterized by haste and lack of thought
affront
(noun) - an open or intentional offense, slight, or insult
contemptuously
adv- showing or feeling disapproval or disdain toward something a person considers mean, vile, or worthless; scornful
inexplicable
difficult or impossible to explain or account for
Pervading (pervade) (verb)
to be present throughout; permeate
interpose
(v) step into parties at various (disagree)
vestibule
a small antechamber leading into a building or another room; an enclosed passage
supercilious (adj)
feeling or showing haughty disdain; proud
abstracted
showing a lack of concentration on what is happening around one.
vitality
the property of being able to survive and grow
facet
a distinct feature or element in a problem
aesthetic
adj. - having a sense of the beautiful; characterized by a love of beauty
hydroplane
n.an airplane that can land on or take off from water
"I had gone to 2 of his parties, mounted in his hydroplane"(64).
James Bond jumped out of his hydroplane and into the emerald waters of the Atlantic.
distort
to twist out of a proper or natural relation of parts; misshape
Serfs
a slave bound to the land and owned by a lord
speculation
wondering
adventitious
accidental
caterwauling
shrill
Molars
Your teeth
rancor
ill will
Epigram
A witty saying
strata
a social class
ceaselessly
never stopping; endless
Aestnetic
pleasing in appearance
despairing
hopeless, despondent, discouraged
scrutinized
v. looked at carefully
Ambiguously
doubtfully; uncertainly, unclear; having double meaning
clamor
loud noise or shouting
echolalia
the uncontrollable and immediate repetition of words spoken by another person
supercillious
full of contempt or arrogance
Rotogravure (n.)
an early photo technique
languidly
lacking in spirit or interest
disconcerting
verb, causing an emotional disturbance
Tumult
(n) uproar; disorder; highly distressing agitation of mind or feeling
unfathomable
impossible to come to understand
ramifications
a structured form of branches
oblivious
lacking memory or mindful attention; unaware
Lethargic
Affected by lethargy; sluggish and apathetic
Sinister
threatening;evil or dishonest in a mysterious or suspenseful way
Vehement
marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions
infinite
limitless or endless in space, extent or size; impossible to measure or calculate
debauchery
1. a. Extreme indulgence in sensual pleasures; dissipation. b. Orgies. 2. Archaic Seduction from morality, allegiance, or duty
Chester McKee
pale, feminine, shaved before the party, photographer
Daisy
Who drives the car that kills Myrtle?
Reciprocal
something (a term or expression or concept) that has a reciprocal relation to something else, of or relating to the multiplicative inverse of a quantity or function
Rotogravure
using photography to produce a plate for printing
lurched
swaying abruptly; sudden tip to one side
septic (adj)
1. Putrefied. 2. Causing putrefaction (to cause rotting)
Succulent
(adjective) containing a lot of juice and tasting good
saunter
to walk with a leisurely gait; stroll:
Myrtle
"I married him because I thought he was a gentleman."
debauchee
n. a person who indulges in sensual pleasures
inquest
an inquiry into the cause of an unexpected death
"divine retribution"
punishment from a higher being for bad deeds
"'I never loved you.' After she had obliterated three years with that sentence they could decide upon the more practical measures to be taken."
said by Daisy Buchanan
peremptorily
imperiously
contiguos
ADJACENT
ascertain
determine
Haughty
Arrogant, condescending
irreverent
not respectful
pervaded
permeated, saturated
Desolate
devastate or ravage
imperatively
expressing a command
incessant
constant; without stopping
omnibus
vehicle carrying many passengers
morbid
gruesome; grisly; gloomy; sensitive
extemporize
perform without prior preparation
Divan
A long backless sofa.
malevolence
ill will, malice, hatred
racy
highly distinctive, original, pungent, zesty; common connotation: risqué or suggestive
Sporadic
adjective
appearing or happening at irregular intervals in time; occasional.
isolated, as a single instance of something; being or occurring apart from others.
abyss
bottomless depth; immeasurably great space
protege
a person under the patronage, protection or care of someone interested in his or her career or welfare
deferred (verb) -
to put off; postpone
successful
Zelda married Fitzgerald because he became ___.
labyrinth
a complicated network of winding passages
ambiguous
capable of more than one interpretation, unclear
complacent
often without awareness of some potential danger or defect; self-satisfied
marshes
wetlands without trees; in North America, this type of land is characterized by cattails and rushes
discreetly
acting with prudence or modesty or wise selfrestraint
Libel
a false publication, as in writing, print, signs, or pictures, that damages a person's reputation
cynical
believing the worst of human nature and motives
vicariously
felt or undergone as if one were taking part in the experience or feelings of another:
peremptory
adj. putting an end to all debate or action; not allowing refusal or contradiction.
bantering
teasing or making fun of in a playful, good-natured way
As his dream of Daisy disintergrates what is revealed?
The corruption that wealth causes
insolent
overbearing
rakish
dashing
shorn
removed
wafer
very thin
apathy
lacking feeling
affectation
artificial behavior
contemptuous
feeling contempt, scornful
ineptly/inept
lacking skill; awkward; clumsy
traversed
moved over, across, or through
Hulking
(adj) heavy and clumsy; bulky.
conceivable
possible to conceive or imagine
Obtrusive
forward; undesirably prominent; thrust out
forlorn
desolate or dreary; unhappy or miserable, as in feeling, condition, or appearance
spectroscopic
an instrument for forming and examining spectra especially in the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum
unobtrusive
not undesirably noticeable or blatant; inconspicuous
Wolfsheim's cuff links
wealth; money is repulsive
effeminate
marked with qualities more typical of women than men
Tantalize
To tease, tempt, or torment.
1. She was tantalized by the possibilty of earning a lot of money quickly.
ectoplasm
The thin, watery cytoplasm near the plasma membrane of some cells
Who accuses Tom of being rude to Daisy?
Nick
"put to rout"
to get rid of, not acknowledge
facade
the front part, usually the front of a building
Euphemism (noun)
The act or example of substituting a mild, indirect, or vague term for a harsh, blunt, or offensive one
POSTERN
a small gate in the rear of a fort or castle
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