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Great Gatsby

Vocabulary List #2

initiative ability to act without being urged
notoriety state of being widely but unfavorably known or discussed
insidious more dangerous than seems evident
meretricious attractive in a flashy way
conceits witty or fanciful thoughts or expressions
ineffable too overwhelming to be expressed or described in words
ramifications arrangements
turgid pompous
contingencies possible occurrences
debauchee self
substantiality strong, solid, firm
antecedents one's ancestry, past life
lethargic abnormally dull
euphemisms uses of words or phrases that are less direct but considered less distasteful than the words or phrases they replace
menagerie collection of wild or strange animals kept in cages for exhibition
dilatory slow or late in doing things
elongating to extend the length of
postern private or side entrance
pompadour man's style of hairdressing
nebulous indistinct, vague
incarnation endowment with a human body
rooted dug or searched with the nose
boisterously noisily and exuberantly
disquieting disturbing; causing uneasiness
inviolate not broken or violated
portentous threatening
libertine unrestrained, immoral person
vicariously – in a way that is experienced or enjoyed through imaginary sharing in the experience of another
presumptuous arrogant
expostulation earnest expression of protest or opposition
truculent savage; fierce
luminosity quality of being bright or shiny
despicable to be scorned; contemptible
traversed passed across; crossed
humidor a container equipped with a device for keeping cigars or cigarettes moist
extravaganza elaborate production; spectacle
redolent fragrant; suggestive of
ravenously hungrily; greedily
corroborate confirm; support
garrulous talkative
fortuitously by chance; randomly
holocaust great destruction
adventitious accidental
surmise opinion based on little evidence; guess
addenda additions
pandered helped to satisfy dishonorable ambitions
commensurate equal; proportionate
orgiastic having to do with wild, unrestrained indulgence
caravansary in the Orient a kind of inn where caravans stop for the night
magnanimous generous in overlooking injury or insult
grail the cup or platter used by Jesus at the Last Supper
benediction a blessing
circumstantial incidental
pasquinade satire posted in a public place
ulster long, heavy overcoat
ejaculated to utter suddenly
bulbous shaped like a bulb
unutterably inexpressibly
inquisitions investigations
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