The Great Gatsby Vocabulary

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The Great Gatsby Vocabulary

The Great Gatsby Challenging Vocabulary

Modish Adjective DefinitionEx. The fashion designer was not impressed with her sense of style since he was looking for a non-conforming assistant. *note: typically used in a derogatory manner"As we crossed Blackwell's Island a limousine passed us, driven by a white chauffeur, in which sat three modish negroes, two bucks and a girl, I laughed aloud as the yolks of their eyeballs rolled toward us in haughty rivalry."Chapter 4, Page 273

Nebulous Adjective Definition Ex. The old man's nebulous memory of that night caused the jury to not take his testimony seriously in court. "He was now decently clothed in a "sport shirt", open at the neck, sneakers, and duck trousers of a nebulous hue.Chapter 5, Page 100

PasquinadeNounDefintionEx. The pasquinade posted against his political party in town hall did not amuse the mayor at all. "When Michelis's testimony at the inquest brought to light Wilson's suspicions of his wife I thought the whole tale would shortly be served up in racy pasquinade- but Catherine, who might have said anything, didn't say a word.Chapter 9, Page 171

Rancor Noun Defintion Ex. It was hard for her to not feel rancor towards the woman that sabotaged her interview. "Her voice was cold, but the rancor was gone from it."Chapter 7, Page 132

Imperative Adjective DefinitonEx. It was imperative that he studied so he could get a good grade on his test tomorrow. "Before I could reply that he was my neighbor dinner was anounced; wedging his tense arm imperatively under mine, Tom Buchanan compelled me from the room as though he were moving a checker to another square."Chapter 1, Page 52

Pompadour NounDefintion Ex. His pompadour gave him a unique look from his peers, since most of them had short and stocky haircuts." The pompadour! You never told me you had a pompadour- or a yacht."Chapter 5, Page 99

Menagerie Noun Definition Ex. There was a menagerie of diplomats at the international conference. "Well, he certainly must have strained himself to get this menagerie together."Chapter 6, Page 107

Superfluous Adjective Defintion Ex. I was considered to be a superfluous person when I got happy and hight spirited at a small tip. "The request seemed superfluous when I wrote it."Chapter 9, Page 173

Expostulation NounDefintion Ex. Megan's mom expostulated the evils of cell phones to her but gave up when she realized that Megan had her headphones in. "The circle closed up again with a running murmur of expostulation; it was a minute before I could see anything at all." Chapter 7, Page 138

TruculentAdjective Definiton Ex. Her truculent demeanor caused for her to get into many fights with her coworkers and peers."Only the Negro and I were near enough to hear what he said, but the policeman caught something in the tone and looked over with truculent eyes." Chapter 7, Page 140

Words in alphabetical order 1.Expostulation 2.Imperative3.Menagerie4.Modish5.Nebulous6.Pasquinade7.Pompadour8.Rancor9.Superfluous10.Truculent












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