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The Great Gatsby Vocabulary Flashcards

The Great Gatsby Vocabulary Flashcards
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Irreverent
Disrespectful and failing to show appropriate seriousness
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Serf
A peasant who was required to work the land for feudal lords in medieval Europe
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Rajah
An Indian king or noble
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Knickerbocker
Old-fashioned slang term for residents of New York
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Denizen
A resident or occupant of a particular place
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Ingratiate
To flatter or deliberately please another person in order to get in their good graces. Sometimes, ingratiating behavior is so over-the-top as to be humiliating or annoying.
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Somnabulatory
Someone that walks during their sleep, or related to sleepwalking
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Vacuous
Mindless, empty, idle, and lacking ideas or intelligence
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Innuendo
A veiled comment or reference. A comment that suggests or alludes to something unflattering.
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Languid
Listless, sluggish, and lacking spirit
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Supercilious
Superior and arrogant, haughty and disdainful
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Flashcard Content Overview

This flashcard set reviews the sophisticated language of F. Scott Fitzgerald's celebrated novel, The Great Gatsby. Learn vocabulary words related to attitudes (like 'supercilious' and 'irreverent') and personality traits ('vacuous' and 'garrulous'). The set also covers terms related to the complex emotions and troubled relationships between people. Reviewing these flashcards can help you both to broaden your own vocabulary and to better understand Fitzgerald's most famous novel.

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Supercilious
Superior and arrogant, haughty and disdainful
Languid
Listless, sluggish, and lacking spirit
Innuendo
A veiled comment or reference. A comment that suggests or alludes to something unflattering.
Vacuous
Mindless, empty, idle, and lacking ideas or intelligence
Somnabulatory
Someone that walks during their sleep, or related to sleepwalking
Ingratiate
To flatter or deliberately please another person in order to get in their good graces. Sometimes, ingratiating behavior is so over-the-top as to be humiliating or annoying.
Denizen
A resident or occupant of a particular place
Knickerbocker
Old-fashioned slang term for residents of New York
Rajah
An Indian king or noble
Serf
A peasant who was required to work the land for feudal lords in medieval Europe
Irreverent
Disrespectful and failing to show appropriate seriousness
Nebulous
Like a cloud: hazy, unclear, and lacking clear form or edges
Insidious
Something that causes harm in a sneaky or unnoticed way. Deceitful and intended to entrap someone.
Dilatory
Slow to act, unhurried, or stalling. Creating delay and procrastination.
Portentous

1. Something related to a 'portent' or omen, something bad that is about to happen

2. Relating to something grave or self-consciously solemn

Rancor
Angry, bitter, and deeply resentful feelings
Settee
A small sofa or loveseat
Garrulous
Prone to chatter and excessive talking, especially about petty things
Pasquinade
A public lampoon or satire
Impenetrable

1. Unable to be punctured

2. Too complicated or confusing to be understood

Transcendent

1. Surpassing ordinary limits

2. Beyond comprehension

Eludes
Avoids, escapes notice, or defies understanding

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