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The Great Gatsby. Vocabulary. Week 1. Chapter 1. Privy. Adjective (usually followed by ‘to’) participating in the knowledge of something secret - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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The Great Gatsby

The Great GatsbyVocabularyWeek 1Chapter 1PrivyAdjective(usually followed by to) participating in the knowledge of something secretit came about that in college I was unjustly accused of being a politician, because I was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men (1).

SuperciliousAdjectiveBehaving or looking as if superior to othersNow he was a sturdy straw-haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner (7).

Week 2Chapters 2-4VitalityNounLiveliness; energy (physical/mental); spirit; vigorbut there was an immediately perceptible vitality about her as if the nerves of her body were continually smoldering (25).

HaughtyAdjectiveArrogant, snobbishThrowing a regal homecoming glance around the neighborhood, Mrs. Wilson gathered up her dog and her other purchases, and went haughtily in (28).

StridentAdjectiveLoud, harsh, grating, or shrilleach time I tried to go I became entangled in some wild, strident argument which pulled me back, as if with ropes, into my chair (35).

VehementAdjectiveStrongly passionate or filled with emotion, often with angerAs soon as I arrived I made an attempt to find my host, but the two or three people of whom I asked his whereabouts stared at me in such an amazed way, and denied so vehemently any knowledge of his movements (42).

SubterfugeNounA plan that hides the true purpose; deceptive schemeI suppose she had begun dealing in subterfuges when she was very young in order to keep that cool, insolent smile turned to the world and yet satisfy the demands of her hard, jaunty body (58).

Part 3Chapters 5-6ScrutinizeVerbTo examine details with careful attentionI took him into the pantry, where he looked a little reproachfully at the Finn. Together we scrutinized the twelve lemon cakes from the delicatessen shop (84).

NebulousAdjectiveHazy, vague, indistinct

Klipspringer is described as wearing trousers of a nebulous hue on page 94.


This was his [a reporter asking about Gatsby] day off and with laudable initiative he had hurried out to see (97).

Ineffable AdjectiveIncapable of being expressed in words

A universe of ineffable gaudiness spun itself out in his brain while the clock ticked on the washstand and the moon soaked with wet light his tangled clothes upon the floor (99). Double Rainbow!RobustAdjectiveStrong and healthy

The transactions in Montana copper that had made him [Dan Cody] many times a millionaire found him physically robust on the verge of soft-mindedness (99).