The Great Gatsby Vocabulary chapter 1

Inclined “I’m inclined to reserve all judgements”;(feel willing or favorably disposed toward)
Levity “frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon.”(humor or frivolity, especially the treatment of a serious matter with humor or in a manner lacking due respect)
Prominent “My family have been prominent, well-to-do people in this middle-western city for three generations”(important; famous)
Conviction “I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer”(a firmly held belief or opinion)
Epigram “This isn’t just an epigram–life is much more successful looked at from a single window, after all”(brief, clever, and memorable statement)
Domesticated “jut into the most domesticated body of salt water in the Western Hemisphere”((of an animal) tame and kept as a pet or on a farm)
Elaborate “Their house was even more elaborate than I expected”(involving many carefully arranged parts or details; detailed and complicated in design and planning.)
Arrogant “Two shinning, arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face”(having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities)
Paternal “There was a touch of paternal contempt in it, even toward people he liked”(of or appropriate to a father)
Pungent “a half acre of deep pungent roses”(having a sharply strong taste or smell)
Surname “She hinted in a murmur that the surname of the balancing girl was Baker”(last name}
Deft “for she yawned and with a series of rapid,deft movements stood up into the room”(neatly skillful and quick in one’s movements)
Accentuated “small-breasted girl with an erect carriage which she accentuated by throwing her body backward at the shoulders like a young cadet”(make more noticeable or prominent)
Imperatively “wedging his tense arm imperatively under mine Tom Buchanan compelled me from the room”(giving an authoritative command; peremptory)
Specimen “a great big hulking physical specimen”(used to refer humorously to a person or animal)
Inconsequence “sometimes she and Miss Baker talked at once, unobtrusively and with a bantering inconsequence that was never quite chatter”(illogical)
Infinitesimal “after an infinitesimal hesitation he included Daisy with a slight nod”(extremely small)
Complacency “There was something pathetic in his concentration as if his complacency, more acute than of old, was nor enough to him any more” (a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements)
Devoid “Miss Baker and I exchanged a short glance consciously devoid of meaning”(entirely lacking or free from)
Subdued “A subdued impassioned murmur was audible in the room beyond”((of a person or their manner) quiet and rather reflective or depressed)
Coherence “The murmur trembled on the verge of coherence, sank down, mounted excitedly and then ceased altogether”(the quality of being logical and consistent.)
Skepticism “I doubt if even Miss Baker who seemed to have mastered a certain hardy skepticism was able utterly to put his fifth guest’s shrill metallic urgency out of mind”(a skeptical attitude; doubt as to the truth of something)
Temperament “To a certain temperament the situation might have seem intriguing”(usual mood)
Vigil “Tom and Miss Baker with several feet of twilight between them strolled back into the library, as if to a vigil beside a perfectly tangible body”(A purposeful surveillance to guard or observe)
Sedative “so I asked what I thought would be some sedative questions about her little girl”(tending to soothe or tranquilize)
Scorn “her eyes flashed around her in a defiant way, rather like Tom’s, and she laughed with thrilling scorn”(the feeling or belief that someone or something is worthless or despicable; contempt)
Compel “the instant her voice broke off, ceasing to compel my attention, my belief, I felt the basic insincerity of what she had said”(force or oblige (someone) to do something)
Contemptuous “I knew now why her face was familiar–its pleasing contemptuous expression had looked out at me from many rotogravure pictures of the sporting life”(showing contempt; scornful)
Peremptorily “As I started my motor Daisy peremptorily called “Wait!””((especially of a person’s manner or actions) insisting on immediate attention or obedience, especially in a brusquely imperious way)
Egotism “Something was making him nobble at the edge of stale ideas as if his sturdy physical egotism no longer nourished his peremptory heart”(the practice of talking and thinking about oneself excessively because of an undue sense of self-importance)
Contemp the feeling that a person or a thing is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn

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