The Great Gatsby Chapter 1

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The Great Gatsby Vocabulary Support

privy (adj): sharing in the knowledge of (something secret or private) confidence (n): a secret or private matter
told to someone under a condition of trust
levity (n): lightness of mind, character, or behavior; lack of appropriate seriousness or earnestness
mar (v): to damage or spoil to a certain extent; render less perfect, attractive, useful, etc.
decencies (n): things required for a reasonable standard of life
elation (n): great happiness and euphoria
Teutonic (adj): German
supercilious (adj): behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others effeminate (adj): having or showing qualities that are considered more suited to women than to men; not manly
fractiousness (n): the tendency to be troublesome and quarrelsome
conscientious (adj): (of a person) wishing to do what is right
imperceptible (adj): impossible to perceive
contemptuous (adj): feeling or expressing deep hatred or disapproval
imperative (adj): crucial
unobtrusive (adj): not noticeable or conspicuous
infinitesimal (adj): indefinitely or exceedingly small; minute
extemporize (v): to speak without preparation; to improvise
devoid (adj): not possessing (something); lacking
coherence (n): overall sense or understandability
sedative (adj): tending to calm or soothe
rotogravure (adj): a photomechanical the printing process
peremptory (adj): leaving no opportunity for refusal or denial (assertive and demanding)