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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Chapters 1-2 Vocabulary Words. This isn’t just an epigram – life is much more successfully looked at from a single window, after all. Noun A short, witty poem expressing a single thought. Epigram.

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the great gatsby by f scott fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Chapters 1-2

Vocabulary Words

epigram

This isn’t just an epigram – life is much more successfully looked at from a single window, after all.

  • Noun
  • A short, witty poem

expressing a single thought.

Epigram
supercilious

Now he was a sturdy, straw haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner.

  • Adjective
  • Feeling or showing haughty disdain.
Supercilious
extemporizing

She was only extemporizing but a stirring warmth flowed from her as if her heart was trying to come out to you concealed in one of those breathless, thrilling words.

  • Verb
  • To perform without prior preparation.
Extemporizing
rotogravure

I knew now why her face was familiar – its pleasing contemptuous expressing had looked out at me from many rotogravure pictures of the sporting life at…Palm Beach.

  • Noun
  • Printed material,

such as newspaper.

Rotogravure
peremptory

Something was making him nibble at the edge of stale ideas as if his sturdy physical egotism no longer nourished her peremptory heart.

  • Adjective
  • To take the place

of.

Peremptory
oculist

Evidently some wild wag of an oculist set them there to fatten his practice…and then sank down himself into eternal blindness or forgot them and moved away.

  • Noun
  • A person who treats

diseases of the eyes.

Oculist
contiguous

The only building in sight was a small block of yellow brick sitting on the edge of the waste land, a sort of compact Main Street ministering to it and contiguous to absolutely nothing.

  • Adjective
  • Connecting

without a break.

Contiguous
hauteur

The intense vitality that had been so remarkable in the garage was converted into impressive hauteur.

  • Noun
  • Haughtiness in bearing and attitude.
Hauteur