Great Gatsby Vocab.

spectroscopic adj. form of an optical device for producing and observing a spectrum of light or radiation from any source.
marred having the surface damaged or disfigured
superfluous more than is needed, desired, or required
strata layers of rock (singular, stratum)
peremptory offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power
extemporize [v] to speak without preparation, to ad lib
contingency a possible event or occurrence or result
vestige A visible trace, mark, or impression, of something absent, lost, or gone.
corrugated wrinkled; ridged; having parallel rows of folds which look like a series of waves
prig a person regarded as arrogant and annoying
profuse Produced or displayed in overabundance.
adventitious accidental; casual; happening by chance
advantageous offering an advantage or benefit; profitable; favorable
reverent feeling or showing profound respect or veneration
libertine immoral person
florid elaborately or excessively ornamented
debauchee n. a self indulgent, immoral person
cataracts floods of water; waves
epigram a brief, witty or satirical saying
homogeneous of the same or a similar kind or nature
luminous emitting light; full of light
omnibus a vehicle carrying many passengers
commensurate equal in extent; of the same size
tattoo a rapid, rhythmic drumming or rapping
tonic imparting vitality and energy
delicatessen a shop that sells ready-to-eat foods such as salads, cooked meats, and cheeses.
ravages ruins; devastating damages
vacuous empty; silly; meaningless
exultation joy, triumph, great happiness
orgastic intense or unrestrained excitement.

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