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The Great Gatsby Vocabulary Ch. 8 & 9
Inexplicable • It was inexplicable when the shy child stood up and started singing. • It was inexplicable how he fell off the roof and didn’t hurt himself.
Inexplicable • Definition – (adj. ) unable to be explained or accounted for. • Synonyms – unaccountable; unexplainable; incomprehensible
Pretense • A lot of adults pretend to be children but really join chat rooms under false pretense. • Because Frank stutters, he makes no pretense of being a wonderful speaker.
Pretense • Definition – (n. ) an attempt to make something that is not the case appear true. • Synonyms – make-believe; putting on an act; acting
Corroborate • The defense attorney could not find anyone to corroborate his client’s alibi. • I prayed my friend would corroborate the lie I told my parents!
Corroborate • Definition – (v) confirm or give support to (a statement, theory, or finding). • Synonyms – confirm; verify; endorse
Ecstatic • She was ecstatic when she learned she won the election. • The students were ecstatic when they found out school was closed.
Ecstatic • Definition – (adj. ) feeling or expressing overwhelming happiness or joyful excitement. • Synonyms – elated; overjoyed; blissful
Tactful • Jan was tactful in telling her boss his breath smelled bad • Juan is not tactful and always offends people.
Tactful • Definition – (adj. ) having the ability to do or say things without offending or upsetting other people. • Synonyms – diplomatic; considerate; thoughtful
Exasperated • Jim’s mother became exasperated when he dropped out of school. • Raider fans became exasperated and lost interest after another losing season.
Exasperated • Definition – (adj. ) irritated or annoyed to a high degree • Synonyms – annoyed; irritated; provoked
Garrulous • Because Jake is garrulous, asking him to keep a secret is impossible. • The garrulous man held up the line as he rambled on about his pet squirrel.
Garrulous • Definition – (adj. ) excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters. • Synonyms – talkative; loquacious; voluble
Superfluous • It is superfluous to have 20 pairs of shoes when you only wear the same 5 pairs. • Sandy had a superfluous amount of candy, so she shared the rest with her friends.
Superfluous • Definition – (adj) unnecessary, especially through being more than enough. • Synonyms – unneeded; redundant; excess
Reverent • He was a 'Reverent' man in the presence of royalty, showing great respect. • You should be reverent if you ever meet the president.
Reverent • Definition – (adj. ) feeling or showing deep and solemn respect. • Synonyms – respectful; reverential; admiring
Complacent • Although Chuck wanted an 'A' in the class, he was complacent with a 'B'. • After they won their first game, they became complacent and stopped trying.
Complacent • Definition – (adj. ) satisfied with how things are and not wanting to change them • Synonyms – confident; satisfied; pleased
Recede • If you look at Mr. Abdul’s hair, you can see where his hairline has started to recede. • The animals will recede further into the forest as developers continue to cut down trees.
Recede • Definition – (v. ) go or move back or further away from a previous position. • Synonyms – retreat; go back; withdraw