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combustion
used in The Great Gatsby

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Definition
the act of burning

or metaphorically:

a state of violent disturbance and excitement
  • The straw seats of the car hovered on the edge of combustion; the woman next to me perspired delicately for a while into her white shirtwaist, and then, as her newspaper dampened under her fingers, lapsed despairingly into deep heat with a desolate cry.
    p. 114.9

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