OSH Canterbury Tales Vocab Words

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Abstruse

Hard to understand, obscure.

Accrue

To come as a profit.

Amity

Friendship.

Apothecary

Someone who prepares and sells drugs and other medicines.

Benefice

A church office or livelihood.

Benign

Kind and Gentle, mild.

Beatitude

Blessedness, extreme happiness

Carbuncle

A painful sore that discharges puss.

Cavalcade

A carriage procession.

Cloister

A place devoted to religious seclusion.

Coppice

A grove.

Covenant

A binding agreement.

Castigate

To punish severely

Cupidity

Excessive desire, especially for wealth.

Cavilling

Raising trivial objections; quibbling.

Conundrum

A riddle; difficult problems.

Calumniate

To make harmful or false statements about

Caprice

Whim

Conjecture

To speculate; guess

Cosset

To pamper

Disconsolate

Grief-stricken, gloomy

Divine

A member of the clergy; theologian

Eschew

To avoid

Execration

An accursed or despised state

Felicity

Great happiness

Gambol

To skip or leap about playfully

Gorge

Throat

Heathen

not Christian

Hostelry

An inn

Iniquity

Great wickedness

Insurrection

Revolt

Infamous

Having a bad reputation, wickedness

Lascivious

Full of lust; lecherous

Mien

Appearance

Miscreant

Evildoer; villain

Mettlesome

Spirited; plucky; brave

Obsequies

Funeral rites

Orison

A prayer

Ominous

Menacing; Threatening

Opulence

Wealth

Pestilence

A fatal epidemic; plague

Prelate

A high ranking clergyman

Prevarication

Evasion from the truth; deceit

Piteous

Arousing pity

Prelude

Introductory speech or event

Poltroon

A coward

Perdition

Eternal damnation

Prating

Idle talk, chattering

Prodigious

Enormous, very great

Plighted

Solemnly pledged.

Repine

To show discontent; complain; fret

Rancour

Bitter resentment

Retinue

A train of attendants

Ribaldry

Vulgar joking

Raiment

Clothing

Screed

A long dull speech or piece of writing

Secular

Not of the church; worldly

Solicitous

Caring; concerned

Sovereign

A ruler; excellent; supreme

Sundry

Various

Stratagem

A clever scheme or maneuver

Superfluity

Something beyond what is required or sufficient

Sycophant

One who wins favor by flattery

Stertorous

With a snoring sound

Sprightly

Full of spirit; lively; active

Supplication

A humble prayer or request

Tempest

A storm

Temperate

Showing moderation

Trifling

Minor insignificant

Temporal

Worldly; not eternal

Temerity

Reckless courage; daring

Varlet

A rascal

Verity

Truth

Victual

Food

Niggard

A stingy person; miser

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