Pecor Grade 9: Shakespearean Vocabulary VII: Shakespeare and the SAT

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These words are in a Shakespeare play we will be reading later in the year. Because they are still in use in Modern English, some of them are sure to appear on the SAT.

spare

to refrain from, forbear, omit, or withhold, as action or speech

severity

harshness, sternness, or rigor

posterity

all future generations

fair

beautiful or good

forsworn

promised not to

vow

promise

exquisite

of special beauty or charm, or rare and appealing excellence, as a face, a flower, coloring, music, or poetry

brows

the part of the face above eyes

farewell

goodbye

passing

surpassingly; exceedingly; very

doctrine

a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school

bound

under a legal or moral obligation

penalty

a punishment imposed or incurred for a violation of law or rule

honorable

respectable

at odds

in disagreement, opposed to one another

suit

a man's efforts to get a woman to be his girlfirend or wife

wither

to fade away

pride

the better or most superior part of something

ripe

(of people) fully prepared or ready to do or undergo something

mar

to damage or spoil to a certain extent; render less perfect, attractive, useful, etc.; impair or spoil

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