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Much Ado About Nothing Vocab

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Accordant
agreeable; compatible
agate
type of stone showing curved, colored bands or other markings
angling
fishing with hook and line
appertain
belong as a part, right, possession or attribute
arras
wall hanging, as a tapestry
betroths
promises to give in marriage
betwixt
between; in the middle
canker
a fungal disease in plants or ulcer in animals; also a variety of wildflower
capon
castrated male chicken
carping
pretty fault-finding
catechizing
instruction by means of question and answer
cinquepace
lively dance, the steps of which were regulated by the number 5
clamor
loud uproar, as from a crowd of people
codpiece
cover of trade or commerce
commodity
article of trade or commerce
constable
officer of the peace having police and minor judicial functions
covertly
in a concealed, secret or disguised manner
coxcomb
vain and often foolish person
cozened
misled by means of petty trick or fraud; deceived
cuckold
husband of an unfaithful wife
cudgeled
struck or beat with a stick
daw
simpleton; fool
defiled
made filthy or dirty; unclean
disdained
regarded or treated with haughty contempt; despised
disparage
speak of or treat slightly; depreciate; belittle `
dissembler
one who gives a false or misleading appearance
dissuade
advice or urge against
dote
bestow or express excessive love or fondness habitually
doublet
close-fitting outer garmnet worn by men in the Renaissance
enfranchised
freed, as from bondage
Enigmatical
perplexing; mysterious
ensuing
following as a consequence or result
epithet
word or phrase applied to a person to describe an actual or attributed quality
expedient
fit or suitable for the purpose; proper under the circumstances
flouting
showing contempt for
foil
fencing sword having a circular guard and thin, flexible blades
follies
acts lacking goog sense, understanding for firesight
fray
noisy fight
gallants
fashionable young men
haggards
adult captured for training
havoc
great destruction or devastation; ruinous damage
hearken
give heed or attention to what is said; listen
hither
to or toward this place
impediment
obstruction; hindrance; obstacle
incite
stir, encourage, or urge on; simulate or prompt to action
infamy
extremely bad reputation
intermingle
mix or become mixed together
knave
unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest person
league
Unit of distance equal to 3 statue miles
lechery
unrestrained or excessive indulgence of sexual desire
libertines
Those who act without moral restraint
liege
Feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service
malefactors
Those who have committed a crime; criminals
manifest
make clear or evident to the eye or the understanding
marl
earthy mix of clay used as a fertilizer
melancholy
gloomy state of mind; depression
mortifying
Humiliating or shameful; hurting one's pride or self-respect
obstinate
firmly or stubbornly holding to one's purpose or opinion
ominous
portending evil or harm; foreboding; threatening
orthography
the art of writing
ostentation
conspicuous show or display intended to impress others
peradventure
by chance; with doubt or uncertainty
perfumer
one who makes or sells perfumes
perjury
willful giving of false testimony under oath
pernicious
causing harm or ruin
perturbation
mental disquiet, disturbance, or agitation
pestilence
deadly or virulent epidemic disease
piety
the quality of being devoutly religious
pleached
shaded or bordered with interlaced branches or vines
poniards
daggers typically having slender square or triangular blades
preceptial
procedural directive or rule
qualm
sudden felling of apprehensive uneasiness
reckoning
settlement of accounts or of a score
redemption
being saved from error or evil
render
provide; submit for inspection
reprove
criticize or correct
requited
made a payment or return for
scruple
very small portion or amount
sedges
grass-like plants having solid stems, leaves in 3 vertical rows
semblance
outward aspect or appearance
sexton
person employed to take care of a church
shrewd
sharp or ill-tempered
sieve
perforated utensil used for straining or sifting
slandered
made false and malicious statements or reports about someone
squarer
swashbuckler; one who delights in fighting
tabor
small drum
tartly
sharply; in a cunning manner
tedious
boring, tiring, monotonous, dull
thwarting
opposing and defeating the efforts, plans or ambitions of
travail
painfully difficult or burensome work; toil
turncoat
Person who changed to an opposing idea or reverses principles
valor
Boldness or determination in facing great danger
varlet
Rascal; a knave
victual
Food supply; provisions
vouchsafe
Allow or permit, as by favor or graciousness
wanton
sexually lawless or unrestrained