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Much Ado about Nothing vocabulary

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borne
adj.
carried by or spread by
valiant
adj.
having or showing courage; very brave or courageous
pernicious
adj.
causing great harm or damage, often in a way that is not easily seen or noticed
predestined
verb
settled or determined beforehand
flout
verb
treat with contempt or disregard
constrain
verb
to force or impose restriction or limitation; to confine or limit
obstinate
adj.
extremely stubborn or difficult to deal with
heretic
noun
someone who goes against an accepted belief or doctrine, especially a religious belief
temporize
verb
to avoid making a decision or giving a definite answer in order to have more time
discourse
noun
the use of words to exchange thoughts and ideas; conversation
amorous
having or showing strong feelings of sexual attraction or love
muzzle
noun
1. the usually long nose and mouth of an animal; snout
2. a covering for the mouth of a dog that stops it from biting people
3. the hole at the end of a gun where the bullet comes out
muzzle
verb
to prevent (a person or group) from speaking or writing in a free or normal way; to inhibit free speech
enfranchise
verb
1. to give (a person or a group of people) a legal right;
2. to free (as from slavery)
disenfranchise
verb
to deprive of a legal right (as in voting)
discontent
noun
a feeling of unhappiness or disapproval : a lack of contentment
alliance
noun
a union between people, groups, countries, etc. : a relationship in which people agree to work together
mirth
noun
happiness and laughter
athwart
preposition
1. across
2. in opposition to
covert
adj.
made, shown, or done in a way that is not easily seen or noticed; secret or hidden
semblance
noun
the state of being somewhat like something but not truly or fully the same thing — usually + of (semblance of)
adverse
adj.
bad or unfavorable : not good
virtuous
adj.
morally good; having or showing virtue
slander
noun
1. the act of making a false spoken statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone
2. a false spoken statement that is made to cause people to have a bad opinion of someone
slander
verb
to utter slander against; defame (as in someone's reputation)
blithe
adj.
without thought or worry; carefree
abhor
verb
to dislike (someone or something) very much; loathe
invincible
adj.
impossible to defeat or overcome; unbeatable
immodes
adj.
1. not modest: such as a: having or showing a too high opinion of yourself or your worth
2. of clothing: showing a lot of your body in a way that is considered improper
contemptible
adj.
not worthy of respect or approval : deserving contempt
requite
verb
1. to make return for; repay
2. to make retaliation for; avenge
3. to make suitable return to for a benefit or service or for an injury
censure
noun
1. the act of blaming or condemning sternly
2. official, strong criticism
censure
verb
to find fault with and criticize as blameworthy
retraction
noun
1. a statement saying that something you said or wrote at an earlier time is not true or correct