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

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.
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draw
pull out a sword
kinsman
male relative
quarrel
argue or disagree
flourish
move or swing back and forth
villain
1. (literal) a person belonging to a low social class in medieval Europe who was obligated to work on the farm of a noble aristocrat
2. (figurative) because of prejudice against people of low social status, the term came to be a an insult, basically meaning "bad person"
stir
begin moving
profaners
those who show disrespect or contempt
quench
cool by plunging into cold water
pernicious
causing great injury or ruin
sentence
(criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed
brawl
a noisy fight in a crowd
bred
brought about or caused
airy
characterized by lightness and insubstantiality
thrice
three times
wield
To use, control, or manage, as a weapon, or instrument, especially with full command.
cankered
1. rusted
2. morally corrupt
forfeit
something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty
adversary
enemy
drew
pulled out a sword
defiance
intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude