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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