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Honors English 10 Unit Two Vocabulary

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aught
anything
beguile
deceive by trickery or misleading
bestow
give or grant, endow, confer
chide
scold or correct someone
extenuate
reduce the amount of guilt or blame
foul
wrong, evil, dirty, or smelly
iambic pentameter
poetry with 10 syllables per line with 5 stressed syllables; the kind of poetry Shakespeare used
knave
a servant (literally); a scoundrel or unprincipled man (figuratively)
ocular
visual
cuckold
a man whose wife is unfaithful to him
paradox
an apparently contradictory statement that is actually true on some level
prose
the normal writing format organized by paragraphs; the genre that includes the novel, the short story, journalism, etc.
eloquent
(of speech or writing) marked by beauty and sophistocation
soliloquy
a speech given by a character who is alone on stage to show his/her thoughts to the audience
terse
very brief, using few words
exuberant
enthusiastic, full of excitement and joy
synecdoche
a figure of speech in which a part of something represents the whole
contempt
disgust or strong dislike
verse
another word for poetry
trifle
a small or unimportant thing
aside
private words from a dramatic character to himself or to another character, but not meant to be heard by all the other characters on stage
virtue
good character; good morals
dramatic irony
the effect that results from the audience knowing more than a character does: causing laughter some times but fear for the character at other times
conceit
a complicated idea or abstract thought; can also refer to an elaborate metaphor