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A vocabulary word list and definitions for Much Ado About Nothing is arranged by category as specified at www.myVocabulary.com by our teacher-contributor, Emily Lewis. The vocabulary words include the parts of speech and their meanings in today\'s English.
Vocabulary 1A \"Much Ado About Nothing\" - Vocabulary Overview
1. Renaissance - n. (1) A rebirth or revival, (2a) The humanistic revival of classic art, literature, and learning that originated in Italy in the 14th century. (2b) The period of this revival , roughly the 14th through the 16th century, marking the transition from medieval to modern times.
2. The Globe Theater - n. A theater just outside of London, England built in 1599; especially famous because the plays of William Shakespeare were written and performed there.
3. Bard - n. (1) One of an ancient Celtic order of minstrel poets who composed and recited verses celebrating heroic exploits. (2) A poet, especially a lyrical poet
4. Groundlings - n. A spectator in the cheap standing- room section of an Elizabethan theater.
5. Theatre - n. Dramatic literature or its performance.
6. Shakespeare, William - n. 1564- 1616. An English playwright, poet, and actor whose plays include historical works, comedies, and tragedies.
7. Anne Hathaway - n. The wife of William Shakespeare. She married the playwright in 1582.
8. Comedy - n. A dramatic work or film that is humorous or satirical and that usually has a happy ending.
9. Tragedy - n. (a) A drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme emotional sorrow, especially as a consequence of a tragic flaw, a moral weakness, or an inability to cope with unfavorable circumstances. (b) The genre made up of such works.
10. Acting Company - n. A group of twelve men who acted together for years, each man had a role he would commonly play, like leading man, comedian, or king
11. Playwright - n. One who writes plays; a dramatist
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1. Shrewd - adj. good at judging people or situations, crafty
2. Counterfeit - adj. forged, false
3. Disdain - adj. intense scorn
4. Slander - n. saying something false and damaging
5. Amorous - adj. expressing or feeling love
6. Banquet - n. ceremonial meal
7. Disposition - n. personality, behavioral tendency
8. Perturbation - n. the act of being disturbed or troubled
9. Melancholy - adj. feeling or causing pensive sadness
10. Mirth - n. laughter
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11. Ducat - n. (1) Any of various gold coins formerly used in certain European countries. (2) Slang. a. A piece of money. b. An admission ticket
12. Fife - n. A small, high-pitched, transverse flute used primarily to accompany drums in a military or marching band.
13. Tabor - (also tabour) n. A small drum, often having a snare, played by a fifer to accompany the fife.
14. Orthography - (n. pl. orthographies) (1) The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage. (2)The aspect of language study concerned with letters and their sequences in words. (3) A method of representing a language or the sounds of language by written symbols; spelling
15. Lief - adv. (liefer, liefest) Readily; willingly: I would as lief go now as later. adj (1) Beloved; dear. (2) Ready or willing. adj : (`lief\' is archaic) very willing; \"was lief to go\"; \"glad to help\" [syn: glad, lief(p)] adv : in a willing manner; \"this was gladly agreed to\"; \"I would fain do it\" [syn: gladly, fain]
16. Pennyworth - n. (1) As much as a penny will buy. (2) A small amount; a modicum. (3) A bargain: got my pennyworth at that price
17. Crotchet - n. An odd, whimsical, or stubborn notion
18. Flout - v. (flouted, flouting, flouts) v. tr. To show contempt for; scorn: flout a law; behavior that flouted convention.
19. Haggard - adj. (1) a.Appearing worn and exhausted; gaunt. b.Wild or distraught in appearance. (2) Wild and intractable. Used of a hawk in falconry; As a noun - An adult hawk captured for training.
20. Misprize - tr.v. (misprized, misprizing, misprizes) (misprising) (1) To despise. (2) To undervalue.
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21. Enamor - v. (enamoured) To inspire with love; captivate: was enamored of the beautiful dancer; were enamored with the charming island.
22. Usurer - n. One who lends money at interest, especially at an exorbitant or unlawfully high rate.
23. Drover - n. One that drives cattle or sheep
24. Bullock - n. (1) A castrated bull; a steer. (2) A young bull
25. Poniard - n. A dagger typically having a slender square or triangular blade.
26. Termination - n. (1) The act of terminating or the condition of being terminated. a. The end of something in time; the conclusion. b. An end of something in space; a limit or edge. (2) A result; an outcome
27. Endow - v. (1) To provide with property, income, or a source of income. a. To equip or supply with a talent or quality: Nature endowed you with a beautiful singing voice. b. To imagine as having a usually favorable trait or quality: endowed the family pet with human intelligence. (2) To provide with a dower
28. Cleave - v.(cleft) (1) To split with or as if with a sharp instrument. (2) To make or accomplish by or as if by cutting: cleave a path through the ice. (3) To pierce or penetrate: The wings cleaved the foggy air
29. Rite - n. (1) The prescribed or customary form for conducting a religious or other solemn ceremony: the rite of baptism. (2) A ceremonial act or series of acts: fertility rites. (3) The liturgy or practice of a branch of the Christian church.
30. Valor - n. (valour) the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle); \"he showed great heroism in battle\"; \"he received a medal for valorÔø‡Ôø‡?
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31. Bubonic Plague - n. A contagious, often fatal epidemic disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia (syn. Pasteurella) pestis, transmitted from person to person or by the bite of fleas from an infected rodent, especially a rat, and characterized by chills, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and the formation of buboes
32. Victual - n. Food fit for human consumption
33. Predestinate - adj. Established or prearranged unalterably; \"his place in history was foreordained\"; \"a sense of predestinate inevitability about it\"; \"it seemed predestined since the beginning of the world\"
34. Baldrick - n. A wide (ornamented) belt worn over the right shoulder to support a sword or bugle by the left hip.
35. Vile - adj. Loathsome; disgusting: vile language. Unpleasant or objectionable: Contemptibly low in worth or account; second-rate. Of mean or low condition. Miserably poor and degrading; wretched: a vile existence. Morally depraved; ignoble or wicked: a vile conspiracy
36. Embassage - n. An embassy
37. Revelling - adj.Taking great pleasure or delight: engaging in uproarious festivities; making merry
38. Pleach(ed) - v. To plait or interlace, especially in making a hedge or an arbor. To shade or border with interlaced branches or vines
39. Enfranchise(d) - v. To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to. To vote. To free, as from bondage
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40. impediment - n. bar or hinder the progress
41. nuptial - adj. of marriage or a wedding
42. reproach - v. to accuse of and blame for a fault so as to make feel ashamed; rebuke, reprove
43. frugal - adj. not wasteful
44. epitaphs - pl.n. an inscription on a tomb or gravestone in memory of the person
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