Othello Vocab Definitions

Alabaster Adj. Generally, white in color and smooth in texture. Specifically, a fine-grained, translucent form of gypsum, typically white, often carved into ornaments.
Bauble Noun. A trinket, something of trifling appeal
belie verb. to give a false impression of.
boon Noun. Something that is asked; a favor sought.
castigate Verb. To criticize or reprimand severely.
catechize Verb. put questions to or interrogate (someone).
circumscription noun. The act of defining/ marking off carefully
citadel Noun. a fortress protecting a cityI meet the owners of of the citadel.
clime noun. a region considered with reference to its climate
coxcomb noun. a vain and conceited man.
cozen verb. to trick or deceive
cuckold noun. the husband of an unfaithful wife.
defunct adjective. no longer existing or functioning.
depute Verb. to appoint or authorize as an agent or representative
dissemble Verb (with object). to give a false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of
egregious Adj. outstandingly bad; shocking.
equivocal adj. allowing the possibility of many different meanings, ambiguous.
forfend verb. Forbid, ward off, prevent.
heathenish adjective. informal unenlightened or uncivilized.
importune verb. to beg for (something) urgently or persistently.
iniquity noun. immoral or grossly unfair behavior.
knave noun. a dishonest or unscrupulous man.
lascivious adj. (of a person, manner, or gesture) feeling or revealing an overt and often offensive sexual desire
mountebank noun. a person who deceives others:historical a person who sold patent medicines in public places.
obsequious adjective. obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree.
ocular Adj. Of, pertaining to, or for the eyes
perdition noun. a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unpenitent person passes after death.
perjure Verb. To willfully tell an untruth when giving evidence to a court; commit perjury.
pernicious Adj. Causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful
pestilence noun. a fatal epidemic disease.
pith Noun. The important or essential part; essence; core; heart.
prate Verb. to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble
prattle verb. To talk at length foolishly
prerogative noun. right or privilege exclusive to an individual or class
promulgate verb. promote or make widely known
rebuke verb. express sharp disapproval or criticism
sanctimony Noun. pretended, affected, or hypocritical religious devotion, righteousness, etc.
sequester verb. to set apart or separate
teem Verb. to become filled to overflowing/ to be present in large quantity.
vouch verb. assert or confirm as a result of one’s own experience that something is true or accurately so described

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