The Importance of Being Earnest and Othello Vocabulary

Apoplexy a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to lack of oxygen in the brain
Arduous difficult to accomplish
Canon conforming to orthodox or recognized views
Capacious large in capacity
Credulity tendency to believe readily
Debonnaire/Debonair courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm
Earnest serious; showing sincerity of feeling; grave; important
Effrontery shameless boldness; impudence
Epigram a witty saying
Equanimity mental calmness or stability esp. in a difficult situation
Expurgation the deletion of objectionable parts from a literary work
Farce a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations
Flat apartment
Forte one’s strong point or strength
Gorgon any of the three winged sister monsters and the mortal Medusa who had snakes for hair
Impetuous characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation
Indecorous lacking propriety and good taste in manners and conduct
Indignant feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment
Indiscretion behavior or speech that displays a lack of good judgment
Insuperable incapable of being surmounted or excelled
Inversion the reversal of the normal order or words
Machination a crafty and involved plot to achieve sinister ends
Mercenary working or acting merely for money or other reward at the expense of ethics
Misanthrope someone who dislikes people in general
Neogolism a newly coined word or expression
Ostentatious characterized by vulgar or pretentious display; designed to impress or attract notice
Philanthropic generous in assistance to the poor
Precept rule of personal conduct
Profligate recklessly wasteful
Pun a humorous play on words
Quixotic not sensible about practical matters
Recumbent lying down; reclining
Salver a small serving tray
Snare a trap for catching birds or animals; a thing likely to lure or tempt someone into harm
Surmise infer from incomplete evidence
Tutelage protection of or authority over someone or something; guardianship
Utilitarian designed to be useful or practical rather than attractive
Vacillate waver between two choices; be undecided
Advection the horizontal transfer of heat or other atmospheric properties
Affinity a natural attraction or feeling of kinship
Alacrity promptness or eager and speedy readiness
Anon soon
Baseness unworthiness by virtue of lacking higher values
Beguile to charm, deceive, cheat
Beseech beg
Billet accommodation or house temporarily for people in the armed forces
Bombast pompous or pretentious talk or writing
Caitiff coward
Castigation verbal punishment
Catechize teach about Christianity
Censure to condemn someone that they have done something wrong
Choler anger
Circumspection knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
Consecrate give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
Cuckold husband whose wife has been unfaithful
Cudgel short, heavy club
Dilatory wasting time
Dissemble put on false appearance
Dotage old age
Edified instructed and encouraged in moral, intellectual, and spiritual improvement
Egregious conspicuously (obviously) bad or offensive
Enfettered bound or enchained
Epithet an abusive insulting word or phrase
Expostulate express disagreement to dissuade action
Facile arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth
Fulsome unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech
Garner win or gain something (especially information)
Hie to go in a hurry
Homage a show of reverence and respect
Importune bother insistently
Iniquity great injustice or extreme immorality
Inordinate excessive/unrestrained
Insolent showing an aggressive lack of respect in speech or behavior
Laconic brief and to the point; effectively cut short
Languish be neglected or deprived
Lascivious arousing sexual desire
Lechery unrestrained indulgence in sexual activity
Mar to spoil or detract
Mettle strength of character, inherent temperament
Mitigate lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
Mountebank somebody who deceives other people
Mutiny open rebellion against constituted authority (especially by seamen or soldiers against their officers)
Nuptial relating to marriage/mating of animals
Obsequious excessively eager to please or obey
Palpable capable of being perceived; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt
Paragon example of excellence
Peevish irritable
Penitent feel regret for sin
Propriety correct or appropriate behavior
Perdition punishment in hell
Pernicious causing serious harm or death
Procure acquire
Rapier sword with a long slender blade
Requite pay back
Ruminate go over incessantly
Satiety state or overindulgence
Sordidness unworthiness by virtue of lacking higher values
Strumpet harlot, mull, trull, trollop, callet, hussy, minx, prostitute, commoner, huswife
Subjugate make subservient; force to submit or subdue
Timorous showing fear or hesitancy
Traduce say critical or disparaging things
Upbraid to criticize or scold in a harsh manner
Verve an energetic style
Virtuosity technical skill or fluency or style
Voluble talking easily and at length/lengthy talking
Wanton lewd woman
Warrant formal and explicit approval