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Othello Vocabulary 1. Maybe this will help…. Assay. v. Examine or analyze; attempt Though she tried to assay the sweater at the store, when Hannah arrived home she found a stain on the sleeve. Obsequious. Adj. Eager to obey or please; sycophantic

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othello vocabulary 1

Othello Vocabulary 1

Maybe this will help…

assay
Assay

v. Examine or analyze; attempt

Though she tried to assay the sweater at the store, when Hannah arrived home she found a stain on the sleeve.

obsequious
Obsequious

Adj. Eager to obey or please; sycophantic

Some teachers and bosses like obsequious behavior, but I find it annoying.

facile
Facile

Adj. Easily done or performed

The American Ninja Warrior contestants made the first two rounds look facile compared to the Japanese competitors.

grange
Grange

N. Farm

The town of LaGrange was so named because it was farmland at the time.

lascivious
Lascivious

Adj. Expressing lust

I got a creepy feeling on the bus, and I turned around to see a man leering lasciviously at me.

deluding
Deluding

Adj. Deceiving; fooling

Students who think they are matriculating into a top tier university despite their 1.6 GPAs are deluding themselves.

promulgate
Promulgate

V. Make widely known

The most vicious rumors are the ones that are promulgated widest and most quickly.

palpable
Palpable

Adj. able to be felt or touched; tangible; demonstrable

The tension in the room prior to the exam was palpable; as soon as we walked in we could feel it.

alacrity
Alacrity

N. eagerness; readiness

I envisioned kids who would do their chores with alacrity, but the reality is that they’re a constant point of contention.

laconic
Laconic

Adj. Using few words; concise

I’ve never been accused of being laconic in speech (I’m pretty chatty), but I do edit my writing to ensure it’s direct and not excessively wordy.

sordidness
Sordidness

Adj. lack of morals

The fraternity house was filled with sordidness at all times of the day or night; those guys were behaving like animals!

candid
Candid

Adj. sincere; straightforward

I hope you can take the honest truth, because I’m going to be very candid with you.

enmesh
Enmesh

V. Cause to become entangled

Moises realized too late that he was enmeshed in Bonnie’s hidden life as a CIA double agent; he knew too much to get out even if he wanted to.

guileless
Guileless

Adj. open with words; honest; outspoken (naïvely)

In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, people in Salem believe Abigail Williams is guileless, but she is among the least honest characters in all of literature!

subjugating
Subjugating

V. Bringing under complete control; mastering

Prior to the latter part of the 20th Century, parenting experts advocated subjugating one’s children- young ones were to obey and be seen and not heard.

warrant
Warrant

V. Justify or necessitate

Braden’s loose talk about heroin use on the weekends warranted my notifying the counselors and his mother.

surfeited
Surfeited

V. (past tense) Fed or supplied to excess

Little Orphan Annie’s background of lack and abuse fades in her memory as Daddy Warbuckssurfeitsher every want and need.

tempest
Tempest

N. storm; another Shakespeare play… ;)

Even though their marriage was tempestuous, Sam and Joan never considered divorce.

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Base

Adj. lacking values or ethics; low born

I am not generally interested in crude humor (don’t watch Adam Sandler movies) because I find them base.

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Spur

V. Urge or incite

This is why the things on cowboy’s boots are so named – they spur the horse into action...