Marriage A-La-Mode Glossary

Marriage A-La-Mode Glossary

oblige

bound to do something

vow

a commitment to do something

oath

a solemn promise

fled

having left quickly or run away

bar

prohibit

hinder

to make difficult to do something

foolish

lacking good sense

private man

A male individual who is not royalty or aristocracy

wretched

miserable, poor, unhappy, guilt-ridden, and otherwise unable to experience happiness

corrupt

induce a person to turn from his or her duty; the word is used ironically by a man who has usurped the throne and who seeks to keep his guards from following the rightful heir

rack

(noun) A medieval instrument of torture that works by stretching a victim until his or her joints are dislocated, (verb) to torture someone, especially on a rack

omit

leave out, skip, overlook, or otherwise fail to acknowledge or include

betwixt

between two people

league

alliance or agreement of mutual cooperation and aid

solace

comfort or consolation

injurious

harmful

diversion

entertainment

y'cleped

named (archaic term from Middle English that was obsolete at the time the play was written)

dandle

to bounce on one's knee, as with a small child

durst

Archaic version of the second person singular of the verb "to dare"

Amazons

A mythical tribe of female warriors described by ancient Greek historians

ply

address

humour

personality and emotional predisposition

bobbed

frustrated and unsatisfied (the term is borrowed from a falconry analogy)

course

attempt (a term taken from the sport of hunting on horseback, from the French verb "courir" meaning "to run")

masquerade

fancy dress and elaborate costumes containing masks that disguise the people who wear them

despicable

odious; worthy of being hated or despised

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