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1 Shakespeare Said it First Vocabulary definitions from

2 alligator  noun 1. either of two broad-snouted crocodilians of the genus Alligator, of the southeastern U.S. and eastern China.  2. (loosely) any broad-snouted crocodilian, as a caiman.  3. Metallurgy. a machine for bringing the balls of iron from a puddling furnace into compact form so that they can be handled.  4. Jazz. an enthusiastic fan of swing.  verb (used without object) 5. (of paint, varnish, or the like) to crack and acquire the appearance of alligator hide, as from weathering or improper application to a surface.  6. Metalworking. (of a rolled metal slab) to split and curl up and down at one end; fishmouth.

3 auspicious  adjective 1. promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable: an auspicious occasion.  2. favored by fortune; prosperous; fortunate.

4 castigate  verb (used with object), cas·ti·gat·ed, cas·ti·gat·ing. 1. to criticize or reprimand severely.  2. to punish in order to correct.

5 critical  adjective 1. inclined to find fault or to judge with severity, often too readily.  2. occupied with or skilled in criticism.  3. involving skillful judgment as to truth, merit, etc.; judicial: a critical analysis.  4. of or pertaining to critics or criticism: critical essays.  5. providing textual variants, proposed emendations, etc.: a critical edition of Chaucer.

6 dauntless  adjective 1. not to be daunted or intimidated; fearless; intrepid; bold: a dauntless hero.daunted intrepidhero  noun 2. ( initial capital letter ). Also called Douglas SBD. the principal U.S. Navy fleet bomber of early World War II, capable of carrying bombs or depth charges and particularly successful as a dive bomber.

7 divest  verb (used with object) 1. to strip of clothing, ornament, etc.: The wind divested the trees of their leaves.  2. to strip or deprive (someone or something), especially of property or rights; dispossess.  3. to rid of or free from: He divested himself of all responsibility for the decision.decision  4. Law. to take away or alienate (property, rights, etc.).  5. Commerce. a. to sell off: to divest holdings.  b. to rid of through sale: The corporation divested itself of its subsidiaries.corporation

8 equivocal  adjective 1. allowing the possibility of several different meanings, as a word or phrase, especially with intent to deceive or misguide; susceptible of double interpretation; deliberately ambiguous: an equivocal answer.word  2. of doubtful nature or character; questionable; dubious; suspicious: aliens of equivocal loyalty.nature  3. of uncertain significance; not determined: an equivocal attitude.

9 eyeball  noun 1. the ball or globe of the eye.balleye  2. eyeballs, Informal. people who view or read something: Old TV shows are getting a lot of eyeballs online.  verb (used with object) 3. Informal. to look at, check, or observe closely: two opponents eyeballing each other.

10 eyesore  noun something unpleasant to look at: The run-down house was an eyesore to the neighbors.

11 frugal  adjective 1. economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful: What your office needs is a frugal manager who can save you money without resorting to painful cutbacks. Synonyms: thrifty, chary, provident, careful, prudent, penny-wise, scrimping; miserly, Scotch, penny- pinching. Antonyms: wasteful, extravagant, spendthrift, prodigal, profligate.  2. entailing little expense; requiring few resources; meager; scanty: a frugal meal. Synonyms: scant, slim, sparing, skimpy. Antonyms: luxurious, lavish, profuse.

12 gloomy  adjective, gloom·i·er, gloom·i·est. 1. dark or dim; deeply shaded: gloomy skies.  2. causing gloom; dismal or depressing: a gloomy prospect.gloom  3. filled with or showing gloom; sad, dejected, or melancholy.gloommelancholy  4. hopeless or despairing; pessimistic: a gloomy view of the future.

13 gnarled  adjective 1. (of trees) full of or covered with gnarls; bent; twisted.gnarls  2. having a rugged, weather-beaten appearance: a gnarled old sea captain.  3. crabby; cantankerous.

14 hoodwinked  verb (used with object) 1. to deceive or trick.  2. Archaic. to blindfold.  3. Obsolete. to cover or hide.

15 impede  verb (used with object), im·ped·ed, im·ped·ing. to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct; hinder. movement

16 jaded  adjective 1. dulled or satiated by overindulgence: a jaded appetite.  2. worn out or wearied, as by overwork or overuse.  3. dissipated: a jaded reprobate.

17 laughingstock  noun an object of ridicule; the butt of a joke or the like: His ineptness as a public official made him the laughingstock of the whole town.object

18 leapfrog  noun 1. a game in which players take turns in leaping over another player bent over from the waist.whichleaping  2. an advance from one place, position, or situation to another without progressing through all or any of the places or stages in between: a leapfrog from bank teller to vice president in one short year.vice  verb (used with object) 3. to jump over (a person or thing) in or as if in leapfrog: He leapfrogged the fence to reach the crying child.  4. to move or cause to move as if in leapfrog: Manufacturers are leapfrogging prices because the cost of raw materials has doubled.  verb (used without object) 5. to move or advance in or as if in leapfrog: Our tour leapfrogged through six cities in four days.

19 lonely  adjective, lone·li·er, lone·li·est. 1. affected with, characterized by, or causing a depressing feeling of being alone; lonesome.  2. destitute of sympathetic or friendly companionship, intercourse, support, etc.: a lonely exile.  3. lone; solitary; without company; companionless.lone  4. remote from places of human habitation; desolate; unfrequented; bleak: a lonely road.  5. standing apart; isolated: a lonely tower.

20 luggage  noun suitcases, trunks, etc.; baggage.

21 majestic  adjective characterized by or possessing majesty; of lofty dignity or imposing aspect; stately; grand: the majestic Alps.majesty

22 manager  noun 1. a person who has control or direction of an institution, business, etc., or of a part, division, or phase of it.control  2. a person who manages: the manager of our track team.manages  3. a person who controls and manipulates resources and expenditures, as of a household.  4. British. (formerly) a theatrical producer.

23 mimic  noun, adjective  verb (used with object) 1. to imitate or copy in action, speech, etc., often playfully or derisively.  2. to imitate in a servile or unthinking way; ape.  3. to be an imitation of; simulate; resemble closely.  noun 4. a person who mimics, especially a performer skilled in mimicking others.  5. a copy or imitation of something.  6. a performer in a mime.mime

24 mountaineer  noun 1. an inhabitant of a mountainous district.mountainous  2. a climber of mountains, especially for sport.mountains  verb (used without object) 3. to climb mountains, especially for sport.mountains

25 obscene  adjective 1. offensive to morality or decency; indecent; depraved: obscene language.language  2. causing uncontrolled sexual desire.  3. abominable; disgusting; repulsive.

26 outbreak  noun 1. a sudden breaking out or occurrence; eruption: the outbreak of war.breaking  2. a sudden and active manifestation: an outbreak of hives.hives  3. an outburst: an outbreak of temper.  4. an insurrection, revolt, or mutiny.  5. a public disturbance; riot.

27 pedant  noun 1. a person who makes an excessive or inappropriate display of learning.  2. a person who overemphasizes rules or minor details.  3. a person who adheres rigidly to book knowledge without regard to common sense.  4. Obsolete. a schoolmaster.

28 petition  noun 1. a formally drawn request, often bearing the names of a number of those making the request, that is addressed to a person or group of persons in authority or power, soliciting some favor, right, mercy, or other benefit: a petition for clemency; a petition for the repeal of an unfair law.  2. a request made for something desired, especially a respectful or humble request, as to a superior or to one of those in authority; a supplication or prayer: a petition for aid; a petition to God for courage and strength.  3. something that is sought by request or entreaty: to receive one's full petition.  4. Law. an application for a court order or for some judicial action.  verb (used with object) 5. to beg for or request (something).  6. to address a formal petition to (a sovereign, a legislative body, etc.): He received everything for which he had petitioned the king.which  7. to ask by petition for (something).

29 puke  verb (used without object), verb (used with object) Slang. 1. to vomit.verbvomit  noun 2. vomit.vomit  3. a. any food or drink that is repulsive.  b. anything that is contemptible or worthless.

30 rancorous  adjective full of or showing rancor.rancor  noun bitter, rankling resentment or ill will; hatred; malice.will

31 reinforcement  noun 1. the act of reinforcing.  2. the state of being reinforced.  3. something that reinforces or strengthens.  4. Often, reinforcements. an additional supply of personnel, ships, aircraft, etc., for a military force.force  5. a system of steel bars, strands, wires, or mesh for absorbing the tensile and shearing stresses in concrete work.

32 rumination  ru·mi·nat·ing.  verb (used without object) 1. to chew the cud, as a ruminant.ruminant  2. to meditate or muse; ponder.  verb (used with object) 3. to chew again or over and over.  4. to meditate on; ponder.

33 torture  noun 1. the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information, or for sheer cruelty.  2. a method of inflicting such pain.  3. Often, tortures. the pain or suffering caused or undergone.  4. extreme anguish of body or mind; agony.  5. a cause of severe pain or anguish.

34 unmitigated  adjective 1. not mitigated; not softened or lessened: unmitigated suffering.  2. unqualified or absolute: an unmitigated bore.

35 worthless  adjective without worth; of no use, importance, or value; good-for-nothing: a worthless person; a worthless contract.worth

36 zany  adjective 1. ludicrously or whimsically comical; clownish.  noun 2. one who plays the clown or fool in order to amuse others.  3. a comically wild or eccentric person.  4. a secondary stock character in old comedies who mimicked his master.  5. a professional buffoon; clown.  6. a silly person; simpleton.

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