Canterbury Tales - Vocabulary Terms Flashcards

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Solicitous
Interest
hollow
skinny
accrue
accumulate
adversity
difficulty
apothecary
pharmacist
forbear
forefathers
somdel
somewhat
sundry
various kinds
array
clothing, attire
frugal
economical, thrifty
surcoat
over coat
superfluous
..., unnecessary
palfrey
riding horse
Skipper
stole wine
pardee
"by god!"
Winemaker
Chaucer's father's profession
supple
soft, bends easily
shriven
pardoned after confession
miscreant
- evildoers; villains
diligent
constant in effort
Suffice
to be enough
malady
(n) ill, sickness
solicitious
showing care or concern
repine
to show discontent; complain
coarse
adj; low and common
Oxfor Cleric
clergy student, moral
Taffeta
A fine silk fabric.
old, choleric, thin
the revee
Baldric
shoulder strap for holding sword
Plowman
Followed the two greatest commandments, love God and love your neighbor as yourself; God-fearing man who helps others; promptly paid his tithes; the ideal Christian man.
melancholic
black bile. depression & dilusion
covet
to desire wrongfully, culpably, inordinately without due regard for the rights of others
Damyan... over May
swelte and swowned
Wan
unhealthy pale, especially from illness or grief OR (verb) to make something become pale and unhealthy
joust
to fight on horse back
ecclesiastic
a member of the clergy
kan
know, know how to, can
amity
friendly relations between people or nations
placate
to allay the anger of; appease
falsify
make false by mutilation or addition
Shipman
Brown-skinned from years of sailing, has seen every bay and river in England, and exotic ports in Spain and Carthrage; a bit of a rascal, known for stealing wine while the ship's captain sleeps
cant
the phraseology peculiar to a particular group or profession
jargon
West minister Abbey
Where is Chaucer Buried?
Asperity
Roughness of manner or of temper
courtly love
satire in nun's priest's tale
malignant
showing great malevolence; disposed to do evil (adj.)
Yeoman
"attendant"; a forester; servant of the Knight; outdoorsman; skilled in archery and woodcraft (peasant class)
DISCREET
cautious about one's words and actions
cavalcade
a procession of people traveling on horseback
host (innkeeper)
friendly, told stories & jokes,loud, merry, mediates, sometimes meddling or imposing
arbitrate
to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
Knight
gray-headed man who was traveling with his son and had just returned from Normandy
eminent
standing above others in quality or position
Herdsmen, farmer, from Norfolk. Steals from his master.
The Reeve
The Manciple
illiterate purchaser for the wealthy, shrewdly holds out money for himself
terse
brief and to the point; effectively concise
Monk
Almost all of this pilgrim's actions violate the vows of the monastery.
Contest
-2 stories there, 2 back
-prize = dinner at tavern
-if don't play, must pay for expenditures
-draw straws - rigged b/c knight wins
Bore
a hole or passage made by a drill
absolution
remission of sins as performed by a priest
baldrick
belt slung over shoulder & chest to hold sword
Pardoner
Had fake relics for sale and could sing well when the offering plate was passed
frame story
Cantebury tales is what type of tale
boorish
resembling or befitting a boor (as in crude insensitivity)
Wife of Bath
scarlet stockings, name Alisoun, gap tooth, shows off her wealth, straddles a horse, opposite of prioress, deaf, outlived all 5 of her husbands, sex is important, Bath is where she came from
monestary
a group of religous people that live together in a community
Canterbury
a town 55 miles southeast of London; major destination of English pilgrims
Sergeant of Law
clothing of mixed weave; wary, wise and discreet
reeve
old and ba tempered- nver be in debt- manager of an estate pockets the money- cant catch him b/c he's good at what he does- corrupt
Cook
A very skillful man with sores on his knees
pilgrimage
long journey made to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion
Comic Epic
GENRE: story of great deeds of kings and nobleman that includes high speech and inflated language, Nun's Priest's Tale
meek, meekly
adj. Quiet and gentle
adv. Done in an obedient, humble, or subservient way
what makes parson stand out
he is committed to his promises
The Merchant
-says he has a lot of money, but is really in debt
-forked beard=two faced
Satire, but not a lot of description
Nowhere there was so busy a man as he/ But was less busy than he seemed to be
Sergeant at Law
Which characters are connected to the Church?
The Prioress, the Monk, the Friar, the Summoner, and the Pardoner
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