3.2-4.1 Vocab Merchant of Venice

amity (noun) friendly relationship
aloof (adj.) not friendly or forthcoming; cool and distant; obviously uninvolved and uninterested
dulcet (adj.) sweet and soothing (typically sound)
tainted (verb) to contaminate or pollute; to affect with a bad or undesirable quality
bereft (adj.) deprived of or lacking something; lonely and abandoned
gratis (adv.) without charge; free (adj.) given or done for free
relent verb) to abandon or lessen a harsh intention or cruel treatment
intercessor (noun) mediator; a negotiator who acts as a link between parties
cur (noun) a dog considered to be inferior or undesirable due to its poor condition; a mongrel or mixed-breed dog
impeach (verb) to discredit; to call into question the integrity or validity of a practice or person
conceit (noun) excessive pride in oneself; a fanciful notion or expression; imagination; an elaborate or fanciful metaphor of a strained or far-fetched nature
husbandry (noun) management and conservation of resources
imposition (noun) an excessive or uncalled-for requirement or burden
mincing (adjective) small and dainty
fray (noun) a fight or conflict
bastard noun) a person born of parents not married to each other; an illegitimate child
commonwealth (noun) an independent country or community, especially a democratic republic
discretion (noun) the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense or revealing private information
meet (adjective) fitting, appropriate
constrained (adjective) severely restrict the scope or extent of activity
scepter (noun) an ornamented staff carried by rulers on ceremonial occasions as a symbol of sovereign leadership
temporal adjective) relating to worldly affairs as opposed to spiritual affairs; relating to time
attribute (noun) a quality or feature regarded as a characteristic or inherent part of someone or something
sway (noun) power; authority
render (verb) provide; give
mitigate (verb) to lessen or reduce; make less severe, serious, or painful; lessen the gravity or seriousness of (an offense or mistake)

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