Tags » Anglo-Norman

pledge

A serious promise, often made publicly. Anglo-Norman “plege”=hostage, guarantor < Latin “plevium”=security.

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poverty

The state of being very poor or lacking resources. Anglo-Norman “poverte” < Latin “paupertas” < “pauper”=poor.

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oust

To remove someone from a position of power. Anglo-Norman “ouster”=to remove, take away < Latin “obstare”=to hinder, stand in the way.

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oblige

To make someone legally/morally bound to do something. Anglo-Norman “obliger”=bind by oath < Latin “ob-“=toward + “ligare”=to bind.

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meagre

Lacking in quality and/or quality; lean, thin, emaciated. Anglo-Norman “megre” < Latin “macies”=leannness.

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pompous

Behaving self-importantly; arrogant. Anglo-Norman “pompe” < Latin “pompa”=procession < Greek “pompi”=parade.

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cricket

Chirping insect similar to grasshopper but with shorter legs. Anglo-Norman “criket” < Old French “criquer”=to crackle.

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