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To tell a lie while under oath. Anglo-Norman “perjurie” < Latin “periurium”=oath-breaking < “per”=to ill effect + “jurare”=swear.


A trap for animals. Anglo-Norman “engynne”=a device made with cunning < Latin “ingenium”=skill, cleverness, ingenuity.

A person or thing of outstanding excellence. Anglo-Norman “peragone” =perfect diamond < Greek “parakone”=whetstone.

A priest in the Church of England in charge of a church. Anglo-Norman “vikere” < Latin “vicarius”=a substitute < “vicis”=a change.

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

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

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

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

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

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