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The state of being certain. Anglo-French “sureté”=a bond guaranteeing good conduct < Latin “securitas”=security < “se-“=without + “cura”=concern, care.

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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 person with no permanent home who moves from place to place. Latin “Nomad”=member of a wandering tribe < Greek “nomos”=pasture.

The pilot of an airplane. French “aviateur” < Latin “avis”=bird + “-ateur”=agent-forming suffix.

To express disapproval or disappointment with someone’; to blame. Old French “reprochier” < Latin “re-“bring back” + “prope”=close/near.

To confine someone against their will. Latin “immurare”=to enclose with walls < “im-“=in + “murus”=wall.

A tall garden plant with pink, purple, or white flowers. Latin “phlox” < Greek “floks”=flame < “flegein”=to burn.

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

A herbaceous Eurasian plant with small white or yellow flowers. Latin “alysson” < Greek “a-“=without + “lissa”=madness (used as a herbal cure for rabies).

A curse. French “maliçon” < Old French “maleiçon”=damnation < Latin “maledicere” < “male”=badly + “dicere”=to speak.