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ENGL 214PD: Perception and Deception in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

What did that word mean in the past?

The English language has changed over time. Words we use today may have meant something quite different in Medieval or Early Modern times, or may not have been introduced into the English language until much later.  Entries in the Oxford English Dictionary include definitions and examples of usage with dates that can help you determine how a word was used in the past.

What's the modern equivalent of a medieval or early modern word?

Trying to figure out the modern equivalent of a medieval or early modern word? An historical thesaurus can help.

Middle English

Shakespeare's (Early Modern) English

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