Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Vocabulary
|profaners|| those who have a lack of respect for what is sacred.|
"Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace, profaners of this neighbor-stained steel"
|pernicious|| evil; wicked. |
"you men, you beats, That quench the fire of your pernicious rage."
|augmenting|| to make (something already developed) greater. |
"Man a morning hat he there been seen, With tears augmenting the fresh morning's dew"
|portentous|| foreboding. |
"Black and portentous must this humor prove, Unless good counsel may the cause remove."
|transgression|| a violation of a law, command or duty.|
"Why, such is love's transgression- Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast"
|posterity|| future generations|
"For beauty, starv'd with her severity, Cuts beauty off from all posterity."
|languish|| to become weak or feeble|
"One desperate grief cures with another's languish"
|heretics|| a person who holds controversial opinions|
"When the devout religion of mine eye Maintains such falsehood ... Transparent heretics, be burnt for liars!"
|esteem|| regard with respect|
"Here in Verona, ladies of esteem, Are made already mothers"
|obscured|| indistinctly heard; faint|
"And what obscur'd in this fair volume lies Find written in the margent of his eyes"
|boisterous|| rough and stormy; violent|
"Is love a tender thing? it is too rough, Too rude, too boisterous; and it pricks like thorn."
|alderman|| a member of the municipal legislative body|
"no bigger than an agate-stone on the fore-finger of an alderman."
|benefice|| a church office endowed with fixed capital assets|
"Tickling a parson's nose as 'a lies asleep, Then he dreams of another benefice"
|purged|| to free from impurities|
"Thus from my lips, by thine sin is purg'd"
|loathed|| to dislike (someone or something) greatly|
"That I must love a loathed enemy"