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Macbeth Acts 3 and 4 Vocab, Mrs. Chester

Macbeth Acts 3 and 4 Vocab, Mrs. Chester
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posterity
noun: all future generations; all the offspring of a particular blood line
eminence
noun: high status importance owing to marked superiority
nonpareil
noun: one having no equal; model of excellence or perfection of a kind
charnel
noun: a vault or building where corpses or bones are deposited
maw
noun: informal term for the mouth
assailable
adjective: not defended or capable of being defended
distillation
noun: the process of purifying a liquid by boiling it and condensing its vapors
tedious
adjective: so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
mirth
noun: great merriment
dolor
noun: painful grief
avaricious
adjective: greedy for riches (or other desirable things)
taint
noun: the state of being contaminated; stained; blemished
hoodwink
verb: conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end; trick
pious
adjective: having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity; devoutly religious
mendacious
adjective: given to lying; intentionally untrue
bestow
verb: to present as a gift; archaic definition: to house or to store
recoil
verb: to draw back or spring back
augur
noun: (ancient Rome) a religious official who interpreted omens to guide public policy; prophet or predictor
prowess
noun: a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation
gibbet
noun: instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which condemned persons are executed by hanging; gallows