31 terms

Macbeth Vocabulary

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brandish
to wave or flourish in a menacing or vigorous fashion
chastise
To inflict physical punishment as a means of correction; to scold severely
cleave
To cut or split open; to cling to
dire/direful
extremely serious or urgent
ere
Before
flout
To mock, treat with contempt
harbinger
A person or thing that is a symbol of what is to come
impede/impediment
delay or prevent someone or something by obstructing them; hinder
liege
a lord, master, or sovereign
mettle
a person's ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way
trammel/untrammeled
deprive of freedom of action/not deprived of freedom of action or expression
undaunted/daunt
not intimidated or discouraged b difficulty, danger, or disappointment/make someone feel intimidated or apprehensive
wanton/wantonness
sexually immodest or promiscuous
benison
a blessing or benediction
carouse/carouser
drink plentiful amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way
equivocate/equivocation
to use unclear language especially to deceive or mislead someone
scruple/scrupulous
diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to details; very concerned to avoid doing wrong
surfeit
An excessive amount of something
warrant/unwarranted
to justify or authorize/not justified or authorized
amend/amendment
make minor changes in order to make it fairer, more accurate, or up-to-date
augur
to foreshadow a favorable or unfavorable outcome for something
blanch
to remove the color from; to make or turn pale; to parboil
homage
special honor or respect shown publicly
avaricious/avarice
having or showing an extreme greed for wealth or material gain
covet/covetous
yearn to possess or have; want something that belongs to someone else
niggard/niggardly
not generous; stingy
redress
remedy or set right; compensation for a wrong or grievance
bane
The cause of ruin, harm, distress, or death
censure
To criticize; to blame
perturbation
anxiety; mental uneasiness
usurp
To seize and hold (as a position) with force or without legal right