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AP English Macbeth Vocabulary

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Wrought
v. Formed
The emergence of the Enlightenment philosophy wrought the basis of democratic society.
Chastise
v. To punish, scold severely.
The plantation farmer chastised the slaves who refused to complete the work.
Impede
v. To hinder or obstruct (to cause delay or interruption).
The continuous, rainy weather impeded the construction of the new building.
Adage
n. An old saying accepted as true.
When the girl said her friend wore better clothes, the teacher reminded her the adage, "The grass is always greener on the other side."
Largesse
n. Gift of money.
Largesse was given to those who exceeded in military services.
Surfeit
n. Excessive amount, overabundance.
The surfeit of nightshade consumption could cause the accumulation of toxic substances.
Appall
v. To horrify, shock.
The sight of a crime scene appalled the pedestrians.
Multitudinous
adj. Consisting of many elements or parts.
The multitudinous machine was hard to dismantle.
Predominance
n. Superiority in effectiveness, degree, quality.
The predominance of the new governor made it difficult for other candidates to win the election.
Maws
n. bellies, stomachs.
He ate until his maw swelled to the size of a soccer ball.
Posterity
n. All succeeding generations (future generations).
The wise man wrote a will which granted his property to his posterity.
Verity
n. A statement or belief acknowledged to be an established truth.
Famous universal verities usually originate from the words of a philosopher.
Oracle
n. Something or someone believed to be a source of wisdom.
Founders of world religions are praised as an oracle.
Indissoluble
adj. lasting or permanent.
It is rare to see an indissoluble friendship, as humans are deceptive and egoistic animals.
Dauntless
adj. Fearless.
Superman is a dauntless hero, always heading for those who need help.
Rancor
n. Malice, spiteful (desire to harm someone).
The discussion must proceed without rancor, so a fair decision can be made.
Incense
v. To make someone very angry.
The football score incensed the fans of the losing team.
Sundry
adj. Miscellaneous; of an indefinite small number.
The two governors, along with their main goal, made sundry decisions of their country.
Jocund
adj. Jovial, cheerful.
Her jocund spirit attracted many people.
Infirmity
n. Weakness, feebleness.
The athlete showed signs of infirmity when he fractured his leg just by falling on the floor.
Homage
n. Anything done to show honor or respect.
An appropriate homage during a trip could be visiting the local shrine to show respect to the culture.
Conjure
v. To call upon or entreat.
It seemed the magician conjured a miracle on stage.
Deftly
adv. skillfully, quickly
The receptionists completed their work deftly.
Chafe
v. To make sore, irritate.
The continuous labor chafed the worker's body.
Vanquish
v. To defeat in a battle or in an argument.
The ASIJ debate team vanquished their opponents with rock solid evidence.
Pernicious
adj. Destructive, deadly.
The pernicious nuclear weapon was banned by the United Nations to keep peace.
Diminutive
adj. Very small, tiny.
Though the employee worked hard, his boss gave him diminutive salary.
Judicious
adj. Showing good judgement.
The student showed judicious choice of evidence in her essay.
Laudable
adj. Praiseworthy.
She got a raise in her salary for her laudable idea.
Intemperance
n. Lack of restraint (lack of moderation).
Avarice
n. Greed for wealth.