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Tragedy of Macbeth Test Glossary Terms

These words were given to British Studies (English Honors) students in class, by Sr. Jude for upcoming test on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011.
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Dichotomy
a division or contrast between two things that have polar or opposite qualities (e.g. good and bad, fair and foul) --> equivocation.
Dramatic irony
a type of irony, in which the significance of a character's words or actions are clear to the audience but unknown to the character.
Treason
to take out/kill the king (which disrupts order of society).
Usurpation
take the thrown. Usurp the line breaks chain and disrupts the system. Breaking of the natural order.
Equivocation
to say one thing while meaning something different; to us ambiguous language so as to conceal the truth or to avoid categorical statements
Tragic Flaw
a fatal flaw in one's character, usually leading to the downfall of the hero or heroine
Acheron
Hell; one of the rivers in Hades
Augur
to foresee or predict the future a.k.a witches
Berate
to scold or criticize angrily
Bodements
omens; a herald
Compunctions
feelings of guilt or moral scruple that follows a crime or sin
Incarnadine
crimson or pinkish-red color
Minion
underling or servant of an important person
Parricide
the killing of a patent or near relative
Rancour
bitter, especially longstanding resentfulness
Recompense
compensation for loss or harm done; also a reward for efforts or work performed
Regicide
the killing of a king