C1 English Macbeth Vocab

Minion (n) in the play: darling or favorite; modern use: slave or servant
Beguile (v) to deceive
Husbandry (n) economy (not related to financial structure); thriftiness
Incarnadine (v) to redden
Scotched (v) cut; gashed
Malicious (adj) intending to harm; vicious
Exeunt (v) theater term: to exit (plural)
Soliloquy (n) theater term: the act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers
Paradox (n) a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory
Aside (n) theater term: words spoken by an actor to the people watching a play, that the other characters in the play do not hear
Hurlyburly (n) disorder and noise; commotion; tumult
Commendation (n) praise, approval; recommendation
Adage (n) a well-known proverb
Vizards (n) masks
Equivocate (v) to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
Dauntless (adj) not frightened or discouraged
Malevolence (n) the wish that evil may happen to others; ill will; spitefulness
Prattle (v) to talk or tell freely and carelessly, as some children do
Usurp (v) to seize and hold power, position, or authority by force or without right
Apparition (n) a supernatural sight or thing; the appearance of something strange, remarkable or unexpected
Knell (n) the sound of a bell rung slowly after death or at a funeral; a warning sign of death or failure
Stanchless (adj) insatiable; unquenchable
Homage (n) respect; reverence
Jocund (adj) feeling, expressing, or communicating mirth or cheer
Plight (n) a difficult or unfortunate situation; predicament
Furbish (v) to brighten by rubbing or scouring; to restore to good condition and make usable again
Chiasmus (n) a reversal of grammatical structures in successive phrases or clauses
Epicures (n) lovers of luxury
Interenchant (adj) invulnerable, not able to be cut
Wrack (n) destruction
Ravined (adj) ravenous
Chaundron (n) entrails (inner organs when removed)
Harped (v) in the play: guessed; modern use: nagged or fixated on
Bellona (n) Roman goddess of war
Abjure (v) to swear to give up; to renounce; to retract formally or solemnly; to refrain from; to avoid
Nonpareil (n) one without equal
Covet (v) to desire eagerly (something that belongs to another)
Benison (n) a blessing
Temperance (n) moderation in action, speech, habits, etc.
Bruited (v) announced by a great noise

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