Hamlet Act 2: Vocab

Assay (verb) To attemptEx. I assayed one of my silly jokes on my brother.
Purport (verb)Purportedly (adverb)* To falsely claim to do somethingEx. The company purported that its technology was top-of-the-line; however, it failed to even turn on. Ex. The company purportedly claims that its technology work; however, it often does not.
Fetter (verb)Unfetter (verb)* Restricted or restrain someone in an undesirable fashionEx. After the breakup, the boy was left emotionally fettered. Ex. The imagination of a child is unfettered by the harsh realities of the world.
Entreat (verb)Entreatment (noun) To beg; to ask someone anxiously to do somethingEx. I entreat you to consider my offer.
Vouchsafe (verb)Vouchsafement (noun) To give or grant something to someone in a gracious or condescending manner Ex. The man vouchsafed his friend to borrow his car.
Gentry (noun)Gentrify (verb)*–> to improve a neighborhood by gentrificationGentrification (noun)*–> buying or renovation of homes in a deteriorating neighborhood; often improves property values, but displaces low-income families and small businesses Upperclass Ex. The gentry came to the show dressed in expensive clothing and jewelry.Ex. The gentrification of the neighborhood improved the property value in the area; unfortunately, it also displaced many families. Ex. The gentrified neighborhoods left almost no trace of the low-income families that once lived there.Ex. Many people believed that if they gentrified the neighborhood, they could force the small business out of town.
Beseech (verb) To beg someone to do somethingEx. My brother beseeched me not to tell our parents of his whereabouts the previous night.
Liege (noun) A lord entitled to land; superior; top guy; station below the kingEx. The peasants owed their liege an annual tax.
Rebuke (noun)Rebuke (verb)cannot rebuke someone’s thoughts To express sharp criticism or disapproval towards someone because of their behavior or actionsEx. The parents delivered a sharp rebuke to their child for his actions.Ex. The mother rebuked her children for coming to dinner late.
Expostulate (verb)Expostulation (noun)*cannot expostulate against something or someone To express strong disapproval or disagreementEx. The teacher expostulated with her student about the origin of the war.Ex. The parents expostulated with their child regarding wrongful actions.Ex. The boy did not listen to the expostulation of his teacher regarding his disruptive behavior in class.
Brevity (noun)Brief (adjective) ShortnessEx. The brevity of the book surprised the critics.
Carrion (noun) The decaying flesh of dead animalsEx. After the fire, the barn smelled of carrion.
Contrive (verb) To devise; to invent; trickery; planEx. The kids contrived a way to get out of class early.Ex. The man contrived a way to successfully break into the car and steal the wallet.
Tedious (adjective)Tedium (noun)* Long and tiresome Ex. Taking notes is often tedious.Ex. Because the man spends ten hours a day working at a desk, his job is filled with tedium.
Strumpet (noun) A prostituteEx. The women was considered a strumpet because of her promiscuous behavior.
Mirth (noun) Amusement; especially in the form of laughterEx. It was obvious by Jack’s mirth that he thought the movie was funny.
Promontory (noun) A high point of land that juts out into a large body of waterEx. During their hike, the couple walked to the edge of the promontory and gazed out into the ocean.
Firmament (noun) The heavens or skyEx. At night, the boy would observe the firmament through his telescope.
Paragon (noun) Epitome; perfect example of Ex. Tim was the paragon of punctuality; he was never late for class.
Gratis (adverb) Free; without chargeEx. The food at the homeless shelter was give gratis; no one had to pay.
Sere (adjective) Dry or witheredEx. The once green fields became sere overtime due to the drought.
Rapier (noun) Long, sharp swordEx. The king killed the night with a rapier.
Ducat (noun) Form of moneyEx. The king paid two hundred ducats to purchase a horse.
Appurtenance (noun) An accessory or item associated with a particular activity or style of livingEx. An appurtenance of tennis is a racket.
Indict (verb)Indictment (noun) To bring a formal accusation againstEx. The judge indicted the man or murder after being presented all of the evidence
Rheum (noun) A watery fluidEx. During the sad movie, the woman’s eyes filled with rheum and she began to cry.
Diadem (noun) CrownEx. The diadem of Queen Elizabeth I is on show in a museum in London.
Visage (noun) Facial expressionEx. It was obvious by the girl’s visage that she did not like the food one bit.
Offal (noun) The discarded parts of an animal; not for human consumption; only of an animalEx. The man took the cow offal and threw it into the trashcan.
Rogue (adjective)*Rogue (noun) A dishonest man; someone who is on longer obedient to the organization they’re supposed to be obedient toEx. No one trusted the rogue because of his constant lies.Ex. The rogue spy continued the mission after he was given orders to abort.

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