Hamlet Act 3 Vocabulary

Turbulent (adj.) disorderly, riotous, violent; stormyIt was difficult to sail over the turbulent waters in the middle of a thunderstorm.
Affront (n.) an open or intentional insult; a slight; (v.) to insult to one’s face; to face in defiance, confrontThe casual affront was obviously meant to make him look bad in front of his boss.
Espial (n) the act of spying.
Pious (adj.) Deeply religiousThe pious boy hoped that one day he could become a priest.
Calamity An event that causes great misfortune; a disasterThe jail break was quite the calamity, everything for miles around the prison was closed while the police searched for the prisoner.
Insolence (n) showing a rude and arrogant lack of respectThe boy displayed insolence when he put his feet up on the dinner table while people were still eating.
Spurn To reject scornfullyThe college spurned Bob with a rejection letter.
Quietus (Noun): A finishing action, something that ends or finishes, death?
Bodkin a small sharp-pointed tool for punching holes in leather or fabricTailors use bodkins to make purses.
Pith Brief and full of meaning and substance; concise, to the point
Awry Twisted or turned; wrong, amiss, off course
Orison n. a prayer
Inoculate A way of protection against sickness where they expose the person to a little bit of the disease to make them immune.
Knave n. An unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest person
Calumny n. A false and malicious accusation deliberately meant to hurt someone’s reputation
Melancholy A gloomy state of mind, depressed
Temperance (n) moderation, self-control, esp. regarding alcohol or other desires or pleasures
Termagant a scolding nagging bad-tempered woman
Lament v. To express sorrow or regret; to mourn
Clemency (n.) mercy, humaneness; mildness, moderateness
Withers the highest part of the back at the base of the neck of various animals especially draft animals
Provincial adj. of or pertaining to a province n. a narrow minded person
Gambol (v.) to jump or skip about playfully
Unction (noun) excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charm, the act of anointing someone for a religious purpose
Prate (v.) to talk a great deal in a foolish or aimless fashion
Perchance Perhaps; maybe; possibly

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