Julius Caesar Act 1 Vocabulary

cobbler a person who makes or repairs shoes
conscience Sense of right and wrong
sole the underside of footwear
knave a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
beseech ask for or request earnestly
awl a pointed tool for marking surfaces or for punching small holes
meddle intrude in other people’s affairs or business
Tiber river flowing through Rome
concave curving inward
ingratitude a lack of thankfulness
basest lowest
Lupercal old Roman fertility celebration, celebrated on February 13th
vulgar lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
servile submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior
barren not bearing offspring
ides n., the middle (usually of March when Julius Caesar was murdered.)
soothsayer someone who makes predictions of the future (usually on the basis of special knowledge)
hinder be a hindrance or obstacle to
construe make sense of
cogitations thoughts
lamented mourned or grieved for
immortal living forever
fawn try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
virtue the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong
Aeneas The son of Venus and Anchises, he was a noble fighter for Troy during the Trojan War. He escaped from Troy as the Greeks were sacking the city and went off in search of a place to establish the new Troy. He settled in Italy, where his descendants founded the city of Rome.
epilepsy a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by loss of consciousness and convulsions – many believe that this was the illness of Julius Caesar
Colossus (n.) a gigantic statue or thing (For 56 years, the ancient city of Rhodes featured a ___ standing astride its harbor.
conjure evoke or call forth, with or as if by magic
chidden scolded
ferret search and discover through persistent investigation
liable held legally responsible
coronet n. Inferior crown denoting, according to its form, various degrees of noble rank less than sovereign.
loath unwilling, reluctant
rabblement mob
swound fainting
rogues Dishonest or worthless people
mettle the courage to carry on
obscurely dimly, unclearly
tempest (literary) a violent wind
incences provoke
prodigies omens
heralds a person who comes before to announce what follows
ordinance set of laws
prodigious so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
tyranny a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
offal viscera and trimmings of a butchered animal often considered inedible by humans
factious causing disagreement
redress act of correcting an error or a fault or an evil
praetor an annually elected magistrate of the ancient Roman Republic
alchemy a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold

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