Julius Caesar – Act 2 Vocabulary

taper stick of wax with a wick in the middle
spurn reject with contempt
adder small terrestrial viper common in northern Eurasia
craves To have an intense desire for
disjoins separates
base of low birth or station (‘base’ is archaic in this sense)
augmented added to or made greater in amount or number or strength
mischievous naughtily or annoyingly playful
Tarquin according to legend, the seventh and last Etruscan king of Rome who was expelled for his cruelty (reigned from 534 to 510 BC)
awe an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration
insurrection organized opposition to authority
affability a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)
Erebus (Greek mythology) Greek god of darkness who dwelt in the underworld
entreat ask for or request earnestly
idle not in active use
lottery something that is regarded as a chance event
palter be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
cautelous treacherous; cunning; wily; cautious
carrion the dead and rotting body of an animal
whit a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
shrewd marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
contriver to plan with cleverness or ingenuity; devise
chide to scold
ingrafted planted firmly; established
augurer a person who makes predictions based on signs/omens
wafture the act of signaling by a movement of the hand
dank unpleasantly cool and humid
rheumy moist, damp, wet (especially of air)
bosom a person’s breast or chest, the place of affections
vouchsafe grant in a condescending manner
exorcist one who expels evil spirits
sufficeth sufficient
portents things that foreshadow a coming event : omens, or signs
imminent Just about to happen
ague fever
emulation effort to equal or surpass another
fray a noisy fight
suit a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
feeble lacking strength
void an empty area or space

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