MacBeth Act 1 Vocab

Brandished To shake or wave, as a weapon”For brave MacBeth – well he deserves that name- disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution, like valor’s minion carved out his passage till he faced the slave;” (pg. 6)
Plight A condition, state, or situation, especially an unfavorable or unfortunate one”What bloody man is that? He can report, as seemeth by his plight, of the revolt the newest state.” (pg. 6)
Hurlyburly turmoil, confusion, fighting”When the hurlyburly’s done, when the battle’s lost and won.” (pg. 6)
Minion A servile favorite.”Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution, like valor’s minion carved out his passage till he faced the slave;” (pg. 7)
Lavish Prolific, abundant, or profuse”Point against point, rebellious arm ‘gainst arm, curbing his lavish spirit” (pg. 8)
Runyon scabby person”A sailor’s wife had chestnuts in her lap, and mounched, and mounched, and mounched. ‘Give me,” quoth I. ‘Aroint thee, witch!’ the rump-fed ronyon cries.” (pg. 9)
Corporal Bodily, Physical; belonging to the material world”Into the air, and what seemed corporal melted as breath into the wind.” (pg. 12)
Prophetic Predictive; presageful or portentous; ominous”Upon this blasted heath you stop our way with such prophetic greeting? speak, I charge you.” (pg. 11)
Surmise An idea or thought of something as being possible or likely”My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smothered in surmise, and nothing is but what is not.” (pg. 13)
Fantastical Conceived or appearing as if conceived by an unrestrained imagination; odd and remarkable”Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear things that do sound so fair? I’ th’ name of truth, are ye fantastical, or that indeed which outwardly ye show?” (pg. 11)
harbinger A person who goes ahead to make known the approach of another; herald”The rest is labor, which is not used for you. I’ll be myself the harbinger, and make joyful the hearing of my wife with your approach;” (pg. 15)
Plenteous Plentiful; copious; abundant “My plenteous joys, wanton in fullness, seek to hide themselves in drops of sorrow.” (pg. 15)
Rapt Deeply engrossed or absorbed; entranced”My noble partner you greet with present grace and great prediction of noble having and of royal hope, that he seems rapt withal: to me you speak not.” (pg. 11)
Missives Message or letter to be sent; messengers”While I stood rapt in the wonder of it, came missives from the king, who all-hailed me ‘Thane of Cawdor’;” (pg. 16)
Metaphysical Incorporeal; supernatural”Hie thee hither, that I may pour my spirits in thine ear, and chastise with the valor of my tongue all that impedes thee from the golden round which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem to have thee crowned withal.” (pg. 17)
Remorse Deep and painful regret for wrongdoing; compunction; guilt”Make thick my blood, stop up th’ access and passage to remorse, that no compunctious visitings of nature shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between th’ effect and it!” (pg.17)
Beguile to influence by trickery, flattery, etc; mislead; delude”Your face, my thane, is as a book where men may read strange matters. To beguile the time, look like the time; bear welcome in your eye, your hand, your tongue;” (pg. 18)
sovereign a monarch; a king, queen, or other supreme ruler”This night’s great business into my dispatch; which shall to all our nights and days to come give solely sovereign sway and masterdom.” (pg. 18)
Procreant Breeding; procreating or generating”No jutty, frieze, buttress, nor coign of vantage, but this bird hath made his pendent bed and procreant cradle. (pg. 18)
martlet Bird that builds nests in churches; a footless bird, often found in coats of arms”This guest of summer, the temple-haunting martlet, does approve by his loved mansionry that the heaven’s breath swells wooingly here.” (Pg. 18)
Purveyor Advance man; a person or thing that habitually provides or supplies a particular thing or quality” Where’s the Thane of Cawdor? We coursed him at his heels, and had a purpose to be his purveyor: but he rides well, and his great love, sharp as his spur, hath holp him to his home before us.” (pg. 20)
Trammel a hindrance or impediment to free action; restraint”If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly. If th’ assassination could trammel up the consequence, and catch, with his surcease, success;” (pg. 20)
Chamberlains an official charged with the management of the living quarters of a sovereign or member of the nobility”When Duncan is asleep- whereto the rather shall his day;s hard journey soundly invite him- his two chamberlains will I with wine and wassail so convince, that memory, the warder of the brain, shall be a fume” (pg. 21)
Limbeck Still; dead to the surroundings; with no awareness; without reasoning”That memory, the warder of the brain, shall be a fume, and the receipt of reason a limbeck only: when in swinish sleep their drenched natures lie as in a death” (pg. 21)

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