Macbeth – Unit 5

hurly-burly (n) noisy disorder and confusion; commotion; uproar; tumultsynonym: chaosantonym: calm
disdain (n) a feeling of contempt for anything regarded as unworthy; scornsynonym: (n) disparagementantonym: (n) admiration
minion (n) a servile follower or subordinate of a person in powersynonym: (n) lackeyantonym: (n) superior
flout (v) to treat with disdain, scorn or contempt; scoff at; mocksynonym: mockantonym: respect
sieve (n) a strainer or colander (v) to put through a strainer or colandersynonym: (v) sift (n) filterantonym: (v) collect
pine (v) 1. to yearn deeply; suffer with longing 2. to fade away from grief, regret or longing pine for (longing)pine away (grief)synonym: 1. brood 2. dwindleantonym: dislike
rapt (adj) showing complete interest in something; wholly absorbed or transported with emotionsynonym: engrossedantonym: disinterested
prophetic (adj) 1. having the power to predict the future 2. predictive; ominous synonym: portentous
vantage (n) a position giving a strategic advantage, commanding perspective, or comprehensive viewsynonym: high groundantonym: disadvantage
harbinger (n) 1. a person who announces the approach of another person; herald 2. anything that foreshadows a future event; omen; signsynonym: advance notice
peerless (adj) having no equal; superior to allsynonym: eminentantonym: menial
chastise (v) 1. to discipline 2. to criticize severelysynonym: reprimandantonym: complimant
buttress (n) 1. an external prop or support used to steady a building (v) 2. to support by a buttress; prop up 3. to encourage or support (a person, plan, etc.)
shoal (n) 1. an area where water is shallow 2. a sandbarsynonym: shallows
plague (v) to trouble, annoy, or torment synonym: vexantonym: please
adage (n) a traditional saying; proverbsynonym: maxim
undaunted (adj) courageous; not giving way to fearsynonym: unyieldingantonym: timid
clamor (n) a loud uproar, as from a crowd of people (v) to make an outcry or utter noisilysynonym: furorantonym: serenity
repose (n) the state of being at rest (v) to rest or relaxsynonym: tranquilityantonym: agitation
largesse (n) generous bestowal of gifts; the act of liberally distributing money or giftssynonym: generosityantonym: greed

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