Macbeth Vocabulary

brandished (quote) “…[Brave] Macbeth…with his _____ steel…carved out his passage…”
brandished (definition) waved menacingly; transitive verb or adjective
sieve (quote) “But in a ____ I’ll thither sail,/And, like a rat without a tail,/I’ll do, and I’ll do, and I’ll do.”
sieve (definition) pot with holes to separate liquids and solids; noun
liege (quote) “My ___,/They are not yet come back.”
liege (definition) lord; noun
harbinger (quote) “I’ll be myself the ____ and make joyful/The hearing of my wife with your approach.”
harbinger (definition) messenger going ahead to tell of who/what is coming; noun
missives (quote) “Whiles I stood rapt in the wonder of it came ___ from the King, who all-hailed me ‘Thane of Cawdor,’…”
missives (definition) letters or notes; noun
chastise (quote) “Hie thee hither,/That I may pour my spirits in thine ear/And ___ with the valor of my tongue…”
chastise (definition) to reproach/scold aggressively; verb
impedes (quote) “And chastise…/All that ____ thee from the golden round…”
impedes (definition) to block someone or make a process harder; verb
metaphysical (quote) “All that impedes thee from the golden round,/Which fate and ___ aid doth seem/To have thee crowned withal.”
metaphysical (definition) supernatural, stretching beyond reality; adjective
esteem (quote) “Wouldst thou have that/Which thou —‘st the ornament of life/And live a coward in thine own ____…”
esteem (definition) to consider (verb); opinion (noun)
quell (quote) “What not put upon/His spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt/Of our great ___?”
quell (definition) murder; noun
mettle (quote) “Bring forth men-children only,/For thy undaunted ___ should compose/Nothing but males.”
mettle (definition) strong, brave character/ noun
repose (quote) “Merciful powers,/Restrain me in the cursed thoughts that nature/Gives way to in ___.”
repose (definition) sleep, rest; noun
knell (quote) “Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a ___/That summons thee to heaven or hell.”
knell (definition) death omen (literally, bell sound); noun
surfeited (quote) “The doors are open, and the ___ grooms/Do mock their charge with snores.”
surfeited (definition) over-indulged; adjective
multitudinous (quote) “No, this hand will rather/The ___ seas incarnadine,/Making the green one red.”
multitudinous (definition) many; adjective
incarnadine (quote) “No, this hand will rather/The multitudinous seas ___,/Making the green one red.”
incarnadine (definition) red, blood-colored; adjective
equivocate (quote) “Faith, here’s an ____or that could swear in both the scales against either scale, who committed treason enough for God’s sake yet could not ___ to heaven.”
equivocate (definition) to intentionally use misleading, unclear language; verb
lamentings (quote) “Where we lay,/Our chimneys were blown down and, as they say,/___ heard i’ th’ air, strange screams of death…”
lamentings (definition) sorrowful, mourning cries; noun
sacrilegious (quote) “Most ___ murder hat broke ope/The Lord’s anointed temple and stole thence/The life o’ th’ building.”
sacrilegious (definition) disrespectful toward something sacred; adjective
counterfeit (quote) “Shake off this downy sleep, death’s ___,/And look on death itself.”
counterfeit (definition) imitation; noun
posterity (quote) “Yet it was said/It should not stand in thy ___/But that myself should be the root and father/Of many kings.”
posterity (definition) set of descendants; noun
parricide (quote) “We hear our bloody cousins are bestowed/In England and in Ireland, not confessing/Their cruel ___, filling their hearers/With strange invention.”
parricide (definition) murder of a parent; noun
dauntless (quote) “‘This much he dares,/And to that ___ temper of his mind/He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valor/To act in safety.”
dauntless (definition) fearless; adjective
bounteous (quote) “The valued file/Distinguishes the swift, the slow, the subtle,/The housekeeper, the hunter, every one/According to the gift which ___ nature/Hath in him closed; Whereby he does receive particular addition, from the bill/That writes them all alike.”
bounteous (definition) generous, giving much; adjective
sundry (quote) “And thence it is/That I to your assistance do make love,/Masking the business from the common eye/For ___ weighty reasons.”
sundry (definition) various; adjective
jovial (quote) “Sleek o’er your rugged looks. Be bright and ___/Among your guests tonight.”
jovial (definition) joyful, playful; adjective
purged (quote) “Blood hath been shed ere now, i’ th’ olden time/Ere human statute ___ the gentle weal; Aye, and since too, murders have been performed/Too terrible for the ear.”
purged (definition) cleansed of sin and other bad elements; participle of verb
contriver (quote) “Saucy and overbold, how did you dare/To trade and traffic with Macbeth/In riddles and affairs of death/And I, the mistress of your charms/The close ___ of all harms/Was never called to bear my part/Or show the glory of our art?”
contriver (definition) person who creates plans skillfully; noun
pious (quote) “Did he not straight/In ___ rage the two delinquents tear/That were the slaves of drink and thralls of sleep?”
pious (definition) dutiful, virtuous (especially religious); adjective
conjure (quote) “I ___ you by that which you profess/(Howe’er you come to know it), answer me.”
conjure (definition) solemnly request (esp. to a devil or other magical creature); verb
pernicious (quote) :Where are they? Gone? Let this ___ hour/Stand aye acursed in the calendar! – Come in, without there.”
pernicious (definition) destructive, (rarely) evil; adjective
diminutive (quote) “He loves us not;/He wants the natural touch; for the poor wren,/The most ___ of birds, will fight,/Her young ones in the nest, against the owl.”
diminutive (definition) small; adjective
desolate (quote) “Let us seek out some ___ shade and there/Weep our sad bosoms empty.”
desolate (definition) deserted, forlorn; adjective
avaricious (quote) “I grant him bloody,/Luxurious, ___, false, deceitful,/Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin/That has a name.”
avaricious (definition) greedy for wealth; adjective
blaspheme (quote) “When shalt thou see thy wholesome days again,/Since that the truest issue of thy throne/By his own interdiction seems accursed/And does ___ his breed?”
blaspheme (definition) to tarnish the reputation of; verb
abjure (quote) “I put myself to thy direction and/Unspeak mine own detraction, here ___/The taints and blames I laid upon myself/For strangers to my nature.”
abjure (definition) recant; verb
dire (quote) “Your eye in Scotland/Would create soldiers, make our women fight/To doff their ___ distresses.”
dire (definition) terrible, distressing; adjective
quarry (quote) “To relate the manner/Were on the ___ of these murdered deer/To add the death of you.”
quarry (definition) heap, also refers to prey; noun
guise (quote) “This is her very ___ and,/upon my life, fast asleep.”
guise (definition) typical behavior; noun
sovereign (quote) “Or so much as it needs/To dew the ___ flower and drown the weeds.”
sovereign (definition) relating to monarch; adjective
epicures (quote) “Then fly, false thanes/And mingle with the English ___.”
epicures (definition) gluttons, luxury-seekers; noun
pristine (quote) “If thou couldst, doctor, cast/The water of my land, find her disease,/And purge it to a sound and ___ health,/I would applaud thee to the very echo/That should applaud again.”
pristine (definition) pure, unspoiled; adjective
purgative (quote) “What rhubarb, senna, or what ___ drug/Would scour these English hence?”
purgative (definition) cleansing of sin; adjective
speculative (quote) “Thoughts ___ their unsure hopes relate,/But certain issue strokes must arbitrate; Towards which, advance the war.”
speculative (definition) theoretical, as opposed to practical; adjective
arbitrate (quote) “Thoughts speculative their unsure hopes relate,/But certain issue strokes must ___; Towards which, advance the war.”
arbitrate (definition) to reach a definitive solution; verb
palter (quote) “And be these juggling fiends no more believed/That ___ with us in a double sense,/That keep the word of promise to our ear/And break it with our hope.”
palter (definition) to talk insincerely/evasively, equivocate, lie; verb
usurper (quote) “Behold where stands/Th’ ___’s cursed head.”
usurper (definition) one who steals something; noun
quarry (definition)
avaricious (definition) greedy for wealth; adjective

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