Macbeth Vocabulary

disdaining To look upon or treat with contempt; despise; scorn; consider beneath oneself; feeling comtempt for anything regarded unworthy -well he deserves that name–_________ fortune, with his brandish’d steel (act I, scene II, sergeant)
minion a servile or subordinate of a person in power; favored or highly regarded official. “Disdaining fortune, with his brandish’d steel,Which smoked with bloody execution,Like valour’s _______ carved out his passageTill he faced the slave.”Sergeant Act 1 Scene 2
Golgotha “the place of dead men’s skulls”; where Jesus was crucified. Act 1 Scene 2 Sergeant- Act 2, scene 2, line 44 {Sergeant}
thane a member of any of several aristrocratic classes of men ranking between earls and ordinance freeman, granted lands by the king or by lords for milaritary service Macbeth says, “In which addition, hail, most worthy ———!” Act I Scene 3
rapt deeply engrossed or absorbed; transported with emotion. “My noble partnerYou greet with present grace and great prediction Of noble having and of royal hope,That he seems___withal: to me you speak not.” Banquo, Act 1, scene 3
corporal of the human body; physical “Into the air; and what seem’d ____ meltedAs breath into the wind. Would they had stay’d!” (Macbeth, 1.3)
trifles an article or thing of very little value. Banquo says”The instruments of darkness tell us truths,Win us with honest ——-, to betray’sIn deepest consequence.” ACT 1 SCENE 3
surmise to think or infer without any ceratain or strong evidence; conjecture; guess Macbeth says, “Is smother’d in ————-, and nothing is but what is not.” Act I Scene 3
wrought worked; elaborated; embellished; Act 3 Scene 1: Macbeth says, “Who _________ with them, and all things else that might to half a soul and to a notion crazedSay ‘Thus did Banquo.'”
liege a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service. We are men, my _____. First Murderer ACT 3 Scene 1
recompense to reward or repay; to make compensation. Macbeth says, “That swiftest wing of_____ is slow to overtake thee.” Duncan ACT I Scene 4
peerless Having no equal. “It is a______ kinsman.” Act I scene IV
chastise to disipline, especially, by corporal punishment
impedes to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hinderances; obstruct; hinder
metaphysical highly abstract, subtle, or abstruse. “All that impedes thee from the golden round,Which fate and _________ aid doth seemTo have thee crown’d withal.” Lady Macbeth Act 1 Scene 5
direst causing or involving fear or suffering; urgent; indicating trouble”And fill me from the crown to the toe top-fullOf ______cruelty!” (Lady Macbeth, 4.5)
compunctious a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret of doing wrong or causing pain; contrition; remorse:Stop up the access and passage to remorse,That no compunctious visitings of natureShake my fell purpose, nor keep peace betweenThe effect and it! Lady Macbeth Act I Scene V
gall bitterness of spirit; shameless boldness
beguile to influence by trickerybe defeated To_____ the time,Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye,Your hand, your tongue:LADY MACBETH (5.1)
frieze the part of a classical entablature between the architrave and the cornice, usually decorated. Banquo said, “This guest of summer,The temple-haunting martlet, does approve,By his loved mansionry, that the heaven’s breathSmells wooingly here: no jutty, ____________,Buttress, nor coign of vantage, but this birdHath made his pendent bed and procreant cradle:Where they most breed and haunt, I have observed,The air is delicate.” Act3 Scene 6
contend to struggle in opposition
surcease to come to an end; Macbeth says “With his______success; that but this blow might be the be-all and the end-all here,” Act 1 Scene 7
vaulting Leap up or over. Macbeth says, “To prick the sides of my intent, but only___ambition, which o’erleaps itself and falls on the other.” ACT I SCENE VII
mettle courage and fortitude; disposition or temperament. “Bring forth men-children only;For thy undaunted _______ should composeNothing but males.”Macbeth Act 1 Scene 7
husbandry Careful use of resources; frugality; Banquo says, “There’s ________ in heaven; Their candles are all out.” Act II Scene I
largess Gifts; tips –“He hath been in unusual pleasure, and Sent forth great _____ to your offices.” Banquo , Act II Scene 1
entreat find; to ask earnestly Act 2 Scene 1″I think not of them:Yet, when we can _______an hour to serve,We would spend it in some words upon that business,If you would grant the time.”
cleave adhere; “New horrors come upon him,Like our strange garments, _______ not to their mouldBut with the aid of use.” (Banquo Act 1 Scene 3)
repose peace. Banquo says “Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that natureGives way to in ______!” Act II Scene 1
palpable touchable. Macbeth says “I see thee yet, in form as _________As this which now I draw.”Act II Scene 1
sentinel watchman; person watching to prevent attack. Macbeth says, “and wicked dreams abuseThe curtain’d sleep; witchcraft celebratesPale Hecate’s offerings, and wither’d murder,Alarum’d by his _____, the wolf,Whose howl’s his watch, thus with his stealthy pace.” Act 2 Scene 1
prate talk excessivley and pointlessly. Macbeth says, “Thy very stones ____________of my whereabout,And take the present horror from the time,Which now suits with it.” ACT II SCENE I
surfeited drunken; Lady Macbeth says “The doors are open; and the____groomsDo mock their charge with snores:” Act 2 Scene 2
confounds ruinsAct II Scene II (Lady Macbeth)- The attempt and not the deedConfounds us.
incarnadine turn blood-red; Act 2 Scene II: Whence is that knocking?How is’t with me, when every noise appals me?What hands are here? ha! they pluck out mine eyes.Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this bloodClean from my hand? No, this my hand will ratherThe multitudinous seas in _________,Making the green one red.
Beelzebub prince of devils
lechery sexual desire- porter- Act 2 scene 3 lines 33 & 36
equivocator liar (refers to 1606 Jesuit trail)
countenance be inkeeping with “Awake, awake!Ring the alarum-bell. Murder and treason!Banquo and Donalbain! Malcolm! awake!Shake off this downy sleep, death’s counterfeit,And look on death itself! up, up, and seeThe great doom’s image! Malcolm! Banquo!As from your graves rise up, and walk like sprites,To _________this horror! Ring the bell.” (Macduff, 2.3)
scruples suspicions. Lady Macbeth says “Fears and _______ shake us:In the great hand of God I stand; and thenceAgainst the undivulged pretence I fightOf treasonous malice.” Act II Scene 3
malice evil intent Of treasonous _______, Macbeth. ACT III Scene 1
sovereignity being a person with supreme power/authority. Ross says ,”Then ’tis most likeThe ______ will fall upon Macbeth.” Act 2 Scene 4
benison utterance of good wishes. “God’s____ go with you; and with those that would make good of bad, and friends of foes!” -Old man (2.4)
verities state of being true; Act 3 Scene 1: Banquo says, “Why, by the ____________ on thee made good, may they not be my oracles as well, and set me up in hope? But hush! no more.”
indissoluble indissovable; Act 3 Scene I: Let your highnessCommand upon me; to the which my dutiesAre with a most _________ tieFor ever knit.
parricide killing father, mother, or close relative.”We hear, our bloody cousins are bestow’dIn England and in Ireland, not confessingTheir cruel_______, filling their hearersWith strange invention: but of that to-morrow,When therewithal we shall have cause of stateCraving us jointly. Hie you to horse: adieu,Till you return at night. Goes Fleance with you?” ACT 2 Scene 3
probation period of testing. Macbeth says, ” KnowThat it was he in the times past which held youSo under fortune, which you thought had beenOur innocent self: this I made good to youIn our last conference, pass’d in probation with you,” Act 3, Scene 1
predominant having power over others. Macbeth says: “Your patience so ________________ in your natureThat you can let this go?” ACT III SCENE I
subtle delicate or faint and mysterious. Macbeth says, “…All by the name of dogs: the valued file distinguishes the swift, the slow, the _______ ” Act 3 Scene 1
bounteous plentiful- Macbeth Act 3 scene 1 line 105
grapple to seize in firm grip Act III Scene I Macbeth
avouch admit; confess Against my near’st of life: and though I couldWith barefaced power sweep him from my sightAnd bid my will ______ it, yet I must not,For certain friends that are both his and mine,Whose loves I may not drop, but wail his fallWho I myself struck down;(ACT3.1)
sundry various or diverse; Macbeth says ” That I to your assistance do make love, masking the business from the common eye for____weighty reasons.” Act 3 Scene 1
jocund cheerful; Macbeth says, “There’s comfort yet; they are assailable; Then be thou ____: ere the bat hath flown his cloister’d flight, ere to black Hecate’s summons the shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums hath rung night’s yawning peal, there shall be done a deed of dreadful note.” Act III Scene II
mirth amusement usually accompanied with laughter.Both sides are even: here I’ll sit i’ the midst: Be large in______; anon we’ll drink a measure:The table round. Act III Scene 4.
acheron (greek myth) river in underworld;”And at the pit of Meet me i’ the morning: thither heWill come to know his destiny:” Act 3, Scene five
spurn to reject with disdain. Hecate says, “He shall ________ fate, scorn death, and bear he hopes ‘bove wisdom, grace and fear.” Act 3 Scene 5
malevolence hatred. That the ____________of fortune nothing, Lord ACT 3 Scene 6
homage respect paid. Lord said, “Do faithful _________and receive free honours:All which we pine for now: and this reportHath so exasperate the king that hePrepares for some attempt of war.” Act 3 Scene 6
entrails intestines Act 3 Scene 1 “Round about the cauldron go;In the poison’d throw.”
swelter come out gradually in drops; ooze First Witch says, “——– venom sleeping got, Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot.” Act IV Scene 1
Gibbett gallows which bodies were suspended
deftly skillfully”Come, high or low;Thyself and office ______ show!” (Witches and Macbeth, 4.1)
vanquish’d to win in a battle Macbeth shall never _______ be untilGreat Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hillShall come against him.ACT 4.1 THIRD APPARITION
sear burn the surface of. Macbeth says, “Thy crown does ____ mine eye-balls.” Act 4 Scene 1
pernicious exceedingly harmful
diminutive small or tiny”The most _______ of birds, will fight,Her young ones in her nest, against the owl.” (Lady Macbeth, 4.2)
laudable deserving praise — “Is often ______ to do good sometime.” Lady Macbeth, Act IV Scene II
unsanctified make unholy. Lady Macbeth says,”I hope, in no place so ————Where such as thou mayst find him” ACT 4 SCENE 2
desolate uninhabited, devasted, solidary”Let us seek out some _______ shade, and thereWeep our sad bosoms empty.” (Macbeth, 5.3)
dolor sorrow or grief; As if it felt with Scotland and yell’d out Like syllable of _______ (act IV, scene III, Macduff)
redress correct Macbeth says, “What know believe, and what I can________, as I shall find the time to friend, I will. Malcom ACT IV Scene 3
appease to satisfy You may deserve of him through me, and wisdomTo offer up a weak poor innocent lambTo _______an angry god. (Malcolm Act:3 Scene:3)
avarious greedy; covetous
intemperance immoderate indulgance in alcohol: Act 1 Scene III: Boundless ____________In nature is a tyranny; it hath beenThe untimely emptying of the happy throneAnd fall of many kings. But fear not yetTo take upon you what is yours: you mayConvey your pleasures in a spacious plenty,And yet seem cold, the time you may so hoodwink.We have willing dames enough: there cannot beThat vulture in you, to devour so manyAs will to greatness dedicate themselves,Finding it so inclined.
hoodwink to deceive or trick; Macduff says, “But fear not yet to take upon you what is yours: you may convey your pleasures in a spacious plenty, and yet seem cold, the time you may so ______.” Act IV Scene III
avarice miserly desire to gain and hoard wealthWith this there growsIn my most ill-composed affection suchA stanchless ________ that, were I king,(Malcolm ACT: 4 Scene:3)
pernicious exceedingly harmful.”Where are they? Gone? Let this_______ hour Stand aye accursed in the calendar! ACT 4 Scene 1
fortitude mental and emotional stregth in difficulties
confound throw into confusion or disorder.Act IV Scene III (Macduff)- Nay, had I power, I shouldPour the sweet milk of concord into hell,Uproar the universal peace, confoundAll unity on earth.
integrity soundness of moral character; perfect condition, (n.) honesty, high moral standards; an unimpaired condition, completeness, soundness Act 4 Scene III, Malcolm: Macduff, this noble passion,Child of _________________________, hath from my soulWiped the black scruples, reconciled my thoughtsTo thy good truth and honour.
credulous willing to trust too readily “Macduff, this noble passion,Child of integrity, hath from my soulWiped the black scruples, reconciled my thoughtsTo thy good truth and honour. Devilish MacbethBy many of these trains hath sought to win meInto his power, and modest wisdom plucks meFrom over-_____ haste: but God aboveDeal between thee and me! for even nowI put myself to thy direction, andUnspeak mine own detraction, here abjureThe taints and blames I laid upon myself,For strangers to my nature.” (Malcolm, 4.3)
abjure give up under oath; avoid/ shun;”I put myself to thy direction, andUnspeak mine own detraction, here ___ The taints and blames I laid upon myself”. Act IV, Scene 3
forsworn to deny under oath. Malcom says “Unknown to woman, never was _________,Scarcely have coveted what was mine own,At no time broke my faith, would not betrayThe devil to his fellow and delight” Act IV Scene 3
sanctify to make holy.
niggard miserly or stingy person. Macduff says “But not a ______ of your speech: how goes’t?” Act IV Scene 3.
doff to remove or take off; Would create soldiers, make our women fight,To doff their _____ distresses. (act IV, scene III, Ross)
guise external apperence Act V Scene I Gentlewoman
valiant bodly courageous; worthy; excellent. Duncan says, “True, worthy Banquo; he is full so ——” ACT 1 SCENE 4
recoil to draw back. Macbeth says, “A good and virtuous nature may______, in an imperial charge.” Malcom ACT IV Scene 3
epicures person dedicated to sensual enjoyment Act 5 Scene 2 “Then fly,false thanes,And mingle with the English epicures:The mind I sway by and the heart I bearShall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear.”
constrained stiff or unnatural; uneasy
speculative consideration of some subject. Siward says, “Thoughts ___________ their unsure hopes relate, but certain issue strokes must arbitrate: towards which advance the war.” Act 5 Scene 4
petty little or no importance. Macbeth says, “Creeps in this petty pace from day to dayTo the last syllable of recorded time,And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death.” ACT V SCENE V
equivocation use of ambiguous expressions, A type of ambiguity that involves choosing our words carefully to give a listener a false impression without actually lying. Macbeth Act 4 Scene 5 To doubt the ________ of the fiendThat lies like truth: Said by Macbeth
clamorous vigorous in demands or complaints;”Make all our trumpets speak; give them all breath,Those _________ harbingers of blood and death.” (Macduff. Act 2 Scene 6)
harbingers person who makes known approach of another. Macduff said, “Make all our trumpets speak; give them all breath,Those clamorous _____________ of blood and death.” Act 5 Scene 6
rabble disorderly crowd. Macbeth says, I will not yield,To kiss the ground before young Malcolm’s feet,And to be baited with the ______’s curse.” Act 5, Scene 8
abhorred loathe; detest utterly;”Thou liest,_____ tyrant; with my swordI’ll prove the lie thou speak’st”. Act V, Scene 4
prowess exceptionally valor; daring deed. Ross says, The which no sooner had his _______ confirm’dIn the unshrinking station where he fought,But like a man he died.” Act 5, Scene 9

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