Macbeth Vocabulary Words

Minion Noun: a submissive follower or dependent; slave Example: Duncan’s minion relayed the news that the Scottish forces were victorious.
Corporal Adj: of or relating to the bodyExample: Corporal punishment is outlawed in many states
Chastise Verb:rebuke or reprimand severely; punishExample: The Thane of Cawdor was chastised for being a trader
Prophetic Adj: containing a prediction; predictingExample : The witches gave McBeth a prophetic glimpse into his future
Surmise Verb: make a guess; assume hesitantlyExample: mcBeth’s surmised is a plot to kill Duncan would be difficult to carry out
Appall Verb: horrify; shockingly unpleasant Example: The murder of Duncan appalled Malcolm and the rest of the king’s court.
Carousing Verb: Drunken merrymaking Example: The porter was out carousing the night the King was killed.
Equivocate Verb: to use ambiguous language Example: Many students think Shakespeare equivocates speeches in his plays to add suspense.
Scruple Verb: To hesitate as a result of conscience or principle Example: Macbeth practiced low scruples by killing his king
Augment Verb: to make larger; enlarge in size, number, strength, or extent; increase Example: The King was able to augment his army while the other side was distracted allowing him to win.
Malice Noun: Desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another Example: Macbeth claims he killed the guards out of malice.
Purge Verb: to rid of whatever is impure or undesirable; cleanse; purify Example: Lady Macbeth purged her sin with a little water on her hands.
Muse Verb/Noun: to think or meditate in silence, as on some subject Example: Macbeth muses over the problems with killing the king.
Homage Noun: respect or reverence paid or rendered Example: Banquo pays homage to Duncan’s memory by promising to avenge his death.
Eminence Noun: high station, rank, or repute Example: The king’s eminence was clear by the clothes he wore and the horse he rode.
Malevolence Adj: the quality, state, or feeling of being malevolent; ill will; malice; hatred Example: Banquo is filled with malevolence towards the killers of the king.
Diminutive Adj: small; little; tiny Example: Malcolm and Donalbain seem to have diminutive parts at the beginning of the play, but they become more important later.
Appease Verb: to bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment; pacify; soothe Example: Lady Macbeth tried to appease the banquet guests when Macbeth was seeing Banquo’s ghost.
Integrity Noun: adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty Example: Macbeth’s integrity was a result of his desire to remain King of Scotland
Oblivious Adj: unmindful; unconscious; unaware Example: Macbeth was oblivious to Lady Macbeth’s downfall until it was too late to help.
Imagery Language that appeals to the senses. Descriptions of people or objects stated in terms of our senses.
Paradox An apparent contradiction that is actually true.
Foreshadowing The use of hints or clues to suggest what will happen later in the story
Aside Private words that a character in a play speaks to the audience or to another character & that are not supposed to be overhead by others onstage.
Soliloquy A long speech in which a character who is usually along onstage expresses his or her private thoughts or feelings.

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