Macbeth word list

Malevolence [muh-lev-uh-luhns]: (adj) Having or showing a dutiful spirit of reverence for God or an earnest wish to fulfill religious obligations. Characterized by a hypocritical concern with virtue or religious devotion; sanctimonious. Practiced or used in the name of real or pretended religious motives, or for some ostensibly good object; falsely earnest or sincere: a pious deception. Of or relating to religious devotion; sacred rather than secular: pious literature. Having or showing appropriate respect or regard for parents or others. [3.6.1491]
Disdain [dis-deyn, dih-steyn]: (v – trans) To look upon or treat with contempt; despise; scorn. To think unworthy of notice, response, etc.; consider beneath oneself: to disdain replying to an insult. (n) A feeling of contempt for anything regarded as unworthy; haughty contempt; scorn. [1.2.26]
Brandish [bran-dish]: (v – trans) To shake or wave, as a weapon; flourish: Brandishing his sword, he rode into battle. (n) A flourish or waving, as of a weapon. [1.2.26]
Valor [val-er]: (n) Boldness or determination in facing great danger, especially in battle; heroic courage; bravery: a medal for valor. [1.2.26]
Become [bih-kuhm]: (v – trans) To be attractive on; befit in appearance; look well on: That gown becomes you. To be suitable or necessary to the dignity, situation, or responsibility of: conduct that becomes an officer. [1.2.64]
Corporal [kawr-per-uhl, -pruhl]: (adj) Of the human body; bodily; physical: corporal suffering. Zoology: of the body proper, as distinguished from the head and limbs. Personal: corporal possession. Obsolete: corporeal; belonging to the material world. [1.3.83]
Trifle [trahy-fuhl]: (n) An article or thing of very little value. A matter, affair, or circumstance of trivial importance or significance. A small, inconsiderable, or trifling sum of money. A small quantity or amount of anything; a little: She’s still a trifle angry. [1.3.232]
Solicit [suh-lis-it]: (v – trans) To seek for (something) by entreaty, earnest or respectful request, formal application, etc.: He solicited aid from the minister. To entreat or petition (someone or some agency): to solicit the committee for funds. To seek to influence or incite to action, especially unlawful or wrong action. To offer to have sex with in exchange for money. (v – int) To make a petition or request, as for something desired. To solicit orders or trade, as for a business: No soliciting allowed in this building. [1.3.240]
Cleave [kleev]; v- int) To adhere closely; stick; cling (usually followed by to). To remain faithful (usually followed by to): to cleave to one’s principles in spite of persecution. (v – trans)To split or divide by or as if by a cutting blow, especially along a natural line of division, as the grain of wood. To make by or as if by cutting: to cleave a path through the wilderness. To penetrate or pass through (air, water, etc.): The bow of the boat cleaved the water cleanly. To cut off; sever: to cleave a branch from a tree. [1.3.259]
Interim [in-ter-uhm]: (n) An intervening time; interval; meantime: in the interim. A temporary or provisional arrangement; stopgap; makeshift. (adj) For, during, belonging to, or connected with an intervening period of time; temporary; provisional: an interim order. (adv) Meantime. [1.3.265]
Harbinger [hahr-bin-jer]: (n) A person who goes ahead and makes known the approach of another; herald. Anything that foreshadows a future event; omen; sign: Frost is a harbinger of winter. A person sent in advance of troops, a royal train, etc., to provide or secure lodgings and other accommodations. (v – trans) To act as harbinger to; herald the coming of. [1.4.326]
Chastise [chas-tahyz, chas-tahyz]: (v – trans) To discipline, especially by corporal punishment.To criticize severely. [1.5.345]
Beguile [bih-gahyl]: (v – trans) To influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude. To take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of): To be beguiled of money. To charm or divert: a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist. To pass (time) pleasantly: beguiling the long afternoon with a good book. [1.5.415]
Undaunted [uhn-dawn-tid, -dahn-]: (adj) Undismayed; not discouraged; not forced to abandon purpose or effort: undaunted by failure. Undiminished in courage or valor; not giving way to fear; intrepid: Although outnumbered, he was undaunted. [1.7.554]
Repose [ri-pohz]: (n) The state of reposing or being at rest; rest; sleep. Peace; tranquility; calm.(v – int) To lie or be at rest, as from work, activity, etc. To lie dead: His body will repose in the chapel for two days. To be peacefully calm and quiet: The sea reposed under the tropical sun. (v – trans) To lay to rest; rest; refresh by rest (often used reflexively). [2.1.573]
Palpable [pal-puh-buhl]: (adj) Readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious; evident:a palpable lie; palpable absurdity. Capable of being touched or felt; tangible. Medicine/Medical. perceptible by palpation. [2.1.573]
Augment [verb awg-ment; noun awg-ment]: (v – trans) to make larger; enlarge in size, number, strength, or extent; increase: His salary is augmented by a small inheritance. Music. To raise (the upper note of an interval or chord) by a half step. To double the note values of (a theme): In the fugue’s development the subject is augmented. (v – int) To become larger. [2.1.602]
Ravish [rav-ish]: (v – trans) To fill with strong emotion, especially joy. To seize and carry off by force. To carry off (a woman) by force. To rape (a woman). [2.1.609]
Confound [kon-found, kuhn-found]: (v – trans) To perplex or amaze, especially by a sudden disturbance or surprise; bewilder; confuse: The complicated directions confounded him. To throw into confusion or disorder: The revolution confounded the people. To throw into increased confusion or disorder. To treat or regard erroneously as identical; mix or associate by mistake: truth confounded with error. To mingle so that the elements cannot be distinguished or separated. To damn (used in mild imprecations): Confound it! [2.2.658]
Infirm [in-furm]: (adj) Feeble or weak in body or health, especially because of age; ailing.unsteadfast, faltering, or irresolute, as persons or the mind; vacillating: infirm of purpose.Not firm, solid, or strong: an infirm support. Unsound or invalid, as an argument or a property title. [2.2.714]
Equivocate [ih-kwiv-uh-keyt]: (v.) To use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead; prevaricate or hedge. [2.3.747]
Mar [mahr]: (v – trans) To damage or spoil to a certain extent; render less perfect, attractive, useful, etc.; impair or spoil: That billboard mars the view: The holiday was marred by bad weather. To disfigure, deface, or scar: The scratch marred the table. [2.3.788]
Posterity [po-ster-i-tee]: (n.) All future generations of people collectively, esp. regarded as the beneficiaries of a particular inheritance, tradition, culture, etc. for (also in) posterity: for (the sake or good of) future generations; for the future. [3.1.1002]
Verity [ver-i-tee]: (n) The state or quality of being true; accordance with fact or reality: to question the verity of a statement. Something that is true, as a principle, belief, idea, or statement: the eternal verities. [3.1.1002]
Sundry [suhn-dree]: (adj) Various or diverse. [3.1.1135]
Jovial [joh-vee-uhl]: (adj) Endowed with or characterized by a hearty, joyous humor or a spirit of good-fellowship: a wonderfully jovial host. (Proper) Of or relating to the god Jove, or Jupiter. [3.2.1199]
Eminence [em-uh-nuhns]: (n) High station, rank, or repute: philosophers of eminence. A high place or part; a hill or elevation; height. [3.2.1202]
Assailable [uh-seyl]: (v – trans) To attack vigorously or violently; assault. To attack with arguments, criticism, ridicule, abuse, etc.: to assail one’s opponent with slander. To undertake with the purpose of mastering: He assailed his studies with new determination. To impinge upon; make an impact on; beset: His mind was assailed by conflicting arguments. The light assailed their eyes. [3.2.1213]
Nonpareil [non-puh-rel]: (adj) Having no equal; peerless. (n) A person or thing having no equal. [3.4.1292]
Contrive [kuhn-trahyv]: (v – trans) To plan with ingenuity; devise; invent: The author contrived a clever plot. To bring about or effect by a plan, scheme, or the like; manage: He contrived to gain their votes. To plot (evil, treachery, etc.). (v – int) To form designs; plan. To plot. [3.5.1452]
Pious [pahy-uhs]: (n) The quality, state, or feeling of being malevolent; ill will; malice; hatred. [3.6.1517]
Homage [hom-ij, om-]: (n) Respect or reverence paid or rendered: In his speech he paid homage to Washington and Jefferson. The formal public acknowledgment by which a feudal tenant or vassal declared himself to be the man or vassal of his lord, owing him fealty and service. The relation thus established of a vassal to his lord. Something done or given in acknowledgment or consideration of the worth of another. [3.6.1517]
Rue [roo]: (v – trans) To feel sorrow over; repent of; regret bitterly: to rue the loss of opportunities. To wish that (something) had never been done, taken place, etc.: I rue the day he was born. (v – int) To feel sorrow, repentance, or regret. (n) Sorrow; repentance; regret. Pity or compassion. [3.6.1534]
Deft [deft]: (adj) Dexterous; nimble; skillful; clever: deft hands; a deft mechanic. [4.1.1624]
Pernicious [per-nish-uhs]: (adj) Causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful: pernicious teachings; a pernicious lie. Deadly; fatal: a pernicious disease. Obsolete: evil; wicked. [4.1.1708]
Homely [HOHM-lee]: (adj) Unattractive, not beautiful; plain; proper or suited to the home / domestic life [4.2.1809]
Laudable [law-duh-buhl]: (adj) Praiseworthy, commendable [4.2.1819]
Voluptuous [vuh-luhp-choo-uh s]: (adj) Full of, characterized by, or ministering to indulgence in luxury, pleasure, and sensuous enjoyment: a voluptuous life. Derived from gratification of the senses: voluptuous pleasure. Directed toward or concerned with sensuous enjoyment or sensual pleasure: voluptuous desires. Sensuously pleasing or delightful: voluptuous beauty. [4.3.1910]
Intemperance [in-tem-per-uh ns, -pruh ns]: (n) Excessive or immoderate indulgence in alcoholic beverages. Excessive indulgence of appetite or passion. Lack of moderation or due restraint, as in action or speech. [4.3.1920]
Fortitude [fawr-ti-tood, -tyood]: (n) Mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously: Never once did her fortitude waver during that long illness. [4.3.1947]
Avarice [av-er-is]: (n) Inordinate desire of acquiring and hoarding wealth; greediness of gain, cupidity. [4.3.1931]
Covet [kuhv-it]: (v – trans) To desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of others: to covet another’s property. To wish for, especially eagerly: He won the prize they all coveted. (v – int) To have an inordinate or wrongful desire. [4.3.1973]
Benediction [ben-i-dik-shuh n]: (n) An utterance of good wishes. The form of blessing pronounced by an officiating minister, as at the close of divine service. A ceremony by which things are set aside for sacred uses, as a church, vestments, or bells. The advantage conferred by blessing; a mercy or benefit. [4.3.2009]

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