Romeo and Juliet Act One Vocabulary

kinsmen a relative, specifically a male relative
profane common or vulgar
pernicious causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous, injurious, hurtful
adversary a person, group, or force that opposes or attacks; opponent; enemy; foe.
defiance a daring or bold resistance to authority or to any opposing force.
fray a fight, battle, or skirmish
covert concealed, secret, disguised.
shunned to keep away from motives or dislike, caution, etc,
augmenting to make larger; enlarge in size, number, strength, or extent; increase.
grievances a wrong considered as grounds for complaint, or something believed to cause distress
shrift confession to a priest
tyrannous unjustly cruel, harsh, or severe
oppression the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
transgression an act of transgressing; violation of a law, command, etc.; sin.
purged to rid of whatever is impure or undesirable; cleanse; purify
assailing to attack vigorously or violently, assault
anguish excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain.
heretics anyone who does not conform to an established attitude, doctrine, or principle.
fortnight two weeks
beseech to implore urgently
idle not working or active; unemployed; doing nothing
vile wretchedly bad
untimely happening too soon or too early; premature
steerage (in a passenger ship) the part or accommodations allotted to the passengers who travel at the cheapest rate.
knaves an unprincipled, untrustworthy or dishonest person.
quench to slake, satisfy, or allay (thirst, desires, passion, etc.)
forswear to reject or renounce under oath.
scorn to reject, refuse, or ignore with contempt or disdain
solemnity the state or character of being solemn; earnestness; gravity; impressiveness
disparagment something that derogates or casts in a bad light, as a remark or censorious essay.
endure to admit of; allow; bear
perforce of necessity; necessarily; by force of circumstance
choler purposeful anger
shrine any structure or place consecrated or devoted to some saint, holy person, or deity, as an altar, chapel, church, or temple.
pilgrims a traveler or wanderer, esp. in a foreign place.
palmers a pilgrim, esp. of the Middle Ages, who had returned from the Holy Land bearing a palm branch as a token.
prodigious wonderful or marvelous.
loathed to feel disgust or intense aversion for; abhor

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