Romeo and Juliet Vocabulary

Disparagement NOUNregard or represent as being of little worth:”he never missed an opportunity to disparage his competitors”synonyms: belittle
Enmity NOUNthe state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something:”enmity between the Montague and Capulet families” · synonym: hostility
Heretics NOUNa person believing in or practicing religious heresy.Only Pecock’s books and not the heretic were burnt.synonyms: dissenter
Prodigious ADJECTIVEremarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree:”the stove consumed a prodigious amount of fuel”synonyms: enormous
Loathe VERBfeel intense dislike or disgust for:”she loathed him on sight”synonyms: hate
Chide VERBscold or rebuke:”she chided him for not replying to her letters”synonyms: scold
Feign VERBpretend to be affected by (a feeling, state, or injury):”she feigned nervousness”synonyms: stimulate, fake
Lament NOUNa passionate expression of grief or sorrow:”his mother’s night-long laments for his father”synonyms: moan
Abhor VERBformalregard with disgust and hatred:”professional tax preparers abhor a flat tax because it would dry up their business”synonyms: hate
Thwart VERBprevent (someone) from accomplishing something:”he never did anything to thwart his father”synonyms: prevent
Inauspicious ADJECTIVEnot conducive to success; unpromising:”it was an inauspicious beginning to the long and complex entanglement”synonyms: unpromising
Peruse VERBexamine carefully or at length:”Laura perused the biology textbook”synonyms: study, inspect
Haughty ADJECTIVEarrogantly superior and disdainful:”a look of haughty disdain”synonyms: proud, arrogant
Fickle ADJECTIVEchanging frequently, especially as regards one’s loyalties, interests, or affection:”Web patrons are a notoriously fickle lot, bouncing from one site to another on a whim” · [more]synonyms: capricious, variable, inconstant
Pensive ADJECTIVEengaged in, involving, or reflecting deep or serious thought:”a pensive mood”synonyms: thoughtful · reflective
Prudent ADJECTIVEacting with or showing care and thought for the future:”no prudent money manager would authorize a loan without first knowing its purpose”synonyms: wise, sensible, politic, judicious
Beguiled VERBcharm or enchant (someone), sometimes in a deceptive way:”every prominent American artist has been beguiled by Maine”synonyms: charm, attract, enchant
Rancor NOUNbitterness or resentfulness, especially when long-standing:”he spoke without rancor”synonyms: bitterness, spite, hate
Sallow ADJECTIVE(of a person’s face or complexion) of an unhealthy yellow or pale brown color.”After not eating, he looks very sallow.”synonyms: pale, anemic, pasty
Choler NOUNone of the four bodily humors, identified with bile, believed to be associated with a peevish or irascible temperament. Also called yellow bile:”he felt his choler rising and choked back an angry reply”synonyms: anger, bile
Transgression NOUNan act that goes against a law, rule, or code of conduct; an offense:”I’ll be keeping an eye out for further transgressions”synonyms: offense, crime, sin, wrong
Oppression NOUNprolonged cruel or unjust treatment or control:”a region shattered by oppression and killing”synonyms: persecution, abuse
Augment VERBmake (something) greater by adding to it; increase:”he augmented his summer income by painting houses”synonyms: increase, expand, extend, supplement
Pernicious ADJECTIVEhaving a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way:”the pernicious influences of the mass media”synonyms: harmful, damaging, destructive
Reconcile VERBrestore friendly relations between:”she wanted to be reconciled with her father”synonyms: harmonize, reunite, accept

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