Shakespeare: The Tempest Vocabulary

allay to lighten, relieve, dispel, diminish, calm, pacify, alleviate
prerogative exclusive or special right or privilege
inveterate firmly established, habitual, deep-rooted
extirpate to root out, destroy totally, annihilate, exterminate, eradicate
fortitude strength or courage in enduring pain or misfortune
prescience knowledge of events before they occur; foreknowledge; foresight
zenith point in the sky directly overhead; highest point; peak; climax; summit; apex
auspicious favorable; promising a good outcome; propitious
importune to ask, urge, or beg persistently; to repeatedly and insistently entreat
supplant to take the place of (especially by force or scheming); to replace or displace
celestial heavenly
credulous too willing to believe; easily convinced; gullible
perfidious betraying trust; faithless; treacherous
debauch to lead astray into bad or evil ways; to corrupt; to seduce
indignity humiliating treatment, offense, insult, or injury
jocund merry, cheerful, jolly, jovial
meander to follow a winding course; to wander idly or aimlessly
travail strenuous burdensome toil; anguish, agony, tribulation
vigilance alert watchfulness, especially against trouble or danger; wariness
muse (noun) a source of inspiration; (verb) to think deeply, meditate, ponder
austere severe; strict; very plain
abstemious sparing or moderate in eating or drinking; temperate
abate to reduce; to diminish
ardor warmth of feeling; passion; fervor; zeal
humane kind; sympathetic; compassionate; merciful; benevolent
penitent feeling sorry and willing to atone or make up for sin or wrongdoing; contrite
potent powerful or effective
abjure to solemnly give up, renounce, or repudiate
remorse bitter and painful sense of guilt
chastise to punish
usurp to appropriate; to take over; to seize control over
tempest storm
temporal secular; worldly; not spiritual
sea change transformation; reversal; shift of opinion or heart
nonpareil (noun) paragon; a person or thing that has no equal; (adj.) without equal

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