Act 3 Vocab (Romeo and Juliet) Definitions

minstrels a medieval poet and musician who sang or recited while accompanying himself on a stringed instrument, either as a member of a noble household or as an itinerant troubadour.
appertaining to belong as a part, right, possession, attribute (appropriate)
devise to imagine; suppose
effeminate (of a man or boy) having traits, tastes, habits, etc., traditionally considered feminine, as softness or delicacy
lenity the quality or state of being mild or gentle, as toward others
martial inclined or disposed to war; warlike
stout valiant; boldly courageous; brave; stout-hearted
amerce to punish by imposing a fine not fixed by statute
matron a married woman, especially one who is mature and staid or dignified and has an established social position
dismal causing gloom or dejection; gloomy; dreary; cheerless; melancholy
bedaubed smeared all over
perjured guilty of the willful giving of false testimony under oath or affirmation, before a competent tribunal, upon a point material to a legal inquiry
lamentation the act of expressing grief
enamored to charm or captivate
usurer a person who lends money and charges interest, especially at an exorbitant or unlawful rate; moneylender
sullen showing irritation or ill humor by a gloomy silence or reserve
procures to obtain or get by care, effort, or the use of special means
stratagems a plan, scheme, or trick for surprising or deceiving an enemy
beshrews to curse; invoke evil upon
calamity disaster, destruction

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