Hamlet Vocabulary Set 1

Entreat (v) Ask someone earnestly or anxiously to do something.Synonyms include beg, plead or request.Sentence: His friends entreated him not to go. A message had been sent, entreating aid for the Navajos.
Assail (V) to impinge(affect) upon; make an impact on; (of an unpleasant feeling or physical sensation) come upon (someone suddenly and strongly. Synonyms include plague, disturb, nag, vex, torment.Sentence: His mind was assailed by conflicting arguments. The light assailed their eyes.*make a concerted vile attack on; verbal attack
Brazen (adj) Made of brass. Bold/ without shameSynonyms include metallic.Sentence: Among the Barcaeans there was a skilled worker in brass who took a brazen shield.Here, you can find traces of human residences, including a neglected paddy field, collapsed stone walls, and broken nickel silverware and brazen kitchenware.
Emulate (v) Match or surpass (a person or achievement); typically by imitation.Synonyms include imitate, copy.Sentence: Lesser men trying to emulate his greatnessMost rulers wished to emulate Alexander the great.
Mettle (n) A person’s ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and strong/tough way. Synonyms include spirit, steel, strength of character, determination, courageSentence: The team showed their true mettle in the second half.
Portentous (adj) Portent is a noun which means a sign or warning that something, especially something momentous or calamitous is likely to happen. Portentous means of or like a portent. Something is important in indicating or affecting future events.Synonyms include ominous, warning, premonitory.Sentence: The envelope and its portentous contents. The first half of the movie is full of dreadful portentous contents that either go nowhere or end in cheap shocks.
Harbinger (n) A person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another; heraldSynonyms include sign, indication, omen, forewarning.Sentence: Witch hazels are the harbingers of spring.Drugs, booze, gambling are the most obvious harbingers of a life running off the rails.
Obsequious (Adj) Obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree; excessively eager to please or obey.Synonyms include servile (excessive willingness to please others), ingratiating.Sentence: They were served by obsequious waiters.
Beseech (v) ask (someone) urgently and fervently to do something; implore;entreatSynonyms include implore, entreat, beg.They beseeched him to stay. They earnestly beseeched his forgiveness
Countenance (n); (v) Noun: a person’s face or facial expression.Synonyms include, face, features.Sentence: “A countenance more in sorrow than in anger” (Shakespeare Line 230).Verb: To permit or tolerate; admit as acceptable or possible.Synonyms include tolerate, permit, allow.Sentence: He was reluctant to countenance the use of force.You should no have countenanced his rudeness.
Expostulate (v) Express strong disapproval or disagreement. It is to reason earnestly with someone against that person intends to do or has done; done in a logical and unemotional way not screaming while argueSynonyms include disagree with.Sentence: His father expostulated with him about the evils of gambling. Jim expostulated with the teacher’s opinion to no avail.
Carrion (n) The decaying flesh of dead animals. Sentence: A crow wheeled over the hills in search of carrion.
Besmirch (v) To say bad things about someone or something to influence other people’s opinion of them.; damage one’s reputation. Synonyms include sully, tarnish.Sentence: He has besmirched the good name of his family. His accusations were false, but they served to besmirch her reputation.Literary meaning: Make (something dirty or discolored. For example, the ground was besmirched with dark red blood.
Beguile (V) Charm or enchant (someone) sometimes in a deceptive way; trick (someone) into doing something.Synonyms include charm, attract, enchant.Sentence: They were beguiled into signing a peace treaty.
Sepulchral (adj) Relating to a tomb or interment.Sentence: “sepulchral monuments.”It also means gloomy, dismalSynonyms include melancholy, gloomy.Sentence: The sepulchral tone in their voices. A speech delivered in sepulchral tones.
Lewd (adj) Crude and offensive in a sexual way.Synonyms include lecherous, lustful, lascivious.Sentence: She began to gyrate to the music and sing a lewd song.
Quintessence (n) The most perfect or typical example of a quality or class; the most typical example or representative.The quintessence of something is its perfect ideal, example. Some say that the quintessence of American cuisine is the hamburger.
Antic (adj) Grotesque, bizarre, strange and ridiculous gesture/act/or posture. Synonyms include strange, grotesque.Sentence: “
Sully (v) Damage the purity or integrity of; defile; to make dirtySynonyms include taint, soil, tarnish, besmirchSentence: They were outraged that anyone should sully their good name.She wondered if she dared sully the gleaming sink.
Gentry (n) People of a specified class or group; people of good social position; people of high social status but not aristocratic.Synonym include upper class, elite.Sentence: A member of the landed gentry.
Pious (adj.) devoutly religious.
Rogue (n). a dishonest or unprincipled man.