Julius Caesar – Act 3 Vocabulary

petitions formal requests
enterprise a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness)
puissant mighty; powerful; forceful
banished kicked out of an area and not allowed to return
cur an inferior dog or one of mixed breed
repeal revoke; annul
enfranchisement a statutory right or privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote)
firmament the sky, the heavens
apprehensive in fear or dread of possible evil or harm
unassailable without flaws or loopholes
Olympus a mountain peak in northeast Greece near the Aegean coast
affrighted filled with fear
ambition a strong drive for success
mutiny open rebellion against constituted authority (especially by seamen or soldiers against their officers)
doomsday an unpleasant or disastrous destiny
lofty having or displaying great dignity or nobility
prostrate stretched out and lying at full length along the ground
valiant brave, courageous
reek smell badly and offensively
malice the quality of threatening evil
reverence profound respect
conceit vanity or self-love; too high opinion of one’s own value; extravagant metaphor (in poetry)
grieve To express deep sadness because of a loss
Lethe (Greek mythology) a river in Hades
savage attack brutally and fiercely
rites (n) a cermony; the customary form of a cermony; any formal custom or practice
devise arrange by systematic planning and united effort
Ate goddess of criminal rashness and its punishment
havoc violent and needless disturbance
leagues distances equal to three miles
oration an address or formal speech given on a special occasion
borne carried
ascended to move upward, to rise from a lower station
censure harsh criticism or disapproval
bondman slave
vile thoroughly unpleasant
extenuated reduced; lessened
commOnwealth a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them
clamours loud and persistent outcry from many people
interred placed in a grave
coffers Public treasury
bequeathing to hand down, to give or to leave in a will
legacy gift made by a will; something handed down from an ancestor
heir a person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another
compel make someone do something
hearse a vehicle for carrying a coffin to a church or a cemetery
mantle a piece of clothing somewhat like an open robe or cloak, especially that worn by Orthodox bishops; anything that covers or conceals something else. Also refers to the responsibilities that come along with the wearing of such a garment.
Nervii A tribe of the Belgic alliance that resisted Julius Caesar in 57 BC. At the battle of Sabis, they concealed themselves in the forests and attacked the approaching Roman column at the river unexpectedly. Caesar however was able to reorganize his troops and defeat them.
rent the act of rending or ripping or splitting something
ingratitude a lack of thankfulness
vanquished defeated
vesture a covering designed to be worn on a person’s body
piteous sad, pitiful
blunt make less lively, intense, or vigorous
dumb lacking the power of human speech
Drachmas silver coins(Greek currency)
arbours a framework that supports climbing plants
bachelor a man who has never been married

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