Macbeth Vocabulary

heath (n) an area of open uncultivated land, especially in Britain, with characteristic vegetation of heather, gorse, and coarse grasses
thane (n) in Anglo-Saxon England, a man who held land granted by the king or military nobleman, ranking between an ordinary freeman and a hereditary noble
sieve (n) a utensil consisting of a wire or plastic mesh held in a frame, used for straining solids from liquids, separating course from finer particles, or for reducing soft solids to a pulp
earnest (adj) resulting from or showing sincere and intense conviction
beguile (v) to charm or enchant (someone) in a deceptive way
adage (n) a proverb or short statement expressing a general truth
broil (v) to cook (meat/fish) by exposure to direct, intense radiant heat(n) a conflict
lavish (adj) sumptuously rich, elaborate, or luxurious
rapt (adj) completely fascinated by what one is seeing or hearing
liege (n) an indiv who’s loyal to a person of rank
supped (v) take (drink/liquid food) by sips or spoonfuls
hermit (n) a person living in solitude as a religious discipline
hurly-burly (n) noisy disorder and confusion
missive (n) a letter, especially a long or official one
surcease (n) cessation/end
wassail (n) spiced ale or mulled wine drunk during celebrations for Christmas Eve and Twelfth Night
palpable (adj) readily or plainly seen, heard, preceived, etc; obvious; evident
confound (v) to perplex or amaze by sudden disturbance or surprise; bewilder
countenance (n) a person’s face or facial expression
breech (n) a person’s buttocks
auger (n) a tool with a helical bit for boring holes in wood
sentinel (n) a soldier or guard whose jobs is to stand and keep watch
equivocator (n) a person who uses ambiguous language to conceal the truth or avoid commitment
amiss (adj) not quite right; inappropriate or out of place
malice (n) the desire to harm someone; ill will
infirm (adj) not physically/mentally strong, especially through age or illness
husbandry (n) the care, cultivation, and breeding of crops and animals
incarnadine (n) a bright crimson or pinkish-red colour
possets (n) a drink made of hot milk curdled with an alcoholic liquor
benison (n) a blessing
parricide (n) the killing of a parent or other near relative
utterance (n) a spoken word, statement, or vocal sound
cloister (n) a covered walk in a convent, typically with a wall on one side and a colonnade open to a quadrangle on the other
casing (n) a cover or shell that protects or encloses something
rue (v) bitterly regret (something one has done or allowed to happen)
sprites (n) an elf or fairy
rebuke (v) express sharp disapproval/criticism of someone because of their actions
eminence (n) fame/recognized superiority, especially within a particular sphere or profession
rouse (v) bring out of sleep; awaken
borne (v) (of a person) carry
mischance (n) bad luck
oracle (n) a priest acting as a medium through advice was sought from the god
verities (n) a true principal or belief, especially one of fundamental importance
nonpareil (adj) having no match or equal; unrivaled
jocund (adj) cheerful and lighthearted
clept (v) to call; name
entrails (n) a person or animal’s internal organs, especially when removed or exposed
coz (n) a person’s cousin
redress (v) remedy or set right (an undesirable or unfair situation)
impediment (N) a hindrance or obstruction in doing something
sanctify (v) set apart as or declare holy; consecrate
harp (v) talk or write persistently and tediously on a particular topic
laudable (adj) (of an action, idea, goal) deserving praise and commendation
perchance (adv) by some chance; perhaps
folly (n) lack of good sense; foolishness
homely (adj) (of a person) unattractive in appearance
pernicious (adj) having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way
foison (n) abundance; plenty
guise (n) an external form, appearance, or manner of presentation, typically concealing the true nature of something.
censure (v) express severe disapproval of (someone or something), typically in a formal statement.
famine (n) extreme scarcity of food
knell (n) the sound of a bell, especially when rung solemnly for a death or funeral.
pristine (adj) in its original condition; unspoiled
ague (n) malaria or some other illness involving fever and shivering
harbinger (n) a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another
treatise (n) a written work dealing formally and systematically with a subject
kern (v) adjust the spacing between (letters or characters) in a piece of text to be printed
moe (adv) more

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