Macbeth Vocabulary

Abominations (noun)Definition: things producing great dislike or disgust; horrible and disgusting things. Example: That is an abomination!
Avarice (noun) this word can also be used as an adjective, but the word will be ‘avaricious’Definition: greed/greedyExamples: Avarice is a sin The proud and avaricious man has no sympathy toward the poor.
Bane (noun)Definition: harm, ruin, cause of distress Example: The bane of my existence
Beguile (verb) this word can also be used as an adjective, but the word will be beguilingDefinition: to deceive or trick through charm or attractiveness Example: She beguiled me with her charm.
Behead (verb) Definition: to cut someone’s head off their body.Example: The traitor was beheaded.
Benison (noun) Definition: blessingExample: God’s benison go with you.
Bribe (verb/noun) Definition: to give something valuable to someone in order to get them to do somethingExamples: She bribed her children with candy so that they would do their homework. The police officer accepted bribes.
Decapitate (verb) Definition: to beheadExample: The man was decapitated in the sword fight.
Equivocator (noun) this word can also be used as a verb, but the word will be ‘equivocate’Definition: one who tells half truths in order to mislead/avoid trouble. To do so.Example: Guy Fawkes was an equivocator.
Fantastical (adjective)Definition: imaginary or unrealExample: The world of Avatar is fantastical.
Flout (verb: must have an object, and the object must be a rule/law/convention, authority)Definition: to mock or disrespect rules or authority without shame or fearExample: He openly flouted the rules.
Guise (noun) Definition: false or deceiving appearanceExample: He was in the guise of a pauper.
Jocund (adjective)Definition: jovial; happyExample: The students were jocund when they heard about the snow day.
Harbinger (noun)Definition: a person or sing that suggests future events/ something that shows what is comingExample: It was a harbinger of trouble. The warm weather was harbinger of spring.
Heath (noun)Definition: a piece of open undeveloped and sparsely forested land (usually in the UK)Example: The witches met on the heath
Impress (verb)Definition: to force into public service (especially military)Example: He was impressed into the army.
Largess (noun: non-count)Definition: generous acts or acts of kindnessExample: They were grateful for the largess.
Laudable (adjective)Definition: commendable; admirableExample: His performance in the Olympic Games was laudable.
Lechery (noun-vice) also can be used as a noun as a person, but the word will be ‘lecher’Definition: inordinate indulgences in sexual activity, perversion or lasciviousnessExample: His lechery disgusts me.
Missives (noun)Definition: letters or messagesExample: He sent her missives.
Parricide (noun)Definition: murder of one’s father, mother or close relativeExample: He was guilty of parricide, and was sentenced into prison.
Pernicious (adjective)Definition: causing insidious destruction, harm or death. Example: A pernicious disease/rumor.
Rebuke (verb/noun)Definition: to criticize strongly/ a criticismExample: He rebuked the naughty child. He received a rebuke.
Surmise (noun or verb)Definition: a conclusion without sure evidence/ to guessExample: I surmise that there will be a test.
Surfeited (adjective)Definition: overindulged/ drunkExample: The surfeited man made a fool of himself
Treacherous (adjective)Definition: not able to be trustedExample: He was a treacherous enemy.
Usurp (verb)Definition: to take (and keep) something in a treacherous or violent way, and especially without the right to do soExample: The king’s younger brother was trying to usurp the throne.
Verities (noun)Definition: truthsExample: These are verities.
Vizard (noun)Definition: maskExample: He wore a vizard.
Wanton (adjective)Definition: unrestrained or uncontrolled: used to refer to behavior that is uncontrolled/immoralExample: I will not allow my daughter to behave in a wanton manner. The vandals were guilty of the wanton destruction of the school property.

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