Romeo and Juliet Vocab 2

fickle adjective – changing frequently, esp. as regards one’s loyalties, interests, or affection. synonym: vacillating, volatile. antonyms: constant, steadfast.
ascend verb – to go up or climb. synonyms: escalate, climb. antonym: decrease, drop.
abhor(-horred, -horring) verb – regard with disgust and hatred. synonyms: hate, despise. antonym: admire, cherish.
wretch noun – an unfortunate or unhappy person. synonyms: derelict, rascal. (near)antonyms: hero, angel.
chide verb – scold or rebuke. synonym: criticize, lecture. antonyms: commend, exonerate.
shroud noun – a length of cloth or an enveloping garment in which a dead person is wrapped for burial. synonyms: covering, cloak.
engrossing adjective – absorbing all one’s attention or interest. synonyms: captivating, riveting. antonyms: boring, repulsive.
abate verb – (of something perceived as hostile, threatening, or negative) become less intense or widespread. synonyms: lessen, diminish. antonyms: develop, grow.
cunning adjective – having or showing skill in achieving one’s ends by deceit or evasion. synonyms: ingenious, devious. antonyms: ignorant, blunt.
dirge noun – a lament for the dead, esp. one forming part of a funeral rite • a mournful song, piece of music, or poem. synonyms: elegy, hymn. no antonyms.
doleful adjective – expressing sorrow; mournful • causing grief or misfortune. synonyms: depressing, afflicted. antonyms: elated, joyful.
penury noun – extreme poverty; destitution. synonyms: destitution, poverty. antonyms: wealth, plenty.
cull verb – select from a large quantity; obtain from a variety of sources. synonyms: winnow, glean. antonym: reject.
dispatch verb – 1. send off to a destination or for a purpose 2. deal with (a task, problem, or opponent) quickly and efficiently. synonyms: ship, finish. antonyms: hold, keep.
pestilence noun – a fatal epidemic disease, esp. bubonic plague. synonyms: epidemic. antonyms: health
inexorable adjective – impossible to stop or prevent. synonyms: relentless, pitiless. antonyms: merciful, flexible.
yoke noun – used of something that is regarded as oppressive or burdensome. synonyms: burden, bonding. (near) antonyms: freedom
haughty adjective – arrogantly superior and disdainful. synonyms: arrogant, cavalier. antonyms: humble, shy.
conspire verb – to make secret plans jointly to commit an unlawful or harmful act. synonyms: collude, scheme. (near) antonyms: neglect, disagree.
purge verb – rid (someone) of an unwanted feeling, memory, or condition, typically giving a sense of cathartic release. synonyms: expunge, exonerate. antonyms: hold, bear.