romeo and juliet vocabulary

paradox A seemingly contradictory statement that expresses a simple truth
irony The use of words to convey the opposite of the literal meaning
soliloquy When an actor/actress expresses his/her thoughts to the audience through a speech
monologue a long speech by one character
aside when an actor addresses either the audience or another character but the other character cant say anything
fate a predetermined outcome
sonnet a character’s dialogue which is 14 lines. There are 3 groups of 4 lines [quadrants] and one group of 2 lines [couplets]; Form: ABABCDCDEFEFGG
foreshadow the presentation in a work of literature of hints and clues that tip the reader off as to what is to come later in the story
pun a play on words that can be humorous
oxymoron conjoining contradictory terms
double entendre a statement that has two meanings or can be understood in two different ways
paramour an elicit lover
profoundly penetrating or entering deeply into subjects of thought or knowledge
fervor great warmth and earnestness of feeling
vulgar characterized by ignorance of or lack of good breeding or taste
propriety the quality of displaying behaviors thought to be correct or appropriate
ineffectual not able to produce a satisfactory outcome
pragmatic more concerned with practical results than with theories and principles
archenemy somebody’s main or worst enemy
benevolent showing kindness or goodwill
patriarch a man who is a head of a family or group
star-crossed ill-fated
strife bitter and sometimes violent conflict, struggle, or rivalry
mutiny a rebellion against legal authority, especially be soldiers or sailors refusing to obey orders and
foe an enemy or opponent of somebody or something
valiant brave and steadfast
tyrant an absolute ruler who exercises power cruelly and unjustly
pernicious causing great harm, destruction, or death
spite a malicious, usually small-mined desire to harm or humiliate somebody
cankered an evil or corrupting influence that spreads and is difficult to wipe out
adversary an opponent in a contest, conflict, or debate
portentous marvelous or amazing
grievance a wrong considered as grounds for complaint, or something believed to cause distress
fray a fight, battle, or skirmish
discreet judicious in one’s conduct or speech, esp. with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence about something of a delicate nature
transgression violation of law
Cupid the ancient Roman god of love and the son of either Mars or Mercury and Venus, identified with Eros and commonly represented as a winged, naked, infant boy with a bow and arrows.
visage the face, usually with reference to shape, features, expression
disparagement something that derogates or casts in a bad light, as a remark or censorious essay
gall something bitter or severe
rancor bitter, rankling resentment or ill-will
lamentable, lamentation to feel or express sorrow or regret for
virtue moral excellence
vice an immoral or evil habit or practice
predominant having ascendancy, power, authority, or influence over others
rosemary an herb used in cooking. It comes from an evergreen plant with small narrow leaves
plague (2 meanings) 1) very infectious disease that spreads quickly and kills large numbers of people; 2) a plague of unpleasant things is a large number of them that arrive or happen at the same time
pensive expressing or revealing thoughtfulness
vial a small container, as of glass, for holding liquids
beguiled to influence by trickery
pilgrimage a journey made for religious purposes
cordial (2 meanings 1) courteous and gracious; 2) strong, sweetened, aromatic alcoholic liquor
aloof at a distance, especially in feeling or interest
loathsome causing feelings of pure disgust and hatred
penury extreme poverty and destitution
inauspicious not auspicious, boding ill, not lucky
sepulcher a tomb, grave, or burial place
ambiguities doubtfulness or uncertainty of meaning or intention
scourge a whip or lash for the infliction of punishment or torture
enmity a feeling or condition of hostility