Macbeth1 4B
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by William Shakespeare VOCABULARY

Act I:

hurly-burly–noun noisy disorder and confusion; commotion; uproar; tumult
–adjective full of commotion; tumultuous.

brandished–verb (used with object) to shake or wave, as a weapon; flourish: Brandishing his sword, he rode into battle.
–noun a flourish or waving, as of a weapon.
Related forms: bran
disher, noun
Synonyms: 1. swing, flaunt, wield, display.

plight –noun a condition, state, or situation, esp. an unfavorable or unfortunate one: to find oneself in a sorry plight.

minion –noun 1. a servile follower or subordinate of a person in power.
2. a favored or highly regarded person.
3. a minor official.
4. Printing. a 7-point type.
5. dainty; elegant; trim; pretty.

lavish–adjective 1. expended, bestowed, or occurring in profusion: lavish spending.
2. using or giving in great amounts; prodigal (often fol. by of): lavish of his time; lavish of affection.
–verb (used with object) 3. to expend or give in great amounts or without limit: to lavish gifts on a person.
Related forms: lav
isher, noun lavishly, adverb lavishness, noun
Synonyms: 1. 2. unstinted, extravagant, wasteful, improvident; generous, openhanded. Lavish, prodigal, profuse refer to that which exists in abundance and is poured out copiously. Lavish suggests (sometimes excessive) generosity and openhandedness: lavish hospitality; much too lavish. Prodigal suggests wastefulness, improvidence, and reckless impatience of restraint: a prodigal extravagance. Profuse emphasizes abundance, but may suggest overemotionalism, exaggeration, or the like: profuse thanks, compliments, apologies. 3. heap, pour; waste, squander, dissipate. Antonyms: 1, 2. niggardly.

corporal–adjective 1. of the human body; bodily; physical: corporal suffering.
2. Zoology. of the body proper, as distinguished from the head and limbs.
3. personal: corporal possession.
4. Obsolete. corporeal; belonging to the material world.
Related forms: cor
porality, noun corporally, adverb
Synonyms: material.

prophetic–adjective 1. of or pertaining to a prophet: prophetic inspiration.
2. of the nature of or containing prophecy: prophetic writings.
3. having the function or powers of a prophet, as a person.
4. predictive; presageful or portentous; ominous: prophetic signs; prophetic warnings.
Also, pro
Related forms: pro
pheticality, propheticalness, noun prophetically, adverb

surmise–verb (used with object) 1. to think or infer without certain or strong evidence; conjecture; guess.
–verb (used without object) 2. to conjecture or guess.
–noun 3. a matter of conjecture. idea or thought of something as being possible or likely.
5. a conjecture or opinion.
Related forms: sur
misable, adjective surmisedly adverb surmiser, noun
Synonyms: 1. imagine, suppose, suspect.

fantastical –adjective 1. conceived or appearing as if conceived by an unrestrained imagination; odd and remarkable; bizarre; grotesque: fantastic rock formations; fantastic designs.
2. fanciful or capricious, as persons or their ideas or actions: We never know what that fantastic creature will say next.
3. imaginary or groundless in not being based on reality; foolish or irrational: fantastic fears.
4. extravagantly fanciful; marvelous.
5. incredibly great or extreme; exorbitant: to spend fantastic sums of money.
6. highly unrealistic or impractical; outlandish: a fantastic scheme to make a million dollars betting on horse races.
7. Informal. extraordinarily good: a fantastic musical.
Also, fan
tastical. Related forms: fantastically, adverb fantasticalness, fantasticality, noun
1. Fantastic, bizarre, grotesque share a sense of deviation from what is normal or expected. Fantastic suggests a wild lack of restraint, a fancifulness so extreme as to lose touch with reality: a fantastic scheme for a series of space cities. In informal use, fantastic often means simply “exceptionally good”: a fantastic meal. Bizarre means markedly unusual or extraordinarily strange, sometimes whimsically so: bizarre costumes for Mardi Gras; bizarre behavior. Grotesque implies shocking distortion or incongruity, sometimes ludicrous, more often pitiful or tragic: a grotesque mixture of human and animal features; grotesque contrast between the forced smile and sad eyes: a gnarled tree suggesting the figure of a grotesque human being.

harbinger–noun 1. a person who goes ahead and makes known the approach of another; herald.
2. anything that foreshadows a future event; omen; sign: Frost is a harbinger of winter.
3. a person sent in advance of troops, a royal train, etc., to provide or secure lodgings and other accommodations.
–verb (used with object) 4. to act as harbinger to; herald the coming of.
Synonyms: 2. herald, forerunner, precursor, portent, indication.

plenteous–adjective 1. plentiful; copious; abundant: a plenteous supply of food.
2. yielding abundantly; fruitful: a plenteous harvest.
Related forms: plen
ly, adverb plenteousness, noun

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Many money trucks carry a plenteous amount of money, gold bars, and other kinds of currency.
rapt–adjective 1. deeply engrossed or absorbed: a rapt listener.
2. transported with emotion; enraptured: rapt with joy.
3. showing or proceeding from rapture: a rapt smile.
4. carried off spiritually to another place, sphere of existence, etc.
Related forms: raptly, adverb raptness, noun
Synonyms: 2. ecstatic, spellbound, bewitched.

missives–noun 1. a written message; letter.
–adjective 2. sent or about to be sent, esp. of a letter from an official source.

metaphysical–adjective 1. pertaining to or of the nature of metaphysics.
2. Philosophy a. concerned with abstract thought or subjects, as existence, causality, or truth. b. concerned with first principles and ultimate grounds, as being, time, or substance.
3. highly abstract, subtle, or abstruse.
4. designating or pertaining to the poetry of an early group of 17th-century English poets, notably John Donne, whose characteristic style is highly intellectual and philosophical and features intensive use of ingenious conceits and turns of wit.
5. Archaic. imaginary or fanciful.
Related forms: met
aphysically, adverb

remorse–noun 1. deep and painful regret for wrongdoing; compunction.
2. Obsolete. pity; compassion.
Synonyms: 1. contrition

beguile–verb (used with object), -guiled, -guiling. 1. to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.
2. to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually fol. by of): to be beguiled of money.
3. to charm or divert: a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist.
4. to pass (time) pleasantly: beguiling the long afternoon with a good book.
Related forms: be
guilement, noun beguiler, noun
Synonyms: 1. deceive, cheat. 3. amuse, entertain.

sovereign–noun 1. a monarch; a king, queen, or other supreme ruler.
2. a person who has sovereign power or authority.
3. a group or body of persons or a state having sovereign authority.
4. a gold coin of the United Kingdom, equal to one pound sterling: went out of circulation after 1914.
–adjective 5. belonging to or characteristic of a sovereign or sovereignty; royal.
6. having supreme rank, power, or authority.
7. supreme; preeminent; indisputable: a sovereign right.
8. greatest in degree; utmost or extreme.
9. being above all others in character, importance, excellence, etc.
10. efficacious; potent: a sovereign remedy.
Related forms: sov
ereignly, adverb
Synonyms: 1. emperor, empress, potentate. 3. government. 5. regal, majestic, imperial, princely, monarchical, kingly, queenly. 7. chief, paramount, principal, predominant. 10. effective, effectual.

purveyor–noun 1. a person who purveys, provides, or supplies: a purveyor of foods; a purveyor of lies.
2. Old English Law. an officer who provided or acquired provisions for the sovereign under the prerogative of purveyance.

Trammel–noun 1. Usually, trammels. a hindrance or impediment to free action; restraint: the trammels of custom.
2. an instrument for drawing ellipses.
–verb (used with object) to involve or hold in trammels; restrain.
Related forms: tram
meler; especially British, trammeller, noun
Synonyms: drag, hobble, curb, inhibition hinder, impede, obstruct, encumber.

chamberlains–noun 1. an official charged with the management of the living quarters of a sovereign or member of the nobility.
2. an official who receives rents and revenues, as of a municipal corporation; treasurer.
3. the high steward or factor of a member of the nobility.
4. a high official of a royal court.

Act II:
1.the cultivation and production of edible crops or of animals for food; agriculture; farming.
2.the science of raising crops or food animals.
3.careful or thrifty management; frugality, thrift, or conservation.
4.the management of domestic affairs or of resources generally.

a drink made of hot milk curdled with ale, wine, or the like, often sweetened and spiced.
raveled–verb (used with object)
1. to disentangle or unravel the threads or fibers of (a woven or knitted fabric, rope, etc.).
2. to tangle or entangle.
3. to involve; confuse; perplex.
4. to make clear; unravel (often fol. by out),

–verb (used without object)
5. to become disjoined thread by thread or fiber by fiber; fray.
6. to become tangled.
7. to become confused or perplexed.
8. (of a road surface) to lose aggregate.

9. a tangle or complication.

· Act II: incarnadine, infirm, equivocator, carousing, clamored, sacrilegious, countenance, scruples, malice, consort, warrant, suborned, benison
· Act III: indissoluble, bestowed, dauntless, rebuked, beggared, bounteous, avouch, eminence, cloistered, vizards, humane, choughs, thalls, malevolence, homage, exasperate
· Act IV: brinded, cauldron, gruel, conjure, apparition, chafes, pernicious, diminutive, judicious, homely, unsanctified, treachery, transpose, cistern, intemperance, blaspheme, ulcerous, hither, doff
· Act V: perturbation, distempered, epicures, antidote, oblivious, purgative, direness, brandished, staves, intrenchant, palter, salutation, tyranny