Macbeth 1 Definitions Flashcard Example #2569

Flout
Part of speech: verb

Definition: openly disregard (a rule, law or convention)

Sentence: These same companies still flout basic ethical practices.

s: defy a: observe

disburse(d)
Part of speech: verb – pay out (money from a fund)

Sentence: $67 million of the pledged aid had already been disbursed.

s: pay a: hoard

sieve
Part of speech: noun

Definition: a utensil consisting of a wire or plastic mesh held in a frame, used for straining solids from liquids. Used figuratively with reference to the fact that a sieve does not hold all its contents

Sentence: She’s forgotten all the details already—she’s got a mind like a sieve.

s: filter

venture
Part of speech: noun (can be used as a verb)

Definition: a risky or daring journey or undertaking

Sentence : Pioneers usually venture into unknown territories.

s: undertaking a: inaction

herald
Part of speech: verb

Definition: be a sign that (something) is about to happen

Sentence: The president’s speech heralded a change in policy.

s: announce a: withhold

surmise
Part of speech: verb

Definition: suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm it

Sentence: He surmised that something must be wrong.

s: guess a: prove

wrought
Part of speech: adjective

Definition:beaten out or shaped by hammering

Sentence: The agent executed the carefully wrought plan.

s: built a: unshaped

repentance
Part of speech: noun

Definition: sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin

Sentence: The priest urged his listeners to seek repentance.

s: remorse a: defiance

recompense
Part of speech: noun

Definition: compensation or reward given for loss or harm suffered or effort made

Sentence: Substantial damages were paid in recompense.

s: repaymen

harbinger
Part of speech: noun

Definition: a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another

Sentence : Frost is a harbinger of winter.

s: omen; herald

metaphysical
Part of speech: adjective

Definition: based on abstract (typically, excessively abstract) reasoning

Sentence: Philosophy often deals with metaphysical views on the meaning of life.

s: theoretical a: concrete

beguile
Part of speech: verb

Definition: charm or enchant (someone), sometimes in a deceptive way

Sentence: Every prominent American artist has been beguiled by Maine.

s: charm a: repel

audit
Par of speech: noun

De fiction: a systematic review or assessment of something

Sentence: The scientist completed an audit of flora and fauna at the site.

s: inspection a: ignore

adage
Part of speech: noun – a proverb or short statement expressing a general truth

Definition: the old adage “out of sight, out of mind .

s: saying

repose
Part of speech: noun

Definition:temporary rest from activity, excitement, or exertion, esp. sleep or the rest given by sleep

Sentence: In repose her face looked relaxed.

s: inactivity a: exertion

palpable
Part of speech: adjective – able to be touched or felt

Sentence: She rubbed the palpable bump at the bridge of the nose.

s: touchable a: imperceptible

ravishing
Part of speech: adjective

Definition: delightful; entrancing

Sentence : She looked ravishing in her wedding dress.

s: stunning a: hideous

balm
Part of speech: noun

Definition: something that has a comforting, soothing, or restorative effect

Sentence: The murmur of the water can provide balm for troubled spirits.

s: relief a: irritant

equivocate
Part of speech: verb

Definition:use ambiguous language so as to conceal the truth or avoid committing oneself

Sentence : “Oh, this and that,” she equivocated, when I asked her what she was up to.

s: avoid

carouse (ing)
Part of speech: verb

Definition: enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way

Sentence: They danced and caroused until they were forced to go home.

s: celebrate a: mourn

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