Macbeth Act 2 Vocabulary Flashcard Example #78071

Repose
Definition: rest, sleep; quietness, ease; peace, calmness
In Context: “Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature gives way to repose” (II.i.10-11) {Banquo speaking to Fleance}
Palpable
Definition: capable of being perceived; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt
In Context: “I see thee yet, in form as palpable as this which now I draw. He draws his dagger” (II,i,52-53) {Macbeth describing the floating dagger}
Quenched
Definition: satisfy (thirst)
In Context: “That which hath quenched them hath given me fire” (II,ii,3) {Lady Macbeth speaking about the drink given to the guards}
Confound
Definition: Confuse; thwart, ruin
In Context: “The attempt and not the deed confound us” (II,ii,14-15) {Lady Macbeth speaking of whether the killing was done, and if not that perhaps the attempt to kill him would ruin them}
Infirm
Definition: lacking firmness of will or character or purpose
In Context: “Infirm of purpose, give me the dagger” (II,ii,68-69) {Lady Macbeth chastising Macbeth on not leaving the daggers}
Multitudinous
Definition: countless: too numerous to be counted, vast
In Context: “The multitudinous seas incarnadine” (II,ii,80) {Macbeth saying his bloodied hands will turn the vast seas blood red}
Carousing
Definition: reveling in drinking; a merry drinking party
In Context: “Faith,sir, we were carousing till the second cock” (II,iii,24-25) {The porter explaining that they had partied till very late}
Lamentings
Definition: cries of sorrow and grief
In Context: “Lamentings were heard i’ th’ air, strange screams of death” (II,iii,63-64)
Sacrilegious
Definition:blasphemous: grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred
In Context: “Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope the Lord’s anointed temple.” (II,iii76-77) {Macduff speaking of Duncan’s murder
Predominance
Definition: overriding: having superior power and influence
In Context: “Is ‘t night’s predominance or the day’s shame that darkness does the face of earth entomb” (II,iv,10-11) {The old man asking why it is so dark}
Suborned
Definition: convinced, usually with money, to do something
In Context: “They were suborned” (II,iv,35) {Macduff speaking of the guards that supposedly murdered Duncan?

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