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"Macbeth" Vocabulary from Act 4

October 23, 2012
The Shakespearean tragedy "Macbeth" is a play about the lengths one will go to satisfy his or her ambition and the consequences of one's desire (etext found here).

Learn these word lists for each act: Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, Act 4, and Act 5.
whine
Thrice and once the hedge-pig whined.
cauldron
Round about the cauldron go;
In the poison'd entrails throw.
swelter
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot.
boil
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot.
toil
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
gruel
Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches' mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg'd i' the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Silver'd in the moon's eclipse,
Nose of Turk and Tartar's lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab:
vanquish
Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until
Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill
Shall come against him.
bound
That will never be
Who can impress the forest, bid the tree
Unfix his earth- bound root?
filthy
Filthy hags!
Why do you show me this?
flee
'Tis two or three, my lord, that bring you word
Macduff is fled to England.
traitor
When our actions do not,
Our fears do make us traitors.
wisdom
You know not
Whether it was his wisdom or his fear.
wit
Thou speak'st with all thy wit: and yet, i' faith,
With wit enough for thee.
empty
Let us seek out some desolate shade, and there
Weep our sad bosoms empty.
sorrow
Let us rather
Hold fast the mortal sword, and like good men
Bestride our down-fall'n birthdom: each new morn
New widows howl, new orphans cry, new sorrows
Strike heaven on the face, that it resounds
As if it felt with Scotland and yell'd out
Like syllable of dolour.
honest
This tyrant, whose sole name blisters our tongues,
Was once thought honest.
grace
Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace,
Yet grace must still look so.
precious
Perchance even there where I did find my doubts.
Why in that rawness left you wife and child,
Those precious motives, those strong knots of love,
Without leave-taking?
tyranny
Bleed, bleed, poor country!
Great tyranny! lay thou thy basis sure,
For goodness dare not cheque thee
gracious
Here from gracious England have I offer
Of goodly thousands
vice
For all this,
When I shall tread upon the tyrant's head,
Or wear it on my sword, yet my poor country
Shall have more vices than it had before,
More suffer and more sundry ways than ever,
By him that shall succeed.
sundry
For all this,
When I shall tread upon the tyrant's head,
Or wear it on my sword, yet my poor country
Shall have more vices than it had before,
More suffer and more sundry ways than ever,
By him that shall succeed.
succeed
For all this,
When I shall tread upon the tyrant's head,
Or wear it on my sword, yet my poor country
Shall have more vices than it had before,
More suffer and more sundry ways than ever,
By him that shall succeed.
desire
Your wives, your daughters,
Your matrons and your maids, could not fill up
The cistern of my lust, and my desire
All continent impediments would o'erbear
That did oppose my will:
avarice
With this there grows
In my most ill-composed affection such
A stanchless avarice that, were I king,
I should cut off the nobles for their lands,
Desire his jewels and this other's house.
quarrel
I should forge
Quarrels unjust against the good and loyal,
Destroying them for wealth.
govern
If such a one be fit to govern, speak:
I am as I have spoken.
gentle
Note that he's not calling Malcolm gentle -- they're going to war, afterall. This is gentle as in "Gentleman."
My ever- gentle cousin, welcome hither.
grief
What's the newest grief?
comfort
Be't their comfort
We are coming thither: gracious England hath
Lent us good Siward and ten thousand men
slaughter
Your castle is surprised; your wife and babes
Savagely slaughter'd: to relate the manner,
Were, on the quarry of these murder'd deer,
To add the death of you.
fare
Fare thee well, lord:
I would not be the villain that thou think'st
For the whole space that's in the tyrant's grasp,
And the rich East to boot.

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Friday December 14th 2012, 10:11 PM
Comment by: Radko C. (NJ)Top 10 Word ListerTop 10 Commenter
Why does Vocabulary.com use the spelling "caldron" in some word lists and "cauldron" in others ?
Why are so many words so pathetically mispronounced ? Why are so many words so unclearly pronounced ?
Why is it that the most remote definitions of words appear predominantly just before "50 in a row"
is reached ?
Tuesday November 3rd 2015, 7:44 PM
Comment by: Leslacia (CA)
Why does it matter? Does it truely make a difference in definition, or is spelling just a pet peeve of yours? No offense, in any way.

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