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Macbeth Vocabulary

Vocabulary from Act I

minion a servile or fawning dependant For brave Macbeth--well he deserves that name-- Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel, Which smoked with bloody execution, Like valour's minion carved out his passage Till he faced the slave.
hail praise vociferously All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of Glamis!
prophetic foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention Say from whence You owe this strange intelligence? or why Upon this blasted heath you stop our way With such prophetic greeting?
earnest something of value given to bind a contract And, for an earnest of a greater honour, He bade me, from him, call thee thane of Cawdor.
vantage place or situation affording some benefit Whether he was combined With those of Norway, or did line the rebel With hidden help and vantage, or that with both He labour'd in his country's wreck, I know not
harbinger something indicating the approach of something or someone I'll be myself the harbinger and make joyful The hearing of my wife with your approach
peerless eminent beyond or above comparison Let's after him, Whose care is gone before to bid us welcome: It is a peerless kinsman.
dire causing fear or dread or terror Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty!
gall a digestive juice secreted by the liver Come to my woman's breasts, And take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers,
weird suggesting the operation of supernatural influences ...all-hailed me 'Thane of Cawdor;' by which title, before, these weird sisters saluted me, and referred me to the coming on of time, with 'Hail, king that shalt be!'
Created by: t1312