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Macbeth
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apparition
7 uses
FIRST APPARITION
apparition = a ghostlike figure
DefinitionGenerally apparition means:
a ghostlike figure or its appearance

or more rarely:

an unexpected or strange appearance
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1st useScene 4.1
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avarice
3 uses
Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful,
Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin
avaricious = excessive desire for wealth
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confound
3 uses
Uproar the universal peace, confound
All unity on earth.
confound = fight or frustrate
DefinitionGenerally confound means:
to confuse or cause to be unable to think clearly

or:

to refute or frustrate
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contend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She contended with it
contending 'gainst obedience,
contending = struggling
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contend means:
to struggle
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credulous
1 use
modest wisdom plucks me from over-credulous haste:
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She disputes his claim.
Dispute it like a man.
dispute = fight (challenge)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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flourish
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
dismissed them with a flourish
SCENE IV. Forres. A Room in the Palace.
[Flourish. Enter Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Lennox, and Attendants.]
flourish = fanfare played by trumpets to announce the entry or exit of royalty

(editor's note:  Today, flourish more commonly refers to any showy gesture.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of flourish means:
a showy gesture

or:

the act of waving — a hand or an item
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impede
1 use
all that impedes thee from...
impedes = prevents
DefinitionGenerally impede means:
create difficulty so as to slow or prevent (something)
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interpret
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
her interpretation of the data
—you should be women,
And yet your beards forbid me to interpret
That you are so.
interpret = to understand or explain something in a particular way
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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1st useScene 1.3
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malicious
4 uses
Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful,
Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin
malicious = wanting to see others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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mortal   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
mortal body
they have more in them than mortal knowledge.
mortal = humans (especially merely humans)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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2  —1 use as in:
a mortal wound
Hold fast the mortal sword,
mortal = deadly (causing death)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
causing death
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pernicious
2 uses
Let this pernicious hour stand aye accursed in the calendar!
pernicious = something spreading great harm in a gradual or subtle way
DefinitionGenerally pernicious means:
harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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provoke
4 uses
What three things does drink especially provoke?
provoke = cause in reaction
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
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scorn
4 uses
He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear
His hopes 'bove wisdom, grace, and fear:
scorn = treat with strong disrespect or disdain
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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temperate
2 uses
Who can be wise, amazed, temperate, and furious,
Loyal and neutral, in a moment?
temperate = calm (lacking extreme behavior)
DefinitionGenerally temperate means:
lacking extremes — especially of weather, climate, or behavior
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tyranny
3 uses
Boundless intemperance
In nature is a tyranny; it hath been
The untimely emptying of the happy throne,
And fall of many kings.
tyranny = something that is harshly controlling

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare translates these lines as:  Endless greed and lust in a man's nature is a kind of tyranny. It has caused the downfall of many kings.)
DefinitionGenerally tyranny means:
to control others harshly and unfairly; or a form of government with such control
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valor
5 uses
Art thou afeard
To be the same in thine own act and valor
As thou art in desire?
valor = courage
DefinitionGenerally valor means:
exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
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wrought
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
wrought iron
Great business must be wrought ere noon.
wrought = worked

(editor's note:  This could be translated as "Much must be done before noon.")
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wrought means:
worked — as when iron is shaped to fit by bending or beating
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yield
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
yield to pressure
I will not yield,
To kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet,
yield = surrender (give in)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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