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Macbeth

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abhor
1 use
abhorred tyrant
abhorred = hated or detested
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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appease
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To offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb
To appease an angry god.
appease = satisfy or pacify (make less angry)
DefinitionGenerally appease means:
satisfy or pacify (make less angry or upset) — typically by giving something wanted
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arbitration
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  Thoughts speculative their unsure hopes relate;
  But certain issue strokes must arbitrate:
  Towards which advance the war.
arbitrate = decide
DefinitionGenerally arbitration means:
the process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
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compunction
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Stop up the access and passage to remorse,
That no compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my fell purpose
compunctious = pricking the conscience (causing the feeling that it would be wrong to do something)
DefinitionGenerally compunction means:
guilt for a misdeed; or a feeling that it would be wrong to do something
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
As from your graves rise up, and walk like sprites
To countenance this horror!
countenance = face (see or witness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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credulous
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modest wisdom plucks me from over-credulous haste:
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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entreat
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Yet, when we can entreat an hour to serve,
We would spend it in some words upon that business,
If you would grant the time.
entreat = persuade (or beg, or negotiate)

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this as: "I don't think about them now. But when we have an hour to spare we can talk more about it, if you're willing.")
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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epicure
1 use
—Then fly, false thanes,
And mingle with the English epicures:
epicures = weak and decadent  (people devoted to sensual pleasures)
DefinitionGenerally epicure means:
a person who loves fine food and drink
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equivocate
6 uses
O, come in, equivocator.
equivocator = liar (who uses ambiguousness to avoid telling the truth)
DefinitionGenerally equivocate means:
to speak in a manner that does not clearly express an opinion or decision — typically in an attempt to satisfy people who want different things or to avoid making a commitment
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exeunt
31 uses
[Exeunt all except Doctor.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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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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integrity
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a person of high integrity
Macduff, this noble passion,
Child of integrity, hath from my soul
Wiped the black scruples, reconcil'd my thoughts
To thy good truth and honour.
integrity = strong moral principles
DefinitionGenerally this sense of integrity means:
having strong moral principles — especially honesty
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knell
3 uses
Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell
That summons thee to heaven or to hell.
knell = the sound of a bell rung slowly (especially to announce death or a funeral)
DefinitionGenerally knell means:
the sound of a bell rung slowly — especially to announce death or a funeral

or:

announcing the demise or end of something
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malevolent
1 use
the malevolence of fortune
malevolence = exerting an evil or harmful influence
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil
  • of a person — wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing — exerting an evil or harmful influence
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
the obscure bird clamour'd the live-long night
obscure = not clearly seen

(editor's note:  an owl is referred to this way because it is hard to see as it flies in the night)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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predominant
2 uses
... Do you find
Your patience so predominant in your nature,
That you can let this go?
predominant = powerful and influential
DefinitionGenerally predominant means:
most frequent, common, or important; or having more power and influence
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ratify
1 use
... thither Macduff
Is gone to pray the holy king, upon his aid
To wake Northumberland, and warlike Siward:
That, by the help of these,—with Him above
To ratify the work,—we may again
Give to our tables meat, sleep to our nights;
Free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives;
Do faithful homage, and receive free honours,
All which we pine for now: ...
ratify = approve
DefinitionGenerally ratify means:
to approve — typically the formal approval of an agreement by an organization
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reconcile
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reconciled their differences
Such welcome and unwelcome things at once
'Tis hard to reconcile.
reconcile = bring into agreement in the mind (that opposite things should come together)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reconcile means:
to bring into agreement
The exact meaning of reconcile can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "We reconciled our differences and are on friendly terms now." — settled or found a way to accept
  • "They did break up, but they reconciled since then." — made up
  • "I need to reconcile my goals with my abilities." — make compatible
  • "I need to reconcile my checkbook." — get the checkbook numbers and the bank statement to agree
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resolute
1 use
Be bloody, bold, and resolute;
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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sacrilege
1 use
Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope
The Lord's anointed temple, and stole thence
The life o' the building.
sacrilegious = disrespectful of something others consider important — especially something sacred
DefinitionGenerally sacrilege means:
disrespect of something others consider important or sacred
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