"Macbeth" Vocabulary from Act 5 20 words

While you are reading the Shakespearean tragedy "Macbeth," (etext found here), learn these word lists for each act: Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, Act 4, and Act 5.
  1. perturbation
    an unhappy and worried mental state
    A great perturbation in nature, to receive at once
    the benefit of sleep, and do the effects of
    watching!
  2. murky
    dark or gloomy
    Out, damned spot! out, I say!--One: two: why,
    then, 'tis time to do't.--Hell is murky!--Fie, my
    lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard?
  3. mar
    make imperfect
    The thane of Fife had a wife: where is she now?--
    What, will these hands ne'er be clean?--No more o'
    that, my lord, no more o' that: you mar all with
    this starting.
  4. upbraid
    express criticism towards
    Now minutely revolts upbraid his faith-breach
  5. pester
    annoy persistently
    Who then shall blame
    His pester'd senses to recoil and start,
    When all that is within him does condemn
    Itself for being there?
  6. recoil
    draw back, as with fear or pain
    Who then shall blame
    His pester'd senses to recoil and start,
    When all that is within him does condemn
    Itself for being there?
  7. epicure
    a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)
    Then fly,
    false thanes,
    And mingle with the English epicures.
  8. patient
    a person who requires medical care
    How does your patient, doctor?
  9. minister
    attend to the wants and needs of others
    Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased,
    Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,
    Raze out the written troubles of the brain
    And with some sweet oblivious antidote
    Cleanse the stuff'd bosom of that perilous stuff
    Which weighs upon the heart?
  10. antidote
    a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison
    Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased,
    Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,
    Raze out the written troubles of the brain
    And with some sweet oblivious antidote
    Cleanse the stuff'd bosom of that perilous stuff
    Which weighs upon the heart?
  11. applaud
    express approval of
    If thou couldst, doctor, cast
    The water of my land, find her disease,
    And purge it to a sound and pristine health,
    I would applaud thee to the very echo,
    That should applaud again.
  12. censure
    harsh criticism or disapproval
    Let our just censures
    Attend the true event, and put we on
    Industrious soldiership.
  13. industrious
    characterized by hard work and perseverance
    Let our just censures
    Attend the true event, and put we on
    Industrious soldiership.
  14. speculative
    not based on fact or investigation
    Thoughts speculative their unsure hopes relate,
    But certain issue strokes must arbitrate:
    Towards which advance the war.
  15. famine
    a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death
    Here let them lie
    Till famine and the ague eat them up
  16. fiend
    an evil supernatural being
    If thy speech be sooth,
    I care not if thou dost for me as much.
    I pull in resolution, and begin
    To doubt the equivocation of the fiend
    That lies like truth.
  17. tarry
    leave slowly and hesitantly
    If this which he avouches does appear,
    There is nor flying hence nor tarrying here.
  18. clamorous
    conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry
    Make all our trumpets speak; give them all breath,
    Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death.
  19. abhor
    find repugnant
    Thou liest, abhorred tyrant; with my sword
    I'll prove the lie thou speak'st.
  20. brandish
    exhibit aggressively
    Thou wast born of woman
    But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn,
    Brandish'd by man that's of a woman born.