Romeo and Juliet Prologue

Includes words taken from the prologue of Romeo and Juliet as well as a few words that will help readers of the play understand the definitions fully. Includes some notes and example sentences from the prologue.

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  1. dignity
    high office or rank or station
    Two households, both alike in dignity
  2. rank
    position in a social hierarchy
    A king or queen would be ranked at the top of a social hierarchy.
  3. scene
    the place where some action occurs
    In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
  4. ancient
    very old
    From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
  5. mutiny
    engage in an open rebellion against an authority
    From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
    A person who rebels and takes part in mutiny, is said to be mutinous.
  6. civil
    of or occurring between or among citizens of the state
    Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
  7. fatal
    bringing death
    From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
  8. loins
    the region of the hips and groin and lower abdomen
    From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
  9. foe
    a personal enemy
    From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
  10. prologue
    an introduction to a play
    In Romeo and Juliet, the prologue summarizes the story; it even includes details about the ending.
  11. piteous
    deserving or inciting a feeling of sympathy and sorrow
    Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
  12. strife
    lack of agreement or harmony
    Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
  13. passage
    the act of moving from one state or place to the next
    The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
  14. rage
    a feeling of intense anger
    And the continuance of their parents' rage
  15. traffic
    vehicles or pedestrians traveling in a particular locality
    Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
  16. attend
    give heed to
    The which if you with patient ears attend,
  17. heed
    pay close attention to
    "To attend" to something or "to pay heed" to something are both verbs meaning to pay attention.
  18. toil
    work hard
    What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
    In the prologue of Romeo and Juliet, the chorus (person speaking) explains that the playgoers should "toil", meaning "work hard" at paying attention to the play so as to understand the full story which is only summarized in the prologue.
  19. strive
    exert much effort or energy
    What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
    To understand the meaning of the example sentence better, replace "shall" with "we will".

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