"Romeo and Juliet" Vocabulary from Act 4

Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is the classic story of love in the midst of hate, and whether that love is strong enough and wise enough to survive what surrounds it (etext found here).

Learn these word lists for each act of the tragedy: Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, Act 4, and Act 5.

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  1. wisdom
    accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment
    Now, sir, her father counts it dangerous
    That she doth give her sorrow so much sway,
    And in his wisdom hastes our marriage,
    To stop the inundation of her tears;
  2. confess
    admit to God in the presence of a priest
    Come you to make confession to this father?

    To answer that, I should confess to you.
  3. slander
    words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
    That is no slander, sir, which is a truth
  4. leisure
    time available for ease and relaxation
    Are you at leisure, holy father, now;
    Or shall I come to you at evening mass?
  5. rouse
    cause to become awake or conscious
    Juliet, on Thursday early will I rouse ye:
    Till then, adieu; and keep this holy kiss.
  6. slay
    kill intentionally and with premeditation
    God join'd my heart and Romeo's, thou our hands;
    And ere this hand, by thee to Romeo seal'd,
    Shall be the label to another deed,
    Or my true heart with treacherous revolt
    Turn to another, this shall slay them both:
  7. remedy
    act of correcting an error or a fault or an evil
    Be not so long to speak; I long to die,
    If what thou speak'st speak not of remedy
  8. enjoin
    give instructions to or direct somebody to do something
    I have learn'd me to repent the sin
    Of disobedient opposition
    To you and your behests, and am enjoin'd
    By holy Laurence to fall prostrate here,
    And beg your pardon.
  9. pardon
    the act of excusing a mistake or offense
    I have learn'd me to repent the sin
    Of disobedient opposition
    To you and your behests, and am enjoin'd
    By holy Laurence to fall prostrate here,
    And beg your pardon.
  10. orison
    reverent petition to a deity
    Leave me to my self to-night,
    For I have need of many orisons
    To move the heavens to smile upon my state,
    Which, well thou know'st, is cross, and full of sin.
  11. wake
    stop sleeping
    How if, when I am laid into the tomb,
    I wake before the time that Romeo
    Come to redeem me? there's a fearful point!
  12. shroud
    burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped
    Where bloody Tybalt, yet but green in earth,
    Lies festering in his shroud.
  13. curfew
    an order that after a certain time activities are prohibited
    Come, stir, stir, stir! the second cock hath crow'd,
    The curfew-bell hath rung, 'tis three o'clock.
  14. confusion
    a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior
    Peace, ho, for shame! confusion's cure lives not
    In these confusions
  15. advance
    move forward
    The most you sought was her promotion;
    For 'twas your heaven she should be advanced:
    And weep ye now, seeing she is advanced
    Above the clouds, as high as heaven itself?
  16. dirge
    a song or hymn of mourning as a memorial to a dead person
    Our solemn hymns to sullen dirges change.
  17. ordained
    fixed or established especially by order or command
    All things that we ordained festival,
    Turn from their office to black funeral;

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