"Romeo and Juliet" Vocabulary from Act 5

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.

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. presage
    a sign of something about to happen
    If I may trust the flattering truth of sleep,
    My dreams presage some joyful news at hand
  2. apothecary
    a health professional trained in the art of preparing drugs
    I do remember an apothecary,--
    And hereabouts he dwells,--which late I noted.
  3. penury
    a state of extreme poverty or destitution
    Noting this penury, to myself I said
    'An if a man did need a poison now,
    Whose sale is present death in Mantua,
    Here lives a caitiff wretch would sell it him.
  4. poison
    any substance that causes injury or illness or death
    If a man did need a poison now,
    Whose sale is present death in Mantua,
    Here lives a caitiff wretch would sell it him.
  5. poverty
    the state of having little or no money and possessions
    My poverty, but not my will, consents.
  6. infectious
    easily spread
    The searchers of the town,
    Suspecting that we both were in a house
    Where the infectious pestilence did reign,
    Seal'd up the doors, and would not let us forth
  7. aloof
    remote in manner
    Give me thy torch, boy: hence, and stand aloof
  8. approach
    come near or verge on
    Thou shalt hear it: whistle then to me,
    As signal that thou hear'st something approach
  9. strew
    spread by scattering
    Sweet flower, with flowers thy bridal bed I strew.
  10. intend
    have in mind as a purpose
    But if thou, jealous, dost return to pry
    In what I further shall intend to do,
    By heaven, I will tear thee joint by joint
    And strew this hungry churchyard with thy limbs
  11. intent
    an anticipated outcome that guides your planned actions
    The time and my intents are savage-wild,
    More fierce and more inexorable far
    Than empty tigers or the roaring sea.
  12. condemn
    demonstrate the guilt of (someone)
    Condemned villain, I do apprehend thee
    Note that Shakespeare is using it as an adjective here -- Romeo has been condemned.
  13. noble
    having high or elevated character
    Mercutio's kinsman, noble County Paris!
  14. slaughter
    kill, usually for food consumption
    O no! a lantern, slaughter'd youth,
    For here lies Juliet, and her beauty makes
    This vault a feasting presence full of light
    Note that slaughter can also imply a senseless killing, rather than just for 'food consumption.'
  15. weary
    physically and mentally fatigued
    O, here
    Will I set up my everlasting rest,
    And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars
    From this world- wearied flesh
  16. monument
    a structure erected to commemorate persons or events
    It burneth in the Capel's monument.
  17. brief
    concise and succinct
    Yea, noise? then I'll be brief.
  18. raise
    summon into action or bring into existence
    Go, tell the prince: run to the Capulets:
    Raise up the Montagues: some others search,
  19. suspicion
    the state of being believed to be guilty
    A great suspicion: stay the friar too.
  20. sacrifice
    the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty
    If aught in this
    Miscarried by my fault, let my old life
    Be sacrificed, some hour before his time,
    Unto the rigour of severest law.

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