"Macbeth" Vocabulary from Act II

The Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth is a play about the lengths one will go to satisfy his or her ambition and the consequences of one's desire (etext found here).

Learn these word lists for each act: Act I, Act II, Act III, Act IV, and Act V.

Activities for this list:

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  1. palpable
    capable of being perceived
    I see thee yet, in form as palpable
    As this which now I draw.
  2. stealthy
    marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
    Wither'd murder,
    Alarum'd by his sentinel, the wolf,
    Whose howl's his watch, thus with his stealthy pace.
  3. prate
    speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly
    Thou sure and firm-set earth,
    Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear
    Thy very stones prate of my whereabout,
    And take the present horror from the time,
    Which now suits with it.
  4. knell
    the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death
    I go, and it is done; the bell invites me.
    Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell
    That summons thee to heaven or to hell.
  5. summons
    call in an official matter, such as to attend court
    I go, and it is done; the bell invites me.
    Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell
    That summons thee to heaven or to hell.
  6. chamber
    a room used primarily for sleeping
    Who lies i' the second chamber?
  7. murder
    kill intentionally and with premeditation
    Methought I heard a voice cry 'Sleep no more!
    Macbeth does murder sleep'
  8. wake
    cause to become conscious
    There's one did laugh in's sleep, and one cried
    That they did wake each other
  9. multitudinous
    too numerous to be counted
    No, this my hand will rather
    The multitudinous seas in incarnadine,
    Making the green one red.
  10. equivocate
    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear
    Faith, here's an equivocator, that could swear in both the scales against either scale; who committed treason enough for God's sake, yet could not equivocate to heaven: O, come in, equivocator.
  11. carouse
    engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking
    Faith sir, we were carousing till the second cock.
  12. provoke
    call forth to appear or occur
    What three things does drink especially provoke?
  13. unruly
    noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
    The night has been unruly: where we lay,
    Our chimneys were blown down
  14. combustion
    a state of violent disturbance and excitement
    prophesying with accents terrible
    Of dire combustion and confused events
    New hatch'd to the woeful time
  15. suborn
    incite to commit a crime or an evil deed
    They were suborn'd:
    Malcolm and Donalbain, the king's two sons,
    Are stol'n away and fled; which puts upon them
    Suspicion of the deed.

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