"Julius Caesar," Vocabulary from Act I

As you read Shakespeare's tragedy "Julius Caesar," learn these word lists: Act I, Act II, Act III, Act IV, and Act V.

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. idle
    not in action or at work
    Hence! home, you idle creatures get you home:
  2. conscience
    motivation deriving from ethical or moral principles
    A trade, sir, that, I hope, I may use with a safe
    conscience; which is, indeed, sir, a mender of bad soles.
  3. beseech
    ask for or request earnestly
    Nay, I beseech you, sir, be not out with me: yet,
    if you be out, sir, I can mend you.
  4. attire
    clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
    And do you now put on your best attire?
  5. assemble
    get people together
    Assemble all the poor men of your sort;
  6. servile
    submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior
    And keep us all in servile fearfulness.
  7. perform
    carry out an action
    When Caesar says 'do this,' it is perform'd.
  8. beware
    be on one's guard; be cautious or wary about; be alert to
    Beware the ides of March.
  9. throng
    a large gathering of people
    Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar.
  10. hinder
    be an obstacle to
    Let me not hinder, Cassius, your desires;
  11. wont
    an established custom
    And show of love as I was wont to have:
  12. behavior
    manner of acting or controlling yourself
    Which give some soil perhaps to my behaviors;
  13. construe
    make sense of; assign a meaning to
    But men may construe things after their fashion,
  14. noble
    having high or elevated character
    Well, Brutus, thou art noble; yet, I see,
  15. prepare
    make ready or suitable or equip in advance
    Therefore, good Brutus, be prepared to hear:
  16. impart
    transmit, as knowledge or a skill
    What is it that you would impart to me?
  17. torrent
    a heavy rain
    The torrent roar'd, and we did buffet it
  18. wretched
    deserving or inciting pity
    A wretched creature and must bend his body,
  19. feeble
    pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness
    A man of such a feeble temper should
  20. petty
    small and of little importance
    Like a Colossus, and we petty men
  21. mock
    imitate with derision
    As if he mock'd himself and scorn'd his spirit
  22. loath
    strongly opposed
    Then he
    offered it to him again; then he put it by again:
    but, to my thinking, he was very loath to lay his
    fingers off it.
  23. refuse
    show unwillingness towards
    And then he offered it the third
    time; he put it the third time by: and still as he
    refused it, the rabblement hooted and clapped their
    chapped hands and threw up their sweaty night-caps
    and uttered such a deal of stinking breath because
  24. rogue
    a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
    I would I might go to hell among the rogues.
  25. infirmity
    the state of being weak in health or body
    If he had done or said any thing amiss, he desired
    their worships to think it was his infirmity.
  26. seduce
    lure or entice away from duty, principles, or proper conduct
    For who so firm that cannot be seduced?
  27. tempest
    a violent wind
    I have seen tempests, when the scolding winds
  28. surly
    unfriendly and inclined toward anger or irritation
    Who glared upon me, and went surly by,
  29. perilous
    fraught with danger
    Submitting me unto the perilous night,
  30. astonish
    affect with wonder
    Such dreadful heralds to astonish us.
  31. infuse
    fill, as with a certain quality
    That heaven hath infused them with these spirits,
  32. prodigious
    great in size, force, extent, or degree
    In personal action, yet prodigious grown
  33. establish
    set up or lay the groundwork for
    Mean to establish Caesar as a king;
  34. weary
    physically and mentally fatigued
    But life, being weary of these worldly bars,
  35. content
    satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are
    Be you content: good Cinna, take this paper,

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