"Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare, Act II

This list covers some of the basic words in Shakespeare's play about the assassination of the titular Roman ruler. You can find our lists covering more difficult words here.

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  1. whet
    make keen or more acute
    Since Cassius first did whet me against Caesar,
  2. conspiracy
    a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act
    If thou beest not immortal,
    look about you: security gives way to conspiracy.
  3. visage
    the appearance conveyed by a person's face
    To mask thy monstrous visage?
  4. interpose
    What watchful cares do interpose themselves
  5. kindle
    catch fire
    To kindle cowards and to steel with valour
  6. virtue
    the quality of doing what is right
    My heart laments that virtue cannot live
  7. whit
    a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
    Our youths and wildness shall no whit appear,
  8. wrath
    intense anger
    Like wrath in death and envy afterwards;
  9. terror
    an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
    The unaccustom'd terror of this night,
  10. fetch
    go or come after and bring or take back
    I come to fetch you to the senate-house.
  11. disperse
    move away from each other
    And, friends, disperse yourselves; but all remember
  12. constancy
    the quality of being enduring and free from change
    I have made strong proof of my constancy,
  13. insist
    beg persistently and urgently
    Yet I insisted, yet you answer'd not,
  14. prevail
    prove superior
    As it hath much prevail'd on your condition,
  15. acquainted
    having fair knowledge of
    Make me acquainted with your cause of grief.
  16. exploit
    a notable achievement
    Any exploit worthy the name of honour.
  17. derived
    formed or developed from something else; not original
    Brave son, derived from honourable loins!
  18. conjure
    summon into action or bring into existence
    Thou, like an exorcist, hast conjured up
  19. strive
    attempt by employing effort
    And I will strive with things impossible;
  20. recount
    narrate or give a detailed account of
    Recounts most horrid sights seen by the watch.
  21. cowardice
    the trait of lacking courage
    The gods do this in shame of cowardice:
  22. consume
    destroy completely
    Your wisdom is consumed in confidence.
  23. conquest
    the act of defeating and taking control of
    Have I in conquest stretch'd mine arm so far,
  24. portent
    a sign of something about to happen
    And these does she apply for warnings, and portents,
  25. interpret
    make sense of; assign a meaning to
    This dream is all amiss interpreted;
  26. expound
    add details, as to an account or idea
    And this way have you well expounded it.
  27. yearn
    desire strongly or persistently
    The heart of Brutus yearns to think upon!
  28. immortal
    not subject to death
    If thou beest not immortal,
    look about you: security gives way to conspiracy.
  29. lament
    a cry of sorrow and grief
    My heart laments that virtue cannot live
  30. intend
    have in mind as a purpose
    Why, know'st thou any harm's intended towards him?
Created on February 20, 2013 (updated March 13, 2019)

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