"Julius Caesar," Vocabulary from Act III

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. flourish
    grow vigorously
    Whilst bloody treason flourish'd over us.
  2. enterprise
    a purposeful or industrious undertaking
    I wish your enterprise to-day may thrive.
  3. purpose
    an anticipated outcome that guides your planned actions
    I fear our purpose is discovered.
  4. prefer
    like better; value more highly
    And presently prefer his suit to Caesar.
  5. banish
    expel, as if by official decree
    Thy brother by decree is banished:
  6. spurn
    reject with contempt
    I spurn thee like a cur out of my way.
  7. liberty
    freedom of choice
    The men that gave their country liberty.
  8. confounded
    perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements
    Here, quite confounded with this mutiny.
  9. wise
    having intelligence and discernment
    Brutus is noble, wise, valiant, and honest;
  10. depart
    go away or leave
    Good countrymen, let me depart alone,
  11. reverence
    a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
    With all kind love, good thoughts, and reverence.
  12. render
    give or supply
    Let each man render me his bloody hand:
  13. grieve
    cause to feel sorrow
    Shall it not grieve thee dearer than thy death,
  14. depend
    be contingent upon
    Or shall we on, and not depend on you?
  15. advantage
    benefit resulting from some event or action
    It shall advantage more than do us wrong.
  16. meek
    humble in spirit or manner
    That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
  17. mourning
    state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one
    Here is a mourning Rome, a dangerous Rome,
  18. issue
    an important question that is in dispute and must be settled
    The cruel issue of these bloody men;
  19. ascend
    travel up
    The noble Brutus is ascended: silence!
  20. respect
    regard highly; think much of
    Romans, countrymen, and lovers! hear me for my
    cause, and be silent, that you may hear: believe me
    for mine honour, and have respect to mine honour, that
    you may believe: censure me in your wisdom, and
    awake your senses, that you may the better judge.
  21. ambitious
    having a strong desire for success or achievement
    As Caesar loved me, I weep for him;
    as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was
    valiant, I honour him: but, as he was ambitious, I
    slew him.
  22. vile
    morally reprehensible
    Who is here so
    vile that will not love his country?
  23. extenuate
    lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
    The question of
    his death is enrolled in the Capitol; his glory not
    extenuated, wherein he was worthy, nor his offences
    enforced, for which he suffered death.
  24. inter
    place in a grave or tomb
    The good is oft interred with their bones;
  25. withhold
    hold back; refuse to hand over or share
    What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?
  26. heir
    a person entitled by law to inherit the estate of another
    'Tis good you know not that you are his heirs;
  27. compel
    force somebody to do something
    You will compel me, then, to read the will?
  28. beloved
    dearly loved
    Through this the well- beloved Brutus stabb'd;
  29. vanquish
    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
    Quite vanquish'd him: then burst his mighty heart;
  30. thither
    to or toward that place; away from the speaker
    And thither will I straight to visit him:

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