"Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare, IV

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.

Here are links to our lists for the play: Act I, Act II, Act III, Act IV, and Act V

Here are links to our lists for other plays by William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Hamlet, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream

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  1. consent
    give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
    Your brother too must die; consent you, Lepidus?
  2. valiant
    having or showing heroism or courage
    But he's a tried and valiant soldier.
  3. govern
    direct or strongly influence the behavior of
    His corporal motion govern'd by my spirit.
  4. levy
    cause to assemble or enlist in the military
    Are levying powers: we must straight make head:
  5. disclose
    make known to the public information previously kept secret
    How covert matters may be best disclosed,
  6. receive
    bid welcome to; greet upon arrival
    How he received you, let me be resolved.
  7. gallant
    having or displaying great dignity or nobility
    Make gallant show and promise of their mettle;
  8. endure
    continue to live through hardship or adversity
    I'll not endure it: you forget yourself,
  9. wrangle
    quarrel noisily, angrily, or disruptively
    Let us not wrangle: bid them move away;
  10. villain
    someone who does evil deliberately
    What villain touch'd his body, that did stab,
  11. urge
    force or impel in an indicated direction
    I should not urge thy duty past thy might;
  12. fret
    be agitated or irritated
    All this! ay, more: fret till your proud heart break;
  13. digest
    convert food into absorbable substances
    You shall digest the venom of your spleen,
  14. mirth
    great merriment
    I'll use you for my mirth, yea, for my laughter,
  15. vaunt
    show off
    Let it appear so; make your vaunting true,
  16. presume
    take to be the case or to be true
    Do not presume too much upon my love;
  17. yoke
    become joined or linked together
    O Cassius, you are yoked with a lamb
  18. earnest
    devout or heartfelt
    When you are over-earnest with your Brutus,
  19. chide
    scold or reprimand severely or angrily
    He'll think your mother chides, and leave you so.
  20. taper
    stick of wax with a wick in the middle
    How ill this taper burns!
  21. expedition
    an organized group of people undertaking a journey
    Bending their expedition toward Philippi.
  22. ripe
    fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used
    Our legions are brim-full, our cause is ripe:
  23. repose
    a disposition free from stress or emotion
    Good night, and good repose.
  24. apparition
    a ghostly appearing figure
    That shapes this monstrous apparition.
  25. commend
    mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship
    Go and commend me to my brother Cassius;
Created on February 20, 2013 (updated March 13, 2019)

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