"Julius Caesar," Vocabulary from Act V

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. prove
    provide evidence for
    That thou hast proved Lucilius' saying true.
  2. battle
    a hostile meeting of opposing military forces
    Upon one battle all our liberties.
  3. demand
    request urgently and forcefully
    Answering before we do demand of them.
  4. posture
    capability that affects the capacity to fight a war
    The posture of your blows are yet unknown;
  5. offend
    hurt the feelings of
    This tongue had not offended so to-day,
  6. conspirator
    a member of a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act
    I draw a sword against conspirators;
  7. avenge
    take action in return for a perceived wrong
    Be well avenged; or till another Caesar
  8. traitor
    someone who betrays his country by committing treason
    Caesar, thou canst not die by traitors' hands,
  9. peevish
    easily irritated or annoyed
    A peevish schoolboy, worthless of such honour,
  10. billow
    a large sea wave
    Why, now, blow wind, swell billow and swim bark!
  11. perch
    to come to rest, settle
    Two mighty eagles fell, and there they perch'd,
  12. gorge
    overeat or eat immodestly
    Gorging and feeding from our soldiers' hands;
  13. prey
    a person who is the aim of an attack by a hostile influence
    As we were sickly prey: their shadows seem
  14. affair
    a matter or concern
    But since the affairs of men rest still incertain,
  15. determined
    devoting full strength and concentrated attention to
    What are you then determined to do?
  16. perceive
    to become aware of through the senses
    Are those my tents where I perceive the fire?
  17. enclose
    surround completely
    Whilst we by Antony are all enclosed.
  18. revenge
    take action in return for a perceived wrong
    Caesar, thou art revenged,
  19. melancholy
    a feeling of thoughtful sadness
    O hateful error, melancholy's child,
  20. apt
    being of striking pertinence
    Why dost thou show to the apt thoughts of men
  21. misconstrue
    interpret in the wrong way
    Alas, thou hast misconstrued every thing!
  22. proclaim
    declare formally
    I will proclaim my name about the field:
  23. yield
    be willing to concede
    Yield, or thou diest.
  24. grief
    intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one
    Now is that noble vessel full of grief,
  25. tarry
    leave slowly and hesitantly
    Fly, fly, my lord; there is no tarrying here.
  26. entertain
    take into consideration or have in view
    All that served Brutus, I will entertain them.
  27. bestow
    give as a gift
    Fellow, wilt thou bestow thy time with me?
  28. service
    an act of help or assistance
    That did the latest service to my master.
  29. envy
    spite and resentment at seeing the success of another
    Did that they did in envy of great Caesar;
  30. rite
    an established ceremony prescribed by a religion
    With all respect and rites of burial.

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