Romeo and Juliet Vocabulary for Act 5

Romeo and Juliet
Vocabulary for Act 5
Privy – adj. - Secretly informed about.
Participating in the knowledge of something
private or secret (usually followed by to): Many
persons were privy to the plot.
“All this I know, and
to the marriage
Her nurse is privy;…”
(Shakespeare 868)
Inauspicious – adj.- Promising
misfortune; ill-omened; unfavorable
O, here will I set up my everlasting rest
And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars
From this world-wearied flesh.
(Shakespeare 868)
Rigor – adj. - Strictness
Be sacrificed some
hour before his time
Unto the rigor of
severest law.
(Shakespeare 856)
Ambiguities – n. – statements or
events whose meanings are unclear
“Seal up the mouth of outrage for a while,
Till we can clear these ambiguities
And know their spring, their head, their true descent;…”
(Shakespeare 872)
Scourge – n. – Whip or other
instrument for inflicting punishment
Where be these enemies?
Capulet, Montague,
See what scourge is laid
upon your hate,
That heaven finds means
to kill your joys with love.
(Shakespeare 873)
Remnants – n. – remaining persons or
Penury – n. – extreme
Remnants of packthread,
and old cakes of roses Were
thinly scattered, to make up
a show. Noting this
penury, to myself I said…
Haughty – adj. - arrogant
“This is that banished haughty Montague
That murd’red my love’s cousin…”
Shakespeare 866)
Apothecary – n. – One who prepares
and sells drugs and medicines
I do remember an
apothecary…”And if a man
did need a poison now
Whose sale is present
death in Mantua…”
(Shakespeare 862)
Inexorable – adj. - uncontrollable
The time and my
intents are savage-wild,
More fierce and more
inexorable far
Than empty tigers or
the roaring sea.
Cordial – n. – Health giving drink.
Adj. - courteous and gracious; friendly;
“Come, cordial and not
poison, go with me
To Juliet’s grave; for
there must I use thee.
(Shakespeare 862)
Sepulcher – n. – Tomb
“Alas, alack, what blood
is this which stains
The stony entrance of
this sepulcher?”
(Shakespeare 869)
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