Romeo & Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet
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Act 1 Vocabulary
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profaners

v. / adj.
1. characterized by irreverence or contempt for God or sacred principles or things; irreligious.
2. not devoted to holy or religious purposes; unconsecrated; secular ( opposed to sacred).
3. unholy; heathen; pagan: profane rites.
4. not initiated into religious rites or mysteries, as persons.
5. common or vulgar.

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pernicious

adj.
1.causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful: pernicious teachings; a pernicious lie.
2.deadly; fatal: a pernicious disease.
3.Obsolete . evil; wicked.

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augment

v. (used with object)
1. to make larger; enlarge in size, number, strength, or extent; increase: His salary is augmented by a small inheritance.
2. Music .
a. to raise (the upper note of an interval or chord) by a half step.
b. to double the note values of (a theme): In the fugue's development the subject is augmented.
3. Grammar . to add an augment to.
4. Heraldry . to grant an augmentation to (a coat of arms).
v. (used without object)
5. to become larger.

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portentous

adj.
1. of the nature of a portent; momentous.
2. ominously significant or indicative: a portentous defeat.
3. marvelous; amazing; prodigious.

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assail

verb (used with object)
1. to attack vigorously or violently; assault.
2. to attack with arguments, criticism, ridicule, abuse, etc.: to assail one's opponent with slander.
3. to undertake with the purpose of mastering: He assailed his studies with new determination.
4. to impinge upon; make an impact on; beset: His mind was assailed by conflicting arguments. The light assailed their eyes.

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languish

v(used without object)
1. to be or become weak or feeble; droop; fade.
2. to lose vigor and vitality.
3. to undergo neglect or experience prolonged inactivity; suffer hardship and distress: to languish in prison for ten years.
4. to be subjected to delay or disregard; be ignored: a petition that languished on the warden's desk for a year.
5. to pine with desire or longing.

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disposition

n
1. the predominant or prevailing tendency of one's spirits; natural mental and emotional outlook or mood; characteristic attitude: a girl with a pleasant disposition.
2. state of mind regarding something; inclination: a disposition to gamble.
3. physical inclination or tendency: the disposition of ice to melt when heated.
4. arrangement or placing, as of troops or buildings.
5. final settlement of a matter.

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tainted

n
1. a trace of something bad, offensive, or harmful.
2.a trace of infection, contamination, or the like.
3. a trace of dishonor or discredit.
4. Obsolete . color; tint.

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nuptial

adj.
1. of or pertaining to marriage or the marriage ceremony: the nuptial day; nuptial vows.
2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of mating or the mating season of animals: nuptial behavior.

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rapier

noun
1. a small sword, especially of the 18th century, having a narrow blade and used for thrusting.
2. a longer, heavier sword, especially of the 16th and 17th centuries, having a double-edged blade and used for slashing and thrusting.

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disparage

v(used with object)
1. to speak of or treat slightingly; depreciate; belittle: Do not disparage good manners.
2. to bring reproach or discredit upon; lower the estimation of: Your behavior will disparage the whole family.

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disparagement

n
1. the act of disparaging.
2. something that derogates or casts in a bad light, as a remark or censorious essay.