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Monday, October 14, 2013
abase- v. to behave in a way that belittles or degrades someone.
Claudius was openly really to abase Hamlet's mournful lenses over his father's death.
abdicate- v. to renounce one's throne.
Claudius forced his brothers abdication of the throne by murdering him and taking his place.
abomination- n. a thing that causes disgust or hatred.
Claudius murdering his own brother in an abomination to mankind.
brusque- adj. abrupt or offhand in speech or manner.
Shakespeare's abrupt plot twists make his tragedies among the best in history.
saboteur- n. a person who engages in sabotage.
Claudius is a saboteur and killed his brother to steel the throne.
debauchery- n. excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures.
Hamlet and Ophilia are attracted by the debauchery that they have for each other.
proliferate- n. to increase rapidly in numbers.
Hamlet needs to proliferate his followers in order to get Claudius off of the throne.
anachronism- n. something that you would expect to see in a different time period.
The Hamlet videos shown in class had a bold anachronism, a video camera.
nomenclature- n. the choosing of names for things.
Shakespeare had a knack for nomenclature, all of his characters have interesting name.
expurgate- v. o remove objectionable or unsuitable matter from.
Laertes is trying to expurgate Hamlet from Ophilia's life.
bellicose- adj. demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight.
Hamlet's bellicose manner after talking to the ghost of his father worried Horacio.
gauche-adj. unsophisticated and socially awkward.
The man's gaucheness in appearance made him difficult to approach.
rapacious- adj. aggressively greedy.
Claudius's rapacious behavior will come back to haunt him.
paradox- n. a statement that leads to a self contradictory conclusion.
In a paradox, Hamlet realized that his ghost of father was asking him to get revenge.
conundrum- n. a confusing and difficult problem or question.
Ophilia is at a conundrum on whether she should continue seeing Hamlet or listen to her brother.
anomaly- n. something that deviates from what is expected.
Deaths in Shakespeare's tragedies are not an anomaly.
ephemeral- adj. lasting a very short time.
The ephemeral mourning for his father upset Hamlet.
rancorous- adj. characterized by bitterness or resentment.
After hearing what Claudius had done, Hamlet was rancorous in his feelings towards him.
churlish- adj. rude in a mean spirited and surly way.
Claudius's churlish behavior toward Hamlet made him suspicious of his uncle.
precipitous- adj. dangerously high or steep.
The precipitous cliffs made the girl feel dizzy.
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