Romeo and Juliet Vocabulary Act 2

Instructor: Catherine Rose

Catherine taught middle and high school English and has a master's degree in Education.

In this lesson, we will explore some of the exciting and descriptive vocabulary in Act Two of William Shakespeare's ''The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.''

Romeo and Juliet

A Tale of Two Lovers

Imagine: You finally meet the person who steals your heart. You cannot wait to spend all of your time with this person. Then, you are heartbroken to hear that this person is the sworn enemy of your family. What do you do? Do you honor your family or follow your heart? This is the case in William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. This story chronicles the tragic tale of two young people from feuding families who fall in love.

In Act One, we learn of the longstanding feud between the Capulets and the Montagues, and we witness the initial meeting of the star-crossed lovers. Act Two describes their plan to marry and the involvement of their friends in their scheme. Let's examine some of the vocabulary in Act Two.


Scene 1

Conjure: This is a verb that means to make something appear as if by magic.

Jest: This is a verb that means to make a comment that pokes fun at someone or something.

Discourse: This is a verb that means to speak through the use of words.

Scene 2

Impute: This is a verb that means to attribute or ascribe a certain trait to something or someone.

Procure: This is a verb that means to find for a specific purpose.

Strife: This is a noun that means a conflict or lack of harmony.

Wanton: This is a noun that means a spoiled or overly-pampered child. This word is also often used as an adjective to describe a promiscuous or loose woman.

Vile: This is an adjective that means morally reprehensible, evil, or immoral.

Scene 3

Vice: This is a noun that means an immoral habit or practice.

Predominant: This is an adjective that means having power or authority over someone or something.

Distempered: This is an adjective that means given to physical or mental derangement.

Intercession: This is a noun that means the act of pleading for another person.

Scene 4

Lamentable: This is an adjective that means sad, regrettable, or unfortunate.

Saucy: This is an adjective that means rude or full of foul language.

Fain: This is an adverb that means happily, with contentment.

Sententious: Here this is a noun that means a beautiful or lofty association or saying.

Scene 5

Perchance: This is an adverb that means perhaps or maybe.

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