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words to be explained - that are difficult to understand

hurlyburly:
turmoil, confusion, fighting
 
ere:
before
 
Graymalkin:
A common name for a grey cat
 
Paddock:
Toad - "Toads and Cats are "familiars" or demon associates of witches."
 
spent:
exhausted
 
choke their art:
drown by hanging on to each other
 
Villainies of nature:
Lice
 
Kerns and gallowglasses:
light-armed foot soldiers and horsemen armed with axes
 
smoked:
steamed (with hot blood)
 
minion:
darling; pet
 
skipping kerns:
quickly retreating foot soldiers
 
surveying vantage:
seeing an opportunity
 
furbished:
fresh
 
sooth:
truth
 
except:
unless
 
Thane:
cheif of a clan; almost equivalent in rank of an earl
 
Fife:
located in eastern Scotland
 
flout:
insult; mock
 
dismal:
damaging (to the scots)
 
Bellona:
goddess of war
 
lapped in proof:
in full battle gear
 
self-comparisons:
equalled him in courage and deeds
 
lavish:
insolent; over-confident
 
deign:
permit
 
dispursed:
paid out
 
Saint Colme's inch:
island in the Firth of Forth
 
do:
bewitch
 
shipman's card:
sailor's compass or chart
 
penthouse lid:
eyelids
 
thumb:
parts of bodies of those who died violently were used in casting spells.
 
Weird Sisters:
"wyrd" is the Anglo-Saxon word for "fate." In Holinshed's chronicles, the three sisters are specifically referred to as the "goddesses of destiny" This would explain why Macbeth is so quick to listen to their predictions. Such would not be the case if they were merely withches and instruments of evil.
 
Posters:
persons who travel swiftly
 
Forres:
Site of the King's castle
 
aught:
anything
 
choppy:
Chapped
 
Imperfect:
because they are ambiguous and have not provided sufficient details.
 
owe:
have received
 
corporal:
substantial, solid
 
insane root:
plant which causes madness, or hallucinations
 
post:
messenger
 
herald:
summon
 
earnest:
pledge, partial payment
 
addition:
title
 
heavy judgement:
sentence of death
 
combined:
secretly allied; in league with
 
line:
provide
 
capital:
punishable by death
 
trusted home:
Believed completely
 
enkindle:
fire; raise your hopes
 
depest consequence:
of utmost importance
 
soliciting:
Prompting; promses of prosperity
 
unfix my hair:
make my hair stand on end
 
single state:
harmonious working
 
surmise:
thinking, conjecturing
 
stay:
wait
 
favour:
pardon
 
in commission:
those delegated to carry out the order
 
became:
gave him dignity
 
owed:
owned
 
construction:
inner, true workings
 
before:
ahead
 
recompense:
reward
 
safe toward:
to safeguard
 
infold:
embrace
 
wanton:
unrestrained
 
invest:
be conferred upon
 
harbinger:
forerunner; one who goes before to arrange lodgings
 
commendations:
praises
 
peerless:
without equal
 
mortal:
available to mortals
 
dues:
share
 
wouldst:
would like very much
 
chastise:
drive away