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Flashcards in Macbeth Vocab Deck (14):
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Autocratic

Relating to a ruler who has absolute power.

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Hubris

Excessive pride

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Infantcide

The crime of a mother killing her child within a year of birth

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Massacre

An indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of many people.

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Maternal

Related through the mother's side of the family

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Morality

Principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behaviour.

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Paternal

Related through the father's side of the family

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Purgatory

(in Catholic doctrine) a place or state of suffering inhabited by the souls of sinners who are expiating their sins before going to heaven.

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Regicide

The action of killing a king.

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Tragedy

A play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending, especially one concerning the downfall of the main character.

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Treason

The crime of betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill or overthrow the sovereign or government.

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Tyrant

A cruel and oppressive ruler.

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Uprising

An act of resistance or rebellion; a revolt.

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Usurp

Take (a position of power or importance) illegally or by force