The Tempest Vocabulary List 1 mariners Plural Noun Sailors boatswain Noun The senior crewman of the deck. blasphemous Adjective Sacrilegious against God or sacred things; profane. prescience Noun Knowing something before it takes place; foreknowledge. zenith Noun The highest point reached by something or the time at which something is most powerful or successful. auspicious Adjective Giving a sign of future success; favorable. beseige Verb To surround (a place) with armed forces in order to capture it or force its surrender; lay siege to. malignant Adjective Cruel; mean; nasty. dam Noun Mother of a mammal. beseech Verb To ask (someone) urgently to do something; to beg.