Hamlet vocabulary

“To be or not to be” soliloquy calamity – an event resulting in great loss and misfortune contumely – (con TOOM lee) n. abuse, insult, vilification, revilement despised – (DES pised) unrequited insolence – an offensive, disrespectful, impudent attitude or act spurn – reject with contempt quietus – (kwi EE tis) a legal term for a settled account; also a euphemism for death: rest, eternal sleep (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb) pitch – the highest part; in some editions the word is pith: the choicest, most essential, or most vital part of some idea or experience awry – away from the correct or expected course REMEMBER! In the context of this soliloquy, “conscience” means consciousness or knowledge.