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Macbeth

[ muhk-beth, mak- ]
/ məkˈbɛθ, mæk- /
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noun

died 1057, king of Scotland 1040–57.
(italics) a tragedy (1606?) by Shakespeare.

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British Dictionary definitions for Macbeth

Macbeth
/ (məkˈbɛθ, mæk-) /

noun

died 1057, king of Scotland (1040–57): succeeded Duncan, whom he killed in battle; defeated and killed by Duncan's son Malcolm III
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Cultural definitions for Macbeth

Macbeth

A tragedy by William Shakespeare, in which the Scottish nobleman Macbeth, misled by the prophecy of three witches and goaded on by his wife, murders the king and usurps the throne. Well-known lines from the play include “Lay on, Macduff” and “Out, damned spot!

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