(redirected from The Tragedy of Macbeth)
Also found in: Encyclopedia.


 (mək-bĕth′) Died 1057.
King of Scotland (1040-1057) who ascended the throne after killing King Duncan (died 1040) in battle. Legends of his rise to power and reign are the basis of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(məkˈbɛθ; mæk-)
(Biography) died 1057, king of Scotland (1040–57): succeeded Duncan, whom he killed in battle; defeated and killed by Duncan's son Malcolm III
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(məkˈbɛθ, mæk-)

died 1057, king of Scotland 1040–57: subject of a tragedy by Shakespeare.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Macbeth - king of Scotland (died in 1057)Macbeth - king of Scotland (died in 1057)  
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
'"Thriftless Ambition,' Foolish Wishes, and the Tragedy of Macbeth" In Shakespeare and the Hazards of Ambition, 83-141.
"The book's workmanlike, but from the combination of simple materials a thought can arise that seems authentically, blackly bardic....This is in the end a deliciously oppressive page-turner that, like The Tragedy of Macbeth itself, seems to harbour something ineradicably evil at its core." STEVEN POOLE
It is in this split, dual dimension of constraint and freedom that the tragedy of Macbeth originates, leading up to a deep exploration of the disordered mind of a man who eventually moves away from an idea of tyche and finds himself torn between desire and fear before gradually losing himself by going beyond both.
"I'm really looking forward to it," said Daniel, an actor and director, who is one of the men behind the amazing success of The Tragedy of Macbeth.
Polanski's film announces proudly in antique lettering that his Macbeth is a Playboy Production of "The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare." What then follows on the screen is for the most part a performance of Shakespeare's words, however abbreviated, without, in the main, a dramatic embodiment of his core attitudes.

Full browser ?