Act I Scene I


Bombast - Grandiloquent, pompous speech or writing (15)

Forsooth - In truth; indeed. (21)

Gradation - A series of gradual, successive stages; a systematic progression (39)

Obsequious - Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning. (49)

Timorous - Full of apprehensiveness; timid. (79)

Grange - A granary. (116)

Gondolier - One who propels a gondola. (130)


Act I Scene II


Iniquity - Gross injustice, a wicked act or thing (5)

Promulgate - To make known by open declaration (25)

Circumscription - The state of being circumscribed; definition, delimitation (31)

Sequent Consecutive, succeeding (49)

Siege A seat of distinction (26)


Act I Scene III


Facile - Easily accomplished or attained (30)

Injointed (43)

Servitor - A male servant (48)

Engluts - (66)

Mountebanks - a person who sells quack medicines from a platform (73)

Portance - (157)


Act II. Scene I


Descry - To catch sight of (6)

Mortise - A hole, groove, or slot into or through which some other part of an arrangement of parts fits or passes (11)

Chidden - To speak out in angry or displeased rebuke (14)

Enchafed (19)

Designment Plan, purpose (26)

Surfeited - To feed, supply, or give to surfeit (58)

Paragons A model of excellence or perfection (72)

Knave - A boy servant (219)

Voluble - Easily rolling or turning (219)

Egregiously Distinguished (252)


Act II. Scene II


Perdition - Utter destruction (2)


Act II Scene III


Alarum A call to arms (23)

Potations A usually alcoholic drink or brew (39)

Canakin A small can or drinking vessel (53)

Devesting To deprive or dispossess especially of property, authority, or title (139)

Balmy Having the qualities of balm, soothing (221)

Imperious Commanding, dominant (226)


Act III. Scene I


Quillets Niceties, verbal distinction (19)


Act III.Scene III.


Politic Characterized by shrewdness in managing, contriving, or dealing (16)

Shrift A remission of sins pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of reconciliation (28)

Mammering Waver, hesitate (81)

Delations Accuse, denounce (143)

Exsufflicate (209)

Ocular Done or perceived by the eye (407)

Imputation The act of imputing, attribution (458)

Aspic Asp (505)

Lewd Evil, wicked (535)


Act III. Scene IV.


Edified Build, establish (11)

Catechize To instruct systematically especially by questions, answers, and explanations and corrections (12)

Sequester To set apart (37)

Heraldry The practice of devising, blazoning, and granting armorial insignia and of tracing and recording genealogies (45)

Beshrew Curse (160)

Arraigning To call (a defendant) before a court to answer to an indictment (162)


Act IV. Scene I


Venial Of a kind that can be remitted (14)

Encave (90)

Fleers To laugh or grimace in a coarse derisive manner, sneer(91)

Unbookish Not inclined to rely on book knowledge (113)

Fitchew Polecat, Any of several carnivorous mammals of the weasel family (147)

Plenteous Fruitful, productive (171)

Expostulate Discuss, examine (181)


Act IV. Scene II


Durst Dare(15)

Procreant Producing offspring (36)

Callat (callet) Frivolous person (144)

Cogging To cheat in throwing dice (157)

Cozening To deceive, win over, or induce to do something by artful coaxing and wheedling or shrewd trickery (157)

Seamy Having the rough side of the seam showing (172)

Daffest (204)

Votarist Votary, a sworn adherent (208)


Act IV. Scene III


Incontinent Lacking self-restraint (13)


Act V. Scene I


Quat (13)

Restitution An act of restoring or a condition of being restored: (17)

Gastness Fright, terror (122)

Fordoes To do away with (147)


Act V.Scene II


Relume To light or light up again (15)

Portents Something that foreshadows a coming event (53)

Affrighted Frighten, alarm (121)