WORD LISTS

"Othello" by William Shakespeare, Act I

February 21, 2013
As you read Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello," learn these word lists: Act I, Act II, Act III, Act IV, and Act V.
abhor
"Hate me," says the speaker.
If ever I did dream of such a matter, Abhor me.
bombast
Evades them, with a bombast circumstance
epithet
Horribly stuff'd with epithets of war;
Moor
The word "moor" refers to Othello's heritage; Shakespeare implies that he is of Muslim / African lineage.
To love the Moor.
obsequious
That, doting on his own obsequious bondage,
visage
Who, trimm'd in forms and visages of duty,
homage
Do themselves homage: these fellows have some soul;
rouse
Rouse him: make after him, poison his delight,
vexation
Yet throw such changes of vexation on't,
timorous
Do, with like timorous accent and dire yell
lascivious
To the gross clasps of a lascivious Moor --
delude
For thus deluding you.
promulgate
I shall promulgate -- I fetch my life and being
manifest
Shall manifest me rightly.
palpable
'Tis probable and palpable to thinking.
assay
By no assay of reason: 'tis a pageant,
facile
So may he with more facile question bear it,
mountebank
By spells and medicines bought of mountebanks;
insolent
Of being taken by the insolent foe
boisterous
Othello, the fortitude of the place is best
known to you; and though we have there a substitute
of most allowed sufficiency, yet opinion, a
sovereign mistress of effects, throws a more safer
voice on you: you must therefore be content to
slubber the gloss of your new fortunes with this
more stubborn and boisterous expedition.
alacrity
A natural and prompt alacrity
defunct
In me defunct -- and proper satisfaction.
taint
That my disports corrupt and taint my business,
scion
If the balance of our lives had not one
scale of reason to poise another of sensuality, the
blood and baseness of our natures would conduct us
to most preposterous conclusions: but we have
reason to cool our raging motions, our carnal
stings, our unbitted lusts, whereof I take this that
you call love to be a sect or scion.
usurp
Put money in thy
purse; follow thou the wars; defeat thy favour with
an usurped beard; I say, put money in thy purse.

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