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"Hamlet," Vocabulary from Act 5

April 13, 2013
Possibly the greatest play ever written, William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" encompasses it all: family, revenge, the relationship between thought and action, and the essence of what it is to be a human being (etext found here).

Learn these word lists for the dramatic tragedy: Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, Act 4, Act 5
heathen
What, art a heathen?
mason
What is he that builds stronger than either the
mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter?
indenture
This fellow might be
in's time a great buyer of land, with his statutes,
his recognizances, his fines, his double vouchers,
his recoveries: is this the fine of his fines, and
the recovery of his recoveries, to have his fine
pate full of fine dirt? will his vouchers vouch him
no more of his purchases, and double ones too, than
the length and breadth of a pair of indentures?
pestilence
A pestilence on him for a mad rogue! a' poured a
flagon of Rhenish on my head once.
flagon
A pestilence on him for a mad rogue! a' poured a
flagon of Rhenish on my head once.
abhor
I knew him, Horatio: a fellow
of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath
borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how
abhorred in my imagination it is!
gibe
Where be your gibes now? your
gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment,
that were wont to set the table on a roar?
imperious
Imperious Caesar, dead and turn'd to clay,
Might stop a hole to keep the wind away.
betoken
This doth betoken
The corse they follow did with desperate hand
Fordo its own life.
profane
We should profane the service of the dead
To sing a requiem and such rest to her
As to peace-parted souls.
requiem
We should profane the service of the dead
To sing a requiem and such rest to her
As to peace-parted souls.
churlish
I tell thee, churlish priest,
A ministering angel shall my sister be,
When thou liest howling.
asunder
Pluck them asunder.
yeoman
I once did hold it, as our statists do,
A baseness to write fair and labour'd much
How to forget that learning, but, sir, now
It did me yeoman's service: wilt thou know
The effect of what I wrote?
tributary
An earnest conjuration from the king,
As England was his faithful tributary,
As love between them like the palm might flourish
amity
As peace should stiff her wheaten garland wear
And stand a comma 'tween their amities,
And many such-like 'As'es of great charge
changeling
I had my father's signet in my purse,
Which was the model of that Danish seal;
Folded the writ up in form of the other,
Subscribed it, gave't the impression, placed it safely,
The changeling never known.
insinuation
Why, man, they did make love to this employment;
They are not near my conscience; their defeat
Does by their own insinuation grow:
canker
And is't not to be damn'd,
To let this canker of our nature come
In further evil?
perdition
Sir, his definement suffers no perdition in you;
though, I know, to divide him inventorially would
dizzy the arithmetic of memory, and yet but yaw
neither, in respect of his quick sail.
umbrage
But, in the
verity of extolment, I take him to be a soul of
great article; and his infusion of such dearth and
rareness, as, to make true diction of him, his
semblable is his mirror; and who else would trace
him, his umbrage, nothing more.
infallible
Your lordship speaks most infallibly of him.
imputation
I mean, sir, for his weapon; but in the imputation
laid on him by them, in his meed he's unfellowed.
edify
I knew you must be edified by the margent ere you had done.
augury
Not a whit, we defy augury: there's a special
providence in the fall of a sparrow.
foil
I'll be your foil, Laertes: in mine ignorance
Your skill shall, like a star i' the darkest night,
Stick fiery off indeed
palpable
A hit, a very palpable hit.
carouse
The queen carouses to thy fortune, Hamlet.
felicity
If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart
Absent thee from felicity awhile,
And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain,
To tell my story.
havoc
This quarry cries on havoc. O proud death,
What feast is toward in thine eternal cell,
That thou so many princes at a shot
So bloodily hast struck?

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