Shakespearean Vocabulary

Important words commonly used in Shakespeare's plays
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'a
he
abuse
deceive
accident
occurrence; happening [as in something happening by chance—"by accident"]
advertise
inform
affections
emotions
an, and
if [also "and if"]
annoy
harm
anon
(1) immediately (2) soon
appeal
accuse
art
(1) are (2) skill
artificial
skillful
as
as if
brave
splendid; excellent [e.g. Brave New World]
but
(1) if only; only; just [e.g. "But see it for your-self, and you will agree."] (2) except (3) yet;however
censure
opinion
cheer
(1) face (2) frame of mind [e.g. "good cheer"]
choler
anger
choleric
ill-tempered; easily angered
chorus
a single person who comments on the events
closet
small private room [in contemporary British English, a "water closet" is a bathroom]
competitor
partner
conceit
idea; imagination
cousin
kinsman; relative
coz
cousin [relative]
cunning
skillful
disaster
evil astrological influence [the root aster means "star"]
doom
judgment
dost
archaic form of "do"
entertain
receive into service [somewhat like our usage in expressions like "entertain an idea"]
envy
malice; ill will; hatred
ere
before
event
outcome [e.g. "in the event that..."]
excrement
outgrowth of hair
fact
evil deed
fancy
(1) to love [e.g. "to fancy a person"] (2) imagination [e.g. fanciful, meaning "imaginative"]
fell
cruel [e.g. "fell deeds"]
fellow
(1) companion [e.g. fellowship] (2) low person [often insulting if directed at someone of approximately equal rank]
fond
foolish
free
(1) innocent (2) generous [e.g. free-spending]
glass
mirror [e.g. looking-glass]
hap/haply
chance/by chance (as in happen]
happy
lucky
hast, hath
archaic forms of have
head
army
hie
to go quickly; hurry
his
(1) his (2) 's [a way of showing possession]
hither
to this place; here
humor
(1) mood [e.g. "in a good humor"] (2) a bodily fluid that was thought to affect one's health and temperament
it
(1) it (2) its
marry
(1) "by the Virgin Mary" [an interjection or light oath] (2) indeed (3) to wed
o'er
over
oft
often
pray
(1) please (2) beg
soft
"Hold on!"
sound
to measure
steal
to come or go secretly [in addition to its more common usage]
still
(1) always; continually (2) also; in addition; besides
temper
(1) temperament [e.g. "ill-tempered"] (2) to soften; to mitigate
that
so that
thee
informal/familiar form of you [objective]
thence
from there
thither
to that place; there
thou
informal/familiar form of you [subjective]
thy
informal/familiar form of you [possessive]
trow
believe
'twas
"it was"
whence
from which place, source, or cause
wherefore
why
whither
to what place
withal
(1) with (2) with that (3) besides; nevertheless
would/wouldst
want to [used to indicate desire]
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