Hamlet Vocabulary: Act One Flashcard Example #14534

Liegeman
Definition: vassal, subject, follower

Context: Marcellus to Francisco, identifying himself and Horatio liegemen to the Dane

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Assail
Definition: attack, assault, address

Context: Barnardo to Horatio And let us once again assail your ears, / That are so fortified against our story

Harrow
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Avouch
Definition: Assurance; guarantee

Context: Horatio to Barnardo, of the Ghost the sensible and true avouch / Of mine own eyes

Martial
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Bode
Definition: forebode, portend, predict, augur

Context: Horatio to Marcellus, of the Ghost This bodes some strange eruption to our state

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Mote
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Palmy
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Tenant
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Precurse
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Harbinger
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Malicious
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Auspicious
Definition: smiling, cheerful, happy

Context: Claudius to all With an auspicious and a dropping eye

Dirge
Definition: funeral song, song of mourning

Context: Claudius to all With mirth in funeral and with dirge in marriage

Dole
Definition: grief, sorrow, sadness

Context: Claudius to his court, of himself In equal scale weighing delight and dole

Suspiration
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Filial
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Jocund
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Dexterity
Definition: agility, adroitness, facility

Context: Hamlet alone, of his mother to post / With such dexterity to incestuous sheets

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Countenance
Definition: favourable appearance, support

Context: Ophelia to Polonius, of Hamlet And hath given countenance to his speech, my lord, / With almost all the holy vows of heaven

Perchance
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Requite
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Besmirch
Definition: discolour, sully, stain

Context: Laertes to Ophelia, of Hamlet And now no soil nor cautel doth besmirch / The virtue of his will

Circumscribe
Definition: restrict, reduce, limit

Context: Laertes to Ophelia, of Hamlet choosing a wife must his choice be circumscribed

Credent
Definition: trustful, believing, credulous

Context: Laertes to Ophelia, of Hamlet Then weigh what loss your honour may sustain / If with too credent ear you list his songs

Chary
Definition: carefully, dearly, with cherishing
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Libertine
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Dalliance
Definition: frivolity, idleness, wasteful activity

Context: Ophelia to Laertes do not follow the primrose path of dalliance

Importune
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Wassail
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Draught
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Traduce
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Cerement
Definition: waxed shroud, grave-clothes, winding sheet

Context: Hamlet to Ghost tell / Why thy canonized bones, hearsed in death, / Have burst their cerements

Ponderous
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Leperous
Definition: infected, poisoned, leprosy-like

Context: Ghost to Hamlet And in the porches of my ears did pour / The leperous distilment

Distilment
Definition: distillation, extract

Context: Ghost to Hamlet And in the porches of my ears did pour / The leperous distilment

Matin
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Sinew
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Pernicious
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Arrant
Definition: downright, absolute, unmitigated

Context:Hamlet to Horatio and Marcellus There’s never a villain dwelling in all Denmark – / But he’s an arrant knave

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