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By Eugene Shewmaker

It really is acknowledged that England and the US are international locations separated by way of a standard language, and nowhere is that truer than in our dealings with the Bard. Rife with arcane references, unusual expressions, or even made-up phrases, Shakespeare's texts can intimidate even the main discovered reader. right here in a single accomplished quantity, Shakespeare's ornate and occasionally bewildering language is made effortless to appreciate. Shakespeare's Language is a useful computing device source for an individual drawn to making experience of 1 of the world's maximum playwrights.

The 15,000 entries comprising Shakespeare's Language feature:

Definitions of phrases as they're utilized in the texts

A quote putting every one outlined notice or word in context, so that you may be definite of its right usage

Geographical references, historic and mythological figures, and foreign-language expressions.

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Ant & Cleo, III, vii, 51–52. act of darkness, n. See darkness (def. 3). actor, n. malefactor; wrongdoer: “Mine were the very cipher of a function/ To fine the faults . . ” Meas, II, ii, 39–41. adage, n. ” Mac, I, vii, 44–45. Adam, n. 1 ref. to Adam as the first gardener: “Thou, old Adam’s likeness set to dress this garden . ” Rich 2, III, iv, 73. 2 the arresting sergeant likened to Adam, dressed in skins [leather] when he left the Garden of Eden: “Master . . ” Errors, IV, iii, 13–14. 3 syn.

Timon, I, ii, 165–167. 2 to raise or lift: “. . like unback’d colts, they prick’d their ears,/ 11/27/07 3:52:06 PM 8 advanced Advanc’d their eyelids . ” Temp, IV, i, 176–177. 3 to display: “Advance our waving colours on the walls . ” 1 Hen 6, I, vi, 1. advanced, adj. 1 raised; outstretched: “. . ” T Night, II, v, 31–32. 2 (of a flag) displayed or flown: “These flags of France, that are advanced here . ” K John, II, 1, 207. advancement, n. 1 dignity; honor: “. . ” Lear, II, iv, 201–202. ” Ham, III, ii, 331.

Auburn: “Not wanton white, but such a manly color/ Next to an aborn . ” Kinsmen, IV, ii, 124–125. abridgment or abridgement, n. ” M Dream, V, i, 39–40. 2 interruption or intrusion: “. . ” Ham, II, ii, 416. abortive, adj. 1 unnatural; monstrous or freakish: “. . and allay this thy abortive pride . ” 2 Hen 6, IV, i, 60. —n. ] abnormalities, esp. ” K John, III, iii, 158–159. abroach, adj. ” 2 Hen 4, IV, ii, 14–15. —adv. 2 in motion; afoot: “The secret mischiefs that I set abroach . ” Rich 3, I, iii, 325.

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