A Midsummer Night’s Dream Vocabulary, Act 5

Seething In constant agitation
Apprehend To get the meaning of something
Constancy The quality of being enduring and free from change or variation
Revel take great pleasureI’m going to revel in swapping out lenses, blurring backgrounds and being able to make larger prints.
Discord lack of agreement or harmony EXAMPLE SENTENCE:How shall we find the concord of this discord?
Amiss no quite right; inappropriate or out of place EXAMPLE SENTENCE:For never anything can be amiss,When simpleness and duty tender it.
Wretchedness the quality of being poor and inferior and sorryEXAMPLE SENTENCE:I love not to see wretchedness o’er chargedAnd duty in his service perishing.
Valor the qualities of a hero.
Audacious invulnerable to fear or intimidationEXAMPLE SENTENCE:And in the modesty of fearful dutyI read as much as from the rattling tongueOf saucy and audacious eloquence.
Palpable capable of being perceived; especially capable of being handled or touched or feltEXAMPLE SENTENCE:This palpable-gross play hath well beguiledThe heavy gait of night.
Hallowed worthy of religious venerationEXAMPLE SENTENCE:not a mouseShall disturb this hallow’d house:I am sent with broom before,To sweep the dust behind the door.
Quell vanquishing something.
Broach bring up a topic for discussionEXAMPLE SENTENCE:Anon comes Pyramus, sweet youth and tall,And finds his trusty Thisby’s mantle slain:Whereat, with blade, with bloody blameful blade,He bravely broach’d his boiling bloody breast
Sinister threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developmentsEXAMPLE SENTENCE:And this the cranny is, right and sinister,Through which the fearful lovers are to whisper.
beshrew wish harm upon; invoke evil uponEXAMPLE SENTENCE:Beshrew the uncomfortable manager who abolished them!—with one of these we went.
Reprehend express strong disapproval ofEXAMPLE SENTENCE:Gentles, do not reprehend
imbrue permeate or impregnateEXAMPLE SENTENCE:Call back your Cyclops, let not them imbrue Swart hands in Battle’s sanguinary hue.
courteous characterized by courtesy and gracious good manners EXAMPLE SENTENCE:Thanks, courteous wall: Jove shield thee well for this!
strife bitter conflict; heated often violent dissension EXAMPLE SENTENCE:For, if I should as lion come in strifeInto this place, ’twere pity on my life.
Rote memorization by repetitionEXAMPLE SENTENCE: First, rehearse your song by rote To each word a warbling note: Hand in hand, with fairy grace, Will we sing, and bless this place
Prodigious far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degreeEXAMPLE SENTENCE: Never mole, hare lip, nor scar, Nor mark prodigious, such as are Despised in nativity, Shall upon their children be.
apt being of striking appropriateness and pertinenceEXAMPLE SENTENCE:There is not one word apt, one player fitted
toil work hardEXAMPLE SENTENCE:Hard-handed men that work in Athens here, / Which never labour’d in their minds till now, / And now have toil’d their unbreathed memories / With this same play, against your nuptial.
impaired diminished in strength, quality, or utilityEXAMPLE SENTENCE:His speech, was like a tangled chain; nothing impaired, but all disordered.
quell suppress or crush completelyEXAMPLE SENTENCE:Approach, ye Furies fell!O Fates, come, come,Cut thread and thrum;Quail, crush, conclude, and quell!

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