Hamlet Vocab

assay Modern definition- examination or testing In Hamlet-attack, attempt
augment to make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity
beguile 1) cheat deceive, trick; 2) help time pass pleasantly
conceit 1) excessive pride in oneself; 2) imagination, fancy, wit
confute prove (a person or an assertion) to be wrong
congeal solidify or coagulate, especially by cooling; to take shape
countenance the appearance conveyed by a person’s facee.g. a COUNTENANCE more in sorrow than in anger
diligence attentiveness, careful service; careful and persistent work
discourse extended verbal expression in speech or writinge.g. “O, God! A best, that wants DISCOURSE of reason, would have mourn’d longer”
doublet 1) a close-fitting outer garment; 2) one of a pair of like things
emulation denotation- effort or desire to equal or excel othersconnotation- jealous rivalry
gorged 1) represented wearing something about the neck in the manner of a collar2) In Hamlet- stomach contents
hectic 1) full of incessant or frantic activity2) In Hamlet- wasting fever, persistent fever
indulgence 1) allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of; 2) to treat with unearned favor
kindle 1) light or set on fire; 2) arouse or inspire
manifold numerous and varied; having numerous different elements
mirth gaiety or jollity, especially when accompanied by laughter
mitigate make less severe, serious, or painful; lessen the gravity of an offense or mistakee.g. “But you can mitigate the damage in a way that only adds to the taste”
moiety Denotation: one of two basic subdivisions of a tribeConnotation: e.g. “against the which, a MOIETY competent was gaged by our king; which had return’d to the inheritance of Fortinbras, had he been vanquisher.”
obsequious attentive in an ingratiating or servile mannere.g. “But you must know, your father lost a father; that father lost, lost his, and the survivor bound in filial obligation for some term to do OBSEQUIOUS sorrow.”
offal the entrails and internal organs of an animal used as foode.g. “offal and carrion were strewn all about the place; it swarmed with flies”
partisan a pike with a long tapering blade with lateral projectionse.g. “Shall I strike at it with my PARTISAN?”
pate the crown or top of the heade.g. once he’s got anything wedged in his pate there’s no knocking it out
posterity succeeding or future generation collectivelye.g. And our victory in that war decided not just a century, but shaped the security and well-being of all posterity
quagmire a situation from which extrication is difficult; boggy ground; anything soft or flabby
retrograde moving or directed or tending in a backward directione.g. For your intent in going back to school in Wittenberg, it is most retrograde to our desire”
rivals partner, associate, companion
rouse full draught, brimful cup, carousing
sharked gather together indiscriminately, collect hastily and uncritically
sheeted shrouded, wrapped in a winding-sheet
sinews muscles
suspiration deep sighing, intense breathing
tenable keep secret, retained, kept back
vaunt to speak boastfully
wit intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability

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