Hamlet Vocabulary

Avouch Definition: to make frank acknowledgment or affirmation of; declare or assert with positivenessto assume responsibility for; vouch for; guarantee.to admit; confess. Quote: “Before my God, I might not this believe Without the sensible and true avouch Of mine own eyes.”Speaker: HoratioRelevance: 19
Calumny Definition: a false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something; the act of uttering calumnies; slander; defamation.Quote: “If thou dost marry, I’ll give thee this plague for thy dowry: be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery. Go, farewell. Or if thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool; for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them. To a nunnery, go; and quickly too. Farewell”Speaker: HamletRelevance: 116 117
Dearth Definition: an inadequate supply; scarcity; lack; scarcity and dearness of food; famineQuote: “Sir, his definement suffers no perdition in you; though, I know, to divide him inventorially would dozy th’ arithmeticof memory, and yet but yaw neither in respect of his quick sail. But, in the verity of extolment, I take him to be a soul ofgreat article, and his infusion of such dearth and rareness as, to make true diction of him, his semblable is his mirror, and whoelse would trace him, his umbrage, nothing more.”Speaker: HamletRelevance: 242 hamlet talking to osric about how good a person Laetes is
Germane Definition: closely or significantly related; relevant; pertinentQuote: “The phrase would be more germane to the matter if we could carry cannon by our sides. I would it might be hangers tillthen. But on! Six Barbary horses against six French swords, their assigns, and three liberal-conceited carriages: that’s theFrench bet against the Danish. Why is this all impon’d, as you call it?”Speaker: HamletRelevance: 245 hamlet and ostrich talking about what the king bet that hamlet would win the fencing match. Hamlet saying osric usage of carraige for the word hangrs doesn’t make sense
Impious Definition: not pious or religious; lacking reverence for God, religious practices, etc.; irreligious; ungodly; disrespectfulQuote: “Tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet, To give these mourning duties to your father; But you must know, your father lost a father; That father lost, lost his, and the survivor boundIn filial obligation for some term To do obsequious sorrow. But to persever In obstinate condolement is a course Of impious stubbornness. ‘Tis unmanly grief”Speaker: KingRelevance: 31
Inter Definition: to place (a dead body) in a grave or tomb; buryQuote: “For good Polonius’ death, and we have done but greenly In hugger-mugger to inter him; poor Ophelia Divided from herself and her fair judgment, Without the which we are pictures or mere beasts”Speaker: KingRelevance: 188
Martial Definition: inclined or disposed to war; warlike; of, suitable for, or associated with war or the armed forces: martial music; characteristic of or befitting a warrior: a martial stride.Quote: “Thus twice before, and jump at this dead hour, With martial stalk hath he gone by our watch.”Speaker: MarcellusRelevance: 19
Paradox Definition: a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth; a self-contradictory and false proposition; any person, thing, or situation exhibiting an apparently contradictory nature; an opinion or statement contrary to commonly accepted opinion.Quote: “Ay, truly; for the power of beauty will sooner transform honesty from what it is to a bawd than the force of honesty can translate beauty into his likeness. This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof. I did love you once.”Speaker: HamletRelevance: 115
Superfluous Definition: being more than is sufficient or required; excessive; unnecessary or needless; possessing or spending more than enough or necessary; extravagant.Quote: “poor Ophelia Divided from herself and her fair judgment, Without the which we are pictures or mere beasts; Last, and as much containing as all these, Her brother is in secret come from France; And wants not buzzers to infect his ear Feeds on his wonder, keep, himself in clouds, With pestilent speeches of his father’s death, Wherein necessity, of matter beggar’d, Will nothing stick our person to arraign In ear and ear. O my dear Gertrude, this, Like to a murd’ring piece, in many places Give me superfluous death. A noise within.”Speaker: KingRelevance: 188
Metonymy Definition: a figure of speech that consists of the use of the name of one object or concept for that of another to which it is related, or of which it is a part, as “scepter” for “sovereignty,” or “the bottle” for “strong drink,” or “count heads (or noses)” for “count people.” Relevance: the gravedigger does this
Synecdoche Definition: a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or the whole for a part, the special for the general or the general for the special, as in ten sail for ten ships or a Croesus for a rich man. Relevance:

You Might Also Like