Othello Vocabulary Act 1

abhor (v)- to hate or detestIf ever I did dream of such a matter, abhor me.
bombast (n)- pompous and arrogant speech or writingEvades them, with a bombast circumstance
epithet (n)- an abusive word or phraseHorribly stuff’d with epithets of war;
Moor one of the Muslim people of north Africa; of mixed Arab and Berber descent; converted to Islam in the 8th century; conqueror of Spain in the 8th century
obsequious (adj)- overly submissive and eager to pleaseThat, doting on his own obsequious bondage,
vexation (n)- anger aroused by annoyanceYet throw such changes of vexation on’t,
timorous (adj)- timidDo, with like timorous accent and dire yell
lascivious (adj)- lustful; full of desireTo the gross clasps of a lascivious Moor —
promulgate (v)- to state or announceI shall promulgate — I fetch my life and being
assay (v)- to appraise, judge or testBy no assay of reason: ’tis a pageant,
facile (adj)- easy So may he with more facile question bear it,
mountebank (n)- a swindler; a charlatan; a trickster By spells and medicines bought of mountebanks;
insolent (adj)- casually disrespectfulOf being taken by the insolent foe
boisterous (adj)- rough and noisy in a cheerful way; high-spirited Othello, the fortitude of the place is best known to you; and though we have there a substitute of most allowed sufficiency, yet opinion, a sovereign mistress of effects, throws a more safer voice on you: you must therefore be content to slubber the gloss of your new fortunes with this more stubborn and boisterous expedition.
alacrity (n)- eagerness and livelinessA natural and prompt alacrity
defunct (adj)- no longer in useIn me defunct — and proper satisfaction.
taint (v)- to place under suspicion; to arouse doubt That my disports (amusements) corrupt and taint my business,
scion (n)- a descendant or heirIf the balance of our lives had not one scale of reason to poise another of sensuality, the blood and baseness of our natures would conduct us to most preposterous conclusions: but we have reason to cool our raging motions, our carnal stings, our unbitted lusts, whereof I take this that you call love to be a sect or scion.
usurp (v)- to seize or take control by forcePut money in thy purse; follow thou the wars; defeat thy favour with an usurped beard; I say, put money in thy purse.

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