"Othello" by William Shakespeare, Act II 25 words

Iago, arguably the greatest villain in all of Shakespeare, manipulates nearly everyone in "Othello" to bring about his fiendish and tragic plans.

As you read Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello," learn these word lists: Act I, Act II, Act III, Act IV, and Act V.
  1. quirk
    a strange attitude or habit
    One that excels the quirks of blazoning pens,
  2. contention
    the act of competing as for profit or a prize
    The great contention of the sea and skies
  3. citadel
    a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle
    They give their greeting to the citadel;
  4. paradox
    (logic) a statement that contradicts itself
    These are old fond paradoxes to make fools laugh i'
    the alehouse.
  5. apt
    being of striking appropriateness and pertinence
    You say true; 'tis so, indeed: if such tricks as
    these strip you out of your lieutenantry, it had
    been better you had not kissed your three fingers so
    oft, which now again you are most apt to play the
    sir in.
  6. discreet
    marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint
    Mark me with what violence she first loved the Moor,
    but for bragging and telling her fantastical lies:
    and will she love him still for prating? let not
    thy discreet heart think it.
  7. satiety
    the state of being satisfactorily full and unable to take on more
    When the blood is made dull with the act of
    sport, there should be, again to inflame it and to
    give satiety a fresh appetite, loveliness in favour,
    sympathy in years, manners and beauties; all which
    the Moor is defective in: now, for want of these
    required conveniences, her delicate tenderness will
    find itself abused, begin to heave the gorge,
    disrelish and abhor the Moor; very nature will
    instruct her in it and compel her to some second
    choice.
  8. eminent
    standing above others in quality or position
    Now, sir, this granted, -- as it is a most
    pregnant and unforced position -- who stands so
    eminent in the degree of this fortune as Cassio
    does? a knave very voluble; no further
    conscionable than in putting on the mere form of
    civil and humane seeming, for the better compassing
    of his salt and most hidden loose affection? why,
    none; why, none: a slipper and subtle knave, a
    finder of occasions, that has an eye can stamp and
    counterfeit advantages, though true advantage never
    present itself; a dev
  9. voluble
    marked by a ready flow of speech
    Now, sir, this granted, -- as it is a most
    pregnant and unforced position -- who stands so
    eminent in the degree of this fortune as Cassio
    does? a knave very voluble; no further
    conscionable than in putting on the mere form of
    civil and humane seeming, for the better compassing
    of his salt and most hidden loose affection? why,
    none; why, none: a slipper and subtle knave, a
    finder of occasions, that has an eye can stamp and
    counterfeit advantages, though true advantage never
    present itself; a dev
  10. counterfeit
    not genuine; imitating something superior
    Now, sir, this granted, -- as it is a most
    pregnant and unforced position -- who stands so
    eminent in the degree of this fortune as Cassio
    does? a knave very voluble; no further
    conscionable than in putting on the mere form of
    civil and humane seeming, for the better compassing
    of his salt and most hidden loose affection? why,
    none; why, none: a slipper and subtle knave, a
    finder of occasions, that has an eye can stamp and
    counterfeit advantages, though true advantage never
    present itself; a dev
  11. requisite
    necessary for relief or supply
    Besides, the
    knave is handsome, young, and hath all those
    requisites in him that folly and green minds look
    after: a pestilent complete knave; and the woman
    hath found him already.
  12. lechery
    unrestrained indulgence in sexual activity
    Lechery, by this hand; an index and obscure prologue
    to the history of lust and foul thoughts.
  13. marshal
    lead ceremoniously, as in a procession
    Villanous thoughts, Roderigo! when these
    mutualities so marshal the way, hard at hand comes
    the master and main exercise, the incorporate
    conclusion, Pish!
  14. impediment
    something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
    So
    shall you have a shorter journey to your desires by
    the means I shall then have to prefer them; and the
    impediment most profitably removed, without the
    which there were no expectation of our prosperity.
  15. egregious
    conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
    For making him egregiously an ass
  16. wary
    marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
    That hold their honours in a wary distance,
  17. potent
    having or wielding force or authority
    I learned it in England, where, indeed, they are
    most potent in potting: your Dane, your German, and
    your swag-bellied Hollander -- Drink, ho! -- are nothing
    to your English.
  18. equinox
    either of two times of the year when the sun crosses the plane of the earth's equator and day and night are of equal length
    'Tis to his virtue a just equinox,
  19. rogue
    a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
    You rogue! you rascal!
  20. censure
    harsh criticism or disapproval
    In mouths of wisest censure: what's the matter,
  21. entreat
    ask for or request earnestly
    Steps in to Cassio, and entreats his pause:
  22. inordinate
    beyond normal limits
    Every inordinate cup is
    unblessed and the ingredient is a devil.
  23. importune
    beg persistently and urgently
    Our general's wife
    is now the general: may say so in this respect, for
    that he hath devoted and given up himself to the
    contemplation, mark, and denotement of her parts and
    graces: confess yourself freely to her; importune
    her help to put you in your place again: she is of
    so free, so kind, so apt, so blessed a disposition,
    she holds it a vice in her goodness not to do more
    than she is requested: this broken joint between
    you and her husband entreat her to splinter; and, my
    fortunes against any
  24. renounce
    cast off
    To win the Moor -- were't to renounce his baptism,
  25. dilatory
    wasting time
    And wit depends on dilatory time.