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Hamilton: Act 1

The musical Hamilton is a phenomenon. Combining the techniques and beats of rap with the biography of the Founding Father on the ten-dollar bill, Hamilton has taken Broadway by storm and is a Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama.

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  1. impoverished
    poor enough to need help from others
    How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a
    Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten
    Spot in the Caribbean by Providence, impoverished, in squalor
    Grow up to be a hero and a scholar?
    -"Alexander Hamilton"
  2. squalor
    sordid dirtiness
    How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a
    Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten
    Spot in the Caribbean by Providence, impoverished, in squalor
    Grow up to be a hero and a scholar?
    - "Alexander Hamilton"
  3. testament
    strong evidence for something
    Then a hurricane came, and devastation reigned
    Our man saw his future drip, drippin’ down the drain
    Put a pencil to his temple, connected it to his brain
    And he wrote his first refrain, a testament to his pain
    - "Alexander Hamilton"
  4. astute
    marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
    There would’ve been nothin’ left to do
    For someone less astute
    He would’ve been dead or destitute
    Without a cent of restitution
    Started workin’, clerkin’ for his late mother’s landlord
    Tradin’ sugar cane and rum and other things he can’t afford
    - "Alexander Hamilton"
  5. destitute
    poor enough to need help from others
    There would’ve been nothin’ left to do
    For someone less astute
    He would’ve been dead or destitute
    Without a cent of restitution
    Started workin’, clerkin’ for his late mother’s landlord
    Tradin’ sugar cane and rum and other things he can’t afford
    - "Alexander Hamilton"
  6. restitution
    a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury
    There would’ve been nothin’ left to do
    For someone less astute
    He would’ve been dead or destitute
    Without a cent of restitution
    Started workin’, clerkin’ for his late mother’s landlord
    Tradin’ sugar cane and rum and other things he can’t afford
    -"Alexander Hamilton"
  7. prodigy
    an unusually gifted or intelligent person
    Well if it ain’t the prodigy of Princeton College
    - " Aaron Burr, Sir"
  8. imminent
    close in time; about to occur
    Burr, the revolution's imminent,
    What do you stall for?

    If you stand for nothing Burr,
    what will you fall for?
    - " Aaron Burr, Sir"
  9. unimpeachable
    beyond doubt or reproach
    I'm a diamond in the rough, a shiny piece of coal
    Tryin' to reach my goal, my power of speech: unimpeachable
    - "My Shot"
  10. brandish
    move or swing back and forth
    I have learned to manage. I don't have a gun to brandish
    I walked these streets famished.
    - "My Shot"
  11. famished
    extremely hungry
    I have learned to manage. I don't have a gun to brandish
    I walked these streets famished.
    - "My Shot"
  12. ascendancy
    the state when one person or group has power over another
    Don't be shocked when your history book mentions me
    I will lay down my life if it sets us free
    Eventually you'll see my ascendancy
    - "My Shot"
  13. anarchy
    a state of lawlessness and disorder
    I dream of life without the monarchy
    The unrest in France will lead to "onarchy"
    "Onarchy?" How you say, how you s—Oh, anarchy!
    When I fight I make the other side panicky
    - "My Shot"
  14. apprentice
    someone who works for an expert to learn a trade
    Yo, I'm a tailor's apprentice
    And I got y'all knuckleheads in loco parentis
    - "My Shot"
  15. manumission
    the formal act of freeing from slavery
    A bunch of revolutionary manumission abolitionists
    Give me a position, show me where the ammunition is.
    - "My Shot"
  16. abolitionist
    a reformer who favors putting an end to slavery
    A bunch of revolutionary manumission abolitionists
    Give me a position, show me where the ammunition is.
    - "My Shot"
  17. gawk
    look with amazement
    There’s nothing rich folks love more
    Than going downtown and slumming it with the poor
    They pull up in their carriages and gawk at the students in the common
    Just to watch ‘em talk
    - "The Schuyler Sisters"
  18. urchin
    a poor and often mischievous city child
    Why you slummin' in the city in your fancy heels?
    You searchin' for an urchin who can give you ideals?
    - "The Schuyler Sisters"
  19. rabble
    a disorderly crowd of people
    Heed not the rabble who scream revolution
    They have not your interest at heart.
    - "Farmer Refuted"
  20. divisive
    causing or characterized by disagreement or disunity
    Burr, I'd rather be divisive than indecisive
    Drop the niceties
    -"Farmer Refuted"
  21. estrangement
    separation resulting from hostility
    Remember we made an arrangement when you went away
    you're making me mad
    Remember despite our estrangement, I'm your man
    - "You'll Be Back"
  22. venerate
    regard with feelings of respect and reverence
    Now I’m the model of a modern major general
    The venerated Virginian veteran whose men are all
    Lining up, to put me up on a pedestal
    -"Right Hand Man"
  23. renown
    the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed
    Don’t get me wrong, you’re a young man, of great renown
    I know you stole British cannons when we were still downtown
    - "Right Hand Man"
  24. martyr
    one who voluntarily suffers death
    It’s alright, you want to fight, you’ve got a hunger
    I was just like you when I was younger
    Head full of fantasies of dyin’ like a martyr?
    - "Right Hand Man"
  25. proximity
    the property of being close together
    Looks! Proximity to power
    - " A Winter's Ball"
  26. revel
    unrestrained merrymaking
    I have never been the type to try and grab the spotlight
    We were at a revel with some rebels on a hot night
    Laughin’ at my sister as she’s dazzling the room
    Then you walked in and my heart went “Boom!”
    Tryin’ to catch your eye from the side of the ballroom
    Everybody’s dancin’ and the band’s top volume
    - "Helpless"
  27. dollop
    a soft lump or portion of something, especially food
    Eliza, I don’t have a dollar to my name
    An acre of land, a troop to command, a dollop of fame
    All I have’s my honor, a tolerance for pain
    A couple of college credits and my top-notch brain
    - "Helpless"
  28. askance
    with a side or oblique glance
    it’s a dream and it’s a bit of a dance,
    a bit of a posture, it’s a bit of a stance. He’s a bit of a flirt, but I’m ‘a give it a chance.
    I asked about his fam’ly, did you see his answer? His hands started fidgeting, he looked askance?
    - "Satisfied"
  29. insidious
    working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
    So I'm the oldest and the wittiest and the gossip in New York is insidious.
    - "Satisfied"
  30. resign
    accept as inevitable
    I tell her that I love him she’d be silently resigned, he’d be mine. She would say, “I’m fine”
    - "Satisfied"
  31. homily
    a sermon on a moral or religious topic
    But there are things that the homilies and hymns won't teach ya.
    - "Wait For It"
  32. despondent
    without or almost without hope
    I have never seen the General so despondent
    I have taken over writing all his correspondence
    Congress writes, “George, attack the British forces.”
    I shoot back, we have resorted to eating our horses
    Local merchants deny us equipment, assistance
    They only take British money, so sing a song of sixpence
    - "Stay Alive"
  33. camaraderie
    the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability
    I stay at work with Hamilton
    We write essays against slavery
    And every day’s a test of our camaraderie
    And bravery
    - " Stay Alive"
  34. contraband
    goods whose trade or possession is prohibited by law
    We cut supply lines, we steal contraband
    We pick and choose our battles and places to take a stand.
    - "Stay Alive"
  35. stalemate
    a situation in which no progress can be made
    And we snatch a stalemate from the jaws of defeat.
    - "Stay Alive"
  36. reckon
    compute or calculate
    Your lieutenant when there’s reckoning to be reckoned
    - " Ten Duel Comandments"
  37. ruinous
    extremely harmful; bringing catastrophe
    Hang on, how many men died because Lee was inexperienced and ruinous?
    - "Ten Duel Commandments"
  38. yield
    cease opposition; stop fighting
    You shot him in the side!
    Yes, he yields
    - "Meet Me Inside"
  39. relish
    derive or receive pleasure from
    Will you relish being a poor man’s wife
    Unable to provide for your life?
    - "That Would Be Enough"
  40. quagmire
    a situation from which extrication is difficult
    How does a ragtag volunteer army in need of a shower
    Somehow defeat a global superpower?
    How do we emerge victorious from the quagmire?
    Leave the battlefield waving Betsy Ross’ flag higher?
    - "Guns and Ships"
  41. rendezvous
    meet at an appointed place
    We rendezvous with Rochambeau, consolidate their gifts
    - " Guns and Ships"
  42. consolidate
    unite into one
    We rendezvous with Rochambeau, consolidate their gifts
    - " Guns and Ships"
  43. resilience
    an occurrence of rebounding or springing back
    No one has more resilience
    Or matches my practical tactical brilliance
    - " Guns and Ships"
  44. covenant
    a signed written agreement between two or more parties
    To my brother's revolutionary covenant
    I’m runnin’ with the Sons of Liberty and I am lovin’ it!
    See, that’s what happens when you up against the ruffians
    - " Yorktown ( The World Turned Upside Down)"
  45. ruffian
    a cruel and brutal fellow
    To my brother's revolutionary covenant
    I’m runnin’ with the Sons of Liberty and I am lovin’ it!
    See, that’s what happens when you up against the ruffians
    - "Yorktown ( The World Turned Upside Down)"
  46. parapet
    fortification consisting of a low wall
    After a week of fighting, a young man in a red coat stands on a parapet
    - "Yorktown ( The World Turned Upside Down)"
  47. deliberation
    careful consideration
    The liberty behind deliberation
    - "Non-Stop"
  48. listless
    lacking zest or vivacity
    Talks for six hours, the convention is listless.
    -"Non-Stop"
  49. abrasive
    sharply disagreeable, unpleasant, or harsh
    I know I talk too much, I’m abrasive
    You’re incredible in court. You’re succinct, persuasive
    My client needs a strong defense
    - " Non-Stop"
  50. succinct
    briefly giving the gist of something
    I know I talk too much, I’m abrasive
    You’re incredible in court. You’re succinct, persuasive
    My client needs a strong defense
    - "Non-Stop"
Created on April 18, 2016 (updated February 3, 2020)

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