Act 2

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. forfeit
    lose the right to or lose by some error, offense, or crime
    Immigrant decorated war vet
    Unite the colonies through more debt?
    Fight the other founding fathers til he has to forfeit?
    Have it all, lose it all
    You ready for more yet?
    Treasury Secretary. Washington’s the President
    Ev’ry American experiment sets a precedent
    - "What'd I Miss"
  2. precedent
    an example that is used to justify similar occurrences
    Immigrant decorated war vet
    Unite the colonies through more debt?
    Fight the other founding fathers til he has to forfeit?
    Have it all, lose it all
    You ready for more yet?
    Treasury Secretary. Washington’s the President
    Ev’ry American experiment sets a precedent
    -"What'd I Miss"
  3. abyss
    a bottomless gulf or pit
    Headfirst into a political abyss!
    - "What'd I Miss"
  4. reticent
    temperamentally disinclined to talk
    Thomas Jefferson, always hesitant with the President
    Reticent—there isn’t a plan he doesn’t jettison
    Madison, you’re mad as a hatter, son, take your medicine
    Damn, you’re in worse shape than the national debt is in
    - "Cabinet Battle #1"
  5. jettison
    throw away, of something encumbering
    Thomas Jefferson, always hesitant with the President
    Reticent—there isn’t a plan he doesn’t jettison
    Madison, you’re mad as a hatter, son, take your medicine
    Damn, you’re in worse shape than the national debt is in
    -"Cabinet Battle #1"
  6. intransigent
    impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, or reason
    They’re being intransigent
    -"Cabinet Battle #1"
  7. polymath
    a person of great and varied learning
    I’m a polymath, a pain in the ass, a massive pain
    Madison is Banquo, Jefferson’s Macduff
    And Birnam Wood is Congress on its way to Dunsinane
    - "Take a Break"
  8. cuckold
    a man whose wife committed adultery
    Uh-oh! You made the wrong sucker a cuckold
    So time to pay the piper for the pants you unbuckled
    - "Say No To This"
  9. merciless
    having or showing no forgiveness
    Now, Madison and Jefferson are merciless.
    - "The Room Where it Happens"
  10. fray
    a noisy fight
    And basic’ly begged me to join the fray.
    - "The Room Where it Happens"
  11. quid pro quo
    something given in exchange for something else
    A quid pro quo.
    - "The Room Where it Happens"
  12. upstart
    an arrogant or presumptuous person
    Look! Grampa’s in the paper! ‘War Hero Philip
    Schuyler loses Senate seat to young upstart Aaron Burr!’
    Grampa just lost his seat in the Senate.
    - "Schuyler Defeated"
  13. tyranny
    government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator
    Stand with our brothers
    As they fight against tyranny.
    I know that Alexander Hamilton is here and he
    Would rather not have this debate;
    I’ll remind you that he is not Secretary of State!
    He knows nothing of loyalty
    Smells like new money, dresses like fake royalty
    Desperate to rise above his station,
    Everything he does betrays the ideals of our nation.
    Hey, and if you don’t know, now you know, Mr. President.
    - "Cabinet Battle #2"
  14. station
    one's proper or designated social position
    Stand with our brothers
    As they fight against tyranny.
    I know that Alexander Hamilton is here and he
    Would rather not have this debate;
    I’ll remind you that he is not Secretary of State!
    He knows nothing of loyalty
    Smells like new money, dresses like fake royalty
    Desperate to rise above his station,
    Everything he does betrays the ideals of our nation.
    Hey, and if you don’t know, now you know, Mr. President.
    - "Cabinet Battle #2"
  15. disquieting
    causing mental discomfort
    The people are rioting! There’s a difference!
    Frankly it’s a little disquieting you would let your ideals blind you to reality!
    - "Cabinet Battle #2"
  16. faction
    a dissenting clique
    Every action has an equal opposite reaction
    Thanks to Hamilton, our cabinet’s fractured into factions
    Try not to crack under the stress, we’re breaking down like fractions
    We smack each other in the press, and we don’t print retractions
    - "Washington on Your Side"
  17. retraction
    a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion
    Every action has an equal opposite reaction
    Thanks to Hamilton, our cabinet’s fractured into factions
    Try not to crack under the stress, we’re breaking down like fractions
    We smack each other in the press, and we don’t print retractions
    - "Washington on Your Side"
  18. primp
    dress or groom with elaborate care
    I get no satisfaction witnessing his fits of passion
    The way he primps and preens and dresses like the pits of fashion
    - "Washington on Your Side"
  19. preen
    dress or groom with elaborate care
    I get no satisfaction witnessing his fits of passion
    The way he primps and preens and dresses like the pits of fashion
    -"Washington on Your Side"
  20. vacuous
    devoid of intelligence
    Somebody gimme some dirt on this vacuous mass so we can at last unmask him.
    I’ll pull the trigger on him, someone load the gun and cock it.
    While we were all watching, he got Washington in his pocket.
    - "Washington on Your Side"
  21. enterprise
    a purposeful or industrious undertaking
    Look in his eyes, see how he lies, follow the scent of his enterprise
    Centralizing national credit and making American credit competitive
    If we don’t stop it, we aid and abet it!
    I have to resign!
    - "Washington on Your Side"
  22. abet
    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
    Look in his eyes, see how he lies, follow the scent of his enterprise
    Centralizing national credit and making American credit competitive
    If we don’t stop it, we aid and abet it!
    I have to resign!
    - "Washington on Your Side"
  23. dissident
    a person who objects to some established policy
    I’m in the cabinet, I am complicit and watching and grabbing the power and kiss it
    If Washington isn’t gon’ listen to disciplined dissidents,
    This is the difference, this kid is OUT!
    - "Washington on Your Side"
  24. pseudonym
    a fictitious name used when performing a particular role
    I’ll use the press
    I’ll write under a pseudonym, you’ll see what I can do to him
    - "One Last Time"
  25. partisan
    a fervent and even militant proponent of something
    I want to warn against partisan fighting
    - "One Last Time"
  26. consign
    commit forever
    The faults of incompetent abilities will be
    Consigned oblivion, as I myself must soon be to the mansions of rest
    I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which
    I promise myself to realize the sweet enjoyment of partaking,
    in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws
    Under a free government, the ever-favorite object of my heart,
    and the happy reward, as I trust
    Of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers.
    - "One Last Time"
  27. oblivion
    the state of being disregarded or forgotten
    The faults of incompetent abilities will be
    Consigned oblivion, as I myself must soon be to the mansions of rest
    I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which
    I promise myself to realize the sweet enjoyment of partaking,
    in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws
    Under a free government, the ever-favorite object of my heart,
    and the happy reward, as I trust
    Of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers.
    - "One Last Time"
  28. benign
    pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence
    The faults of incompetent abilities will be
    Consigned oblivion, as I myself must soon be to the mansions of rest
    I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which
    I promise myself to realize the sweet enjoyment of partaking,
    in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws
    Under a free government, the ever-favorite object of my heart,
    and the happy reward, as I trust
    Of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers.
    - "One Last Time"
  29. perplexed
    full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment
    I'm perplexed. Are they going to keep on replacing whoever's in charge?
    If so who's next?
    - "I Know Him"
  30. protean
    taking on different forms
    How does Hamilton,
    the short-tempered, protean creator
    of the coast guard,
    founder of the New York Post
    ardently abuse his cabinet post
    destroy his reputation?
    - "The Adams Administration"
  31. speculation
    an investment that is risky but could yield great profits
    And the evidence suggests you’ve engaged in speculation
    -"We Know"
  32. embezzle
    appropriate fraudulently to one's own use
    An immigrant embezzling our government funds
    - "We Know"
  33. prosperous
    in fortunate circumstances financially
    “Dear Sir, I hope this letter finds you in good health
    And in a prosperous enough position to put wealth
    In the pockets of people like me..."
    - "We Know"
  34. extort
    obtain by coercion or intimidation
    That’s when Reynolds extorted me
    For a sordid fee
    I paid him quarterly
    I may have mortally wounded my prospects
    But my papers are orderly!
    As you can see I kept a record of every check in my checkered
    History.
    - "We Know"
  35. sordid
    immoderately greedy and selfish
    That’s when Reynolds extorted me
    For a sordid fee
    I paid him quarterly
    I may have mortally wounded my prospects
    But my papers are orderly!
    As you can see I kept a record of every check in my checkered
    History.
    - "We Know"
  36. checkered
    patterned with alternating squares of color
    That’s when Reynolds extorted me
    For a sordid fee
    I paid him quarterly
    I may have mortally wounded my prospects
    But my papers are orderly!
    As you can see I kept a record of every check in my checkered
    History.
    - "We Know"
  37. sully
    make dirty or spotty
    Yes, I have reasons for shame
    but I have not committed treason and sullied my good name.
    - "We Know"
  38. indifference
    unbiased impartial unconcern
    And when my prayers to God were met with indifference
    I picked up a pen, I wrote my own deliverance
    - "Hurricane"
  39. deliverance
    recovery or preservation from loss or danger
    And when my prayers to God were met with indifference
    I picked up a pen, I wrote my own deliverance
    - "Hurricane"
  40. torrid
    characterized by intense emotion
    Alexander Hamilton had a torrid affair
    And he wrote it down right there
    - "The Reynolds Pamphlet"
  41. redeem
    restore the honor or worth of
    The world has no right to my heart
    The world has no place in our head
    They don't get to know what I said
    I'm burning the memories
    Burning the letters
    that might have redeemed you
    - "Burn"
  42. virtuosity
    great technical skill, fluency, or style
    The scholars say I got the same virtuosity and brains as my pops!
    The ladies say my brain’s not where the resemblance stops!
    - "Blow Us All Away"
  43. disparage
    express a negative opinion of
    He disparaged my father’s legacy in front of a crowd
    I can’t have that, I’m making my father proud
    - "Blow Us All Away"
  44. scoundrel
    someone who does evil deliberately
    I didn’t say anything that wasn’t true
    You father’s a scoundrel, and so, it seems, are you
    - "Blow Us All Away"
  45. obfuscate
    make obscure or unclear
    He’s not very forthcoming on any particular stances
    Ask him a question, it glances off, he obfuscates, he dances
    - "Election of 1800"
  46. equivocate
    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear
    I will not equivocate on my opinion
    I have always worn it on my sleeve
    Even if I said what you think I said
    You would need to cite a more specific grievance
    Here’s an itemized list of thirty years of disagreements
    - "Your Obedient Servant"
  47. grievance
    a complaint about a wrong that causes resentment
    I will not equivocate on my opinion
    I have always worn it on my sleeve
    Even if I said what you think I said
    You would need to cite a more specific grievance
    Here’s an itemized list of thirty years of disagreements
    - "Your Obedient Servant"
  48. intemperate
    excessive in behavior
    Careful how you proceed, good man
    Intemperate indeed, good man
    Answer for the accusations I lay at your feet or
    Prepare to bleed, good man
    - "Your Obedient Servant"
  49. terrain
    a piece of ground having specific characteristics
    I watched Hamilton examine the terrain
    I wish I could tell you what was happ’ning in his brain
    This man has poisoned my political pursuits!
    - "The World Was Wide Enough"
  50. obliterate
    do away with completely, without leaving a trace
    Death doesn’t discriminate
    Between the sinners and the saints
    It takes and it takes and it takes
    History obliterates
    In every picture it paints
    It paints me and all my mistakes
    - "The World Was Wide Enough"
Created on April 18, 2016 (updated February 3, 2020)

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