"Othello" by William Shakespeare, Act III

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.

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. penitent
    feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds
    Exceed three days: in faith, he's penitent;
  2. boon
    something that is desirable, favorable, or beneficial
    Why, this is not a boon;
  3. ruminate
    reflect deeply on a subject
    As thou dost ruminate, and give thy worst of thoughts
  4. surmise
    a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
    To such exsufflicate and blown surmises,
  5. recoil
    spring back; spring away from an impact
    Her will, recoiling to her better judgment,
  6. vehement
    marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions
    With any strong or vehement importunity;
  7. loathe
    find repugnant
    Must be to loathe her.
  8. conjure
    summon into action or bring into existence
    For he conjured her she should ever keep it,
  9. trifle
    a detail that is considered insignificant
    Trifles light as air
  10. tranquil
    not agitated
    Farewell the tranquil mind! farewell content!
  11. remorse
    a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed
    Never pray more; abandon all remorse;
  12. bolster
    support and strengthen
    If ever mortal eyes do see them bolster
  13. imputation
    a statement attributing something dishonest
    If imputation and strong circumstances,
  14. vengeance
    harming someone in retaliation for something they have done
    Arise, black vengeance, from thy hollow cell!
  15. lewd
    suggestive of or tending to moral looseness
    Damn her, lewd minx!
  16. edify
    make understand
    Can you inquire him out, and be edified by report?
  17. sequester
    keep away from others
    A sequester from liberty, fasting and prayer,
    In the text, the noun "sequester" means a place where someone is isolated.
  18. castigation
    verbal punishment
    Much castigation, exercise devout;
  19. suffice
    be adequate, either in quality or quantity
    Than for myself I dare: let that suffice you.
  20. arraign
    accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy
    Arraigning his unkindness with my soul;

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