"Othello" by William Shakespeare, Act IV

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. venial
    easily excused or forgiven
    So they do nothing, 'tis a venial slip:
  2. dotage
    mental infirmity as a consequence of old age
    Or voluntary dotage of some mistress,
  3. fulsome
    unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating
    Lie with her! that's fulsome.
  4. fiend
    a cruel wicked and inhuman person
    O, 'tis the spite of hell, the fiend's arch-mock,
  5. construe
    make sense of; assign a meaning to
    And his unbookish jealousy must construe
  6. vice
    a specific form of evildoing
    Did you perceive how he laughed at his vice?
  7. iniquity
    absence of moral or spiritual values
    If you are so fond over her iniquity, give her
    patent to offend; for, if it touch not you, it comes
    near nobody.
  8. expostulate
    reason with for the purpose of dissuasion
    Get me some poison, Iago; this night: I'll not
    expostulate with her, lest her body and beauty
    unprovide my mind again: this night, Iago.
  9. amends
    something done or paid in expiation of a wrong
    Make her amends; she weeps.
  10. requite
    make repayment for or return something
    Let heaven requite it with the serpent's curse!
  11. slander
    words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
    Is foul as slander.
  12. affliction
    a cause of great suffering and distress
    To try me with affliction; had they rain'd
  13. shambles
    a condition of great disorder
    O, ay; as summer flies are in the shambles,
  14. bawdy
    humorously vulgar
    The bawdy wind that kisses all it meets
  15. impudent
    improperly forward or bold
    Impudent strumpet!
  16. solicitation
    an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status
    I will make myself
    known to Desdemona: if she will return me my
    jewels, I will give over my suit and repent my
    unlawful solicitation; if not, assure yourself I
    will seek satisfaction of you.
  17. linger
    remain present although waning or gradually dying
    O, no; he goes into Mauritania and takes away with
    him the fair Desdemona, unless his abode be
    lingered here by some accident: wherein none can be
    so determinate as the removing of Cassio.
  18. troth
    a solemn pledge of fidelity
    In troth, I think thou wouldst not.
  19. vantage
    place or situation affording some benefit
    Yes, a dozen; and as many to the vantage as would
    store the world they played for.
  20. peevish
    easily irritated or annoyed
    Or else break out in peevish jealousies,

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