"Othello" by William Shakespeare, Act V

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:

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  1. rapier
    a straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges
    Wear thy good rapier bare, and put it home:
  2. restitution
    a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury
    He calls me to a restitution large
  3. gait
    a person's manner of walking
    I know his gait, 'tis he.
  4. maim
    injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration
    I am maim'd for ever.
  5. mischance
    an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate
    'Tis some mischance; the cry is very direful.
  6. treacherous
    dangerously unstable and unpredictable
    O treacherous villains!
  7. alabaster
    a fine-textured white gypsum used for carving
    And smooth as monumental alabaster.
  8. quench
    satisfy, as thirst
    If I quench thee, thou flaming minister,
  9. portent
    a sign of something about to happen
    These are portents; but yet I hope, I hope,
  10. alteration
    the act of revising
    Should yawn at alteration.
  11. iteration
    doing or saying again
    What needs this iteration, woman?
  12. pernicious
    exceedingly harmful
    If he say so, may his pernicious soul
  13. odious
    unequivocally detestable
    You told a lie, an odious, damned lie;
  14. reprobation
    severe disapproval
    And fall to reprobation.
  15. amorous
    inclined toward or displaying love
    And she did gratify his amorous works
  16. notorious
    known widely and usually unfavorably
    'Tis a notorious villain.
  17. chastity
    abstaining from sexual relations
    Even like thy chastity.
  18. perplex
    be a mystery or bewildering to
    Perplex'd in the extreme; of one whose hand,
    "Perplexed" in this context indicates confusion.
  19. smite
    inflict a heavy blow on, with the hand, a tool, or a weapon
    And smote him, thus.
  20. spartan
    unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment
    O Spartan dog,
    The word refers to the Spartans of Ancient Greece, a severely disciplined people.

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