"A Midsummer Night's Dream," Vocabulary from Act 2

Shakespeare's tale of spirits, sprites and enchanted love, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is mystical and magical.(etext found here),

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  1. wrath
    belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong
    Take heed the queen come not within his sight;
    For Oberon is passing fell and wrath
  2. knavish
    marked by skill in deception
    Either I mistake your shape and making quite,
    Or else you are that shrewd and knavish sprite
    Call'd Robin Goodfellow: are not you he
    That frights the maidens of the villagery;
  3. beguile
    attract; cause to be enamored
    I jest to Oberon and make him smile
    When I a fat and bean-fed horse beguile,
    Neighing in likeness of a filly foal:
  4. wanton
    a lewd or lascivious person
    Tarry, rash wanton: am not I thy lord?
  5. ravish
    force (someone) to have sex against their will
    Didst thou not lead him through the glimmering night
    From Perigenia, whom he ravished?
  6. progeny
    the immediate descendants of a person
    And this same progeny of evils comes
    From our debate, from our dissension;
    We are their parents and original.
  7. shun
    avoid and stay away from deliberately
    If you will patiently dance in our round
    And see our moonlight revels, go with us;
    If not, shun me, and I will spare your haunts.
  8. chide
    censure severely or angrily
    We shall chide downright, if I longer stay.
  9. dulcet
    extremely pleasant in a gentle way
    Thou rememberest
    Since once I sat upon a promontory,
    And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back
    Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath
  10. chaste
    abstaining from unlawful sexual intercourse
    But I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft
    Quench'd in the chaste beams of the watery moon
  11. adamant
    very hard native crystalline carbon valued as a gem
    You draw me, you hard-hearted adamant;
    But yet you draw not iron, for my heart
    Is true as steel
  12. entice
    provoke someone to do something through persuasion
    Do I entice you? do I speak you fair?
  13. spurn
    reject with contempt
    Use me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me,
    Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave,
    Unworthy as I am, to follow you.
  14. impeach
    challenge the honesty or veracity of
    You do impeach your modesty too much,
    To leave the city and commit yourself
    Into the hands of one that loves you not
  15. woo
    make amorous advances towards
    We cannot fight for love, as men may do;
    We should be wooed and were not made to woo.
  16. disdainful
    expressing extreme contempt
    A sweet Athenian lady is in love
    With a disdainful youth
  17. clamorous
    conspicuously and offensively loud
    and some keep back
    The clamorous owl that nightly hoots and wonders
    At our quaint spirits.
  18. aloof
    remote in manner
    One aloof stand sentinel.
  19. languish
    lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
    What thou seest when thou dost wake,
    Do it for thy true-love take,
    Love and languish for his sake
  20. vile
    morally reprehensible
    Be it ounce, or cat, or bear,
    Pard, or boar with bristled hair,
    In thy eye that shall appear
    When thou wakest, it is thy dear:
    Wake when some vile thing is near.
  21. dissembling
    pretending with intention to deceive
    What wicked and dissembling glass of mine
    Made me compare with Hermia's sphery eyne?
  22. perish
    pass from physical life
    Where is Demetrius? O, how fit a word
    Is that vile name to perish on my sword!
  23. tedious
    so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
    Content with Hermia! No; I do repent
    The tedious minutes I with her have spent.
  24. flout
    laugh at with contempt and derision
    Is't not enough, is't not enough, young man,
    That I did never, no, nor never can,
    Deserve a sweet look from Demetrius' eye,
    But you must flout my insufficiency?
  25. surfeit
    the state of being more than full
    For as a surfeit of the sweetest things
    The deepest loathing to the stomach brings,
    Or as tie heresies that men do leave
    Are hated most of those they did deceive,
    So thou, my surfeit and my heresy,
    Of all be hated, but the most of me!

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