"A Midsummer Night's Dream," Vocabulary from Act 4

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

Learn these word lists for the play: Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, Act 4, Act 5

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  1. amiable
    diffusing warmth and friendliness
    Come, sit thee down upon this flowery bed,
    While I thy amiable cheeks do coy,
    And stick musk-roses in thy sleek smooth head,
    And kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy.
  2. provender
    food for domestic livestock
    Truly, a peck of provender: I could munch your good dry oats. Methinks I have a great desire to a bottle of hay: good hay, sweet hay, hath no fellow.
  3. hoard
    a secret store of valuables or money
    I have a venturous fairy that shall seek
    The squirrel's hoard, and fetch thee new nuts.
  4. dote
    shower with love; show excessive affection for
    O, how I love thee! how I dote on thee!
  5. dotage
    mental infirmity as a consequence of old age
    Her dotage now I do begin to pity
  6. upbraid
    express criticism towards
    For, meeting her of late behind the wood,
    Seeking sweet favours from this hateful fool,
    I did upbraid her and fall out with her
  7. enamored
    marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness
    My Oberon! what visions have I seen!
    Methought I was enamour'd of an ass
  8. visage
    the human face
    O, how mine eyes do loathe his visage now!
  9. amity
    a state of friendship and cordiality
    Now thou and I are new in amity,
    And will to-morrow midnight solemnly
    Dance in Duke Theseus' house triumphantly,
    And bless it to all fair prosperity
  10. dispatch
    send away towards a designated goal
    Dispatch, I say, and find the forester.
  11. conjunction
    the temporal property of things happening at the same time
    We will, fair queen, up to the mountain's top,
    And mark the musical confusion
    Of hounds and echo in conjunction.
  12. concord
    a harmonious state of things and of their properties
    I know you two are rival enemies:
    How comes this gentle concord in the world,
    That hatred is so far from jealousy,
    To sleep by hate, and fear no enmity?
  13. peril
    a state of danger involving risk
    I came with Hermia hither: our intent
    Was to be gone from Athens, where we might,
    Without the peril of the Athenian law.
  14. gaud
    cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing
    my love to Hermia,
    Melted as the snow, seems to me now
    As the remembrance of an idle gaud
    Which in my childhood I did dote upon
  15. loathe
    find repugnant
    To her, my lord,
    Was I betroth'd ere I saw Hermia:
    But, like in sickness, did I loathe this food
  16. solemnity
    a somber and dignified feeling
    We'll hold a feast in great solemnity.
  17. undistinguishable
    not capable of being distinguished or differentiated
    These things seem small and undistinguishable
  18. expound
    add details, as to an account or idea
    I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was: man is but an ass, if he go about to expound this dream.
  19. conceive
    have the idea for
    The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man's hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was.
  20. gracious
    characterized by charm and good taste
    I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream: it shall be called Bottom's Dream, because it hath no bottom; and I will sing it in the latter end of a play, before the duke: peradventure, to make it the more gracious, I shall sing it at her death.
  21. marred
    blemished by injury or rough wear
    If he come not, then the play is marred: it goes not forward, doth it?
  22. paramour
    a lover, especially a secret or illicit one
    Yea and the best person too; and he is a very paramour for a sweet voice.
  23. paragon
    a perfect embodiment of a concept
    You must say ' paragon': a paramour is, God bless us,
    a thing of naught.
  24. discourse
    talk at length and formally about a topic
    Masters, I am to discourse wonders: but ask me not what; for if I tell you, I am no true Athenian. I will tell you every thing, right as it fell out.
  25. apparel
    clothing in general
    Get your apparel together, good strings to your beards, new ribbons to your pumps; meet presently at the palace; every man look o'er his part; for the short and the long is, our play is preferred.

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