"A Midsummer Night's Dream," Vocabulary from Act 5

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. seething
    in constant agitation
    Lovers and madmen have such seething brains
  2. apprehend
    understand or perceive the meaning of something
    Such tricks hath strong imagination,
    That if it would but apprehend some joy,
    It comprehends some bringer of that joy
  3. constancy
    the quality of being enduring and free from change
    But all the story of the night told over,
    And all their minds transfigured so together,
    More witnesseth than fancy's images
    And grows to something of great constancy
  4. revel
    unrestrained merrymaking
    What revels are in hand? Is there no play,
    To ease the anguish of a torturing hour?
  5. discord
    lack of agreement or harmony
    How shall we find the concord of this discord?
  6. apt
    being of striking pertinence
    There is not one word apt, one player fitted
  7. toil
    work hard
    Hard-handed men that work in Athens here,
    Which never labour'd in their minds till now,
    And now have toil'd their unbreathed memories
    With this same play, against your nuptial.
  8. amiss
    in an improper or mistaken or unfortunate manner
    For never anything can be amiss,
    When simpleness and duty tender it.
  9. wretchedness
    the quality of being poor and inferior and sorry
    I love not to see wretchedness o'er charged
    And duty in his service perishing.
  10. audacious
    invulnerable to fear or intimidation
    And in the modesty of fearful duty
    I read as much as from the rattling tongue
    Of saucy and audacious eloquence.
  11. impaired
    diminished in strength, quality, or utility
    His speech, was like a tangled chain; nothing impaired, but all disordered.
  12. broach
    bring up a topic for discussion
    Anon comes Pyramus, sweet youth and tall,
    And finds his trusty Thisby's mantle slain:
    Whereat, with blade, with bloody blameful blade,
    He bravely broach'd his boiling bloody breast
  13. sinister
    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
    And this the cranny is, right and sinister,
    Through which the fearful lovers are to whisper.
  14. courteous
    characterized by politeness and gracious good manners
    Thanks, courteous wall: Jove shield thee well for this!
  15. strife
    bitter conflict; heated often violent dissension
    For, if I should as lion come in strife
    Into this place, 'twere pity on my life.
  16. valor
    courage when facing danger
    This lion is a very fox for his valour.
  17. quell
    suppress or crush completely
    Approach, ye Furies fell!
    O Fates, come, come,
    Cut thread and thrum;
    Quail, crush, conclude, and quell!
  18. beshrew
    wish harm upon; invoke evil upon
    Beshrew my heart, but I pity the man.
  19. imbrue
    permeate or impregnate
    Come, trusty sword;
    Come, blade, my breast imbrue:
  20. palpable
    capable of being perceived
    This palpable-gross play hath well beguiled
    The heavy gait of night.
  21. hallowed
    worthy of religious veneration
    not a mouse
    Shall disturb this hallow'd house:
    I am sent with broom before,
    To sweep the dust behind the door.
  22. rote
    memorization by repetition
    First, rehearse your song by rote
    To each word a warbling note:
    Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
    Will we sing, and bless this place.
  23. prodigious
    very impressive; far beyond what is usual
    Never mole, hare lip, nor scar,
    Nor mark prodigious, such as are
    Despised in nativity,
    Shall upon their children be.
  24. reprehend
    express strong disapproval of
    Gentles, do not reprehend:
    if you pardon, we will mend:
  25. amends
    something done or paid in expiation of a wrong
    So, good night unto you all.
    Give me your hands, if we be friends,
    And Robin shall restore amends.

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