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ABATE
to shorten, to cast down, to blunt
ABATEMENT
diminution
ABHOR
protest; disgust
ABIDE
to sojourn to expiate
ABRIDGEMENT
a short play
ABROOK
to brook, abide
ABSEY-BOOK
a primer
ABSOLUTE
positive, certain Complete

ABUSE
to deceive,deception
ABY
to expiate a fault
ABYSM
abyss
ACCITE
to cite, summon
ACKNOWN
'to be acknown' is to acknowledge
ACQUITTANCE
a receipt or discharge
ACTURE
action
ADDITION
title, attribute
ADDRESS
to prepare oneself
ADDRESSED
prepared
ADVANCE
to prefer, promote to honour
ADVERTISEMENT
admonition
ADVERTISING
attentive
ADVICE
consideration, discretion
ADVISE
to consider, reflect
ADVISED
considerate
ADVOCATION
pleading, advocacy
AFEARED
afraid
AFFECT
to love
AFFY
to affiance To trust
AFRONT
in front
AGAZED
looking in amazement
AGLET-BABY
the small figure engraved on a jewel
AGNISE
to acknowledge, confess
A-GOOD
a good deal, plenteously
A-HOLD
a sea-term
AIERIE
the nest of a bird of prey
AIM
a guess
ALDER-LIEFEST
most loved of all
ALE
alehouse
ALLOW
to approve
ALLOWANCE
approval
AMES-ACE
two aces, the lowest throw of the dice
AMORT
dead, dejected
AN
if
ANCHOR
an anchorite, hermit
ANCIENT
an ensign-bearer
ANGEL
a coin, so called because it bore the image of an angel
ANIGHT
by night
ANSWER
retaliation

ANTHROPOPHAGINIAN
a cannibal
ANTICK
the fool in the old plays
ANTRE
a cave
APPARENT
heir-apparent
APPEAL
accusation,to accuse
APPLE-JOHN
a kind of apple
APPOINTMENT
preparation
APPREHENSION
opinion
APPREHENSIVE
apt to apprehend or understand
APPROBATION
probation
APPROOF
approbation, proof
APPROVE
to prove To justify, make good
APPROVER
one who proves or tries
ARCH
chief
ARGAL
a ridiculous word intended for the Latin ergo
ARGENTINE
silver
ARGIER
Algiers
ARGOSY
originally a vessel of Ragusa or Ragosa, a Ragosine; hence any ship of burden
ARGUMENT
subject
ARMIGERO
a mistake for Armiger, the Latin for Esquire
AROINT
found only in the imperative mood, get thee gone
A-ROW
in a row
ARTICULATE
to enter into articles of agreement to exhibit in articles
ASPECT
regard, looks
ASPERSION
sprinkling; hence blessing, because before the Reformation benediction was
generally accompanied by the sprinkling of holy water
ASSAY
to attempt, test, make proof of
ASSINEGO
an ass
ASSUBJUGATE
to subjugate
ASSURANCE
deed of assurance
ASSURED
betrothed
ATOMY
an atom Used in contempt of a small person
ATONE
to put people at one, to reconcile to agree
ATTACH
to seize, lay hold on
ATTASKED
taken to task, reprehended
ATTENT
attentive
ATTORNEY
to employ as an agent To perform by an agent
AUDACIOUS
spirited, daring, but without any note of blame attached to it
AUGUR
augury
AUTHENTIC
clothed with authority
AVE
the Latin for hail; hence acclamation
AVE-MARY
the angelic salutation addressed to the Blessed Virgin Mary
AVERRING
confirming
AVOID
get rid of
AWFUL
worshipful
AWKWARD
contrary  

Interpreting Elizabethan / Shakespearean Manuscripts and Original Documents

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