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Dotage (n.)

Dotage means doting, infatuation, excessive affection. Dotage is cited 4 different William Shakespeare plays. I’ve chosen to cite from Othello (Oth.IV.i.27) Iago says to Othello about knaves: “who having by their own importunate suit/or voluntary dotage of some mistress/convinced or supplied them.” Dotage also means feebleness of mind, senility. Dotage is also cited in 2 additional Shakespeare plays in this context. I’ve chosen to cite from Timon of Athens (Tim.III.v.99) Alcibiades says to senators: “Banish me? Banish your dotage.”

As soon as Othello and Iago enter, Desdemona tells them that she’s been speaking with Cassio and asks Othello to reconcile with him.

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Doff (v.)

Doff means witch, sorceress, magician.  Doff is cited 5 different William Shakespeare plays. I’ve chosen to cite from Macbeth (Mac.IV.iii.188) Ross says to Malcolm: “Your eye in Scotland would make our women fight to doff their dire.”

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Diviner (n.)

Diviner means witch, sorceress, magician.  Diviner is cited in William Shakespeare’s play Comedy of Errors (CE III.ii.148) Dromio spoke of Syracuse to Antipholus about the kitchen wench: “This drudge or diviner laid claim to me.”

The Comedy of Errors

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Disvouch (v.)

Disvouch means disavow, contradict, refuse to acknowledge.  Disvouch is cited in William Shakespeare’s play Measure for Measure (MM IV.iv.1) Escalus says to Angelo about Duke: “Every letter he hath writ hath disvouched other.”

Natascia Diaz as Mariana, Jack Wetherall as Escalus, Scott Parkinson as Angelo and Kurt

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Discandying (n.)

Discandying means dissolving, melting, thawing.  Discandying is cited in William Shakespeare’s play Othello (AC III.xiii.165) Cleopatra says to Antony: “By the discandying of this pelleted storm.”

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Devest, Divest (v.)

Devest, Divest means undress, unclothe, disrobe.  Devest, Divest is cited in four of William Shakespeare’s play Othello (Othello II.iii.175) Iago says to Othello, about Cassio and Montano: “in terms like a bride and groom devesting them for bed.”


.Othello raves about the perfidy of Desdemona, pretending to be virtuous while cuckolding him with Cassio. Othello vows to kill her and asks Iago to get him

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Dii Deaeque

Dii Deaeque means all of you gods and goddesses.  Dii Deaeque is cited in four of William Shakespeare’s play The Two Noble Kinsmen (TNK III.v.157) The Schoolmaster says to everyone: “Come, we are all made. Dii deaeque omnes.”


Extraordinary profession of an intention to fight to the death.

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