William Shakespeare Language, Vocabulary and Dictionary
William Shakespeare Dictionary
RABATO a ruff RABBIT-SUCKER a weasel RACE breed; inherited nature RACK wreck RACK to enhance the price of anything RAG a term of contempt applied to persons RAKE to cover RAPT transported with emotion RAPTURE a fit RASCAL a lean deer RASH quick, violent RATE opinion, judgment, to assign, to value, to scold RATOLORUM a ludicrous mistake RAUGHT past tense of reach RAVIN ravenous, to devour RAWLY inadequately RAWNESS unprovided state RAYED arrayed, served RAZED slashed REAR-MOUSE the bat REBATE to deprive of keenness REBECK a three-stringed fiddle RECEIPT money received RECEIVING capacity RECHEAT a point of the chase to call back the hounds RECORD to sing RECORDER a flute RECURE to cure, recover RED-LATTICE suitable to an ale-house, because ale-houses had commonly red lattices REDUCE to bring back REECHY smoky, dirty REFELL to refute REFER to reserve to REGIMENT government REGREET a salutation REGUERDON requital RELATIVE applicable REMORSE pity REMORSEFUL full of pity, compassionate REMOTION removal REMOVED sequestered, remote
RENDER account RENEGE to renounce, to deny REPAIR to renovate, comfort REPEAL to reverse the sentence of exile REPROOF confutation REPUGN to resist REQUIEM mass for the dead, so called because it begins with the words "Requiem eternam..." RESOLVE to satisfy RESPECT consideration RESPECTIVE respectful, thoughtful, corresponding RESPECTIVELY respectfully RETAILED handed down RETIRE retreat REVERB to echo REVOLT a rebel RIB to enclose as within ribs RID to destroy RIFT split RIGGISH wanton RIGOL a circle RIPE drunk RIVAGE the shore RIVALITY equal rank RIVE to fire ROAD the high road, applied to a common woman ROISTING roistering, violent ROMAGE unusual stir RONVON a term of contempt applied to a woman ROOD the crucifix ROOK a cheater ROPERY roguery ROPE-TRICKS tricks such as are played by a rope-dancer ROUND to whisper, to become great with child, to finish off, a diadem, unceremonious ROUNDEL a dance or song ROUNDURE an enclosure ROUSE carousal ROYNISH mangy RUBIOUS ruddy RUDDOCK the redbreast RUSH to push RUSHLING rustling
Interpreting Elizabethan / Shakespearean Manuscripts and Original Documents
Vital, but little known, information about the Elizabethan alphabet is essential when looking at copies of original manuscripts of the period - examples of which can be found in Shakespeare's ' First Folio '. Learning the alphabet used during the Elizabethan era will no doubt clarify many questions that the differences of the Tudor / Elizabethan alphabet have raised such as "Couldn't Elizabethans spell properly?" and "Why is there so much confusion with the letters 'u' and 'v' and 'i' and 'j' ?Shakespeare translations and understanding the real meanings behind some of the Shakespeare language in the great plays and sonnets can be difficult. And this is hardly surprising when the expressions and their meanings have been obsolete since the Elizabethan era!