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couplet
a pair of successive lines of verse, esp. a pair that rhyme and are of the same length
dramatic irony
irony that is inherent in speeches or a situation of a drama and is understood by the audience but not grasped by the characters in the play
dramatis personae
a list of the characters preceding the text of a play
paradox
a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth
aside
words spoken so as not to be heard by others present
soliloquy
the act of talking while or as if alone
corrosive
sharply sarcastic
brandished
aggressively waved
sieve
strainer (used metaphorically)
liege
feudal lord
harbinger
someone or something that announces something
missives
messengers
chastise
restrain
impede
hinder
metaphysical
supernatural
esteem
regard as something
quell
murder, slaughter
mettle
courage
repose
sleep
knell
a stroke or sound of a bell
surfeit(ed)
overindulged
multitudinous
existing in a great number
incarnadine
redden
equivocate
to use language open to interpretation especially with intent to deceive
lament(ing)
wails, mourning aloud
sacrilegious
irreverent, disrespectful of anything sacred
counterfeit
something likely to be mistaken for something of higher value
posterity
all future generations
parricide
murder of a family member or relative
dauntless
fearless
bounteous
abundant
sundry
various
jovial
merry, good-humoured
purged
cleansed
contriver
schemer
pious
dutiful

religious, sacred, devotional
blaspheming
insulting religion, treating God or sacred things disrespectfully
conjure
command solemnly
pernicious
wicked
diminutive
tiny
desolate
empty, dismal, gloomy
avaricious
greedy for wealth
abjure
reject, avoid
dire
terrible
quarry
heap
guise
habit, behaviour
sovereign
royal
epicures
those devoted to luxury, gluttons
pristine
clean, pure
purgative
cleansing, purifying
speculative
marked by contemplative reasoning based on inconclusive evidence
arbitrate
be judged, be settled
palter
trick
usurp(er)
one who seizes or holds power by force and without legal authority