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A.—(a) “A goodly portly man, and a corpulent” First Part of Henry the Fourth.—(b) This particle omitted in exclamatory passages, e. g., “What dish o' poison,” Twelfth Night; “What fool is she,” Two Gent, of Verona; “What night is this,” Julius Caesar, &c, but note on in Two Gent, of Verona.—(c) “Poor a thousand;” a poor thousand. As You Like It.—(d) Understood. “I am dog,” Twelfth Night.—(e) He. Much Ado about Nothing.—(f) “Such a worthy a mistress,” Two Gent, of Verona.
Aaron.—A Moor. Titus Andronicus.
Abate.—(a) To cast down or deject the mind. Coriolanus, 149.—(b) To contract or cut short. Midsummer Night's Dream.—(c) To rebate. Richard the Third.
Abay.—Venus and Adonis, 64.
A. B. C.— A spelling-book. Two Gentlemen of Verona.
A. B. C.-BOOK.—A Catechism. King John, 215, or a spelling-book including a catechism.
Abel.—First Part of Henry the Sixth.
Abergavenny (Lord).—Henry the Eighth.
Abhominable.—Love's Labour's Lost.
Abhor.—To protest against solemnly. An old term of canon law. Henry the Eighth, 388.
Abhorring.—Being abhorred and loathed. Antony and Cleopatra.
Abhorson.—An executioner. Measure for Measure.
Abide.—(a) Abide upon it. Winter's Tale, i. 2.—(b) Sojourn. Winter's Tale, iv. 2.—(c) To aby. Midsummer Night's Dream, 269.