base (adj.) 1
dishonourable, low, unworthy
1H4 I.iii.107 [Hotspur to King Henry] Never did base and rotten policy / Colour her working with such deadly wounds
1H4 I.iii.163 [Hotspur to and of Northumberland and Worcester] Being the agents, or base second means
1H4 II.iv.245 [Prince Hal to Falstaff] when thou hast tired thyself in base comparisons hear me speak but this
1H4 III.ii.125 [King Henry to Prince Hal] Thou that art like enough, through vassal fear, / Base inclination, ... / To fight against me
1H4 III.ii.25 [Prince Hal to King Henry] tales devised ... / By smiling pickthanks and base newsmongers [or: sense 2]
1H6 II.iv.35 [Warwick to all] without all colour / Of base insinuating flattery
1H6 III.i.180 [Somerset to himself, as if to York] Perish, base prince, ignoble Duke of York!
1H6 III.i.196 [Exeter alone] this base and envious discord
1H6 IV.i.14 [Talbot to Falstaff] I vowed, base knight, when I did meet thee next / To tear the Garter from thy craven's leg
1H6 V.ii.18 [Pucelle to all] Of all base passions, fear is most accursed
1H6 V.v.49 [Suffolk to all] Disgrace not so your king / That he should be so abject, base, and poor / To choose for wealth and not for perfect love
2H4 II.iv.120 [Doll to Pistol] you poor, base, rascally, cheating, lack-linen mate!
2H4 III.ii.229 [Feeble to Bardolph] I'll ne'er bear a base mind
2H4 IV.i.33 [Westmorland to Archbishop] If that rebellion / Came like itself, in base and abject routs
2H4 IV.i.40 [Westmorland to Archbishop] the ugly form / Of base and bloody insurrection
2H6 II.i.13 [Gloucester to King] 'tis but a base ignoble mind / That mounts no higher than a bird can soar
2H6 IV.i.39 [Whitmore to Suffolk] Never yet did base dishonour blur our name
2H6 IV.viii.62 [Cade to himself] only my followers' base and ignominious treasons, makes me betake me to my heels
3H6 I.i.178 [Westmorland to King] Base, fearful, and despairing Henry!
AC V.ii.158 [Cleopatra to and of Seleucus] O rarely base!
AW II.iii.170 [Bertram to King, of Helena] she, which late / Was in my nobler thoughts most base, is now / The praised of the King
AW [First Lord to Bertram] in the highest compulsion of base fear
AYL II.iii.32 [Orlando to Adam] wouldst thou have me go and beg my food, / Or with a base and boisterous sword enforce / A thievish living on the common road?
AYL III.ii.64 [Touchstone to Corin] civet is of a baser birth than tar
Cor I.v.8 [Martius to Lartius] these base slaves, / Ere yet the fight be done, pack up
Cor III.ii.100 [Coriolanus to all] Must I / With base tongue give to my noble heart / A lie that it must bear?
Cym I.vii.109 [Iachimo to Innogen] by-peeping in an eye / Base and illustrous
Cym I.vii.144 [Innogen to Iachimo] If thou wert honourable, / Thou wouldst have told this tale for virtue, not / For such an end thou seek'st, as base, as strange
Cym II.iii.125 [Innogen to Cloten, of Posthumus] Wert thou the son of Jupiter, and no more / But what thou art besides, thou wert too base / To be his groom
E3 II.ii.80 [King Edward to Prince Edward] basest theft is that / Which cannot cloak itself on poverty
E3 III.iii.183 [King Edward to Prince Edward] with this armour I impall thy breast, ... / That never base affections enter there
E3 IV.iv.79 [Prince Edward to Herald] That such base breath should vanish from my lips, / To urge the plea of mercy to a man, / The Lord forbid!
H5 II.i.92 [Pistol to Nym] Base is the slave that pays!
H5.IV.v.14 [Bourbon to all] he that will not follow Bourbon now, / Let him go hence ... / Like a base pander
H8 II.i.104 [Buckingham to all] I am richer than my base accusers / That never knew what truth meant
Ham III.ii.193 [Second Player as Queen to her King] The instances that second marriage move / Are base respects of thrift, but none of love
JC IV.iii.24 [Brutus to Cassius] shall we now / Contaminate our fingers with base bribes
KJ II.i.586 [Bastard alone, of King John's change of mind] From a resolved and honourable war, / To a most base and vile-concluded peace
KJ V.i.68 [Bastard to King John] Shall we ... / Send fair-play orders and make compromise, / Insinuation, parley, and base truce / To arms invasive?
LLL I.i.87 [Berowne to King] Small have continual plodders ever won, / Save base authority from others' books [or: sense 3]
LLL I.ii.57 [Armado to Mote] as it is base for a soldier to love, so am I in love with a base wench [first instance]
LLL II.i.16 [Princess to Boyet] Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye, / Not uttered by base sale of chapmen's tongues
Luc 1000 [Lucrece as if to time, of Tarquin] who so base would such an office have / As sland'rous deathsman to so base a slave?
Luc 1002 [of Tarquin] The baser is he, coming from a king, / To shame his hope with deeds degenerate
Luc 202 [] my digression is so vile, so base, / That it will live engraven in my face
Luc 660 [Lucrece to Tarquin, of his evils] So shall these slaves be king, and thou their slave; / Thou nobly base, they basely dignified
Luc 928 [Lucrece as if to time] Base watch of woes
Luc 93 [of Tarquin] Hiding base sin in plaits of majesty
MM III.i.92 [Isabella to Claudio] Thou art too noble to conserve a life / In base appliances
MV II.vii.50 [Morocco to himself] Is't like that lead contains her? 'Twere damnation / To think so base a thought
MW I.iii.19 [Pistol to Bardolph] O base Hungarian wight! [or: sense 2]
MW I.iii.83 [Pistol to Nym, of Falstaff] Base Phrygian Turk!
Oth IV.ii.139 [Emilia to Iago and Desdemona] The Moor's abused by some most villainous knave, / Some base notorious knave
Per II.v.61 [Pericles to Simonides] My actions are as noble as my thoughts, / That never relished of a base descent [or: sense 2]
Per [Marina to Boult] prostitute me to the basest groom / That doth frequent your house [or: sense 2]
R2 I.i.192 [Bolingbroke to King Richard, of throwing up his gage] Ere my tongue / Shall wound my honour with such feeble wrong, / Or sound so base a parle
R2 IV.i.20 [Aumerle to all, of Bagot] What answer shall I make to this base man?
R2 IV.i.29 [Aumerle to Bagot, of Bagot's blood] though being all too base / To stain the temper of my knightly sword
R2 V.i.33 [Queen Isabel to Richard] wilt thou ... fawn on rage with base humility, / Which art a lion and a king of beasts?
R3 III.vii.188 [Buckingham to all, of King Edward] he ... / Seduced the pitch and height of his degree / To base declension and loathed bigamy
Sonn 100.4 [to the Muse] Spend'st thou thy fury on some worthless song, / Dark'ning thy power to lend base subjects light?
Sonn 141.6 [] Nor are mine ears with thy tongue's tune delighted, / Nor tender feeling to base touches prone
Sonn 33.5 [of the sun] Anon permit the basest clouds to ride / With ugly rack on his celestial face
Sonn 34.3 [to the sun] Why didst thou ... let base clouds o'ertake me in my way, / Hiding thy brav'ry in their rotten smoke?
TC II.ii.154 [Paris to all, of Helen] What treason were it ... to deliver her possession up / On terms of base compulsion!
TG II.vii.73 [Julia to Lucetta, of deceitful men's oaths and tears] Base men, that use them to so base effect!
TG III.i.157 [Duke to Valentine] Go, base intruder, overweening slave
TG IV.i.28 [Valentine to Outlaws, of killing a man] I slew him manfully in fight, / Without false vantage or base treachery
TG IV.i.73 [Third Outlaw to Valentine, of attacking women or the poor] we detest such vile base practices
TG V.iv.137 [Duke to Thurio, of Silvia] The more degenerate and base art thou / To make such means for her as thou hast done
Tim III.iv.59 [Flavius to Servants, of his answer] 'tis not so base as you, / For you serve knaves
Tim IV.iii.467 [Flavius to himself] What viler thing upon the earth than friends, / Who can bring noblest minds to basest ends!
Tit V.iii.184 [Aaron to all] I am no baby, I, that with base prayers / I should repent the evils I have done
TNK II.i.267 [Palamon to Arcite] What 'twere to filch affection from another! / Thou art baser in it than a cutpurse
TNK III.iii.44 [Palamon to Arcite] Base cousin
TNK [Arcite to Palamon] we had a noble difference, / But base disposers of it
TS III.i.45 [Hortensio as Licio to Lucentio as Cambio] The bass is right, 'tis the base knave that jars
WT IV.iv.416 [Polixenes to Florizel] thou art too base / To be acknowledged
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