policy (n.) Old form(s): policie , policiei, pollicie , Pollicy
statecraft, statesmanship, diplomacy
1H6 V.iv.159[Alençon aside to Charles] it is your policy / To save your subjects
2H6 I.i.82[Gloucester to all] did my brother Bedford toil his wits / To keep by policy what Henry got?
2H6 III.i.23[Queen to King, of Gloucester] it is no policy ... / That he should come about your royal person
2H6 III.i.235[Cardinal to all, of Gloucester] That he should die is worthy policy
2H6 III.i.238[Suffolk to all, of putting Gloucester on trial] But in my mind that were no policy
AC II.vi.116[Menas to Enobarbus, of Antony's marriage to Octavia] I think the policy of that purpose made more in the marriage than the love of the parties
H5 I.i.45[Canterbury to Ely, of King Henry] Turn him to any cause of policy
H5 I.ii.221[Canterbury to all] Let ... our nation lose / The name of hardiness and policy
Ham II.ii.47[Polonius to Claudius] or else this brain of mine / Hunts not the trail of policy so sure / As it hath used to do
Luc.1815[of Brutus] now he throws that shallow habit by / Wherein deep policy did him disguise
Luc.529[Tarquin to Lucrece] A little harm done to a great good end / For lawful policy remains enacted
MA IV.i.196[Leonato to Benedick] Both strength of limb and policy of mind
Oth II.iii.266[Iago to Cassio] a punishment more in policy than in malice
Oth III.iii.14[Cassio to Desdemona, of Othello's policy] That policy may either last so long, / Or feed upon such nice and waterish diet
R2 V.i.84[Richard to Queen Isabel, of their being banished together] That were some love, but little policy
TC I.iii.197[Ulysses to all, of Achilles and Ajax] They tax our policy, and call it cowardice
TC V.iv.16[Thersites alone] policy grows into an ill opinion
Tit IV.ii.147[Aaron to Demetrius, of killing the Nurse] 'tis a deed of policy
TN III.ii.28[Fabian to Sir Andrew] redeem it by some laudable attempt either of valour or policy
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