base (adj.) Old form(s): bace
low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank
1H6 I.i.137[] A base Walloon, to win the Dauphin's grace, / Thrust Talbot with a spear into the back [or: sense 1]
1H6 I.ii.80[Pucelle to Charles, of the Virgin Mary] Willed me to leave my base vocation / And free my country from calamity
1H6 I.iv.31[Talbot to all, of being ransomed for Lord Ponton] with a baser man-of-arms by far / Once, in contempt, they would have bartered me
1H6 III.ii.68[Talbot to French lords] Base muleteers of France!
1H6 IV.vi.22[Talbot to John, of the Bastard] Contaminated, base, / And misbegotten blood I spill of thine
1H6 V.iv.7[Pucelle to Shepherd] Decrepit miser! Base ignoble wretch!
2H4 V.iii.92[Pistol to Silence] Puff i'thy teeth, most recreant coward base!
2H4 V.iii.99[Pistol to Falstaff] A foutre for the world and worldlings base!
2H6 I.iii.191[York to Horner] Base dunghill villain and mechanical
2H6 I.iii.38[Queen to petitioners] Away, base cullions!
2H6 IV.i.106[Suffolk to all] Small things make base men proud
2H6 IV.i.67[Suffolk to Lieutenant] Base slave, thy words are blunt and so art thou
2H6 IV.ii.142[Stafford to Smith] will you credit this base drudge's words
AW I.i.180[Helena to Parolles] the poorer born, / Whose baser stars do shut us up in wishes [i.e. the stars which doom someone to a lowly life]
Cor I.i.155[Menenius to First Citizen] being one o'th'lowest, basest, poorest / Of this most wise rebellion, thou goest foremost [or: sense 1]
Cor III.i.108[Coriolanus to all, of giving the plebeians power] It makes the consuls base!
Cym I.ii.56[Cymbeline to Posthumus] Thou basest thing, avoid hence, from my sight! [or: sense 1]
Cym II.iii.112[Cloten to Innogen, of Posthumus] The contract you pretend with that base wretch, / One bred of alms
Cym II.iii.121[Cloten to Innogen, of her relationship to Posthumus] with a base slave, / A hilding for a livery
Cym IV.ii.26[Belarius to himself] Cowards father cowards, and base things sire base
H5 II.i.27[Pistol to Nym] Base tike, call'st thou me host? [or: sense 1]
H5 III.i.29[King Henry to all] For there is none of you so mean and base / That hath not noble lustre in your eyes
H5 IV.i.38[Pistol to disguised King Henry] art thou officer, / Or art thou base, common, and popular?
H5 V.i.18[Pistol to Fluellen] Dost thou thirst, base Troyan [or: sense 1]
H8 III.i.36[Queen Katherine to Wolsey, of her actions] Envy and base opinion set against 'em
Ham V.ii.60[Hamlet to Horatio] 'Tis dangerous when the baser nature comes / Between the pass and fell incensed points / Of mighty opposites
JC I.i.61[Flavius to Marullus, of the Commoners] See where their basest mettle be not moved
JC III.i.43[Caesar to Metellus] sweet words, / Low-crooked curtsies and base spaniel fawning or: sense 1]
JC III.ii.29[Brutus to all] Who is here so base that would be a bondman?
KL I.ii.20[Edmund alone] Edmund the base / Shall top the legitimate
KL I.ii.6[Edmund alone] Why bastard? Wherefore base?
KL I.iv.85[Kent to Oswald] you base football-player [or: sense 1]
KL II.ii.13[Kent to and of Oswald] a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy-worsted-stocking knave [or: sense 1]
KL II.ii.141[Gloucester to Conwall, of the treatment of disguised Kent] Your purposed low correction / Is such as basest and contemned'st wretches ... / Are punished with
LLL I.i.241[King reading Armado's letter to him, of Costard] that low-spirited swain, that base minnow of thy mirth
LLL I.i.30[Dumaine to King, of himself] The grosser manner of these world's delights / He throws upon the gross world's baser slaves
LLL I.ii.48[Mote to Armado, of the meaning of ‘deuce-ace’] Which the base vulgar do call three
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 [second instance]
Luc.671[Tarquin to Lucrece] I mean to bear thee / Unto the base bed of some rascal groom
MW I.iii.72[Nym to Falstaff, of delivering a letter] I will run no base humour
Oth II.i.209[Iago to Rodedigo] they say base men being in love have then a nobility in their natures more than is native to them
R2 II.iii.138[Willoughby to York, of Bolingbroke] Base men by his endowments are made great
R3 V.iii.318[King Richard to all, of Richmond's army] A scum of Britains and base lackey peasants [or: sense 3]
Tim III.v.94[Alcibiades to Senators] I cannot think but your age has forgot me; / It could not else be I should prove so base / To sue and be denied such common grace
Tim IV.iii.30[Timon alone, of the gold he has found] Thus much of this will make / Black white, foul fair, wrong right, / Base noble, old young, coward valiant
Tit IV.i.108[Young Lucius to Titus, of Chiron and Demetrius] For these base bondmen to the yoke of Rome [or: sense 1]
TNK II.iii.2[Daughter to herself, of Palamon] I am base, / My father the mean keeper of his prison
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