blood (n.) Old form(s): bloud
spirit, vigour, mettle
1H4 III.i.175[Worcester to Hotspur, of Hotspur's behaviour] Though sometimes it show greatness, courage, blood
1H4 V.ii.78[Hotspur to all] Better consider what you have to do / Than I ... / Can lift your blood up with persuasion
AC I.ii.191[Antony to Enobarbus, of Pompey] who, high in name and power, / Higher than both in blood and life, stands up / For the main soldier
MV V.i.74[Lorenzo to Jessica, of colts] Fetching mad bounds, bellowing and neighing loud, / Which is the hot condition of their blood
TG III.i.121[Duke to Valentine] thou art a gentleman of blood [or: sense 6]
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