form (n.) Old form(s): forme, formes
formal procedure, due process, formality
2H4 IV.v.119[King Henry IV to Prince Henry] now a time is come to mock at form
KL III.vii.25[Cornwall to Regan, of Gloucester] we may not pass upon his life / Without the form of justice
LLL V.ii.517[Princess to King, of those presenting the pageant] Their form confounded makes most form in mirth [first instance]
MM IV.iii.98[disguised Duke alone] By cold gradation and well-balanced form, / We shall proceed with Angelo
MM V.i.56[Isabella to Duke] so may Angelo, / In all his dressings, characts, titles, forms, / Be an arch-villain
RJ II.ii.88[Juliet to Romeo] Fain would I dwell on form
TC I.iii.87[Ulysses to all, of the heavens] Observe ... / Insisture, course, proportion, season, form
Tim III.v.27[First Senator to Alcibiades] Your words have took such pains as if they laboured / To bring manslaughter into form [i.e. make it normal legal procedure] [or: part of a formal argument]
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