Thesaurus
This is a thesaurus of all the glosses to the words in the Glossary, linked to the lines in the texts where these words are found.

The Thesaurus is the opposite of the Glossary. When consulting the Glossary, you know the word and you want to find out what it means. When consulting the Thesaurus, you know the meaning and you want to find out which Shakespearean words express it. How would he say 'arrogant' or 'companion'? The options are listed when you search for these words.

Disclaimer: our Thesaurus is a guide only to the words in the Glossary, and not an account of the way these words might be used elsewhere in the canon, or in Early Modern English as a whole. For example, we include Shakespeare’s use of mother to mean 'womanish qualities', but not in its ordinary sense of 'parent'. You can read more background about the thesaurus here.

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Search phrase ability 19 items found
ability, have
can (v.)
ability, lacking all
ingenious (adj.)
ability, to the best of my
all my best,best, in all my
ability to act
powers (n.)
ability to be angry
gall (n.)
ability to carry out a task
profession (n.)
ability to comprehend
thought (n.)
ability to exercise the faculties
function (n.)
ability to hinder
let-alone (n.)
ability to charm
bewitchment (n.)
ability to choose
choice (n.)
ability to lie
leasing (n.)
ability to maintain
holding up (n.)
ability to quote scripture
iteration (n.)
ability to respond to sensation
sense (n.)
ability to revive, with
repairing (adj.)
ability to see clearly
light (n.)
ability to use spurs
spurring (n.)
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