A-Z of Shakespeare – E

 

Today’s Shakespearean Word of the Day is… exsufflicate

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Exsufflicate is an adjective which means exaggerated or blown up out of all proportion.

Othello says he would never listen to ‘exsufflicate and blown surmises’ (Othello, 3.3.184)- ie. exaggerated theories.

Listen to the pronunciation of exsufflicate here

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This definition is taken from the Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary, a unique dictionary compiled by renowned English language expert David Crystal and Shakespearean actor and producer Ben Crystal to unlock the mysteries of Shakespeare’s world, words and language.

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