base (adj.) 2
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 IV.ii.26 [Belarius to himself] Cowards father cowards, and base things sire base
Cym.II.iii.121 [Cloten to Innogen, of her relationship to Posthumus] with a base slave, / A hilding for a livery
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.61 [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.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]
LLL.I.i.241 [King reading Armado's letter to him, of Costard] that low-spirited swain, that base minnow of thy mirth
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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