soil (n.) Old form(s): soil'd , soile, soyld, soyle
blemish, stain, tarnish
2H4 IV.v.189[King Henry IV to Prince Henry, of getting the crown] all the soil of the achievement goes / With me into the earth
H8 I.ii.26[Queen Katherine to Wolsey, of King Henry] Whose honour heaven shield from soil!
Ham I.iii.15[Laertes to Ophelia, of Hamlet] Perhaps he loves you now, / And now no soil nor cautel doth besmirch / The virtue of his will
Ham I.iv.20[Hamlet to Horatio, of outsiders' views of the Danes] They clepe us drunkards and with swinish phrase / Soil our addition
Ham II.i.40[Polonius to Reynaldo] a thing a little soiled i'th' working
JC I.ii.42[Brutus to Cassius] Conceptions only proper to myself, / Which give some soil ... to my behaviours
LLL II.i.47[Maria to Princess, of Longaville's wit] The only soil of his fair virtue's gloss
MA III.ii.5[Don Pedro to Claudio, of Claudio's offer to escort him] that would be as great a soil in the new gloss of your marriage
TC II.ii.149[Paris to Priam, of Helen] I would have the soil of her fair rape / Wiped off in honourable keeping her
TC V.ii.137[Ulysses to Troilus, of Cressida] What hath she done ... that can soil our mothers?
Tim III.v.16[Alcibiades to Senators, of his friend's transgression] Nor did he soil the fact with cowardice
TNK IV.ii.59[Emilia to herself] my unspotted youth must now be soiled / With blood of princes
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