Word families

Shakespeare often refers to the heart. But he also uses this word to help create other words, such as unheart, heart-sore, and heartless. How many such derived words are there, and how are they used? Type HEART into the search-box and you will see.

We use the term word-family to identify the set of words that contain the same basic element. They will be part of a compound word (as in heart-sore), accompanied by a prefix (as in unheart) or a suffix (as in heartless), or used in different ways (e.g. as a noun and a verb). In this section we list all the words in the canon (in the modern English version) that have family resemblances so you can see which words Shakespeare exploited in this way, and which he did not. Words that are not included (such as the and Horatio) are described on the further information page here.

When there are several family members, we group them into themes, showing the directions in which Shakespeare used a word. Where these occur, they are listed under the main heading. The names of the themes, taken along with their family members, we hope are self-explanatory, but more illustration can be found on the further information page here.
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WATER
ID;E
MIND
PLANT
IDEA
IDES
IDIOT
PEOPLE
IDOL
IF
IGNIS FATUUS
IGNOBLE
IGNOMY
IGNORANCE
IINCORRECT
ILL
ACTION
APPEARANCE
CHARACTER
HEALTH
MIND
NOISE
SPEECH
STATE
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ILLITERATE
ILLNESS
ILLUMINATE
ILLUSION
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ILLUSTROUS
IMAGE
MIND
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IMMEDIATE
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IMPANNEL
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NOT
IMPORTUNE
IMPOSE
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IMPREGNABLE
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NOT
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IMPUTE
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INAUDIBLE
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INCANTATION
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STATE
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ACTION
SIZE
STATE
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INCLUDE
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INDEX
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INDICT
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INFECT
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INFLICT
INFLUENCE
INFOLD
INFORM
PEOPLE
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INFUSE
INGAGED
INGENIOUS
PEOPLE
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INGOT
INGRAFFED
INGRAFT
INGRATEFUL
INGREDIENT
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INHEARSE
INHERENT
INHERIT
INHIBITED
INHOOPED
INHOSPITABLE
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INIQUITY
INITIATE
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INJUNCTION
INJURE
PEOPLE
INJUSTICE
INK
OBJECT
INKLE
INKLING
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INLAND
INLY
INMOST
INN
PEOPLE
INNER
INNOCENCE
INNOVATION
PEOPLE
INNUMERABLE
INOCULATE
INORDINATE
INQUIRE
DEATH
INROADS
INSANE
INSATIATE
INSCRIBE
INSCROLL
INSCRUTABLE
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INSENSIBLE
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INSERT
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INSHELLED
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INSIDE
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INSIST
INSOCIABLE
INSOLENCE
INSPIRE
TIME
INSTALL
INSTANCE
INSTATE
INSTEAD
INSTEEPED
INSTIGATE
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INSTITUTE
INSTRUCT
INSTRUMENT
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INSUFFICIENCY
INSUING
INSULT
PEOPLE
INSUPPORTABLE
INSUPPRESSIVE
INSURRECTION
INTEGRITY
INTELLIGENT
PEOPLE
NOT
INTEMPERANCE
INTENABLE
INTEND
INTER
INTERCEPT
PEOPLE
INTERCESSION
PEOPLE
INTERCHAINED
INTERCHANGE
INTERDICT
INTERESS
INTEREST
INTERIM
INTERIOR
INTERJECTION
INTERJOIN
INTERLACE
INTERLUDE
INTERMINGLE
INTERMISSION
INTERMIX
INTERPOSE
INTERPRET
PEOPLE
NOT
INTERROGATORY
INTERRUPT
PEOPLE
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INTERTISSUED
INTERVALLUM
INTERVENE
INTERVIEW
INTESTATE
INTESTINE
INTIMATE
INTOLERABLE
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INTREASURED
INTREAT
INTRENCH
INTRICATE
INTRUDE
PEOPLE
INUNDATION
INURE
INVADE
INVECTIVE
INVEIGH
INVEIGLE
INVENT
PEOPLE
INVENTORY
INVERT
INVEST
INVETERATE
INVINCIBLE
INVIOLABLE
INVISE
INVISIBLE
INVITE
INVOKE
INVULNERABLE
INWARD
IRE
IRISH
IRK
IRON
MIND
OBJECT
PART OF BODY
IRRECONCILED
IRRECOVERABLE
IRREGULAR
IRRELIGIOUS
IRREMOVABLE
IRREPARABLE
IRRESOLUTE
IRREVOCABLE
ISLAND
PEOPLE
ISSUE
NOT
ITCH
ITEM
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IVORY
IVY
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