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(ˈpɔr ʃə, -ʃi ə, ˈpoʊr-)

the heroine of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, who, in one scene, disguises herself as a lawyer.


[ˈpɔːʃə] NPorcia
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Bassanio's need is urgent, for he loves the beautiful lady Portia and desires to marry her.
Meantime in Belmont many lovers come to woo fair Portia.
And Portia, happy, triumphant, humble, no longer the great lady with untold wealth, with lands and palaces and radiant beauty, but merely a woman who has given her love, answers:--
Then as a pledge of all her love Portia gives to Bassanio a ring, and bids him never part from it so long as he shall live.
Oh," cries Portia when she hears, "what a paltry sum
But Portia has no mind to sit at home and do nothing while her husband's friend is in danger of his life.
Portia will surely understand that his request could not be refused, and so he sends Gratiano after him with the ring.
This court finds the defendant not guilty, and the cruiser shall wait a few days longer that he may have an opportunity to come and thank the divine Portia.
He reflected how convinced Anselmo would be that he had a second Portia for a wife, and he looked forward anxiously to meeting him in order to rejoice together over falsehood and truth the most craftily veiled that could be imagined.
4) Anticipating the first casket scene, Portia speaks the lines that I take as my epigraph, indicating that eating dead flesh would be preferable to marrying either the Neapolitan prince or the County Palatine--a sentiment relevant for elucidating, even as it complicates, the relationship between gold and death.
Ellen wore a white pants suit and Portia a flowing gown -- both by designer Zac Posen, according to People.
Vineyard Bodegas Portia is the result of wine producer Grupo Faustino's investment of 13m [euro] in a premium part of the Ribera del Duero area.