varletry


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var·let·ry

 (vär′lĭ-trē)
n. pl. var·let·tries Archaic
1. A crowd of attendants or menials.
2. A disorderly crowd; a rabble.
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varletry

(ˈvɑːlɪtrɪ)
n
1. (Historical Terms) the varletry rabble; mob
2. (Historical Terms) varlets collectively
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Varletry

 varlets collectively.
Examples: the varletry of censuring Rome, 1606; of the towns, 1759.
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"Shall they hoist me up / And show me to the shouting varletry / Of censuring Rome?" Cleopatra wonders, and then defiantly delivers, "Rather a ditch in Egypt / Be gentle grave unto me" (54-57).
She speaks loathingly of captivity at Caesar's court--"Shall they hoist me up / And show me to the shouting varletry / Of censuring Rome.?" (5.2.54-56)--and describes three terrible hypothetical deaths, each of which, she says, she would prefer to captivity.