previous next
Fortune, subst. 1) the power supposed to distribute the lots of life according to her humour: “lame by --'s dearest spite,” Sonn. 37, 3. “which heaven and f. still rewards with plagues,” Gentl. IV, 3, 31. IV, 1, 22. Meas. II, 1, 268. Err. I, 1, 106. Merch. II, 1, 36. As II, 1, 19. John V, 2, 58. R2 II, 4, 24. Troil. II, 2, 90. Cor. V, 3, 119 etc. etc. Figured as a Goddess: Lucr. 351. Sonn. 29, 1. 124, 2. Pilgr. 259. Wiv. III, 3, 69. Merch. II, 2, 175. IV, 1, 267. As I, 2, 37. All's I, 3, 115. Tw. II, 2, 19. II, 5, 171. John III, 1, 54. John III, 1, 54 John III, 1, 54 H5 V, 1, 85. H6B I, 2, 67. Troil. IV, 5, 293. Cor. I, 5, 21. Tim. I, 1, 64. “bountiful F., now my dear lady,” Tp. I, 2, 178. “lady F.” As II, 7, 16. Wint. IV, 4, 51. Per. IV, 4, 48. Represented with a wheel as the emblem of mutability: Lucr. 952. As I, 2, 34. H5 III, 6, 28. H5 III, 6, 28 H6C IV, 3, 46. Lr. II, 2, 180. Ant. IV, 15, 44. “on --'s cap we are not the very button,” Hml. II, 2, 233.
2) the good or ill that befalls man: “I feared thy f.” Ven. 642. “to try their f.” Gentl. I, 3, 8. IV, 1, 43. “if it were my master's f. to have her or no,” Wiv. IV, 5, 49. Err. V, 355. H4A V, 5, 12. Hml. III, 4, 32 etc. “good f.” Tp. II, 1, 270. Wiv. III, 4, 105. Meas. IV, 2, 191. Merch. II, 1, 45. II, 2, 168. Shr. I, 2, 168. All's II, 4, 16 (M. Edd. --s). John I, 180. Oth. IV, 1, 62 (Qq --s) etc. “to try her gracious f. with lord Angelo,” Meas. V, 76. “ill f.” H6A III, 2, 109. “no worse f.” Wiv. I, 4, 34. H4B II, 2, 152. “the fouler f. mine,” Shr. V, 2, 98. “followed both my --s faithfully,” H8 IV, 2, 141.
Often used in the plural: “my --s will ever after droop,” Tp. I, 2, 183. “knit a knot in his --s,” Wiv. III, 2, 76. “hear all our --s,” Err. V, 395. “belonging to whom? to my --s and me,” LLL II, 224. “my --s every way as fairly ranked,” Mids. I, 1, 101. “I will go buy my --s,” As I, 1, 79. “to question you about your --s,” II, 7, 172. II, 7, 172 Shr. IV, 2, 104. Tw. II, 5, 77. III, 4, 6. H6B III, 1, 221. H6C II, 2, 157. Oth. I, 3, 228 etc. etc. “your good --s,” Merch. I, 2, 5. “in their best --s,” Ant. III, 12, 30.
3) chance, fate, accident: “nor can I f. to brief minutes tell,” Sonn. 14, 5. “all is but f.” Tp. V, 257 and Tw. II, 5, 27. “the assault . . . f. hath conveyed to my understanding,” Meas. III, 1, 189. “nor is my whole estate upon the f. of this present year,” Merch. I, 1, 44. “whatever f. stays him from his word,” Shr. III, 2, 23. “each circumstance of place, time, f.” Tw. V, 259. “to prove more --s thou art tired,” Cor. IV, 5, 99. “the battles, sieges, --s, that I have passed,” Oth. I, 3, 130. by f. == by accident: Sonn. 32, 3. Merch. II, 1, 34. As I, 2, 47. Oth. V, 2, 226. at f. == at hazard, at random: “and let her down the wind, to prey at f.” Oth. III, 3, 263.
4) good luck, happy success, prosperity: “reckoning his f. at such high-proud rate,” Lucr. 19. “cancelled my --s,” Lucr. 19 “thou letst thy f. sleep,” Tp. II, 1, 216. “partner of his f.” Gentl. I, 3, 59. “I read your f. in your eye,” II, 4, 143. “myself do want my servants' f.” III, 1, 147. “good bringing up, f. and truth,” IV, 4, 74. “flies her f. when it follows her,” V, 2, 50. “my food, my f. and my sweet hope's aim,” Err. III, 2, 63. “I thank my f. for it,” Merch. I, 1, 41. “if I do fail in f. of my choice,” II, 9, 15. “f. now to my heart's hope!” II, 9, 15 “share the good of our returned f.” As V, 4, 180. “this accident and flood of f.” Tw. IV, 3, 11. “I may not wish the f. thine,” John III, 1, 333. “it rained down f. showering on your head,” H4A V, 1, 47. “f. and victory sit on thy helm,” R3 V, 3, 79. “pride which out of daily f. ever taints the man,” Cor. IV, 7, 38. “will you be put in mind of his blind f.” V, 6, 118. “held you so under f.” Mcb. III, 1, 78. “what art thou that hast this f. on me?” Lr. V, 3, 165.
5) estate, possessions, wealth: “to hold their cursed-blessed f. long,” Lucr. 866. Meas. III, 1, 230. As II, 7, 19. Tim. I, 1, 55. Lr. I, 1, 251 etc. Plural: “take my daughter, and with her my --s,” Ado II, 1, 314. Merch. I, 1, 177. As II, 4, 77. Wint. IV, 4, 601. John II, 69. Tim. I, 1, 293. Oth. V, 2, 366 etc.
hide Dictionary Entry Lookup
Use this tool to search for dictionary entries in all lexica.
Search for in
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: