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Surprise, vb. 1) to fall on, to attack or take suddenly: “now serves the season that they may s. the silly lambs,” Lucr. 166. “you'll be --d,” LLL V, 2, 84. “I will s. him,” All's III, 6, 24. “we had not been thus shame-fully --d,” H6A II, 1, 65. “suddenly --d by bloody hands,” V, 3, 40. “--d our forts,” H6B IV, 1, 89. “we may s. and take him,” H6C IV, 2, 17. H6C IV, 2, 17 “by his foe --d at unawares,” IV, 4, 9. “when with a happy storm they were --d,” Tit. II, 3, 23. “when subtle Greeks --d King Priam's Troy,” V, 3, 84. “the castle of Macduff I will s.” Mcb. IV, 1, 150. IV, 3, 204.
Used of an assault made on the chastity of a woman: how she (Io) “was beguiled and --d,” Shr. Ind. 2, 57. “would suffer her poor knight --d,” All's I, 3, 120. “Lavinia is --d,” Tit. I, 284. “wert thou thus --d, ravished and wronged,” IV, 1, 51.
2) to seize, to take prisoner: “the prisoners which he in this adventure hath --d,” H4A I, 1, 93. “--d and taken prisoners,” H6A IV, 1, 26. “to s. me,” H6B IV, 8, 61. “is the traitor Cade --d?” IV, 9, 8. “I rushed upon him, --d him suddenly,” Tit. V, 1, 38. “how easily she may be --d,” Ant. V, 2, 35.
3) to overpower, to perplex, to confound: “this dismal cry rings sadly in her ear, through which it enters to s. her heart,” Ven. 890. “this mutiny each part doth so s. that from their dark beds once more leap her eyes,” Ven. 890 “so glad of this as they I cannot be, who are --d withal,” Tp. III, 1, 93. “s. her with discourse of my dear faith,” Tw. I, 4, 25. “the ear-deafening voice o'the oracle . . . so --d my sense, that I was nothing,” Wint. III, 1, 10. “I am --d with an uncouth fear,” Tit. II, 3, 211. “you witch me in it, s. me to the very brink of tears,” Tim. V, 1, 159.
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