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Voice, subst. 1) the sound uttered by the mouth of living creatures, particularly of man (either in speaking or singing): Ven. 134. Ven. 134 Ven. 134 Ven. 134 Ven. 134 Lucr. 1661. Compl. 3. Pilgr. 67. Tp. II, 2, 90. Tp. II, 2, 90 Tp. II, 2, 90 Tp. II, 2, 90 III, 2, 147. Gent. IV, 2, 89. Meas. I, 4, 7. V, 331. Err. V, 300. Err. V, 300 Ado II, 3, 46. Ado II, 3, 46 LLL IV, 2, 119. IV, 3, 344. Mids. I, 1, 31. Mids. I, 1, 31 I, 2, 84. III, 1, 88. III, 2, 207. III, 2, 207 IV, 2, 12. V, 194. Merch. III, 4, 67. V, 110. V, 110 Tw. III, 1, 99. H5 IV, 4, 72. R3 I, 4, 172 etc. etc. “I'll speak in a monstrous little v.” Mids. I, 2, 54. “to him in thine own v.” Tw. IV, 2, 71. “haunts poor Tom in the v. of a nightingale,” Lr. III, 6, 32.
Applied, metaphorically, to lifeless things: what warlike v. is this? (viz cannon discharged) H8 I, 4, 50. thy (the trumpet's) “brass v.” Troil. I, 3, 257.
2) he who, or that which, speaks in the name of another: “all tongues, the v. of souls, give thee that due,” Sonn. 69, 3. “I, now the v. of the recorded law,” Meas. II, 4, 61. “the imagined v. of God himself,” H4B IV, 2, 19. in my v. == in my name: “implore her in my v. that she make friends to the strict deputy,” Meas. I, 2, 185. “but what is, come see, and in my v. most welcome shall you be,” As II, 4, 87. cf. “in second v. we'll not be satisfied: we come to speak with him,” Troil. II, 3, 149.
3) words, speech, language: “the hardest v. of her behaviour, to be Englished rightly, is 'I am Sir John Falstaff's'” Wiv. I, 3, 51. “let me have thy v. in my behalf,” I, 4, 167 (== speak for me). “there my father's grave did utter forth a v.” Meas. III, 1, 87. “too rude and bold of v.” Merch. II, 2, 190. “what plea so tainted and corrupt but, being seasoned with a gracious v., obscures the show of evil?” III, 2, 76. “now we speak upon our cue, and our v. is imperial,” H5 III, 6, 131. “haply a woman's v. may do some good,” V, 2, 93. “well didst thou, Richard, to suppress thy v.” H6A IV, 1, 182. “more deaf than adders to the v. of any true decision,” Troil. II, 2, 172. “is there no v. more worthy than my own,” Caes. III, 1, 49. “my v. is in my sword,” Mcb. V, 8, 7. “you cannot speak of reason to the Dane and lose your v.” Hml. I, 2, 45. “shouldst not want my v. for thy preferment,” Cymb. III, 5, 115. “I have drawn her picture with my v.” Per. IV, 2, 102.
With one v. == unanimously: H6B I, 1, 36. Troil. I, 3, 221. cf. “all the country, in a general v., cried hate upon him,” H4B IV, 1, 136. “the common v. do cry 'it shall be so',” Tit. V, 3, 140. “they answer in a joint and corporate v.” Tim. II, 2, 213. “whose --s I desire aloud with mine: 'Hail, king of Scotland',” Mcb. V, 8, 58.
4) that which is said or spoken; talk, report: “in so profound abysm I throw all care of others' --s,” Sonn. 112, 10. “in --s well divulged,” Tw. I, 5, 279. “the v. is now only about her coronation,” H8 III, 2, 406. “the v. goes,” IV, 2, 11. “the common v., I see, is verified of thee,” V, 3, 176. “buy men's --s to commend our deeds,” Caes. II, 1, 146.
5) opinion expressed, judgment: “hath got the v. in hell for excellence,” H5 II, 2, 113. “committing freely your scruple to the v. of Christendom,” H8 II, 2, 88. “who . . . opinion crowns with an imperial v.” Troil. I, 3, 187. “till by some elder masters . . . I have a v. and precedent of peace,” Hml. V, 2, 260.
6) vote, suffrage: “wanting your father's v.” Mids. I, 1, 54. “the offender's life lies in the mercy of the duke only, 'gainst all other v.” Merch. IV, 1, 356. “o'er whom both sovereign power and father's v. I have to use,” All's II, 3, 60. “that I'll give my v. on Richard's s.” R3 III, 2, 53. “in the duke's behalf I'll give my v.” III, 4, 20. “pronounced your part, I mean your v., for crowning of the king,” III, 4, 20 “I have no farther gone in this than by a single v.” H8 I, 2, 70. “have their free --s,” II, 2, 94. “it stands agreed by all --s,” V, 3, 88. “divided by any v. or order of the field,” Troil. IV, 5, 70. “the people must have their --s,” Cor. II, 2, 144. II, 3, 1. 41 (give). 50 “(give).” II, 3, 1 II, 3, 1 112 “(give).” II, 3, 1 II, 3, 1 II, 3, 1 II, 3, 1 II, 3, 1 II, 3, 1 II, 3, 1 II, 3, 1 II, 3, 1 II, 3, 1 164 “(have).” II, 3, 1 II, 3, 1 II, 3, 1 II, 3, 1 II, 3, 1 II, 3, 1 II, 3, 1 II, 3, 1 223 “(of no more v. than dogs).” III, 1, 30. III, 1, 30 III, 1, 30 III, 1, 30 IV, 6, 147 etc. Tit. I, 21. Tit. I, 21 Rom. I, 2, 19. Tim. III, 5, 1. Caes. III, 1, 177 “(your v. shall be as strong as any man's).” IV, 1, 16. Hml. I, 3, 23. Hml. I, 3, 23 V, 2, 367. V, 2, 367 Oth. I, 2, 13 “(hath a v. potential).” I, 3, 226. I, 3, 226
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