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principal
used in The Merchant of Venice

3 uses
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Definition
most important; or person who is most important
The exact meaning of principal can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "the principal idea" or "the principal performer" — the most important
  • "the principal of the school" — the person in charge
  • "a principal of a company" — an owner or person with controlling authority
  • "the principal in a transaction" (as contrasted to the agent) — the person on whose behalf an agent acts
  • Give me my principal, and let me go.
    4.1 — Act 4 Scene 1 — Venice. A court of justice (74% in)
  • ...strange Than is thy strange apparent cruelty; And where thou now exacts the penalty,— Which is a pound of this poor merchant's flesh,— Thou wilt not only loose the forfeiture, But, touch'd with human gentleness and love, Forgive a moiety of the principal, Glancing an eye of pity on his losses, That have of late so huddled on his back, Enow to press a royal merchant down, And pluck commiseration of his state From brassy bosoms and rough hearts of flint, From stubborn Turks and Tartars,...
    4.1 — Act 4 Scene 1 — Venice. A court of justice (6% in)
  • Shall I not have barely my principal?
    4.1 — Act 4 Scene 1 — Venice. A court of justice (75% in)

There are no more uses of "principal" in The Merchant of Venice.

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