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505 Contagious blastments are most iminent, 1.3.42
1872 cln1
505 blastments] Clark & Wright (ed. 1872): “does not occur again in Shakespeare. Coleridge uses it in the last scene of Zapolya, p. 265: ‘Shall shoot his blastments on the land’.”
1877 v1877
v1877 ≈ cln1
505 blastments]
1880 meik
505 blastments] Meikeljohn (ed. 1880): “blights. This word is a hybrid—an English word with a Latin ending (mentum). Chaucer has eggement (= egging on); Spenser needments; and we find addments, bodements [Mac. 4.1.96 (1640)]. English writers have never been very careful about such things, and the Elisabethan writers least of all. Thus we find bifold (for twofold), outcept (for except), and so on.”
1929 trav
505 iminent] Travers (ed. 1929): “to be feared, as in the air.”
1957 pel1
pel1: standard
505 blastments] Farnham (ed. 1957): “blights.”
1970 pel2
pel2 = pel1
505 blastments] Farnham (ed. 1970): “blights”
1980 pen2
pen2: standard
505 blastments] Spencer (ed. 1980): “blights.”
1982 ard2
505 Contagious blastments] Jenkins (ed. 1982): “disease-bringing blights. Cf. blasting, 2449. This meaning of blast comes from the attribution of disease in plants to blasts of foul air. As these are associated with morning dampness, so the ’morn’ of ’youth’ is the time both of bright promise and of greatest susceptibility to corruption. Cf. MM 2.3.11, ’falling in the flaws [=blasts] of her own youth.’ ”
1985 cam4
505 blastments] Edwards (ed. 1985): "blightings. OED records no other usages of this word, except late ones deriving from this."
1987 oxf4
oxf4cam4 without attribution
505 blastments] Hibbard (ed. 1987): "blights causing young growth to wither. Shakespeare associates blasting with the effects of scandal. Compare [MM 5.1.122 (2491)], ‘A blasting and a scandalous breath’. The word blastment, not found elsewhere in Shakespeare, seems to be a coinage of his."
1988 bev2
bev2: standard
505 blastments] Bevington (ed. 1988): “blights.”
1992 fol2
fol2: standard
505 blastments] Mowat & Werstine (ed. 1992): “withering blights”
2006 ard3q2
ard3q2: standard
505 Contagious blastments] Thompson & Taylor (ed. 2006): “infectious blightings (blastments is a Shakespearean coinage: see [275]n.)”

ard3q2: standard
505 iminent] Thompson & Taylor (ed. 2006): “immediately threatening”