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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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conjecture
1 use
Twere good she were spoken with; for she may strew
Dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds.
conjectures = conclusions or opinions
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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Denmark
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Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Denmark = Today, officially known as "The Kingdom of Denmark"; a constitutional monarchy in the Scandinavian region of northern Europe which was at one time the home of Viking raiding parties and is today a member of the EU and NATO
DefinitionGenerally Denmark means:
officially "The Kingdom of Denmark"; a constitutional monarchy in the Scandinavian region of northern Europe which was at one time the home of Viking raiding parties and is today a member of the EU and NATO
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diligent
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I will receive it with all diligence of spirit.
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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edify
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I knew you must be edified by the margent ere you had done.
edified = instructed

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this as:  "I knew you'd have to look something up in the dictionary before we were finished.")
DefinitionGenerally edify means:
to instruct — morally or intellectually
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enmity
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Holds such an enmity with blood of man
enmity = hatred
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred between enemies
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exeunt
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[Exeunt all but Hamlet.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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fetter
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Arm you, I pray you, to this speedy voyage;
For we will fetters put upon this fear,
Which now goes too free-footed.
fetters = shackles (chains to bind the ankles)
DefinitionGenerally fetter means:
to restrain or hinder

or more archaically:

a shackle for the ankles
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forbearance
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For love of God, forbear him!
forbear = stop (hold back from acting)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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impetuous
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impetuous haste
impetuous = impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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importune
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She is importunate;
importunate = insistent (keeps asking)
DefinitionGenerally importune means:
beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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ingenious
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thy most ingenious sense
ingenious = showing inventiveness and skill
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negligent
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I give to negligence. Let come what comes,
negligence = insufficient care or attention (in this case, not trying to direct his own life)
DefinitionGenerally negligent means:
insufficient care or attention (not being careful enough or not trying hard enough to fulfill a responsibility)
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obsequious
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But, you must know, your father lost a father; That father lost, lost his; and the survivor bound, In filial obligation, for some term To do obsequious sorrow:
obsequious = to yield to the desires of others by serving in a proper role
DefinitionGenerally obsequious means:
excessively eager to flatter or serve
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obstinate
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To do obsequious sorrow. But to persever
In obstinate condolement is a course
Of impious stubbornness. 'Tis unmanly grief.
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes

(editor's notes:  Obsequious is a synonym for servile or overly subservient. Condolement is a synonym for grief.)
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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ostentatious
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No noble rite nor formal ostentation
ostentation = actions intended to attract notice and impress others
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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pernicious
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O most pernicious woman!
pernicious = harmful (evil)
DefinitionGenerally pernicious means:
harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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perturb
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1  —1 use as in:
she was perturbed
Rest, rest, perturbed spirit!
perturbed = disturbed (unhappy)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perturb means:
to disturb in mind or make uneasy
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provincial
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with two Provincial roses on my razed shoes
provincial = unsophisticated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of provincial means:
unsophisticated (meant disapprovingly to refer to old-fashioned or narrow-minded attitudes and ideas)
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superfluous
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Give, me superfluous death.
superfluous = more than is needed (in this case, like saying "murdered over and over again")
DefinitionGenerally superfluous means:
more than is needed, desired, or required
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tenable
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I pray you all, If you have hitherto conceal'd this sight, Let it be tenable in your silence still;
tenable = defensible (in this case, continue to conceal it, continue to defend the secret)
DefinitionGenerally tenable means:
defensible — especially of an opinion or a position
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