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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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controversy
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Faith, there has been much to do on both sides; and the nation holds it no sin to tarre them to controversy: there was, for awhile, no money bid for argument unless the poet and the player went to cuffs in the question.†
controversy = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally controversy means:
disagreement — especially regarding a public issue that arouses strong feelings
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denotes
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'tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother, Nor customary suits of solemn black, Nor windy suspiration of forc'd breath, No, nor the fruitful river in the eye, Nor the dejected 'havior of the visage, Together with all forms, moods, shows of grief, That can denote me truly: these, indeed, seem; For they are actions that a man might play; But I have that within which passeth show; These but the trappings and the suits of woe.†
denote = means literally; or indicates
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diligent
1 use
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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enmity
1 use
Holds such an enmity with blood of man
enmity = hatred
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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epitaph
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Let them be well used; for they are the abstracts and brief chronicles of the time; after your death you were better have a bad epitaph than their ill report while you live.†
epitaph = a short text in memory of a dead person
DefinitionGenerally epitaph means:
a short text in memory of a dead person — especially text written on a tombstone
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exeunt
36 uses
[Exeunt all but Hamlet.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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filial
1 use
'tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet, To give these mourning duties to your father; 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: but to persevere In obstinate condolement is a course Of impious stubbornness; 'tis unmanly grief; It shows a will most incorrect to heaven; A heart unfortified, a mind impatient; An understanding simple and unschool'd; For what we...†
filial = relating to the relationship of children to their parents
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forgery
2 uses
'And in part him;—but,' you may say, 'not well: But if't be he I mean, he's very wild; Addicted so and so;' and there put on him What forgeries you please; marry, none so rank As may dishonour him; take heed of that; But, sir, such wanton, wild, and usual slips As are companions noted and most known To youth and liberty.†
forgeries = things that are represented as real even though they are fake; or the making of such fake items
DefinitionGenerally forgery means:
something that is represented as real even though it is a fake; or the making of such a fake item
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forthwith
1 use
Therefore prepare you; I your commission will forthwith dispatch, And he to England shall along with you: The terms of our estate may not endure Hazard so near us as doth hourly grow Out of his lunacies.†
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
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gambol
2 uses
My pulse, as yours, doth temperately keep time, And makes as healthful music: it is not madness That I have utter'd: bring me to the test, And I the matter will re-word; which madness Would gambol from.†
gambol = frolic (skip, leap, and/or run around in a happy, playful manner)
DefinitionGenerally gambol means:
to frolic (skip, leap, and/or run around in a happy, playful manner)
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indifferent
4 uses
I am myself indifferent honest
indifferent = neutral (without interest in other than the truth)
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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ingenious
1 use
thy most ingenious sense
ingenious = showing inventiveness and skill
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insolent
1 use
The insolence of office,
insolence = rudeness

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this as:  "the rudeness of people in office".)
DefinitionGenerally insolent means:
rudely disrespectful
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loam
2 uses
No, faith, not a jot; but to follow him thither with modesty enough, and likelihood to lead it: as thus: Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander returneth into dust; the dust is earth; of earth we make loam; and why of that loam whereto he was converted might they not stop a beer-barrel?†
loam = rich soil
DefinitionGenerally loam means:
a rich soil consisting of a mixture of sand and clay and decaying organic materials
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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
1 use
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
1 use
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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remiss
1 use
Hamlet return'd shall know you are come home: We'll put on those shall praise your excellence And set a double varnish on the fame The Frenchman gave you; bring you in fine together And wager on your heads: he, being remiss, Most generous, and free from all contriving, Will not peruse the foils; so that with ease, Or with a little shuffling, you may choose A sword unbated, and, in a pass of practice, Requite him for your father.†
remiss = careless — especially with regard to a duty
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superfluous
1 use
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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