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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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abridge
1 use
The first row of the pious chanson will show you more; for look where my abridgment comes.
abridgment = cut off (ending or cutting short the talk)

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this as:  "If you want to know more, you can refer to the popular song, because now I have to stop.")
DefinitionGenerally abridge means:
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements — especially to a book
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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
read the abstract
they are the abstracts and brief chronicles of the time
abstracts = summaries
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
a summary; or to summarize — especially academic writing
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affectation
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no ... phrase that might indite the author of affectation;
affectation = trying to show off (in this case by writing in an artificial way)

(editor's note:  Today indite is spelled indict.)
DefinitionGenerally affectation means:
behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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ambiguous
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That you, at such times seeing me, never shall—
With arms encumber'd thus, or this head-shake,
Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase,
As 'Well, well, we know'; or 'We could, an if we would';
Or 'If we list to speak'; or 'There be, an if they might';
Or such ambiguous giving out—to note
That you know aught of me.  This not to do,
ambiguous = unclear

(editor's note:  aught is a way of saying "anything at all")
DefinitionGenerally ambiguous means:
unclear — because there could be two or more interpretations
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beseech
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I beseech you, remember
beseech = to ask strongly or beg for something
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calumny
2 uses
be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.
calumny = false accusation
DefinitionGenerally calumny means:
false accusation against a person
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censure
4 uses
Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.
censure = criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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clemency
1 use
stooping to your clemency, We beg your hearing patiently.
clemency = leniency (kindness shown toward offenders) (in this case, saying "begging for your leniency as you listen patiently to us")
DefinitionGenerally this sense of clemency means:
mercy
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
A countenance more in sorrow than in anger.
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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2  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
Ay, sir; that soaks up the King's countenance, his rewards, his authorities.
countenance = approval
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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Denmark
23 uses
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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entreat
6 uses
Therefore I have entreated him along
With us to watch the minutes of this night;
That, if again this apparition come
He may approve our eyes and speak to it.
entreated = asked
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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innovate
1 use
I think their inhibition comes by the means of the late innovation.
innovation = change made by the introduction of something new
DefinitionGenerally innovate means:
bring something new to an environment
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peruse
2 uses
He falls to such perusal of my face As he would draw it.
perusal = examine or consider with attention and in detail
DefinitionGenerally peruse means:
to read or examine
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pious
3 uses
Breathing like sanctified and pious bawds, The better to beguile.

(editor's note:  Baud is an old word for prostitute.)
pious = behaving in a highly moral or religious manner
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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prodigal
2 uses
I do know, When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul Lends the tongue vows:
prodigal = recklessly and extravagantly
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
He rais'd a sigh so piteous and profound
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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tedious
3 uses
These tedious old fools!
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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usurp
2 uses
What art thou, that usurp'st this time of night,
usurp = seize or take control
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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wanton
4 uses
such wanton, wild, and usual slips As are companions noted and most known To youth and liberty.
wanton = of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and especially sexual promiscuity
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