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Romeo and Juliet
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abhor
2 uses
O, how my heart abhors To hear him nam'd,
abhors = hates or detests
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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absolve
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Being a divine, a ghostly confessor,
A sin-absolver, and my friend profess'd,
absolver = one who forgives
DefinitionGenerally absolve means:
to find someone blameless; or forgive; or relieve (of a requirement or obligation)
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ambiguous
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Till we can clear these ambiguities
ambiguities = things that are unclear — because open to two or more interpretations
DefinitionGenerally ambiguous means:
unclear — because there could be two or more interpretations
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augment
1 use
With tears augmenting the fresh morning's dew
augmenting = enlarging or increasing (in this case the wetness)
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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dexterity
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...he tilts
With piercing steel at bold Mercutio's breast;
Who, all as hot, turns deadly point to point,
And, with a martial scorn, with one hand beats
Cold death aside, and with the other sends It back to Tybalt, whose dexterity
Retorts it:
dexterity = adroitness (skill)
DefinitionGenerally dexterity means:
adroitness (skill) — with the hands or mind
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digress
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Thy noble shape is but a form of wax,
Digressing from the valor of a man;
digressing = deviating (wandering)

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this as:  "Your body is just a wax figure, without the honor of a man.")
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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disparage
1 use
I would not for the wealth of all the town
Here in my house do him disparagement:
disparagement = criticism
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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doleful
1 use
When griping grief the heart doth wound,
And doleful dumps the mind oppress,
doleful = full of sadness
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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enmity
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I am proof against their enmity.
enmity = hatred
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred between enemies
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exeunt
32 uses
[Exeunt Juliet and Nurse.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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forbearance
2 uses
forbear this outrage!
forbear = stop (refrain or hold back from acting)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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idolatry
1 use
Do not swear at all;
Or if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self,
Which is the god of my idolatry,
idolatry = excessive admiration and devotion to someone (as though a god)
DefinitionGenerally idolatry means:
the worship of idols (physical objects representative of gods)

or:

excessive admiration and devotion to something or someone
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impute
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And not impute this yielding to light love,
impute = attribute (think this is caused by)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impute means:
attribute (to say one thing is the cause of another—often to blame and often wrongly)

or:

believe something to have a characteristic; or assign a value to something
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inundate
1 use
To stop the inundation of her tears
inundation = flooding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inundate means:
overwhelm with a large number

or:

flood (overwhelm with water)
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penury
1 use
this penury
penury = extreme poverty
DefinitionGenerally penury means:
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
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pernicious
1 use
you men, you beasts, that quench the fire of your pernicious rage
pernicious = destructive (harmful)
DefinitionGenerally pernicious means:
harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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predominant
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In man as well as herbs,—grace and rude will;
And where the worser is predominant,
Full soon the canker death eats up that plant.
predominant = more influential

(editor's note:  Friar Lawrence has just explained that the same herb will have good and bad qualities. Here he says that the same is true of people. And that when evil is more influential, cancer kills.)
DefinitionGenerally predominant means:
most frequent, common, or important; or having more power and influence
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redress
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Then music with her silver sound With speedy help doth lend redress.
redress = make amends for a wrong
DefinitionGenerally redress means:
fix a problem; or make amends for a wrong
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rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rigorous enforcement
the rigour of severest law
rigour = strict enforcement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rigorous means:
strict when enforcing rules
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tedious
2 uses
I will be brief, for my short date of breath Is not so long as is a tedious tale.
tedious = long and uninteresting
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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