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Romeo and Juliet
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apprehend
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
apprehend the criminal
Condemned villain, I do apprehend thee;
Obey, and go with me; for thou must die.
apprehend = capture a wrongdoer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to capture and arrest someone suspected of breaking the law
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Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useScene 5.3
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banish
29 uses
Romeo is banished
banished = forced to leave the community
DefinitionGenerally banish means:
to expel or get rid of — such as a person from a community or an idea from the mind
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Book29 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.2
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beseech
7 uses
I do beseech you, sir, have patience:
beseech = beg
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.3
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chide
5 uses
O, what a beast was I to chide at him!
chide = tell him he did wrong
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — typically in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.3
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commend
5 uses
Commend me to your daughter.
commend = praise
DefinitionGenerally commend means:
praise or recommend
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.4
conjure
4 uses
I conjure thee by Rosaline's bright eyes
conjure = summon
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
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consort
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
consort together
Come, he hath hid himself among these trees,
To be consorted with the humorous night:
Blind is his love, and best befits the dark.
consorted = spending time together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consort means:
spend time with — especially spending leisure time with people considered undesirable; or one of the people with whom time is spent
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1st useScene 2.1
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
And I, for winking at your discords too,
Have lost a brace of kinsmen:
discords = disagreements
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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1st useScene 5.3
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
It is the lark that sings so out of tune,
Straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps.
discords = unpleasant sounds
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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1st useScene 3.5
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entreat
3 uses
She wakes; and I entreated her come forth
And bear this work of heaven with patience:
entreated = asked
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.3
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exile
6 uses
And for that offence
Immediately we do exile him hence:
exile = forcing someone to live outside of their home country
DefinitionGenerally exile means:
to force someone to live outside of their home country; or living in such a condition

or more rarely:  voluntary absence from one's own country
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Book6 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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frayed
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
into the fray
Benvolio, who began this bloody fray?
fray = fight
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fray means:
a noisy fight, controversial debate, or other exciting situation
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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lament
8 uses
..Ah, what an unkind hour
Is guilty of this lamentable chance!
lamentable = regrettable
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Book8 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useScene 3.2
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loathe
5 uses
with loathsome smells
loathsome = disgusting
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
detest or intensely dislike
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.6
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mortal   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
mortal body
O, speak again, bright angel! for thou art
As glorious to this night, being o'er my head,
As is a winged messenger of heaven
Unto the white-upturned wondering eyes
Of mortals that fall back to gaze on him
When he bestrides the lazy-pacing clouds
And sails upon the bosom of the air.
mortals = humans
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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2  —2 uses as in:
a mortal wound
My very friend, hath got his mortal hurt
In my behalf;
mortal = lethal (causing death)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
causing death
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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scorn
5 uses
Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe.
A villain, that is hither come in spite,
To scorn at our solemnity this night.
scorn = disrespect
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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Book5 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useScene 1.1
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slander
3 uses
my reputation stain'd With Tybalt's slander,
slander = damaging lies
DefinitionGenerally slander means:
words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.1
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writ
7 uses
This night you shall behold him at our feast;
Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face,
And find delight writ there with beauty's pen;
writ = written
DefinitionGenerally writ means:
law:  an order issued by a court or judicial officer

or more rarely:

archaic term for written or wrote
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
...Therefore pardon me,
And not impute this yielding to light love,
Which the dark night hath so discovered.
yielding = giving way, or giving in

This could be paraphrased as:  Excuse me, and do not think I fell in love easily this evening.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useScene 2.2
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