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All's Well That Ends Well
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adverse
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All's well that ends well yet, Though time seem so adverse and means unfit.
adverse = working against one's interests
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calumny
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Wilt thou ever be a foul-mouth'd and calumnious knave?
calumnious = false accusation against a person
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egregious
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My lord, you give me most egregious indignity.
egregious = exceptionally bad
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empirical
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We thank you, maiden: But may not be so credulous of cure,— When our most learned doctors leave us, and The congregated college have concluded That labouring art can never ransom nature From her inaidable estate,—I say we must not So stain our judgment, or corrupt our hope, To prostitute our past-cure malady To empirics; or to dissever so Our great self and our credit, to esteem A senseless help, when help past sense we deem.
empirics = people who are guided by experience rather than theory
DefinitionGenerally empirical means:
based on experience or observation rather than theory
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epitaph
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His good remembrance, sir, Lies richer in your thoughts than on his tomb; So in approof lives not his epitaph As in your royal speech.
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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equivocal
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What an equivocal companion is this!
equivocal = ambiguous or doubtful (in this case, questionable character)
DefinitionGenerally equivocal means:
unclear in meaning — especially where opposing interpretations are reasonable (sometimes intentionally)
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exeunt
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[Exeunt BERTRAM and LAFEU.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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fetter
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Well, I must be patient; there is no fettering of authority.
fettering = to restraining or hindering
DefinitionGenerally fetter means:
to restrain or hinder

or more archaically:

a shackle for the ankles
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knell
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Be this sweet Helen's knell, and now forget her.
knell = the sound of a bell rung slowly — especially to announce death or a funeral

or:

announcing the demise or end of something
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languish
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What is it, my good lord, the king languishes of?
languishes = suffers in a bad situation for a long time
DefinitionGenerally languish means:
to suffer in a bad situation for a long time
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liege
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My wife, my liege!
liege = a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service

or:

a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
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obstinate
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only sin and hellish obstinacy tie thy tongue
obstinacy = stubbornness
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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perfidy
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a most perfidious slave
perfidious = an act of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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peruse
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Peruse them well.
peruse = examine or consider with attention and in detail
DefinitionGenerally peruse means:
to read or examine
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pretense
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her pretence is a pilgrimage to Saint Jaques-le-Grand:
pretence = something pretended
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
an appearance or action to help one pretend
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sanctimonious
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Sir, his wife, some two months since, fled from his house: her pretence is a pilgrimage to Saint Jaques-le-Grand: which holy undertaking with most austere sanctimony she accomplished; and, there residing, the tenderness of her nature became as a prey to her grief; in fine, made a groan of her last breath; and now she sings in heaven.
sanctimony = acting morally superior to others
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scorn
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Contempt his scornful perspective did lend me
scornful = mocking or highly disrespectful

(editor's note:  contempt also means "lack of respect")
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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superfluous
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we see cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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tedious
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that is the brief and the tedious of it
tedious = long and boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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timorous
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like a timorous thief
timorous = timid (fearful)
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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