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Antony and Cleopatra
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adjacent
1 use
From the barge A strange invisible perfume hits the sense Of the adjacent wharfs.†
adjacent = nearby
DefinitionGenerally adjacent means:
very near — often directly beside
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1st useScene 2.2
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allay
1 use
I do not like 'but yet', it does allay The good precedence; fie upon 'but yet'!†
allay = reduce the intensity of or calm
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chide
2 uses
Whom everything becomes,—to chide, to laugh, To weep; whose every passion fully strives To make itself in thee fair and admir'd!†
chide = scold or criticize
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — sometimes in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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constrained
2 uses
Good my lord, To come thus was I not constrain'd, but did it On my free will.†
constrain'd = restricted; or lacking spontaneity
DefinitionGenerally constrained means:
restricted; or lacking spontaneity

or typically archaic:  to force someone to do something
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desist
1 use
Desist, and drink.†
desist = to not do something
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discredit
2 uses
O sir, you had then left unseen a wonderful piece of work; which not to have been blest withal would have discredited your travel.†
discredited = damaged the reputation of
DefinitionGenerally discredit means:
damage the reputation of — often causing distrust of or disbelief in
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endure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
Mine eyes did sicken at the sight, and could not endure a further view.
endure = suffer through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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1st useScene 3.10
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2  —1 use as in:
endure through the ages
The business she hath broached in the state Cannot endure my absence.
endure = survive (continue to exist in)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to continue to exist
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exeunt
55 uses
Exeunt with the body.
exeunt = exit (a stage direction)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of exeunt means:
stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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external
1 use
— If they had swallow'd poison 'twould appear By external swelling: but she looks like sleep,— As she would catch another Antony In her strong toil of grace.†
external = outside
DefinitionGenerally external means:
outside
in various senses, including:
  • coming from or existing outside a place, organization or thing — as in "external trade"
  • forming or relating to an outside boundary — as in "external walls"
  • on the surface or superficial as contrasted to something that is deep or complete — as in "external appearances"
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grave
1 use
...Betray'd I am:
O this false soul of Egypt! this grave charm,
...
Beguil'd me to the very heart of loss.—
grave = destructive or evil

(editor's note:  This sense of grave is seldom used today. Today it is more likely used to mean "dangerous or serious.")
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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1st useScene 4.12
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importune
1 use
I am dying, Egypt, dying; only
I here importune death awhile, until
Of many thousand kisses the poor last
I lay upon thy lips.
importune = beg (in this case, to wait a while)
DefinitionGenerally importune means:
beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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inevitable
1 use
the inevitable prosecution of disgrace and horror
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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1st useScene 4.14
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morsel
2 uses
Broad-fronted Caesar, When thou wast here above the ground I was A morsel for a monarch: and great Pompey Would stand and make his eyes grow in my brow; There would he anchor his aspect and die With looking on his life.†
morsel = a very small quantity
DefinitionGenerally morsel means:
a very small quantity — usually of food
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penitent
1 use
As nearly as I may, I'll play the penitent to you:
penitent = role of a person apologizing (expressing sorrow for misdeeds)
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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presage
1 use
There's a palm presages chastity, if nothing else.†
presages = serve as a sign of something about to happen — typically something bad
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reconcile
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reconciled herself to
reconciles them to his entreaty
reconciles = brings them to terms with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reconcile means:
to come to terms with
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shrewd
2 uses
So much uncurbable, her garboils, Caesar, Made out of her impatience,—which not wanted Shrewdness of policy too,—I grieving grant Did you too much disquiet: for that you must But say I could not help it.†
shrewdness = intelligence
DefinitionGenerally shrewd means:
smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
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spurn
2 uses
] Horrible villain! or I'll spurn thine eyes Like balls before me; I'll unhair thy head: [She hales him up and down.†
spurn = reject as not good enough
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superfluous
1 use
superfluous kings
superfluous = extra (more than is needed)
DefinitionGenerally superfluous means:
more than is needed, desired, or required
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