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banish
13 uses
Now go we in content To liberty, and not to banishment.
banishment = being forced to leave a community and not return
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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Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.3
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bequeath
3 uses
His crown bequeathing to his banish'd brother
bequeathing = being left or given to another after one's death
DefinitionGenerally bequeath means:
leave (or give by will) usually upon death
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1st useScene 5.4
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censure
2 uses
therefore beware my censure, and keep your promise.
censure = criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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1st useScene 4.1
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chide
8 uses
I had rather hear you chide than this man woo.
chide = criticize

(editor's note:  To woo is to court or try to make someone love you.)
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — typically in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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1st useScene 2.1
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
And therefore put I on the countenance
Of stern commandment.
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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1st useScene 2.6
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
discord in the spheres
discord = conflict (the spheres refer to the planets which were thought to circle in harmony)
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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disdain
2 uses
proud disdain
disdain = a lack of respect for others
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useScene 3.4
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disposition
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a kind disposition
My father's rough and envious disposition
disposition = normal mood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood or personality
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emulate
2 uses
an envious emulator of every man's good parts
emulator = someone who imitates
DefinitionGenerally emulate means:
imitate (copy)
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entreat
7 uses
he will not be entreated.
entreated = persuaded
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
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forbearance
3 uses
Forbear, and eat no more.
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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forswear
5 uses
to swear and to forswear; according as marriage binds and blood breaks:
forswear = renounce or disavow something
DefinitionGenerally forswear means:
to decide to stop doing something; or to renounce or disavow something
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1st useScene 3.2
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malicious
2 uses
And, on my life, his malice 'gainst the lady will suddenly break forth.
malice = desire to see others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useScene 1.2
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melancholy
9 uses
They say you are a melancholy fellow.
melancholy = sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book9 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
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Monsieur
11 uses
Here comes Monsieur Le Beau.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to:  "Mr." in English

or:

French equivalent to: "sir" in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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obscure
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it obscured my view
you have trained me like a peasant, obscuring and hiding from me all gentleman-like qualities
obscuring = making less visible or understandable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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1st useScene 1.1
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prodigal
1 use
What prodigal portion have I spent that I should come to such penury?

(editor's note:  Penury is a synonym for poverty.)
prodigal = recklessly wasteful; or extravagant in amount
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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tedious
3 uses
What tedious homily of love have you wearied your parishioners withal,
tedious = boring — especially due to the length that must be endured
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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1st useScene 3.2
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treacherous
2 uses
entrap thee by some treacherous device
treacherous = dangerous
DefinitionGenerally treacherous means:
dangerous

or:

likely to betray; or guilty of betrayal
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useScene 1.1
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usurp
3 uses
detain'd by her usurping uncle
usurping = who seizes power without authority
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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1st useScene 1.2
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