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Henry IV, Part 1
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adversary
2 uses
Then, brother John of Lancaster, to you This honourable bounty shall belong: Go to the Douglas, and deliver him Up to his pleasure, ransomless and free: His valour, shown upon our crests to-day, Hath taught us how to cherish such high deeds Even in the bosom of our adversaries.†
adversaries = opponents
DefinitionGenerally adversary means:
an opponent
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albeit
1 use
And, Prince of Wales, so dare we venture thee, Albeit considerations infinite Do make against it.†
albeit = although
DefinitionGenerally albeit means:
although (used to introduce a phrase that reduces or modifies the effect of what preceded it)
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apparent
6 uses
Was it for me to kill the heir-apparent?
apparent = appearing obvious (in this case, that he will be the heir)
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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chronicle
2 uses
— O, pardon me, that I descend so low, To show the line and the predicament Wherein you range under this subtle King;— Shall it, for shame, be spoken in these days, Or fill up chronicles in time to come, That men of your nobility and power Did gage them both in an unjust behalf,— As both of you, God pardon it! have done,— To put down Richard, that sweet lovely rose, And plant this thorn, this canker, Bolingbroke?†
chronicles = a record of events (typically written) or the act of recording or telling of the events
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
seem'd it in contempt?
contempt = a manner that showed disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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corpulent
1 use
A goodly portly man, i'faith, and a corpulent; of a cheerful look, a pleasing eye, and a most noble carriage; and, as I think, his age some fifty, or, by'r Lady, inclining to threescore; and now I remember me, his name is Falstaff: if that man should be lewdly given, he deceiveth me; for, Harry, I see virtue in his looks.†
corpulent = excessive body fat
DefinitionGenerally corpulent means:
with excessive body fat
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entreat
2 uses
And, sheriff, I will engage my word to thee, That I will, by to-morrow dinner-time, Send him to answer thee, or any man, For any thing he shall be charged withal: And so, let me entreat you leave the house.†
entreat = ask or attempt to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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epitaph
1 use
Thy ignominy sleep with thee in the grave, But not remember'd in thy epitaph!†
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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exeunt
25 uses
They embrace, and exeunt.
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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forthwith
1 use
Therefore, friends, As far as to the sepulchre of Christ— Whose soldier now, under whose blessed cross We are impressed and engaged to fight— Forthwith a power of English shall we levy, To chase these pagans in those holy fields Over whose acres walk'd those blessed feet Which fourteen hundred years ago were nail'd For our advantage on the bitter cross.†
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
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grave
1 use
so gravely, so majestically
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
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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grievous
2 uses
The complaints I hear of thee are grievous.†
grievous = very serious; or very bad
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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iniquity
1 use
Why dost thou converse with that trunk of humours, that bolting-hutch of beastliness, that swollen parcel of dropsies, that huge bombard of sack, that roasted Manningtree ox with the pudding in his belly, that reverend Vice, that grey Iniquity, that father ruffian, that vanity in years?†
iniquity = immorality; or an immoral act
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procure
2 uses
I'll procure this fat rogue a charge of foot; and I know his death will be a march of twelve-score.†
procure = get by special effort
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prophecy
2 uses
I cannot choose: sometimes he angers me With telling me of the moldwarp and the ant, Of the dreamer Merlin and his prophecies, And of a dragon and a finless fish, A clip-wing'd griffin and a moulten raven, A couching lion and a ramping cat, And such a deal of skimble-skamble stuff As puts me from my faith.†
prophecies = predictions of the future
DefinitionGenerally prophecy means:
a prediction of the future (usually said to be obtained in a supernatural way)
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purge
2 uses
If I do grow great, I'll grow less; for I'll purge, and leave sack, and live cleanly as a nobleman should do.†
purge = get rid of
DefinitionGenerally purge means:
get rid of things thought undesirable
The exact meaning of purge can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "purge the government of our enemies" — get rid of people for political reasons
  • "purge my closet of everything I haven't worn in a year" — get rid of undesired things
  • "To purge yourself of crippling sorrow, you'll need to express it." — get rid of unwanted feelings
  • "I'm doing a 24-hour purge and then starting a new diet." — emptying the intestinal tract
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slander
3 uses
Never did base and rotten policy Colour her working with such deadly wounds; Nor never could the noble Mortimer Receive so many, and all willingly: Then let not him be slander'd with revolt.†
slander'd = words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
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tranquil
1 use
I am joined with ... nobility and tranquillity,
tranquillity = a calm and undisturbed state

(editor's note:  This is more commonly spelled with one "L".)
DefinitionGenerally tranquil means:
calm and undisturbed
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trifle with
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Give my roan horse a drench, says he; and answers, Some fourteen, an hour after,—a trifle, a trifle.†
trifle = something of small importance; or a small quantity
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yield
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
yield to pressure
I was not born a yielder, thou proud Scot; And thou shalt find a king that will revenge Lord Stafford's death.†
yielder = someone who surrenders
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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