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Henry IV, Part 1
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banish
11 uses
him keep with, the rest banish.
banish = expel or get rid of — especially a person from a country or 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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belie
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
his smile belied his treachery
Thou dost belie him,
belie = give a false impression of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of belie means:
to give a false impression; or be in contradiction with
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beseech
4 uses
and I beseech your Grace I may dispose of him.
beseech = to ask strongly or beg for something
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capitulate
1 use
Percy, Northumberland, Th' Archbishop's Grace of York, Douglas, and Mortimer Capitulate against us,
capitulate = stopped resisting (in this case, and joined the fight against us)
DefinitionGenerally capitulate means:
to stop resisting — especially to surrender under formal terms
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compulsion
4 uses
if reasons were as plentiful as blackberries, I would give no man a reason upon compulsion
compulsion = force
DefinitionGenerally compulsion means:
a strong (possibly uncontrollable) urge to do something; or force or a requirement that forces an action
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
and let men say we be men of good government, being governed, as the sea is, by our noble and chaste mistress the Moon, under whose countenance we steal.
countenance = face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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disdain
2 uses
Pride, haughtiness, opinion, and disdain;
disdain = a lack of respect
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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haughty
2 uses
Pride, haughtiness, opinion, and disdain;
haughtiness = arrogance; i.e., acting superior or self-important
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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intractable
1 use
thou shalt find me tractable to any honest reason
tractable = easily managed
DefinitionGenerally intractable means:
difficult in various senses:
  • of problems or disease:  difficult to solve or cure
  • of people or animals:  difficult to manage or control
  • of materials:  difficult to manipulate
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parley
2 uses
I understand thy looks: that pretty Welsh Which thou pour'st down from these swelling heavens I am too perfect in; and, but for shame, In such a parley should I answer thee.
parley = a negotiation or discussion — especially between enemies
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portent
2 uses
O, what portents are these?
portents = signs of something to come (in Shakespeare's day, more specifically referring to signs indicating the approach of evil or calamity)
DefinitionGenerally portent means:
a sign of something about to happen
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redemption   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
its main redeeming quality is...
you may redeem your banish'd honours, and restore yourselves Into the good thoughts of the world again;
redeem = to make up for something bad
DefinitionGenerally this sense of redemption means:
to make up for something bad; or to save
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2  —1 use as in:
redeem the coupon
Shall our coffers, then, be emptied to redeem a traitor home?
redeem = exchange in return for (bringing)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of redemption means:
to exchange something such as a coupon or voucher for something of value
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render
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
And that's the dearest grace it renders you,
renders = gives
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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rogue
16 uses
You rogue, here's lime in this sack too
rogue = a person who lies
DefinitionGenerally rogue means:
not normal and dangerous

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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sovereign
4 uses
Thou shalt have charge and sovereign trust herein.
sovereign = supreme (that of the King)
DefinitionGenerally sovereign means:
of a person:  a nation's ruler or head of state

of a political body:  not controlled by outside forces
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tedious
3 uses
If all the year were playing holidays,
To sport would be as tedious as to work;
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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temperate
2 uses
My blood hath been too cold and temperate,
Unapt to stir at these indignities,
And you have found me; for, accordingly,
You tread upon my patience:
temperate = mild (not extreme)
DefinitionGenerally temperate means:
lacking extremes — especially of weather, climate, or behavior
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wanton
4 uses
So much misconstrued in his wantonness.
wantonness = recklessness (thoughtless indulgence)
DefinitionGenerally wanton means:
of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and especially sexual promiscuity
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zeal
2 uses
If thou wert sensible of courtesy, I should not make so dear a show of zeal:
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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