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Henry IV, Part 2
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Agamemnon
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Alas, poor ape, how thou sweatest! come, let me wipe thy face; come on, you whoreson chops: ah, rogue! i' faith, I love thee: thou art as valorous as Hector of Troy, worth five of Agamemnon, and ten times better than the Nine Worthies: ah, villain!
Agamemnon = Greek mythology:  the king who lead the Greeks against Troy in the Trojan War
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brevity
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] "I will imitate the honourable Romans in brevity:" he sure means brevity in breath, short-winded.
brevity = the use of just a few words; or lasting a short time
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choleric
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Good Captain Peesel, be quiet; 'tis very late, i' faith: I beseek you now, aggravate your choler.
choler = easily moved to anger; or characterized by anger
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desist
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When we mean to build, We first survey the plot, then draw the model; And when we see the figure of the house, Then we must rate the cost of the erection; Which if we find outweighs ability, What do we then but draw anew the model In fewer offices, or at least desist To build at all?
desist = to not do something
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discern
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I could discern no part of his face from the window:
discern = see (something hard to see)
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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doleful
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Then death rock me asleep, abridge my doleful days!
doleful = full of sadness
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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exeunt
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[Exeunt all but Falstaff.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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forbearance
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canst thou not forbear me half an hour?
forbear = endure (refrain from acting)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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impute
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If I had a suit to Master Shallow, I would humour his men with the imputation of being near their master: if to his men, I would curry with Master Shallow that no man could better command his servants.
imputation = accusation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impute means:
attribute (to say one thing is the cause of another—often to blame and often wrongly)

or:

believe something to have a characteristic; or assign a value to something
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incessant
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The incessant care and labor of his mind
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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lethargic
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a kind of lethargy
lethargy = a state with a lack of energy
DefinitionGenerally lethargic means:
lacking energy
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liege
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We have, 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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magnanimous
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Well said, good woman's tailor! well said, courageous Feeble! thou wilt be as valiant as the wrathful dove or most magnanimous mouse.
magnanimous = kind and generous in spirit
DefinitionGenerally magnanimous means:
kind and generous in spirit — especially toward those defeated in battle
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obdurate
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By this hand, thou thinkest me as far in the devil's book as thou and Falstaff for obduracy and persistency: let the end try the man.
obduracy = stubborn persistence — especially in wrongdoing

or more rarely (except in classic literature):

showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
DefinitionGenerally obdurate means:
stubbornly persistent — especially in wrongdoing

or more rarely (except in classic literature):

showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
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ostentatious
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and keeping such vile company as thou art hath in reason taken from me all ostentation of sorrow.
ostentation = outward appearance
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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parley
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Well, by my will we shall admit no parley.
parley = a negotiation or discussion — especially between enemies
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peruse
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that we may peruse the men
peruse = examine or consider with attention
DefinitionGenerally peruse means:
to read or examine
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prodigal
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the story of the Prodigal
prodigal = the commonly referenced Christian parable, The Prodigal Son

Editor's notes:
  • A parable is a story told to teach a moral lesson
  • The Prodigal Son is about extreme forgiveness.
  • This is a common usage of prodigal; though it more generally refers to anyone (not just the Prodigal Son) who is recklessly wasteful; or perhaps long absent.
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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superfluous
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It were superfluous
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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usurp
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a witness'd usurpation
usurpation = taking control by force
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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