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Henry VIII
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amity
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His fears were, that the interview betwixt England and France might, through their amity, Breed him some prejudice; for from this league Peep'd harms that menac'd him.
amity = a state of friendly relations
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approbation
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And for me, I have no further gone in this than by A single voice; and that not pass'd me but By learned approbation of the judges.
approbation = approval
DefinitionGenerally approbation means:
approval - often official
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calumny
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] I humbly thank your Highness; And am right glad to catch this good occasion Most throughly to be winnowed, where my chaff And corn shall fly asunder; for, I know, There's none stands under more calumnious tongues Than I myself, poor man.
calumnious = false accusation against a person
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choleric
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Stay, my lord, And let your reason with your choler question What 'tis you go about.
choler = easily moved to anger; or characterized by anger
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commendation
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You were ever good at sudden commendations, Bishop of Winchester.
commendations = official awards; or a messages expressing praise
DefinitionGenerally commendation means:
an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement

or:

a message expressing praise
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contempt
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1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards him
Turn me away; and let the foul'st contempt
Shut door upon me, and ...
contempt = act of hatred and disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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exeunt
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[Exeunt with trumpets.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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forbearance
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Forbear, for shame, my lords.
forbear = refrain (hold back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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forthwith
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The Queen shall be acquainted Forthwith for what you come.
forthwith = immediately
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indifferent
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no judge indifferent
indifferent = unbiased (without interest)
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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intractable
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tractable obedience
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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knell
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When he was brought again to the bar, to hear His knell rung out, his judgment, he was stirr'd With such an agony, he sweat extremely, And something spoke in choler, ill, and hasty.
knell = the sound of a bell rung slowly — especially to announce death or a funeral

or:

announcing the demise or end of something
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liege
4 uses
I can, 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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obstinate
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The Queen is obstinate
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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perfidy
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the French would prove perfidious
perfidious = not trustworthy (prone to intentional betrayal)
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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pernicious
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All the commons Hate him perniciously, and, o' my conscience, Wish him ten fathom deep.
perniciously = harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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prodigal
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My noble gossips, ye have been too prodigal.
prodigal = recklessly 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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prudent
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The king your father was reputed for
A prince most prudent, of an excellent
And unmatched wit and judgment.
prudent = sensible and careful
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superfluous
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purchas'd at a superfluous rate!
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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usurp
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The usurper Richard
usurper = one who seizes or takes control without authority
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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