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allay
2 uses
I say again, there is no English soul More stronger to direct you than yourself, If with the sap of reason you would quench, Or but allay, the fire of passion.†
allay = reduce the intensity of or calm
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bestow
5 uses
'tis the Cardinal; And merely to revenge him on the Emperor For not bestowing on him, at his asking, The archbishopric of Toledo, this is purpos'd.†
bestowing = giving
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
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calumny
1 use
] 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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chattel
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Lord Cardinal, the King's further pleasure is, Because all those things you have done of late By your power legatine within this kingdom, Fall into the compass of a praemunire, That therefore such a writ be sued against you; To forfeit all your goods, lands, tenements, Chattels, and whatsoever, and to be Out of the King's protection.†
chattels = things that are tangible and owned
DefinitionGenerally chattel means:
owned property (in law, tangible property other than real estate)
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chronicle
2 uses
If I am Traduc'd by ignorant tongues, which neither know My faculties nor person, yet will be The chronicles of my doing, let me say 'tis but the fate of place, and the rough brake That virtue must go through.†
chronicles = a record of events (typically written) or the act of recording or telling of the events
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dilatory
1 use
] I may perceive These Cardinals trifle with me; I abhor This dilatory sloth and tricks of Rome.†
dilatory = slow; or causing delay
DefinitionGenerally dilatory means:
slow; or causing or tending to delay things
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exeunt
24 uses
[Exeunt with trumpets.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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forsake
3 uses
Sweet partner, I must not yet forsake you; let's be merry.†
forsake = abandon or give up on
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
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forthwith
2 uses
The Queen shall be acquainted Forthwith for what you come.†
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
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grievous
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I have, and most unwillingly, of late Heard many grievous, I do say, my lord, Grievous complaints of you; which, being consider'd, Have mov'd us and our council, that you shall This morning come before us; where, I know, You cannot with such freedom purge yourself But that, till further trial in those charges Which will require your answer, you must take Your patience to you, and be well contented To make your house our Tower.†
grievous = very serious; or very bad
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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indifferent
1 use
no judge indifferent
indifferent = unbiased (without interest)
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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notwithstanding
1 use
I presume That, as my hand has open'd bounty to you, My heart dropp'd love, my pow'r rain'd honour, more On you than any, so your hand and heart, Your brain, and every function of your power, Should, notwithstanding that your bond of duty, As 'twere in love's particular, be more To me, your friend, than any.†
notwithstanding = in spite of; or in spite of the thing just mentioned (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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perish
3 uses
I shall perish Under device and practice.†
perish = die, be destroyed, or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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pernicious
2 uses
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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prophecy
3 uses
That was he That fed him with his prophecies?†
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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prudent
1 use
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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shrewd
2 uses
As far as I see, all the good our English Have got by the late voyage is but merely A fit or two o' the face; but they are shrewd ones; For when they hold 'em, you would swear directly Their very noses had been counsellors To Pepin or Clotharius, they keep state so.†
shrewd = smart
DefinitionGenerally shrewd means:
smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
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taint
1 use
Well, the voice goes, madam: For after the stout Earl Northumberland Arrested him at York, and brought him forward, As a man sorely tainted, to his answer, He fell sick suddenly, and grew so ill He could not sit his mule.†
tainted = spoiled or contaminated
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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trifle with   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
trifle with her affections
] I may perceive These Cardinals trifle with me; I abhor This dilatory sloth and tricks of Rome.†
trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
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2  —1 use as in:
a trifling matter
Come, lords, we trifle time away; I long To have this young one made a Christian.†
trifle = something of small importance; or a small quantity
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