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Henry VIII
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abhor
2 uses
I abhor this dilatory sloth
abhor = hate or detest
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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allege
2 uses
He pleaded still not guilty and alleged many sharp reasons...
alleged = asserted (said) without proof
DefinitionGenerally allege means:
claim (asserted without proof)
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archbishop
13 uses
Enter Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury.
archbishop = a bishop of highest rank (in charge of other bishops and churches)
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beseech
8 uses
I do beseech your Grace, for charity,
If ever any malice in your heart
Were hid against me, now to forgive me frankly.
beseech = to ask strongly or beg for something
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censure
2 uses
wag his tongue in censure
censure = criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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commend
4 uses
the King's Majesty commends his good opinion of you
commends = expresses (a favorable opinion — possibly in a message)
DefinitionGenerally commend means:
praise or recommend
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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a contrary idea
A loyal and obedient subject is
Therein illustrate: The honour of it
Does pay the act of it, as i' the contrary,
The foulness is the punishment.
contrary = opposite

(editor's note:  BookCaps Study Guides translates this as:  "A loyal and obedient subject: the reward of loyalty is the honor of being loyal; and equally, being disloyal is punishment in itself.")
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrary means:
different (perhaps opposite or mutually exclusive)
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2  —1 use as in:
on the contrary
The King's attorney on the contrary urged on the examinations, proofs, confessions of...
on the contrary = in opposition to what was just said
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3  —1 use as in:
to the contrary
...If they shall chance,
In charging you with matters, to commit you,
The best persuasions to the contrary
Fail not to use, and with what vehemency
The occasion shall instruct you.
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of to the contrary means:
with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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coronation
6 uses
There's order given for her coronation.
coronation = the ceremony of installing a new monarch (in this case, a queen)
DefinitionGenerally coronation means:
the ceremony of installing a new monarch (new king or queen)
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disdain
2 uses
The Cardinal in his passage fixeth his eye on Buckingham, and Buckingham on him, both full of disdain.
disdain = a lack of respect (for the other)
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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entreat
6 uses
I humbly do entreat your Highness' pardon; My haste made me unmannerly.
entreat = ask
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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heresy
3 uses
I know he is, they know he is, A most arch heretic
heretic = someone with opinions or actions most people consider immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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integrity
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a person of high integrity
There's some of ye, I see, more out of malice than integrity, would try him to the utmost,
integrity = strong moral principles
DefinitionGenerally this sense of integrity means:
having strong moral principles — especially honesty
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malicious
17 uses
More out of malice than integrity,
malice = wanting to see others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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pious
2 uses
And is not this course pious?
pious = moral or reflecting religious principle
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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pretense
2 uses
the pretence for this is...
pretence = an appearance to help one pretend (in this case something said)
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
an appearance or action to help one pretend
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revere
3 uses
Deserve we no more reverence?
reverence = respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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sovereign
6 uses
I Arrest thee of high treason, in the name of our most sovereign king.
sovereign = supreme (the highest power — not controlled by outside forces)
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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zeal
3 uses
Had I but serv'd my God with half the zeal
I serv'd my king, He would not in mine age
Have left me naked to mine enemies.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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