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Henry VIII
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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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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
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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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 = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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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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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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forbearance
1 use
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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heed
6 uses
Thus it came; give heed to't:
heed = pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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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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obstinate
1 use
The Queen is obstinate
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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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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superfluous
1 use
purchas'd at a superfluous rate!
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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usurp
2 uses
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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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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