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King Lear
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amity
2 uses
How in one house
Should many people, under two commands,
Hold amity?
amity = a state of friendly relations
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antipathy
1 use
No contraries hold more antipathy Than I and such a knave.
antipathy = strong dislike

(editor's note: No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this as:  "I couldn't hate that jerk over there any more than I do.")
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auspicious
1 use
Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out,
Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon
To stand auspicious mistress,
auspicious = favorable; or suggestive of good things to come

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this as: "He was standing here in the dark with his sword pointing at me. He was mumbling some black magic spells, appealing to the moon to help him in his evil plans.")
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beseech
8 uses
I beseech you, sir, pardon me.
beseech = ask strongly or beg
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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censure
3 uses
to censure them
censure = criticize
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 him
Turn all her mother's pains and benefits
To laughter and contempt; that she may feel
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child!
contempt = dislike 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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contentious
1 use
this contentious storm
contentious = argumentative or likely to cause disagreement
DefinitionGenerally contentious means:
causing or likely to cause disagreement; or argumentative
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
Found you no displeasure in him by word or countenance?
countenance = facial expression

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this line as:  "Did he express any dissatisfaction with you, either in his words or his face?")
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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credulous
1 use
A credulous father!
credulous = too willing to believe
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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diligent
3 uses
If your diligence be not speedy, I shall be there afore you.
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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disposition
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a kind disposition
I now perceive it was not altogether your brother's evil disposition made him seek his death;
disposition = normal mood or personality
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood or personality
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entreat
7 uses
neither to speak of him, entreat for him, nor any way sustain him.
entreat = ask or attempt to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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forbearance
4 uses
Dear sir, forbear!
forbear = refrain (hold back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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herald
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
announced by herald & trumpet
Enter a herald.
herald = a person whose job is to announce important news
DefinitionGenerally this sense of herald means:
a person who announces important news — especially a king's representative
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malicious
2 uses
How malicious is my fortune, that I must repent to be just!
malicious = wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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negligent
2 uses
Put on what weary negligence you please,
You and your fellow servants. I'll have it come to question.
negligence = insufficient care or attention
DefinitionGenerally negligent means:
insufficient care or attention (not being careful enough or not trying hard enough to fulfill a responsibility)
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scarcity
7 uses
I am scarce in breath, my lord.
scarce = barely (an amount that is less than desired)
DefinitionGenerally scarcity means:
shortage (an amount that is less than desired)
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superfluous
2 uses
Our basest beggars are in the poorest thing superfluous.
superfluous = (having) more than is needed (in this case, having some meager possessions they don't absolutely need to survive)
DefinitionGenerally superfluous means:
more than is needed, desired, or required
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sustain
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sustained by her faith
When I desired their leave that I might pity him, they took from me the use of mine own house; charged me on pain of perpetual displeasure, neither to speak of him, entreat for him, nor any way sustain him.
sustain = provide support
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
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usurp
2 uses
My fool usurps my body.
usurps = takes control of

(editor's note:  She is referring to her husband when she says My fool.)
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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