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Macbeth
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abhor
1 use
abhorred tyrant
abhorred = hated or detested
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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buttress
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a flying buttress
no jutty, frieze, buttress,
buttress = supporting structure
DefinitionGenerally this sense of buttress means:
an architectural feature that supports the wall of a building
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commend
3 uses
I commend your pains;
And everyone shall share i' the gains.
commend = praise
DefinitionGenerally commend means:
praise or recommend
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compunction
1 use
Stop up the access and passage to remorse,
That no compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my fell purpose
compunctious = pricking the conscience (causing the feeling that it would be wrong to do something)
DefinitionGenerally compunction means:
guilt for a misdeed; or a feeling that it would be wrong to do something
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domestic
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the domestic market
...Duncan is in his grave;
After life's fitful fever he sleeps well;
Treason has done his worst: nor steel, nor poison,
Malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing,
Can touch him further.
domestic = in the home country
DefinitionGenerally this sense of domestic means:
relating to a home country

or (much more rarely,): relating to a geographic area that is smaller than a country
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epicure
1 use
—Then fly, false thanes,
And mingle with the English epicures:
epicures = weak and decadent  (people devoted to sensual pleasures)
DefinitionGenerally epicure means:
a person who loves fine food and drink
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equivocate
6 uses
O, come in, equivocator.
equivocator = liar (who uses ambiguousness to avoid telling the truth)
DefinitionGenerally equivocate means:
to speak in a manner that does not clearly express an opinion or decision — typically in an attempt to satisfy people who want different things or to avoid making a commitment
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exeunt
31 uses
[Exeunt all except Doctor.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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function
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Its main function is to...
...Present fears
Are less than horrible imaginings.
My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,
Shakes so my single state of man, that function
Is smother'd in surmise; and nothing is
But what is not.
function = natural activity, work, or operability
DefinitionGenerally this sense of function means:
purpose, job, or natural activity
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harbinger
2 uses
Make all our trumpets speak; give them all breath,
Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death.
harbingers = indications of the approach of something
DefinitionGenerally harbinger means:
an indication of the approach of something — especially something bad
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integrity
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a person of high integrity
Macduff, this noble passion,
Child of integrity, hath from my soul
Wiped the black scruples, reconcil'd my thoughts
To thy good truth and honour.
integrity = having strong moral principles — especially honesty
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knell
3 uses
Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell
That summons thee to heaven or to hell.
knell = the sound of a bell rung slowly (especially to announce death or a funeral)
DefinitionGenerally knell means:
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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laudable
1 use
But I remember now I am in this earthly world; where to do harm is often laudable; to do good sometime accounted dangerous folly:
laudable = worthy of high praise
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mirth
2 uses
Be large in mirth;
mirth = fun (or happiness)
DefinitionGenerally mirth means:
fun and laughter
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
the obscure bird clamour'd the live-long night
obscure = not clearly seen

(editor's note:  an owl is referred to this way because it is hard to see as it flies in the night)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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perturb
1 use
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perturbation of the orbit
A great perturbation in nature,—to receive at once the benefit of sleep, and do the effects of watching—
perturbation = deviation (from the natural course of things)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perturbation means:
physics or astronomy:  a secondary influence on a system that causes it to deviate slightly
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predominant
2 uses
... Do you find
Your patience so predominant in your nature,
That you can let this go?
predominant = powerful and influential
DefinitionGenerally predominant means:
most frequent, common, or important; or having more power and influence
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reign   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
She reigned over England
—Yet my heart
Throbs to know one thing: tell me,—if your art
Can tell so much,—shall Banquo's issue ever
Reign in this kingdom?
reign = rule
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reign means:
rule (like that of a king or queen); or the time during which one ruled
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2  —1 use as in:
uncertainty reigns
...Our fears in Banquo
Stick deep; and in his royalty of nature
Reigns that which would be fear'd.
reigns = is most powerful, important, or noticeable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reign means:
to be most powerful, important, or noticeable
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repose
2 uses
Good repose the while!
repose = to rest or lie
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