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The Merry Wives of Windsor
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affectation
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Why, it is affectations.
affectations = things done in an artificial way to make an impression
DefinitionGenerally affectation means:
behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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choleric
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Sheathe thy impatience; throw cold water on thy choler; go about the fields with me through Frogmore; I will bring thee where Mistress Anne Page is, at a farm-house a-feasting; and thou shalt woo her.
choler = easily moved to anger; or characterized by anger
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commendation
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But I have another messenger to your worship: Mistress Page hath her hearty commendations to you too; and let me tell you in your ear, she's as fartuous a civil modest wife, and one, I tell you, that will not miss you morning nor evening prayer, as any is in Windsor, whoe'er be the other; and she bade me tell your worship that her husband is seldom from home, but she hopes there will come a time.
commendations = official awards; or a messages expressing praise
DefinitionGenerally commendation means:
an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement

or:

a message expressing praise
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dissemble
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You dissembling knight!
dissembling = deceiving (hiding or disguising the truth without outright lying)
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
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egress
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My hand, bully; thou shalt have egress and regress; said I well? and thy name shall be Brook.
egress = exit (departure from)
DefinitionGenerally egress means:
to exit
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emulate
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I see how thine eye would emulate the diamond;
emulate = imitate (copy)
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eschew
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What cannot be eschew'd must be embrac'd.
eschew'd = avoid and stay away from deliberately
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exeunt
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[Exeunt CAIUS and RUGBY.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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frugal
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I was then frugal of my mirth:
frugal = avoiding waste
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heresy
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him that was of late an 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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importune
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Have you importuned her to such a purpose?
importuned = begged
DefinitionGenerally importune means:
beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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instigate
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at his heels a rabble of his companions, thither provoked and instigated by his distemper,
instigated = set into motion
DefinitionGenerally instigate means:
start or set into motion — typically some kind of conflict
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mockery
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I shall be rather praised for this than mocked;
mocked = made fun of
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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obsequious
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I see you are obsequious in your love,
obsequious = excessively eager to flatter or serve
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perplex
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Here, Master Doctor, in perplexity and doubtful dilemma.
perplexity = confusion due to complexity
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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prodigal
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'tis painted about with the story of the Prodigal,
prodigal = the commonly referenced Christian parable, The Prodigal Son

Editor's notes:
  • A parable is a story told to teach a moral lesson
  • The Prodigal Son is about extreme forgiveness.
  • This is a common usage of prodigal; though it more generally refers to anyone (not just the Prodigal Son) who is recklessly wasteful; or perhaps long absent.
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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remorse
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The rogues slighted me into the river with as little remorse as...
remorse = feeling of regret
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
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resolute
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SLENDER
... I will marry her; that
I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely.

SIR HUGH EVANS
It is a fery discretion answer; save the fall is in
the ort 'dissolutely:' the ort is, according to our
meaning, 'resolutely.' his meaning is good.
resolutely = with firm purpose or belief

(editor's note:  Slender meant to say the missing word when he said dissolutely.)
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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ruminate
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then she plots, then she ruminates, then she devises;
ruminates = thinks again and again about something
DefinitionGenerally ruminate means:
to think again and again about something
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specious
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but speciously for Master Fenton
speciously = seemingly good, but without merit
DefinitionGenerally specious means:
seemingly good, but without merit

or:

insincere, but seemingly good
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