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A Midsummer Night's Dream
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accord
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
when you have spoken your speech, enter into that brake; and so every one according to his cue.
according to = in keeping with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
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amorous
1 use
TITANIA Then I must be thy lady; but I know When thou hast stol'n away from fairy-land, And in the shape of Corin sat all day, Playing on pipes of corn, and versing love To amorous Phillida.†
amorous = sexual or romantic
DefinitionGenerally amorous means:
with sexual desire; or relating to sex or feelings of romantic love
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approach
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
approached the city
Beetles black, approach not near;†
approach = come near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to
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audacious
1 use
the rattling tongue of saucy and audacious eloquence
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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comprehend
2 uses
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
comprehends = understands
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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conjure
1 use
A trim exploit, a manly enterprise,
To conjure tears up in a poor maid's eyes
With your derision!
conjure = bring into existence
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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dissemble
1 use
What wicked and dissembling glass of mine Made me compare with Hermia's sphery eyne?†
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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dissent
1 use
And this same progeny of evils comes from our debate, from our dissension:
dissension = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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enmity
1 use
fear no enmity
enmity = hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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exeunt
17 uses
[Exeunt DEMETRIUS and HELENA.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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foal
1 use
I jest to Oberon, and make him smile, When I a fat and bean-fed horse beguile, Neighing in likeness of a filly foal; And sometime lurk I in a gossip's bowl, In very likeness of a roasted crab; And, when she drinks, against her lips I bob, And on her withered dewlap pour the ale.†
foal = a young horse; or giving birth to a young horse
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forgery
1 use
TITANIA These are the forgeries of jealousy: And never, since the middle summer's spring, Met we on hill, in dale, forest, or mead, By paved fountain, or by rushy brook, Or on the beached margent of the sea, To dance our ringlets to the whistling wind, But with thy brawls thou hast disturb'd our sport.†
forgeries = things that are represented as real even though they are fake; or the making of such fake items
DefinitionGenerally forgery means:
something that is represented as real even though it is a fake; or the making of such a fake item
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gambol
1 use
TITANIA Be kind and courteous to this gentleman; Hop in his walks and gambol in his eyes; Feed him with apricocks and dewberries, With purple grapes, green figs, and mulberries; The honey bags steal from the humble-bees, And, for night-tapers, crop their waxen thighs, And light them at the fiery glow-worm's eyes, To have my love to bed and to arise; And pluck the wings from painted butterflies, To fan the moonbeams from his sleeping eyes: Nod to him, elves, and do him courtesies.†
gambol = frolic (skip, leap, and/or run around in a happy, playful manner)
DefinitionGenerally gambol means:
to frolic (skip, leap, and/or run around in a happy, playful manner)
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heresy
2 uses
For, as a surfeit of the sweetest things The deepest loathing to the stomach brings; Or, as the heresies that men do leave Are hated most of those they did deceive; So thou, my surfeit and my heresy, Of all be hated, but the most of me!†
heresies = opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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impair
2 uses
THESEUS His speech was like a tangled chain; nothing impaired, but all disordered.†
impaired = make worse or less effective
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loam
2 uses
BOTTOM Some man or other must present wall: and let him have some plaster, or some loam, or some rough-cast about him, to signify wall; and let him hold his fingers thus, and through that cranny shall Pyramus and Thisby whisper.†
loam = rich soil
DefinitionGenerally loam means:
a rich soil consisting of a mixture of sand and clay and decaying organic materials
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mockery
6 uses
you mock me, gentlemen,
mock = make fun of
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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prodigious
1 use
Nor mark prodigious,
prodigious = far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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scorn
12 uses
When at your hands did I deserve this scorn?
scorn = treat with a strong lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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spurn
3 uses
I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius, The more you beat me, I will fawn on you: Use me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me, Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave, Unworthy as I am, to follow you.†
spurn = reject as not good enough
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