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A Midsummer Night's Dream
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abridge
1 use
THESEUS Say, what abridgment have you for this evening?
abridgment = shortened book; or something reduced in scope while retaining essential elements
DefinitionGenerally abridge means:
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements — especially to a book
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beguile
2 uses
How shall we beguile The lazy time, if not with some delight?
beguile = to charm someone; or to deceive — especially through charm
DefinitionGenerally beguile means:
to charm or enchant someone; or to deceive — especially through charm
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beseech
3 uses
But I beseech your grace that I may know
The worst that may befall me in this case
If I refuse to wed Demetrius.
beseech = ask or beg
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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chide
4 uses
Now I but chide, but I should use thee worse;
For thou, I fear, hast given me cause to curse.
chide = gently tell someone the did wrong
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — typically in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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Cupid
8 uses
I swear to thee by Cupid's strongest bow,
Cupid = Roman mythology:  god of love; a small, winged boy whose arrows make those struck fall in love
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deride
4 uses
To conjure tears up in a poor maid's eyes with your derision!
derision = treatment as inferior and unworthy of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
How shall we find the concord of this discord?
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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discourse
4 uses
I am to discourse wonders
discourse = speak (of)
DefinitionGenerally discourse means:
a serious speech, writing, or conversation on a particular topic
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disdain
2 uses
in love with a disdainful youth
disdainful = lacking respect
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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doting
9 uses
The juice of it on sleeping eyelids laid
Will make or man or woman madly dote
Upon the next live creature that it sees.
dote = love excessively
DefinitionGenerally doting means:
demonstrating love and uncritical affection
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entreat
5 uses
If she cannot entreat, I can compel.
entreat = persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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flout
2 uses
Is't not enough, is't not enough, young man, That I did never, no, nor never can Deserve a sweet look from Demetrius' eye, But you must flout my insufficiency?
flout = openly disregard
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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loathe
4 uses
O, how mine eyes do loathe his visage now!
loathe = detest or intensely dislike
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mirth
5 uses
Where is our usual manager of mirth?
mirth = fun and laughter
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Monsieur
11 uses
Where's Monsieur Mustardseed?
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to:  "Mr." in English

or:

French equivalent to: "sir" in English (a polite way to address a male)
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mortal
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
mortal body
Lord, what fools these mortals be!
mortals = humans
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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revel
5 uses
But I will wed thee in another key,
With pomp, with triumph, and with revelling.
revelling = to take delight in; or to party
DefinitionGenerally revel means:
to take delight in

or:

to party — especially in a noisy way
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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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tedious
5 uses
O weary night, O long and tedious night, Abate thy hours!
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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wither
3 uses
But earthlier happy is the rose distill'd
Than that which, withering on the virgin thorn,
Grows, lives, and dies, in single blessedness.
withering = shriveling (wrinkling, contracting, and drying out from age)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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