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Much Ado About Nothing
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amorous
2 uses
Sure my brother is amorous on Hero, and hath withdrawn her father to break with him about it.
amorous = sexual or romantic
DefinitionGenerally amorous means:
with sexual desire; or relating to sex or feelings of romantic love
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commendation
2 uses
Why, i' faith, methinks she's too low for a high praise, too brown for a fair praise, and too little for a great praise; only this commendation I can afford her, that were she other than she is, she were unhandsome, and being no other but as she is, I do not like her.
commendation = an official award; or a message 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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contemptible
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the man,—as you know all,—hath a contemptible spirit.
contemptible = very bad (deserving no respect)
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depravity
1 use
That lie and cog and flout, deprave and slander,
deprave = make immoral or evil
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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endure
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
endured the pain
For there was never yet philosopher
That could endure the toothache patiently,
endure = suffer through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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enigma
1 use
Your answer, sir, is enigmatical:
enigmatical = mysterious and seemingly unexplainable
DefinitionGenerally enigma means:
something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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epitaph
2 uses
Your daughter here the princes left for dead; Let her awhile be secretly kept in, And publish it that she is dead indeed: Maintain a mourning ostentation; nd on your family's old monument Hang mournful epitaphs and do all rites That appertain unto a burial.
epitaphs = short texts in memory of dead people
DefinitionGenerally epitaph means:
a short text in memory of a dead person — especially text written on a tombstone
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exeunt
30 uses
[Exeunt HERO and URSULA.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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expedient
1 use
therefore is it most expedient for the wise ... to be the trumpet of his own virtues,
expedient = practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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fetter
1 use
But there is no such man; for, brother, men
Can counsel and speak comfort to that grief
...
Would...
Fetter strong madness in a silken thread,
Charm ache with air and agony with words.
fetter = restrain (shackle)
DefinitionGenerally fetter means:
to restrain or hinder

or more archaically:

a shackle for the ankles
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flout
7 uses
'I measure him,' says she, 'by my own spirit; for I should flout him, if he writ to me; yea, though I love him, I should.'
flout = openly disregard
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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obstinate
1 use
Thou wast ever an obstinate heretic...
obstinate = stubborn
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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ostentatious
1 use
And publish it that she is dead indeed.
Maintain a mourning ostentation,
And on your family's old monument
Hang mournful epitaphs and do all rites
That appertain unto a burial.
ostentation = actions intended to attract notice
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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perjury
2 uses
Thou seest that all the grace that she hath left Is that she will not add to her damnation A sin of perjury: she not denies it.
perjury = the criminal offense of telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth
DefinitionGenerally perjury means:
the criminal offense of telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth — such as when testifying in a court trial
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
In most profound earnest; and, I'll warrant you, for the love of Beatrice.
profound = intense or emotional deep
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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recluse
1 use
And if it sort not well, you may conceal her,
As best befits her wounded reputation,
In some reclusive and religious life,
Out of all eyes, tongues, minds, and injuries.
reclusive = withdrawn from society
DefinitionGenerally recluse means:
someone withdrawn from society (living alone and avoiding contact)
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reconcile
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reconciled their differences
being reconciled to the prince your brother, I owe you all duty.
reconciled = brought into agreement (on the same side without argument)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reconcile means:
to bring into agreement

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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reprove
1 use
'tis so, I cannot reprove it; and wise, but for loving me:
reprove = criticize
DefinitionGenerally reprove means:
to express disapproval of one's actions to them
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wanton
1 use
Not to be married,
Not to knit my soul to an approved wanton.
wanton = sexually promiscuous woman

(editor's note:  at the time, approved,  was a way of saying proved or proven)
DefinitionGenerally wanton means:
of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and especially sexual promiscuity
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zeal
1 use
Intend a kind of zeal both to the Prince and Claudio,
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm

(editor's note:  today, this use of intend, would be better replaced by pretend)
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