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Othello, the Moor of Venice
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abhor
3 uses
abhor the Moor
abhor = hate or detest
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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beguile
5 uses
So let the Turk of Cyprus us beguile;
beguile = charm and/or deceive
DefinitionGenerally beguile means:
to charm or enchant someone; or to deceive — especially through charm
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belie
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
his smile belied his treachery
Thou dost belie her
belie = give a false impression of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of belie means:
to give a false impression; or be in contradiction with
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beseech
13 uses
I humbly do beseech you of your pardon
For too much loving you.
beseech = beg
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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censure
3 uses
...To you, lord governor,
Remains the censure of this hellish villain;
The time, the place, the torture. O, enforce it!
censure = harsh or formal criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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chide
5 uses
She puts her tongue a little in her heart,
And chides with thinking.
chides = tells someone they have done wrong
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — typically in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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cunning
6 uses
I will be found most cunning in my patience;
cunning = cleverly tricky
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
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discern
2 uses
What from the cape can you discern at sea?
discern = see or understand
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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divine   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
The divine Desdemona
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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2  —1 use as in:
divined through intuition
Something from Cyprus, as I may divine:
divine = guess (discover through intuition or reflection)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
to discover something — usually through intuition or reflection
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entreat
6 uses
I do entreat that we may sup together:
entreat = ask
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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forbearance
2 uses
with the little godliness I have, I did full hard forbear him.
forbear = stop (keep him from acting)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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forsake
3 uses
she forsook so many noble matches, Her father, and her country, and her friends,
forsook = abandoned or gave up on
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
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importune
4 uses
go and importune her.
importune = beg persistently and urgently
DefinitionGenerally importune means:
beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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malicious
5 uses
what malice was between you?
malice = ill will (wanting to see others suffer)
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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mandate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a legal mandate
I obey the mandate
mandate = instruction that must be followed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mandate means:
an instruction that must be followed; or to command
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negligent
2 uses
she let it drop by negligence,
negligence = insufficient care or attention
DefinitionGenerally negligent means:
insufficient care or attention (not being careful enough or not trying hard enough to fulfill a responsibility)
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notwithstanding
1 use
Cassio:
Iago hath direction what to do;
But, notwithstanding, with my personal eye
Will I look to't.
notwithstanding = despite what was just said (in this case, even though Iago knows what do, Cassio says he will see that it's done.)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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pernicious
2 uses
If he say so, may his pernicious soul rot half a grain a day!
pernicious = something spreading great harm in a gradual or subtle way
DefinitionGenerally pernicious means:
harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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wanton
3 uses
Oh, 'tis the spite of hell, the fiend's arch-mock,
To lip a wanton in a secure couch,
And to suppose her chaste. No, let me know,
wanton = someone who indulges in sexual promiscuity
DefinitionGenerally wanton means:
of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and especially sexual promiscuity
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