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The Taming of the Shrew
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arrogant
1 use
O monstrous arrogance!
arrogance = an excessive sense of superiority
DefinitionGenerally arrogant means:
having an excessive sense of superiority
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askance
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Thou canst not frown, thou canst not look askance, Nor bite the lip, as angry wenches will, Nor hast thou pleasure to be cross in talk; But thou with mildness entertain'st thy wooers; With gentle conference, soft and affable.
askance = with disapproval or distrust; or directed to one side
DefinitionGenerally askance means:
with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion

or:

directed to one side — especially a sideways glance
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carouse
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Sir, I shall not be slack; in sign whereof, Please ye we may contrive this afternoon, And quaff carouses to our mistress' health; And do as adversaries do in law, Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.
carouses = having fun with others in a noisy manner while drinking alcohol
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choleric
4 uses
ourselves are choleric
choleric = easily moved to anger
DefinitionGenerally choleric means:
easily moved to anger; or characterized by anger
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daunt
1 use
Think you a little din can daunt mine ears?
daunt = discourage or intimidate
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate

(editor's note: The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without, so dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
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dissemble
2 uses
Of all thy suitors here I charge thee tell Whom thou lov'st best: see thou dissemble not.
dissemble = deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
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exeunt
25 uses
[Exeunt LUCENTIO and BIANCA.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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flout
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Her silence flouts me, and I'll be reveng'd.
flouts = openly disregards
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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forbearance
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Fiddler, forbear; you grow too forward, sir.
forbear = stop (refrain or hold back from acting)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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frivolous
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To leave frivolous circumstances, I pray you tell...
frivolous = unimportant
DefinitionGenerally frivolous means:
not serious (in 1 or both of these ways):
  • in behavior or attitude — as when acting silly or without appropriate seriousness
  • in content — as when describing something as trivial or unimportant
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importune
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Gentlemen, importune me no further, For how I firmly am resolv'd you know; That is, not to bestow my youngest daughter Before I have a husband for the elder.
importune = beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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ingenious
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Here let us breathe, and haply institute
A course of learning and ingenious studies.
ingenious = showing inventiveness and skill
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notorious
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you notorious villain!
notorious = well known for something bad
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pithy
1 use
More pleasant, pithy, and effectual
pithy = short (not taking as long)
DefinitionGenerally pithy means:
concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
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revere
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And with a low submissive reverence say 'What is it your honour will command?'
reverence = respect
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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simile
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A good swift simile, but something currish.
simile = a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as" — as in "She is as quiet as a mouse," or "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack."
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stoic
1 use
Only, good master, while we do admire
This virtue and this moral discipline,
Let's be no stoics nor...
Stoics = people who try to be unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
DefinitionGenerally stoic means:
seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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tedious
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Tedious it were to tell, and harsh to hear;
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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temperate
1 use
She is not hot, but temperate as the morn;
temperate = mild (not extreme)
DefinitionGenerally temperate means:
lacking extremes — especially of weather, climate, or behavior
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usurp
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I know the boy will well usurp the grace, voice, gait, and action, of a gentlewoman
usurp = take or seize (in this case, impersonate)
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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