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The Tempest
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abhor
1 use
abhorred slave
abhorred = hated or detested
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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austere
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If I have too austerely punish'd you, your compensation makes amends:
austerely = sternly
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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exeunt
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[Exeunt SEBASTIAN and ANTONIO]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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extirpate
1 use
This King of Naples, being an enemy
To me inveterate, hearkens my brother's suit;
Which was, that he, in lieu o' the premises
Of homage and I know not how much tribute,
Should presently extirpate me and mine
Out of the dukedom, and...
extirpate = completely remove
DefinitionGenerally extirpate means:
to completely remove, eliminate, or destroy
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fortitude
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Thou wast that did preserve me. Thou didst smile,
Infused with a fortitude from heaven,
When I have deck'd the sea with drops full salt,
fortitude = strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage

(editor's note:  "deck'd the sea with drops full of salt," is a way of saying that he cried salty tears that fell into the sea.)
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grave
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All hail, great master! Grave sir, hail!
grave = respected or important (weighty)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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ignoble
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To give him annual tribute, do him homage;
Subject his coronet to his crown, and bend
The dukedom, yet unbow'd—alas, poor Milan!—
To most ignoble stooping.
ignoble = completely lacking nobility in character
DefinitionGenerally ignoble means:
completely lacking nobility in character, quality or purpose
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inveterate
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being an enemy to me inveterate
inveterate = of long standing (for a long time)
DefinitionGenerally inveterate means:
habitual; or something of long standing
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mockery
4 uses
Lo, how he mocks me!
mocks = makes fun of
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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odious
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...This my mean task
Would be as heavy to me as odious; but
The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead,
And makes my labours pleasures:
odious = unpleasant, disgusting, or dislikable
DefinitionGenerally odious means:
extremely unpleasant, disgusting, or dislikable
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paragon
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Tunis was never graced before with such a paragon to their queen.
paragon = an ideal instance
DefinitionGenerally paragon means:
an ideal instance; or model of excellence
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penitent
1 use
they being penitent,
penitent = feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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salutation
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they dance about it with gentle actions of salutation;
salutation = greeting or welcome
DefinitionGenerally salutation means:
a greeting — such as "Hi",  "Dear John:", or "Ladies and Gentlemen"

or:

the act of greeting
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sloth
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...Ebbing men indeed,
Most often, do so near the bottom run
By their own fear or sloth.
sloth = an unwillingness to work or exert oneself

(editor's note:  In this context, ebbing is a synonym for declining or unsuccessful.)
DefinitionGenerally sloth means:
laziness (an unwillingness to work or exert oneself)

or:

a type of animal that seldom moves and is typically very slow when it does move
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solemn
5 uses
The solemn temples
solemn = serious and dignified
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
very serious—and often dignified
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temperate
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Come, temperate nymphs, and help to celebrate a contract of true love:
temperate = gentle (mild — not extreme)
DefinitionGenerally temperate means:
lacking extremes — especially of weather, climate, or behavior
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torment
8 uses
Do not torment me:
torment = cause great mental or physical suffering
DefinitionGenerally torment means:
to cause or to experience great mental or physical suffering
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usurp
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Thou dost here usurp the name thou ownest not;
usurp = seize or take control without authority
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wanton
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some wanton charm upon this man and maid
wanton = of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and especially sexual promiscuity
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zenith
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I find my zenith doth depend upon...
zenith = the highest point (in this case, as a metaphor)
DefinitionGenerally zenith means:
the highest point - physically or as a metaphor
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