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Twelfth Night
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abhor
2 uses
'tis a colour she abhors
abhors = hates or detests
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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adverse
1 use
...and foamy mouth Did I redeem; a wreck past hope he was: His life I gave him, and did thereto add My love, without retention or restraint, All his in dedication: for his sake, Did I expose myself, pure for his love, Into the danger of this adverse town; Drew to defend him when he was beset: Where being apprehended, his false cunning,— Not meaning to partake with me in danger,— Taught him to face me out of his acquaintance, And grew a twenty-years-removed thing While one would wink;...
adverse = working against one's interests
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bestow
5 uses
I saw your niece do more favours to the count's servingman than ever she bestowed upon me;
bestowed = gave (as a gift)
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
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cunning
5 uses
his false cunning
cunning = skillful in achieving goals by outmaneuvering others through deception and cleverness
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
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dissemble
3 uses
Well, I'll put it on, and I will dissemble myself in it;
dissemble = disguise
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
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divine
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
we will hear this divinity.
divinity = supernatural (god-like) being
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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entreat
3 uses
entreat him to a peace
entreat = ask or attempt to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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forbearance
1 use
I can hardly forbear hurling things at him.
forbear = refrain (hold back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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impetuous
1 use
his rage, skill, fury, and impetuosity.
impetuosity = impulsiveness (the trait of acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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laudable
1 use
and you are now sailed into the north of my lady's opinion; where you will hang like an icicle on Dutchman's beard, unless you do redeem it by some laudable attempt either of valour or policy.
laudable = worthy of high praise
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malicious
2 uses
and yet, by the very fangs of malice I swear, I am not that I play.
malice = the desire to hurt others or see them suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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melancholy
4 uses
he will smile upon her, which will now be so unsuitable to her disposition, being addicted to a melancholy as she is
melancholy = sadness
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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negligent
2 uses
what my offence to him is; it is something of my negligence, nothing of my purpose.
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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notorious
4 uses
Madam, you have done me wrong, Notorious wrong.
notorious = well known and bad
DefinitionGenerally notorious means:
well known for something bad
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prodigal
1 use
Ay, but he'll have but a year in all these ducats; he's a very fool, and a prodigal.
prodigal = someone who is recklessly wasteful

(editor's note:  a ducat is a type of gold coin once used as currency)
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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reprove
3 uses
There's something in me that reproves my fault;
reproves = criticizes
DefinitionGenerally reprove means:
to express disapproval of one's actions to them
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rogue
7 uses
Thou kill'st me like a rogue and a villain.
rogue = a deceitful, unprincipled person
DefinitionGenerally rogue means:
not normal and dangerous

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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usurp
3 uses
you do usurp yourself, for what is yours to bestow is not yours to reserve.
usurp = steal from (seize from)
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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valor
8 uses
I have heard of some kind of men that put quarrels purposely on others to taste their valour.
valour = courage when facing danger — especially in battle
DefinitionGenerally valor means:
exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
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wanton
2 uses
They that dally nicely with words may quickly make them wanton.
wanton = something bad (in this case, making whores of the words)
DefinitionGenerally wanton means:
of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and especially sexual promiscuity
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