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The Winter's Tale
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advocate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an advocate
If she dares trust me with her little babe,
I'll show't the king, and undertake to be
Her advocate to th' loud'st. ...
advocate = person who speaks out in support
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
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ballad
11 uses
This is a merry ballad;
ballad = a song (or poem) that tells a story
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1st useScene 4.4
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beseech
18 uses
I humbly beseech you, sir, to pardon me all the faults I have committed to your worship,
beseech = to ask strongly or beg for something
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1st useScene 1.1
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commend
5 uses
Commend my best obedience to the queen;
commend = express a favorable opinion of
DefinitionGenerally commend means:
praise or recommend
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1st useScene 3.2
contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards him
A lip of much contempt, speeds from me;
contempt = disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a contrary idea
My lord should to the heavens be contrary,
Oppose against their wills.
contrary = different (doing something other than what the heavens would dictate)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrary means:
different (perhaps opposite or mutually exclusive)
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2  —1 use as in:
contrary to
Hermione, queen to the worthy Leontes, king of Sicilia, thou art here accused and arraigned of high treason, in committing adultery with Polixenes, king of Bohemia; and conspiring with Camillo to take away the life of our sovereign lord the king, thy royal husband: the pretence whereof being by circumstances partly laid open, thou, Hermione, contrary to the faith and allegiance of true subject, didst counsel and aid them, for their better safety, to fly away by night.
contrary to = in opposition to
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3  —2 uses as in:
to the contrary
The king hath on him such a countenance
As he had lost some province, and a region
Lov'd as he loves himself; even now I met him
With customary compliment; when he,
Wafting his eyes to the contrary, and falling
A lip of much contempt, speeds from me;
So leaves me to consider what is breeding
That changes thus his manners.
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of to the contrary means:
with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
The king hath on him such a countenance
As he had lost some province...
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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disdain
1 use
Yet nature might have made me as these are, Therefore I will not disdain.
disdain = show a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 4.4
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
For has not the divine Apollo said,
divine = wonderful (god-like)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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doleful
2 uses
I love a ballad but even too well, if it be doleful matter merrily set down, or a very pleasant thing indeed and sung lamentably.
doleful = full of sadness
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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entreat
4 uses
To satisfy your highness, and the entreaties of our most gracious mistress.
entreaties = requests
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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1st useScene 1.2
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forbearance
2 uses
Either forbear, quit presently the chapel, or resolve you for more amazement.
forbear = stop (refrain from acting)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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integrity
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a person of high integrity
mine integrity, being counted falsehood,
integrity = moral principle of honesty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of integrity means:
having strong moral principles — especially honesty
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1st useScene 3.2
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lament
3 uses
whose loss of his most precious queen and children are even now to be afresh lamented.
lamented = grieved or mourned
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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1st useScene 4.2
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negligent
5 uses
My gracious lord, I may be negligent, foolish, and fearful;
In every one of these no man is free,
negligent = guilty of 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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penitent
4 uses
...no fault could you make,
Which you have not redeem'd; indeed, paid down
More penitence than done trespass: at the last,
Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil;
With them forgive yourself.
penitence = remorse (sorrow) for misdeeds
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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sovereign
5 uses
conspiring with Camillo to take away the life of our sovereign lord the king,
sovereign = a nation's ruler or head of state
DefinitionGenerally sovereign means:
of a person:  a nation's ruler or head of state

of a political body:  not controlled by outside forces
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trifle with
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a trifling matter
She prizes not such trifles as these are:
trifles = things of small importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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1st useScene 2.3
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