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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Extra Credit Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

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affectation
1 use
no ... phrase that might indite the author of affectation;
affectation = trying to show off (in this case by writing in an artificial way)

(editor's note:  Today indite is spelled indict.)
DefinitionGenerally affectation means:
behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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beckon
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  It beckons you to go away with it,
  As if it some impartment did desire
  To you alone.
beckons = calls (to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod)
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to call — typically to ask or tell someone to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod of the head
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conjecture
1 use
Twere good she were spoken with; for she may strew
Dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds.
conjectures = conclusions or opinions
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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Denmark
23 uses
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Denmark = Today, officially known as "The Kingdom of Denmark"; a constitutional monarchy in the Scandinavian region of northern Europe which was at one time the home of Viking raiding parties and is today a member of the EU and NATO
DefinitionGenerally Denmark means:
officially The Kingdom of Denmark; a constitutional monarchy in the Scandinavian region of northern Europe which was at one time the home of Viking raiding parties and is today a member of the EU and NATO
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diligent
1 use
I will receive it with all diligence of spirit.
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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exeunt
36 uses
[Exeunt all but Hamlet.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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fetter
1 use
Arm you, I pray you, to this speedy voyage;
For we will fetters put upon this fear,
Which now goes too free-footed.
fetters = shackles (chains to bind the ankles)
DefinitionGenerally fetter means:
to restrain or hinder

or more archaically:

a shackle for the ankles
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impetuous
1 use
impetuous haste
impetuous = impulsive (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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indifferent
4 uses
I am myself indifferent honest
indifferent = neutral (without interest in other than the truth)
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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ingenious
1 use
thy most ingenious sense
ingenious = showing cleverness and originality
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insolent
1 use
The insolence of office,
insolence = rudeness

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this as:  "the rudeness of people in office".)
DefinitionGenerally insolent means:
rudely disrespectful
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
His means of death, his obscure burial,—
No trophy, sword, nor hatchment o'er his bones,
No noble rite nor formal ostentation,—
obscure = undistinguished
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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obstinate
1 use
To do obsequious sorrow. But to persever
In obstinate condolement is a course
Of impious stubbornness. 'Tis unmanly grief.
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes

(editor's notes:  Obsequious is a synonym for servile or overly subservient. Condolement is a synonym for grief.)
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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ostentatious
1 use
No noble rite nor formal ostentation
ostentation = actions intended to attract notice and impress others

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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pernicious
1 use
O most pernicious woman!
pernicious = harmful (evil)
DefinitionGenerally pernicious means:
harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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perturb
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she was perturbed
Rest, rest, perturbed spirit!
perturbed = disturbed (unhappy)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perturb means:
to disturb in mind or make uneasy
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prodigal
2 uses
I do know, When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul Lends the tongue vows:
prodigal = recklessly and extravagantly
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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provincial
1 use
with two Provincial roses on my razed shoes
provincial = unsophisticated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of provincial means:
unsophisticated (meant disapprovingly to refer to old-fashioned or narrow-minded attitudes and ideas)
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superfluous
1 use
Give, me superfluous death.
superfluous = more than is needed (in this case, like saying "murdered over and over again")
DefinitionGenerally superfluous means:
more than is needed, desired, or required
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temperate
1 use
My pulse, as yours, doth temperately keep time,
And makes as healthful music:
temperately = evenly (without extremes)
DefinitionGenerally temperate means:
lacking extremes — especially of weather, climate, or behavior
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