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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
read the abstract
they are the abstracts and brief chronicles of the time
abstracts = summaries
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
a summary; or to summarize — especially academic writing
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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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beseech
8 uses
I beseech you, remember
beseech = to ask strongly or beg for something
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calumny
2 uses
be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.
calumny = false accusation
DefinitionGenerally calumny means:
false accusation against a person
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censure
4 uses
Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.
censure = criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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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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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
A countenance more in sorrow than in anger.
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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2  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
Ay, sir; that soaks up the King's countenance, his rewards, his authorities.
countenance = approval
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
My soul is full of discord and dismay.
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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edify
1 use
I knew you must be edified by the margent ere you had done.
edified = instructed

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this as:  "I knew you'd have to look something up in the dictionary before we were finished.")
DefinitionGenerally edify means:
to instruct — morally or intellectually
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entreat
6 uses
Therefore I have entreated him along
With us to watch the minutes of this night;
That, if again this apparition come
He may approve our eyes and speak to it.
entreated = asked
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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forbearance
1 use
For love of God, forbear him!
forbear = stop (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
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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innovate
1 use
I think their inhibition comes by the means of the late innovation.
innovation = change made by the introduction of something new
DefinitionGenerally innovate means:
bring something new to an environment
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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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peruse
2 uses
He falls to such perusal of my face As he would draw it.
perusal = examine or consider with attention and in detail
DefinitionGenerally peruse means:
to read or examine
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pious
3 uses
Breathing like sanctified and pious bawds, The better to beguile.

(editor's note:  Baud is an old word for prostitute.)
pious = behaving in a highly moral or religious manner
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
He rais'd a sigh so piteous and profound
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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tedious
3 uses
These tedious old fools!
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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usurp
2 uses
What art thou, that usurp'st this time of night,
usurp = seize or take control
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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