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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

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abridge
1 use
The first row of the pious chanson will show you more; for look where my abridgment comes.
abridgment = cut off (ending or cutting short the talk)

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this as:  "If you want to know more, you can refer to the popular song, because now I have to stop.")
DefinitionGenerally abridge means:
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements — especially to a book
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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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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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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 or manner
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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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enmity
1 use
Holds such an enmity with blood of man
enmity = hatred
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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entreat
7 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 — 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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innovate
1 use
I think their inhibition comes by the means of the late innovation.
innovation = change made by the introduction of something new

(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 innovate means:
bring something new to an environment
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pious   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
Breathing like sanctified and pious bawds, The better to beguile.
pious = highly religious and moral

(editor's note:  Baud is an old word for prostitute.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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2  —1 use as in:
a pious hypocrite
—We are oft to blame in this,— 'tis too much prov'd,—that with devotion's visage And pious action we do sugar o'er The Devil himself.
pious = appearing highly religious and moral even though it's not true
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
self-righteous (acting as though one is, or believing one is highly moral when it is not true)
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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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succession
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
presidential line of succession
How can that be, when you have the voice of the king himself for your succession in Denmark?
succession = replacement of the king
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
replacement — especially someone to taking a job or position after another leaves it
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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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wanton
4 uses
such wanton, wild, and usual slips As are companions noted and most known To youth and liberty.
wanton = of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and (especially in the past) sexual promiscuity
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