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Romeo and Juliet

Extra Credit Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

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amorous
2 uses
  Shall I believe
  That unsubstantial death is amorous,
  And that the lean abhorred monster keeps
  Thee here in dark to be his paramour?
amorous = in love (with you)

(editor's note: Paramour is a synonym for mistress or someone with whom there is a love affair.)
DefinitionGenerally amorous means:
romantic or sexual
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consort
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
consort together
  Come, he hath hid himself among these trees,
  To be consorted with the humorous night:
  Blind is his love, and best befits the dark.
consorted = spending time together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consort means:
spend time with — especially spending leisure time with people considered undesirable; or one of the people with whom time is spent
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contrary
3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a contrary personality
What storm is this that blows so contrary?
contrary = disagreeably
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrary means:
disagreeable — typically in reference to someone's personality
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her safely to
  I will omit no opportunity
  That may convey my greetings, love, to thee.
convey = carry
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
transport
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Cupid
5 uses
She'll not be hit With Cupid's arrow.
Cupid = Roman mythology:  (small, winged boy whose arrows make those struck fall in love)
DefinitionGenerally Cupid means:
Roman mythology:  god of love; a small, winged boy whose arrows make those struck fall in love
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detestable
2 uses
  [speaking to the tomb that holds Juliet]
  Thou detestable maw, thou womb of death,
  Gorged with the dearest morsel of the earth,
detestable = hated or horrible

(editor's note:  In this context, maw is a synonym for mouth.)
DefinitionGenerally detestable means:
deserving intense dislike
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digress
1 use
  Thy noble shape is but a form of wax,
  Digressing from the valor of a man;
digressing = deviating (different)

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this as:  "Your body is just a wax figure, without the honor of a man.")
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
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disparage
1 use
  I would not for the wealth of all the town
  Here in my house do him disparagement:
disparagement = criticism
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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disposition
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a kind disposition
I thought thy disposition better tempered.
disposition = mood or personality
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood, personality, or typical way of behaving
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dissemble
1 use
  There's no trust,
  No faith, no honesty in men; all perjur'd,
  All forsworn, all naught, all dissemblers.
dissemblers = deceivers
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
hide or disguise the truth without outright lying
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enmity
2 uses
Poor sacrifices of our enmity!
enmity = hatred (for each other)

(editor's note:  This is Capulet and Montague discuss making statues of pure gold in memory of the deceased Romeo and Juliet.)
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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forbearance
2 uses
Forbear this outrage!
forbear = stop
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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forswear
5 uses
  Did my heart love till now?
  Forswear it, sight!
  For I never saw true beauty till this night.
forswear = swear it is not true

(editor's note:  In this context, sight is a synonym for eyes. It's like Romeo is asking his eyes to deny something.)
DefinitionGenerally forswear means:
to decide to stop doing something; or to renounce or disavow something

or (more rarely):  to lie — especially while under oath
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herald
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
announced by herald & trumpet
It was the lark, the herald of the morn,
herald = announcer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of herald means:
a person who announces important news — especially a king's representative
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kindred
3 uses
I saw her laid low in her kindred's vault,
kindred = family
DefinitionGenerally kindred means:
similar or related in quality or character

or:

closely related — such as family or things with shared origin
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omit
1 use
  I will omit no opportunity
  That may convey my greetings, love, to thee.
omit = leave out
DefinitionGenerally omit means:
to exclude or neglect something
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perjury
2 uses
  Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say "ay,"
  And I will take thy word. Yet, if thou swear'st,
  Thou mayst prove false. At lovers' perjuries,
  They say Jove laughs.
perjuries = lies

(editor's note:  Jove is a synonym for Jupiter—the King of the Roman gods. "At lovers perjuries they say Jove laughs." references an at-the-time well-known line from Ovid, "Jupiter from on high smiles at the perjuries of lovers.". Ovid was a famous Roman poet.)
DefinitionGenerally perjury means:
the criminal offense of telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth — such as when testifying in a court trial
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profane
2 uses
  [Romeo taking Juliet's hand]
  If I profane with my unworthiest hand
  This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this:
  My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
  To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.
profane = treat without proper reverence
DefinitionGenerally profane means:
showing no respect for something thought of as sacred
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redress
1 use
  Then music with her silver sound
  With speedy help doth lend redress.
redress = help (fix the problem)
DefinitionGenerally redress means:
fix a problem; or make up for a wrong
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resolution
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a New Year's resolution
  Tell me not, friar, that thou hear'st of this,
  Unless thou tell me how I may prevent it:
  If, in thy wisdom, thou canst give no help,
  Do thou but call my resolution wise,
  And with this knife I'll help it presently.
resolution = decision
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
a firm decision to do something
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