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Romeo and Juliet
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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:
with sexual desire; or relating to sex or feelings of romantic love
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arbitration
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  Give me some present counsel, or, behold,
  'Twixt my extremes and me this bloody knife
  Shall play the umpire, arbitrating that
  Which the commission of thy years and art
  Could to no issue of true honour bring.
arbitrating = helping solving an argument

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare translates "'Twixt my extremes and me this bloody knife," as "Caught between these two difficulties, I'll act like a judge with my bloody knife.")
DefinitionGenerally arbitration means:
the process of solving an argument with the help of an impartial referee
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countervail
1 use
  But come what sorrow can,
  It cannot countervail the exchange of joy
  That one short minute gives me in her sight.
countervail = offset (counterbalance with equal weight)
DefinitionGenerally countervail means:
compensate for or counterbalance
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denotes
1 use
Thy wild acts denote The unreasonable fury of a beast.
denote = resemble (or indicate)
DefinitionGenerally denotes means:
means literally; or indicates
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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
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  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 — especially verbally
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enjoin
1 use
  ...am enjoined
  By holy Lawrence to fall prostrate here,
  To beg your pardon.
enjoined = instructed (commanded)
DefinitionGenerally enjoin means:
to command someone to do (or not do) something
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exeunt
32 uses
Come, madam, let's away. [Exeunt Montague and Lady.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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exposition
1 use
A most courteous exposition.
exposition = explanation
DefinitionGenerally exposition means:
a collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) on public display — typically shown for a limited time (such as six months)

or:

a detailed explanation or background of a specific topic

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fickle
3 uses
O fortune, fortune! All men call thee fickle.
fickle = quick to change
DefinitionGenerally fickle means:
having a tendency to change suddenly — such as a person quick to change their mind, or the weather in a region where it changes rapidly
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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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idolatry
1 use
  Do not swear at all;
  Or if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self,
  Which is the god of my idolatry,
  And I'll believe thee.
idolatry = worship (of something on earth as though it were a god)
DefinitionGenerally idolatry means:
the worship of idols (physical objects representative of gods)

or:

excessive admiration and devotion to something or someone
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impute
1 use
And not impute this yielding to light love,
impute = attribute (think this is caused by)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impute means:
attribute (to say one thing is the cause of another—often to blame and often wrongly)

or:

believe something to have a characteristic; or assign a value to something
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inundate
1 use
To stop the inundation of her tears
inundation = flood
DefinitionGenerally inundate means:
overwhelm with a large number

or:

flood (overwhelm with water)
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penury
1 use
Noting this penury,
penury = poverty
DefinitionGenerally penury means:
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
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perjury
2 uses
Thy dear love sworn, but hollow perjury,
perjury = lie (something that is not true)

(editor's note:  It might be easier to read this as "but a hollow perjury.")
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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pernicious
1 use
  You men, you beasts,
  That quench the fire of your pernicious rage
  With purple fountains issuing from your beins,
pernicious = harmful or destructive
DefinitionGenerally pernicious means:
harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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portentous
1 use
  Black and portentous must this humour prove,
  Unless good counsel may the cause remove.
portentous = important in the future

(editor's note:  In this context, humour is a synonym for mood.)
DefinitionGenerally portentous means:
very important; or indicating something important in the future

or:

acting overly important or serious
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presage
1 use
My dreams presage some joyful news at hand.
presage = are a sign of
DefinitionGenerally presage means:
serve as a sign of something about to happen — typically something bad
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redress
1 use
Then music with her silver sound With speedy help doth lend redress.
redress = make amends for a wrong
DefinitionGenerally redress means:
fix a problem; or make amends for a wrong
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