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adversary
2 uses
He must think us some band of strangers i' the adversary's entertainment.†
adversary = opponent
DefinitionGenerally adversary means:
an opponent
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adverse
1 use
All's well that ends well yet, Though time seem so adverse and means unfit.†
adverse = working against one's interests
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amorous
2 uses
May be, the amorous count solicits her In the unlawful purpose.†
amorous = sexual or romantic
DefinitionGenerally amorous means:
with sexual desire; or relating to sex or feelings of romantic love
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apprehensive
1 use
...them To grow there, and to bear,—'Let me not live,'— This his good melancholy oft began, On the catastrophe and heel of pastime, When it was out,—'Let me not live' quoth he, 'After my flame lacks oil, to be the snuff Of younger spirits, whose apprehensive senses All but new things disdain; whose judgments are Mere fathers of their garments; whose constancies Expire before their fashions:'—This he wish'd: I, after him, do after him wish too, Since I nor wax nor honey can bring home, I...†
apprehensive = worried over possible misfortune
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austere
1 use
Sir, his wife, some two months since, fled from his house: her pretence is a pilgrimage to Saint Jaques-le-Grand: which holy undertaking with most austere sanctimony she accomplished; and, there residing, the tenderness of her nature became as a prey to her grief; in fine, made a groan of her last breath; and now she sings in heaven.†
austere = a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration; or stern in manner
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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calumny
1 use
Wilt thou ever be a foul-mouth'd and calumnious knave?†
calumnious = false accusation against a person
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derive
5 uses
My son corrupts a well-derived nature With his inducement.†
derived = got
DefinitionGenerally derive means:
to get something from something else

(If the context doesn't otherwise indicate where something came from, it is generally from reasoning—especially deductive reasoning.)
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dissuade
2 uses
I did think thee, for two ordinaries, to be a pretty wise fellow; thou didst make tolerable vent of thy travel; it might pass: yet the scarfs and the bannerets about thee did manifoldly dissuade me from believing thee a vessel of too great a burden.†
dissuade = persuade someone not to do something
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enjoin
1 use
Come, pilgrim, I will bring you Where you shall host: of enjoin'd penitents There's four or five, to great Saint Jaques bound, Already at my house.†
enjoin'd = to command someone to do (or not do) something
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ensconced
1 use
Hence is it that we make trifles of terrors, ensconcing ourselves into seeming knowledge when we should submit ourselves to an unknown fear.†
ensconcing = fixed firmly; or settled comfortably
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epitaph
1 use
His good remembrance, sir, Lies richer in your thoughts than on his tomb; So in approof lives not his epitaph As in your royal speech.†
epitaph = a short text in memory of a dead person
DefinitionGenerally epitaph means:
a short text in memory of a dead person — especially text written on a tombstone
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exeunt
28 uses
[Exeunt BERTRAM and LAFEU.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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forsake
2 uses
I see that men make hopes in such a case, That we'll forsake ourselves.†
forsake = abandon or give up on
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
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predominant
1 use
When he was predominant.†
predominant = most frequent, common, or important; or having more power and influence
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repentance
5 uses
I have been, madam, a wicked creature, as you and all flesh and blood are; and, indeed, I do marry that I may repent.†
repent = feel regret for having done wrong and resolve to be a better person in the future
DefinitionGenerally repentance means:
the feeling or expression of regret for having done something wrong with a firm decision to be a better person in the future
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sanctimonious
1 use
Sir, his wife, some two months since, fled from his house: her pretence is a pilgrimage to Saint Jaques-le-Grand: which holy undertaking with most austere sanctimony she accomplished; and, there residing, the tenderness of her nature became as a prey to her grief; in fine, made a groan of her last breath; and now she sings in heaven.†
sanctimony = acting morally superior to others
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scorn
6 uses
Contempt his scornful perspective did lend me
scornful = mocking or highly disrespectful

(editor's note:  contempt also means "lack of respect")
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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shrewd
4 uses
He's shrewdly vex'd at something.†
shrewdly = in a smart manner
DefinitionGenerally shrewd means:
smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
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strife
2 uses
It shall be so; I'll send her to my house, Acquaint my mother with my hate to her, And wherefore I am fled; write to the king That which I durst not speak: his present gift Shall furnish me to those Italian fields Where noble fellows strike: war is no strife To the dark house and the detested wife.†
strife = conflict or angry disagreement
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trifle with
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Hence is it that we make trifles of terrors, ensconcing ourselves into seeming knowledge when we should submit ourselves to an unknown fear.†
trifles = things of small importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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