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All's Well That Ends Well

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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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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 3.6
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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 = romantic or sexual
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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 = nervous or worried
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
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1st useScene 1.2
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
It is to be recovered: but that the merit of service is seldom attributed to the true and exact performer, I would have that drum or another, or hic jacet.†
attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 3.6
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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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1st useScene 4.3
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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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commendation
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
offered my personal commendation
The duke hath offered him letters of commendations to the king.
commendations = praise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of commendation means:
praise or a message expressing praise
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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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doctrine
1 use
He and his physicians Are of a mind; he, that they cannot help him; They, that they cannot help: how shall they credit A poor unlearned virgin, when the schools, Embowell'd of their doctrine, have let off The danger to itself?†
doctrine = a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
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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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1st useScene 1.1
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linguist
1 use
This is your devoted friend, sir, the manifold linguist, and the armipotent soldier.†
linguist = a language specialist; or someone skilled in multiple languages
DefinitionGenerally linguist means:
a specialist in the study of language

or:

a person who is skilled in multiple languages
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presumption
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is presumptuous
Then I confess, Here on my knee, before high heaven and you, That before you, and next unto high heaven, I love your son:— My friends were poor, but honest; so's my love: Be not offended; for it hurts not him That he is lov'd of me: I follow him not By any token of presumptuous suit; Nor would I have him till I do deserve him; Yet never know how that desert should be.†
presumptuous = exercising privileges to which one is not entitled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of presumptuous means:
exercising privileges to which one is not entitled — such as being too familiar or too bossy
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 1.3
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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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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.7
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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:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book6 uses
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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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1st useScene 3.5
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simile
1 use
I do pity his distress in my similes of comfort, and leave him to your lordship.†
similes = expressions that highlight similarity between things of different kinds
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as"

as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
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