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acute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
acute sense of smell
I am so full of business I cannot answer thee acutely.
acutely = with high perceptiveness (with a sharp mind)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acute means:
sharp (highly perceptive in some area or mentally sharp)
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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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auspicious
1 use
Then go thou forth; And fortune play upon thy prosperous helm, As thy auspicious mistress!
auspicious = favorable; or suggestive of good things to come
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bequeath
4 uses
Bequeathed down from many ancestors
bequeathed = left to or given to another after death
DefinitionGenerally bequeath means:
give or pass down — often upon death in a will
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beseech
9 uses
I beseech you, let me...
beseech = to ask strongly or beg for something
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conjecture
1 use
Thou speak'st it falsely, as I love mine honour;
And mak'st conjectural fears to come into me
Which I would fain shut out.
conjectural = guessed (not known to be true)
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Contempt his scornful perspective did lend me,
contempt = disrespect with dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
His jarring concord, and his discord dulcet,
discord = bad sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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disdain
4 uses
'Tis only title thou disdain'st in her, the which I can build up.
disdain = don't respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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entreat
5 uses
this drives me to entreat you:
entreat = ask earnestly
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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impudent
3 uses
She's impudent, my lord;
impudent = disrespectful; or improperly forward or bold
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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languish
2 uses
What is it, my good lord, the king languishes of?
languishes = suffers in a bad situation for a long time
DefinitionGenerally languish means:
to suffer in a bad situation for a long time
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Monsieur
12 uses
Monsieur Parolles, my lord calls for you.
Monsieur = Mr. or Sir (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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notorious
2 uses
a notorious liar
notorious = well known for something bad
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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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sovereign
5 uses
Gracious sovereign
sovereign = a nation's ruler or head of state
DefinitionGenerally sovereign means:
of a person:  a nation's ruler or head of state

of a political body:  not controlled by outside forces
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succession   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a succession of events
Sir, for a quart d'ecu he will sell the fee-simple of his salvation, the inheritance of it; and cut the entail from all remainders and a perpetual succession for it perpetually.
succession = repetition for a line of descendants (one after another)

(editor's note:  Shakescleare translates the part of the sentence prior to the semicolon as: "Sir, for just a silver coin, he'd sell all his chances at being saved and his heirs' chances too." It translates the rest of the sentence as "He'd cast off his salvation and his descendants' salvation forever.")
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
series or sequence (one after another)
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2  —1 use as in:
presidential line of succession
—Beware of them, Diana; their promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these engines of lust, are not the things they go under; many a maid hath been seduced by them; and the misery is, example, that so terrible shows in the wreck of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade succession, but that they are limed with the twigs that threaten them.†
succession = replacement (other women replacing those who had previously seduced)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
replacement — especially someone to taking a job or position after another leaves it
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superfluous
1 use
we see cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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wanton
2 uses
The count he woos your daughter
Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty
wanton = of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and (especially in the past) sexual promiscuity
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