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Antony and Cleopatra
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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abstract thought
A man who is the abstract of all faults
abstract = embodies the concept or essence
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

or more rarely:

describing someone as distracted — thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
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augment
1 use
with an augmented greeting
augmented = great in degree (made larger than normal)
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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beseech
5 uses
I earnestly beseech,— Touch you the sourest points with sweetest terms,
beseech = ask strongly
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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censure
1 use
censuring Rome
censuring = criticizing
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
Turn from me then that noble countenance,
countenance = face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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decorum
2 uses
keep decorum
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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disdain
1 use
he seems proud and disdainful
disdainful = lacking respect for others
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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dissemble
1 use
...Good now, play one scene
Of excellent dissembling, and let it look
Like perfect honor.
dissembling = playacting (deception)
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
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engender
1 use
From my cold heart let heaven engender hail
engender = cause
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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enmity
1 use
lesser enmities may give way to greater
enmities = hatreds between enemies
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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entreat
7 uses
Good queen, let us entreat you.
entreat = ask or attempt to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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expedient
1 use
I shall break The cause of our expedience to the queen, And get her leave to part.
expedience = speediness or practicality
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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forbearance
6 uses
Forbear me.
forbear = stop (prevent from acting)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
did dissuade Great Herod to incline himself to Caesar
incline = lean in favor of (have an attitude favoring)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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indulgent
1 use
You are too indulgent.
indulgent = forgiving (to treat with extra tolerance)
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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insolent
1 use
Who, queasy with his insolence already,
Will their good thoughts call from him.
insolence = arrogance (rude disrespect)
DefinitionGenerally insolent means:
rudely disrespectful
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lament
5 uses
let me lament, with tears
lament = expressing grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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languish
1 use
death ... that rids our dogs of languish
languish = to suffer in a bad situation for a long time
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malicious
2 uses
fight maliciously
maliciously = with a desire to see others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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ruminate
1 use
'tis a studied, not a present thought, by duty ruminated.
ruminated = thought about again and again
DefinitionGenerally ruminate means:
to think again and again about something
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