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The Comedy of Errors
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accord
1 use
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according to, or in accord with
This very day a Syracusian merchant Is apprehended for arrival here; And, not being able to buy out his life, According to the statute of the town, Dies ere the weary sun set in the west.†
according to = as stated by; or in agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
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albeit
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My liege, I am advised what I say; Neither disturb'd with the effect of wine, Nor, heady-rash, provok'd with raging ire, Albeit my wrongs might make one wiser mad.†
albeit = although
DefinitionGenerally albeit means:
although (used to introduce a phrase that reduces or modifies the effect of what preceded it)
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ensconced
1 use
Sconce, call you it? so you would leave battering, I had rather have it a head: an you use these blows long, I must get a sconce for my head, and ensconce it too; or else I shall seek my wit in my shoulders.†
ensconce = fixed firmly; or settled comfortably
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exeunt
14 uses
[Exeunt OFFICER, ADRIANA, and LUCIANA.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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fallacy
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Until I know this sure uncertainty I'll entertain the offer'd fallacy.†
fallacy = a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning; or a common form of incorrect reasoning
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forthwith
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I will discharge thee ere I go from thee; Bear me forthwith unto his creditor, And, knowing how the debt grows, I will pay it.†
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
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grievous
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A grievous fault.†
grievous = very serious; or very bad
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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homage
2 uses
I know his eye doth homage otherwhere; Or else what lets it but he would be here?†
homage = respect or loyalty
DefinitionGenerally homage means:
respect or loyalty; or something done to show respect or loyalty
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importune
1 use
You hear how he importunes me:
importunes = begs persistently and urgently
DefinitionGenerally importune means:
beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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penitent
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The capon burns, the pig falls from the spit; The clock hath strucken twelve upon the bell— My mistress made it one upon my cheek: She is so hot because the meat is cold; The meat is cold because you come not home,; You come not home because you have no stomach; You have no stomach, having broke your fast; But we, that know what 'tis to fast and pray, Are penitent for your default to-day.†
penitent = feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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pernicious
1 use
this pernicious slave
pernicious = harmful
DefinitionGenerally pernicious means:
harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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peruse
1 use
Within this hour it will be dinner-time;
Till that, I'll view the manners of the town,
Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings,
And then return and sleep within mine inn;
For with long travel I am stiff and weary.
peruse = examine or consider with attention and in detail
DefinitionGenerally peruse means:
to read or examine
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procure
1 use
Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall, And, by the doom of death, end woes and all.†
procure = get by special effort
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prostrate
1 use
Come, go; I will fall prostrate at his feet, And never rise until my tears and prayers Have won his grace to come in person hither And take perforce my husband from the abbess.†
prostrate = lying face downward on the ground as in submission
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rancor
1 use
Sprung from the rancorous outrage of your duke
rancorous = deep and bitter anger or hatred — especially when long-standing
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scorn
5 uses
Did not her kitchen-maid rail, taunt, and scorn me?
scorn = treat with a strong 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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strife
1 use
Then, gentle brother, get you in again; Comfort my sister, cheer her, call her wife: 'tis holy sport to be a little vain When the sweet breath of flattery conquers strife.†
strife = conflict or angry disagreement
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taint
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...you did wed my sister for her wealth, Then for her wealth's sake use her with more kindness; Or, if you like elsewhere, do it by stealth; Muffle your false love with some show of blindness; Let not my sister read it in your eye; Be not thy tongue thy own shame's orator; Look sweet, speak fair, become disloyalty; Apparel vice like virtue's harbinger; Bear a fair presence though your heart be tainted; Teach sin the carriage of a holy saint; Be secret-false: what need she be acquainted?†
tainted = spoiled or contaminated
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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therefore
13 uses
— Thy substance, valued at the highest rate, Cannot amount unto a hundred marks: Therefore by law thou art condemn'd to die.†
therefore = for that reason
DefinitionGenerally therefore means:
for that reason (what follows is so because of what was just said)
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usurp
1 use
Usurping ivy, brier, or idle moss
usurping = seizing or taking without permission
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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