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The Comedy of Errors

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adverse
1 use
To admit no traffic to our adverse towns;
adverse = working against the interest of (in this case, Syracusians visiting the towns)
DefinitionGenerally adverse means:
working against one's interests
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adversity
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A wretched soul, bruis'd with adversity,
adversity = hardship (an unfortunate state)
DefinitionGenerally adversity means:
an unfortunate state or event
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choleric
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you were so choleric
choleric = angry
DefinitionGenerally choleric means:
easily moved to anger; or characterized by anger
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covet
1 use
she, more covetous
covetous = to strongly want (something, especially the property of another person)
DefinitionGenerally covet means:
to strongly want (something—especially something that belongs to another)
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exeunt
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[Exeunt OFFICER, ADRIANA, and LUCIANA.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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forsake
1 use
and bid you forsake your liberty.
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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hapless
1 use
Hapless Aegeon, whom the fates have mark'd
To bear the extremity of dire mishap!
hapless = unlucky or unfortunate
DefinitionGenerally hapless means:
unlucky or unfortunate — often making others feel pity
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impeach
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1  —1 use as in:
impeach my courage
Thou art a villain to impeach me thus; I'll prove mine honour and mine honesty Against thee presently, if thou dar'st stand.
impeach = criticize someone's character
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importune
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You hear how he importunes me:
importunes = begs persistently and urgently
DefinitionGenerally importune means:
beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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incessant
1 use
the incessant weepings of my wife
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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notorious
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Sir, sir, I shall have law in Ephesus, To your notorious shame, I doubt it not.
notorious = well known for something bad
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patron
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1  —1 use as in:
a patron of the arts
I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years
Have I been patron to Antipholus,
patron = supporter
DefinitionGenerally this sense of patron means:
someone who contributes money to an organization

or:

a supporter of an organization or person
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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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prodigal
1 use
...he that goes in the calf's skin that was killed for the Prodigal;
prodigal = the person, in the commonly referenced Christian parable, The Prodigal Son

Editor's notes:
  • A parable is a story told to teach a moral lesson.
  • The Prodigal Son is a parable about extreme forgiveness.
  • In the parable, a "fatted calf" is killed and served at a feast.
  • This is a common usage of prodigal; though it more generally refers to anyone (not just The Prodigal Son) who is recklessly wasteful; or perhaps long absent.
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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rancor
1 use
Sprung from the rancorous outrage of your duke
rancorous = showing deep and bitter anger or hatred
DefinitionGenerally rancor means:
deep and bitter anger or hatred — especially when long-standing
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rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rigorous enforcement
Have seal'd his rigorous statutes with their bloods,
rigorous = strict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rigorous means:
strict when enforcing rules
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succession
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a succession of events
If by strong hand you offer to break in, Now in the stirring passage of the day, A vulgar comment will be made of it; And that supposed by the common rout Against your yet ungalled estimation That may with foul intrusion enter in, And dwell upon your grave when you are dead: For slander lives upon succession, For ever hous'd where it gets possession.
succession = recurrence (being repeated)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
series or sequence (one after another)
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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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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
It is no shame; the fellow finds his vein, And, yielding to him, humours well his frenzy.†
yielding = giving in, giving up, or giving way (easily moved or soft)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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