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The Comedy of Errors
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abject
1 use
to make a loathsome abject scorn of me:
abject = extreme
DefinitionGenerally abject means:
extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
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acquaint
3 uses
As if I were their well-acquainted friend;
acquainted = known well
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
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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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austere
1 use
perceive austerely in his eye
austerely = sternness (in this case a serious look)
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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beseech
2 uses
Have patience, I beseech.
beseech = ask strongly or beg
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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bestow
4 uses
Because it is a blessing that he bestows on beasts:
bestows = gives as a gift
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
The enmity and discord which of late
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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discourse
5 uses
Are my discourses dull?
discourses = conversations
DefinitionGenerally discourse means:
a serious speech, writing, or conversation on a particular topic
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disdain
1 use
I'll knock elsewhere, to see if they'll disdain me.
disdain = treat with a lack of respect (in this case by turning him away rather than welcoming him)
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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disparage
1 use
to our honour's great disparagement
disparagement = the act of criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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dissemble
2 uses
Dissembling villain, thou speak'st false in both.
dissembling = to hide or disguise the truth
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
Man, more divine, the masters of all these,
divine = god-like
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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forbearance
1 use
Till he come home again, I would forbear.
forbear = refrain (hold back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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forswear
6 uses
Who heard me to deny it or forswear it?
forswear = renounce
DefinitionGenerally forswear means:
to decide to stop doing something; or to renounce or disavow something

or (more rarely):  to lie — especially while under oath
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impeach
1 use
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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intrusion
2 uses
Usurping ivy, brier, or idle moss;
Who all, for want of pruning, with intrusion
Infect thy sap, and live on thy confusion.
intrusion = an unwelcome involvement or entry
DefinitionGenerally intrusion means:
an involvement, interruption, or entry — typically unwelcome
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melancholy
3 uses
when I am dull with care and melancholy
melancholy = sad (perhaps depressed)
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
what obscured light the heavens did grant did but convey...
obscured = made less visible (such as when clouds block the moon)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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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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slander
2 uses
For slander lives upon succession
slander = words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
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