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Henry IV, Part 1
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abhor
1 use
This churlish knot of all-abhorred war,
abhorred = hated or detested

(editor's note:  churlish is a synonym for rude or mean-spirited)
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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affable
1 use
In faith, he is a worthy gentleman ... And wondrous affable,
affable = good natured and sociable
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apparent
6 uses
Was it for me to kill the heir-apparent?
apparent = appearing obvious (in this case, that he will be the heir)
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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audacious
1 use
audacious cruelty
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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bombastic
1 use
How now, my sweet creature of bombast?
bombast = pompous talker (windbag)
DefinitionGenerally bombastic means:
pompous or pretentious talk or writing

(often using difficult words in an attempt to make something sound more important than it is or to make the speaker sound more intelligent)
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choleric
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What, drunk with choler? stay, and pause awhile: Here comes your uncle.†
choler = associated with anger; or a bodily fluid medieval medicine associated with anger
DefinitionGenerally choleric means:
easily moved to anger; or characterized by anger
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
seem'd it in contempt?
contempt = a manner that showed disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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corpulent
1 use
A goodly portly man, i'faith, and a corpulent; of a cheerful look, a pleasing eye, and a most noble carriage; and, as I think, his age some fifty, or, by'r Lady, inclining to threescore; and now I remember me, his name is Falstaff: if that man should be lewdly given, he deceiveth me; for, Harry, I see virtue in his looks.†
corpulent = excessive body fat
DefinitionGenerally corpulent means:
with excessive body fat
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exeunt
25 uses
They embrace, and exeunt.
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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grave
1 use
so gravely, so majestically
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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malevolent
1 use
Malevolent to you in all aspects;
malevolent = wishing evil
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil:
  • of a person:  wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing:  exerting an evil or harmful influence
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parley
2 uses
I understand thy looks: that pretty Welsh Which thou pour'st down from these swelling heavens I am too perfect in; and, but for shame, In such a parley should I answer thee.†
parley = a negotiation or discussion — especially between enemies
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prodigal
1 use
...you would think that I had a hundred and fifty tattered Prodigals lately come from swine-keeping, from eating draff and husks.
prodigals = referring to 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 about extreme forgiveness.
  • In the parable, the main character took care of swine (pigs) and ate bad food (draff and husks).
  • 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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resolute
1 use
A purse of gold most resolutely snatch'd on Monday night, and most dissolutely spent on Tuesday morning;
resolutely = firm in purpose
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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ruminate
1 use
what I know Is ruminated, plotted, and set down
ruminated = thought about — again and again
DefinitionGenerally ruminate means:
to think again and again about something
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superfluous
1 use
I see no reason why thou shouldst be so superfluous to demand the time of the day.
superfluous = unnecessarily (asking for more than is required or useful)
DefinitionGenerally superfluous means:
more than is needed, desired, or required
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tranquil
1 use
I am joined with ... nobility and tranquillity,
tranquillity = a calm and undisturbed state

(editor's note:  This is more commonly spelled with one "L".)
DefinitionGenerally tranquil means:
calm and undisturbed
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vigilant
1 use
I am as vigilant as a cat to steal cream.
vigilant = carefully observant or attentive — often to possible danger
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yield
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
yield to pressure
I was not born a yielder, thou proud Scot; And thou shalt find a king that will revenge Lord Stafford's death.†
yielder = someone who surrenders
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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zeal
2 uses
If thou wert sensible of courtesy, I should not make so dear a show of zeal:
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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