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Henry IV, Part 1

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banish
11 uses
him keep with, the rest banish.
banish = expel or get rid of — especially a person from a country or community
DefinitionGenerally banish means:
to expel or get rid of
in various senses, including:
  • to force someone to leave a country as punishment
  • to push an idea from the mind
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belie
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
his smile belied his treachery
Thou dost belie him,
belie = give a false impression of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of belie means:
to give a false impression; or be in contradiction with
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beseech
4 uses
and I beseech your Grace I may dispose of him.
beseech = to ask strongly or beg for something
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compulsion
4 uses
if reasons were as plentiful as blackberries, I would give no man a reason upon compulsion
compulsion = force
DefinitionGenerally compulsion means:
a strong (possibly uncontrollable) urge to do something; or a force or a requirement that forces an action
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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 for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
and let men say we be men of good government, being governed, as the sea is, by our noble and chaste mistress the Moon, under whose countenance we steal.
countenance = face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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disdain
2 uses
Pride, haughtiness, opinion, and disdain;
disdain = a lack of respect
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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haughty
2 uses
Pride, haughtiness, opinion, and disdain;
haughtiness = arrogance; i.e., acting superior or self-important

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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ignominious
1 use
Thy ignominy sleep with thee in the grave
ignominy = disgrace
DefinitionGenerally ignominious means:
deserving or bringing disgrace or shame — typically in reference to behavior or character
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innovate
1 use
Which gape and rub the elbow at the news
Of hurlyburly innovation.
innovation = change (something new brought to the environment)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally innovate means:
bring something new to an environment
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intractable
1 use
thou shalt find me tractable to any honest reason
tractable = easily managed
DefinitionGenerally intractable means:
difficult
in various senses, including:
  • of problems or disease — difficult to solve or cure
  • of people or animals — difficult to manage or control
  • of materials — difficult to manipulate
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redemption   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
its main redeeming quality is...
you may redeem your banish'd honours, and restore yourselves Into the good thoughts of the world again;
redeem = to make up for something bad
DefinitionGenerally this sense of redemption means:
to make up for something bad; or to save
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2  —1 use as in:
redeem the coupon
Shall our coffers, then, be emptied to redeem a traitor home?
redeem = exchange in return for (bringing)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of redemption means:
exchange, convert, or pay off
The exact meaning of abnegate can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "to redeem a coupon" — exchange something for something else of value
  • "to redeem stock" — sell or convert to cash
  • "to redeem a mortgage" — pay off a loan
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render
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
And that's the dearest grace it renders you,
renders = gives
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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rogue
20 uses
You rogue, here's lime in this sack too
rogue = a person who lies
DefinitionGenerally rogue means:
not normal and possibly dangerous — possibly alone
The exact meaning of rogue can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "a rogue state" — (politics) a dangerous country that ignores international conventions
  • "a rogue animal" — (especially of an elephant) dangerous and not living with or like its kind
  • "a rogue trader" — (finance) an employee who makes unauthorized and improper securities trades
  • "a rogue wave" — (oceanography) a dangerous wave that is much larger than others around it
  • "rogue cells" — (biology) tumor cells
  • "He is a rouge." — someone who is deceitful and unprincipled (though possibly liked despite that)
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sovereign
4 uses
Thou shalt have charge and sovereign trust herein.
sovereign = supreme (that of the King)
DefinitionGenerally sovereign means:
of a person:  a nation's ruler or head of state

of a political body:  not controlled by outside forces
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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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tedious
3 uses
If all the year were playing holidays,
To sport would be as tedious as to work;
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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temperate
2 uses
My blood hath been too cold and temperate,
Unapt to stir at these indignities,
And you have found me; for, accordingly,
You tread upon my patience:
temperate = mild (not extreme)
DefinitionGenerally temperate means:
lacking extremes — especially of weather, climate, or behavior
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wanton
4 uses
So much misconstrued in his wantonness.
wantonness = recklessness (thoughtless indulgence)

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
DefinitionGenerally wanton means:
of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and (especially in the past) sexual promiscuity
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