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Henry IV, Part 2
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amity
2 uses
If this may please you, Discharge your powers unto their several counties, As we will ours; and here between the armies Let 's drink together friendly and embrace, That all their eyes may bear those tokens home Of our restored love and amity.†
amity = a state of friendly relations
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canvass
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Do, an thou darest for thy heart: an thou dost, I'll canvass thee between a pair of sheets.†
canvass = get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions; or solicit votes
DefinitionGenerally this sense of canvass means:
examine an issue, get opinions by asking specific questions; and/or ask people for political support individually
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choleric
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Good Captain Peesel, be quiet; 'tis very late, i' faith: I beseek you now, aggravate your choler.†
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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desist
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When we mean to build, We first survey the plot, then draw the model; And when we see the figure of the house, Then we must rate the cost of the erection; Which if we find outweighs ability, What do we then but draw anew the model In fewer offices, or at least desist To build at all?†
desist = to not do something
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discern
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I could discern no part of his face from the window:
discern = see (something hard to see)
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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doleful
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Then death rock me asleep, abridge my doleful days!
doleful = full of sadness
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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exeunt
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[Exeunt all but Falstaff.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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filial
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Thy due from me Is tears and heavy sorrows of the blood, Which nature, love, and filial tenderness, Shall, O dear father, pay thee plenteously: My due from thee is this imperial crown, Which, as immediate from thy place and blood, Derives itself to me.†
filial = relating to the relationship of children to their parents
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forbearance
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canst thou not forbear me half an hour?
forbear = endure (refrain from acting)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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gambol
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...and drinks off candles' ends for flap-dragons, and rides the wild-mare with the boys, and jumps upon joined-stools, and swears with a good grace, and wears his boots very smooth, like unto the sign of the leg, and breeds no bate with telling of discreet stories; and such other gambol faculties a' has, that show a weak mind and an able body, for the which the prince admits him: for the prince himself is such another; the weight of a hair will turn the scales between their avoirdupois.†
gambol = frolic (skip, leap, and/or run around in a happy, playful manner)
DefinitionGenerally gambol means:
to frolic (skip, leap, and/or run around in a happy, playful manner)
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incessant
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The incessant care and labor of his mind
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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lethargic
1 use
a kind of lethargy
lethargy = a state with a lack of energy
DefinitionGenerally lethargic means:
lacking energy
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liege
8 uses
We have, my liege.†
liege = a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service

or:

a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
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magnanimous
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Well said, good woman's tailor! well said, courageous Feeble! thou wilt be as valiant as the wrathful dove or most magnanimous mouse.†
magnanimous = kind and generous in spirit
DefinitionGenerally magnanimous means:
kind and generous in spirit — especially toward those defeated in battle
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obdurate
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By this hand, thou thinkest me as far in the devil's book as thou and Falstaff for obduracy and persistency: let the end try the man.†
obduracy = stubborn persistence — especially in wrongdoing

or more rarely (except in classic literature):

showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
DefinitionGenerally obdurate means:
stubbornly persistent — especially in wrongdoing

or more rarely (except in classic literature):

showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
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ostentatious
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and keeping such vile company as thou art hath in reason taken from me all ostentation of sorrow.
ostentation = outward appearance
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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peruse
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that we may peruse the men
peruse = examine or consider with attention
DefinitionGenerally peruse means:
to read or examine
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prodigal
1 use
the story of the Prodigal
prodigal = 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.
  • 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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superfluous
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It were superfluous
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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usurp
1 use
a witness'd usurpation
usurpation = taking control by force
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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