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Henry IV, Part 2

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amity
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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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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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construe
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O, my good Lord Mowbray, Construe the times to their necessities, And you shall say indeed, it is the time, And not the king, that doth you injuries.†
construe = understand something to have a specific meaning
DefinitionGenerally construe means:
to interpret (understand) something as have a specific meaning
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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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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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impartial
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Led by the impartial conduct of my soul;
impartial = showing lack of favoritism or bias
DefinitionGenerally impartial means:
without favoritism or bias
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infamy
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Well, the truth is, Sir John, you live in great infamy.†
infamy = famous for something that is bad; or an extremely bad event
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mallet
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He a good wit! hang him, baboon! his wit's as thick as Tewksbury mustard; there 's no more conceit in him than is in a mallet.†
mallet = a piece of equipment for pounding or hitting
DefinitionGenerally mallet means:
a piece of equipment for pounding or hitting
such as:
  • a tool resembling a hammer but with a large cylindrical head that is usually made of rubber or wood
  • a long stick with a thick cylindrical head used to hit a ball in polo or croquet
  • a light drumstick with a rounded head that is used to strike percussion instruments
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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

(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 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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precept
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Marry, sir, thus; those precepts cannot be served; and, again, sir, shall we sow the headland with wheat?†
precepts = rules for behavior
DefinitionGenerally precept means:
a rule for behavior — especially a shared moral doctrine
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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 a parable 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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revere
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Chide him for faults, and do it reverently,
reverently = showing deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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superfluous
1 use
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

(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 usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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valor
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Virtue is of so little regard in these costermonger times that true valour is turned bear-herd; pregnancy is made a tapster, and hath his quick wit wasted in giving reckonings: all the other gifts appertinent to man, as the malice of this age shapes them, are not worth a gooseberry.†
valour = exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use valor.)
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