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allay
2 uses
I say again, there is no English soul More stronger to direct you than yourself, If with the sap of reason you would quench, Or but allay, the fire of passion.†
allay = reduce the intensity of or calm
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choleric
2 uses
Stay, my lord, And let your reason with your choler question What 'tis you go about.†
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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commendation
2 uses
You were ever good at sudden commendations, Bishop of Winchester.†
commendations = official awards; or a messages expressing praise
DefinitionGenerally commendation means:
an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement

or:

a message expressing praise
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Turn me away; and let the foul'st contempt
Shut door upon me, and ...
contempt = act of hatred and disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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exeunt
24 uses
[Exeunt with trumpets.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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forbearance
1 use
Forbear, for shame, my lords.
forbear = refrain (hold back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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indifferent
1 use
no judge indifferent
indifferent = unbiased (without interest)
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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intractable
1 use
tractable obedience
tractable = easily managed
DefinitionGenerally intractable means:
difficult in various senses:
  • 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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knell
2 uses
When he was brought again to the bar, to hear His knell rung out, his judgment, he was stirr'd With such an agony, he sweat extremely, And something spoke in choler, ill, and hasty.†
knell = the sound of a bell rung slowly — especially to announce death or a funeral

or:

announcing the demise or end of something
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liege
4 uses
I can, 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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obstinate
1 use
The Queen is obstinate
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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perfidy
1 use
the French would prove perfidious
perfidious = not trustworthy (prone to intentional betrayal)
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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pernicious
2 uses
All the commons Hate him perniciously, and, o' my conscience, Wish him ten fathom deep.†
perniciously = harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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pretense
2 uses
the pretence for this is...
pretence = an appearance to help one pretend (in this case something said)
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
an appearance or action to help one pretend
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prodigal
1 use
My noble gossips, ye have been too prodigal.
prodigal = recklessly extravagant in amount
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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prudent
1 use
The king your father was reputed for
A prince most prudent, of an excellent
And unmatched wit and judgment.
prudent = sensible and careful
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superfluous
1 use
purchas'd at a superfluous rate!
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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trifle with   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
trifle with her affections
] I may perceive These Cardinals trifle with me; I abhor This dilatory sloth and tricks of Rome.†
trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
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2  —1 use as in:
a trifling matter
Come, lords, we trifle time away; I long To have this young one made a Christian.†
trifle = something of small importance; or a small quantity
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usurp
2 uses
The usurper Richard
usurper = one who seizes or takes control without authority
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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