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Henry VIII

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allay
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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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allege
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He pleaded still not guilty and alleged many sharp reasons...
alleged = asserted (said) without proof
DefinitionGenerally allege means:
claim (asserted without proof)
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amity
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His fears were, that the interview betwixt England and France might, through their amity, Breed him some prejudice; for from this league Peep'd harms that menac'd him.†
amity = a state of friendly relations
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approbation
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And for me, I have no further gone in this than by A single voice; and that not pass'd me but By learned approbation of the judges.†
approbation = approval
DefinitionGenerally approbation means:
approval - often official
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calumny
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] I humbly thank your Highness; And am right glad to catch this good occasion Most throughly to be winnowed, where my chaff And corn shall fly asunder; for, I know, There's none stands under more calumnious tongues Than I myself, poor man.†
calumnious = false accusation against a person
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censure
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wag his tongue in censure
censure = criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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choleric
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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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contempt
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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 for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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dilatory
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  These Cardinals trifle with me; I abhor
  This dilatory sloth and tricks of Rome.
dilatory = slow
DefinitionGenerally dilatory means:
slow; or causing or tending to delay things
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exeunt
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[Exeunt with trumpets.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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forbearance
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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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forthwith
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The Queen shall be acquainted Forthwith for what you come.†
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
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intractable
1 use
tractable obedience
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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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
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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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prodigal
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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
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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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rectify
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  That longer you desire the court; as well
  For your own quiet, as to rectify
  What is unsettled in the King.
rectify = fix or make right
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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superfluous
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purchas'd at a superfluous rate!
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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