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antipathy
1 use
No contraries hold more antipathy Than I and such a knave.
antipathy = strong dislike

(editor's note: No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this as:  "I couldn't hate that jerk over there any more than I do.")
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auspicious
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Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out,
Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon
To stand auspicious mistress,
auspicious = favorable; or suggestive of good things to come

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this as: "He was standing here in the dark with his sword pointing at me. He was mumbling some black magic spells, appealing to the moon to help him in his evil plans.")
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contentious
1 use
this contentious storm
contentious = argumentative or likely to cause disagreement
DefinitionGenerally contentious means:
causing or likely to cause disagreement; or argumentative
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discern
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You should be ruled and led by some discretion, that discerns your state better than you yourself.
discerns = understands — notices things that are not obvious (in this case, "not obvious to you")
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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discerning
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Who hast not in thy brows an eye discerning
Thine honour from thy suffering;
discerning = capable of seeing things many people might miss

(editor's note: No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this as:  "you can't even see the difference between being honored and being taken advantage of!")
DefinitionGenerally discerning means:
showing good judgment or good taste and/or the perception of things not easily perceived by most people
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endure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
I'll not endure it
endure = suffer through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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2  —1 use as in:
endure through the ages
The wonder is, he hath endur'd so long:
endur'd = lasted (continued to survive)

(editor's note: This is more commonly spelled endured.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to continue to exist
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exasperated
1 use
Exasperates, makes mad her sister
exasperates = greatly annoys
DefinitionGenerally exasperated means:
greatly annoyed
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exeunt
34 uses
[Exeunt Lear and Kent.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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heresy
1 use
heretics burn'd
heretics = people with opinions or actions most people consider immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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impetuous
1 use
the impetuous blasts
impetuous = rapid, forceful, and/or violent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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importune
1 use
Importune him once more to go, my lord;
importune = urge
DefinitionGenerally importune means:
beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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insolent
1 use
Not only, sir, this your all-licens'd fool,
But other of your insolent retinue
Do hourly carp and quarrel; breaking forth
In rank and not-to-be-endured riots.
insolent = rude

(editor's note: No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this as:  "It's not just your fool here who can say whatever he wants, but your whole obnoxious entourage keeps whining and arguing, bursting out in intolerably vicious riots.")
DefinitionGenerally insolent means:
rudely disrespectful
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malediction
1 use
menaces and maledictions against king and nobles
maledictions = curses or insults
DefinitionGenerally malediction means:
the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)
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negligent
2 uses
Put on what weary negligence you please,
You and your fellow servants. I'll have it come to question.
negligence = insufficient care or attention
DefinitionGenerally negligent means:
insufficient care or attention (not being careful enough or not trying hard enough to fulfill a responsibility)
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penury
1 use
and am bethought
To take the basest and most poorest shape
That ever penury, in contempt of man
penury = a state of extreme poverty or destitution

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this as:  "I've decided to disguise myself as the lowliest and rattiest beggar that mankind has ever seen.")
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pernicious
1 use
That will with two pernicious daughters join
Your high-engender'd battles 'gainst a head
So old and white as this!
pernicious = harm-spreading
DefinitionGenerally pernicious means:
harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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reprove
2 uses
he's full of alteration And self-reproving:
reproving = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reprove means:
to express disapproval of one's actions to them
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revere
5 uses
You beastly knave, know you no reverence?
reverence = respect
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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servile
1 use
I call you servile ministers
servile = submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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