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adversary
2 uses
Yet am I noble as the adversary I come to cope.†
adversary = opponent
DefinitionGenerally adversary means:
an opponent
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allay
1 use
Bethink yourself wherein you may have offended him: and at my entreaty forbear his presence until some little time hath qualified the heat of his displeasure; which at this instant so rageth in him that with the mischief of your person it would scarcely allay.†
allay = reduce the intensity of or calm
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derogatory
1 use
Dry up in her the organs of increase; And from her derogate body never spring A babe to honour her!†
derogate = expressing disrespect or criticism
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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)
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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filial
1 use
Filial ingratitude!†
filial = relating to the relationship of children to their parents
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fraught
1 use
Come, sir, I would you would make use of that good wisdom, Whereof I know you are fraught; and put away These dispositions, that of late transform you From what you rightly are.†
fraught = full of negative things
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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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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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peruse
1 use
peruse this letter
peruse = examine or consider with attention and in detail
DefinitionGenerally peruse means:
to read or examine
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presage
1 use
— Behold yond simpering dame, Whose face between her forks presages snow; That minces virtue, and does shake the head To hear of pleasure's name;— The fitchew nor the soiled horse goes to't With a more riotous appetite.†
presages = serve as a sign of something about to happen — typically something bad
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redress
2 uses
Sir, I had thought, by making this well known unto you, To have found a safe redress; but now grow fearful, By what yourself too late have spoke and done, That you protect this course, and put it on By your allowance; which if you should, the fault Would not scape censure, nor the redresses sleep, Which, in the tender of a wholesome weal, Might in their working do you that offence Which else were shame, that then necessity Will call discreet proceeding.†
redresses = fix a problem; or make amends for a wrong
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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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