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Love's Labour's Lost
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audacious
2 uses
audacious without impudency
audacious = bold and daring

(editor's note:  impudency references disrespect by being improperly forward or bold)
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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austere
1 use
this austere insociable life
austere = a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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beseech
9 uses
I beseech your Grace, let this letter be read;
beseech = to ask strongly or beg for something
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
I will not be put out of countenance.
countenance = composure
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Cupid
10 uses
Proceed, sweet Cupid;
Cupid = Roman mythology:  god of love; a small, winged boy whose arrows make those struck fall in love
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digress
1 use
my digression
digression = wandering from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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engender
1 use
Your stomachs are too young, and abstinence engenders maladies.
engenders = causes
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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enigma
1 use
Some enigma, some riddle:
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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forbearance
4 uses
To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh moderately; or, to forbear both.
forbear = refrain (hold back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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forswear
22 uses
I forswore not thee:
forswore = renounced (disavowed or decided to stop doing something)
DefinitionGenerally forswear means:
to decide to stop doing something; or to renounce or disavow something

or (more rarely):  to lie — especially while under oath
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heresy
2 uses
strange without heresy
heresy = opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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melancholy
7 uses
He made her melancholy, sad, and heavy; And so she died:
melancholy = sad (perhaps depressed)
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Monsieur
7 uses
Monsieur, fare you well.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to Mr. in English

or:

French equivalent to sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
...it is an epilogue or discourse to make plain
Some obscure precedence that hath tofore been sain.
obscure = not understood by many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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ostentatious
2 uses
...with some delightful ostentation, or show, or pageant, or antic, or firework.
ostentation = actions intended to attract notice and impress others
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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pedantic
3 uses
The pedant, the braggart,
pedant = someone too concerned with book learning
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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perjury
6 uses
You are attaint with faults and perjury;
perjury = making false statements
DefinitionGenerally perjury means:
the criminal offense of telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth — such as when testifying in a court trial
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profound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
And profound Solomon
profound = deep thinking
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
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2  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
With such a zealous laughter, so profound,
profound = intense
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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zeal
4 uses
What zeal, what fury hath inspired thee now?
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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