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buttress
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a flying buttress
no jutty, frieze, buttress,
buttress = supporting structure
DefinitionGenerally this sense of buttress means:
an architectural feature that supports the wall of a building
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commend
3 uses
I commend your pains;
And everyone shall share i' the gains.
commend = praise
DefinitionGenerally commend means:
praise or recommend
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compunction
1 use
Stop up the access and passage to remorse,
That no compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my fell purpose
compunctious = pricking the conscience (causing the feeling that it would be wrong to do something)
DefinitionGenerally compunction means:
guilt for a misdeed; or a feeling that it would be wrong to do something
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confound
3 uses
Uproar the universal peace, confound
All unity on earth.
confound = fight or frustrate
DefinitionGenerally confound means:
to confuse or cause to be unable to think clearly

or:

to refute or frustrate
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domestic
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the domestic market
...Duncan is in his grave;
After life's fitful fever he sleeps well;
Treason has done his worst: nor steel, nor poison,
Malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing,
Can touch him further.
domestic = in the home country
DefinitionGenerally this sense of domestic means:
relating to a home country

or (much more rarely,): relating to a geographic area that is smaller than a country
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epicure
1 use
—Then fly, false thanes,
And mingle with the English epicures:
epicures = weak and decadent  (people devoted to sensual pleasures)
DefinitionGenerally epicure means:
a person who loves fine food and drink
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equivocate
6 uses
O, come in, equivocator.
equivocator = liar (who uses ambiguousness to avoid telling the truth)
DefinitionGenerally equivocate means:
to speak in a manner that does not clearly express an opinion or decision — typically in an attempt to satisfy people who want different things or to avoid making a commitment
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exeunt
31 uses
[Exeunt all except Doctor.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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harbinger
2 uses
Make all our trumpets speak; give them all breath,
Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death.
harbingers = indications of the approach of something
DefinitionGenerally harbinger means:
an indication of the approach of something — especially something bad
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integrity
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a person of high integrity
Macduff, this noble passion,
Child of integrity, hath from my soul
Wiped the black scruples, reconcil'd my thoughts
To thy good truth and honour.
integrity = having strong moral principles — especially honesty
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knell
3 uses
Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell
That summons thee to heaven or to hell.
knell = the sound of a bell rung slowly (especially to announce death or a funeral)
DefinitionGenerally knell means:
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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laudable
1 use
But I remember now I am in this earthly world; where to do harm is often laudable; to do good sometime accounted dangerous folly:
laudable = worthy of high praise
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mirth
2 uses
Be large in mirth;
mirth = fun (or happiness)
DefinitionGenerally mirth means:
fun and laughter
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perturb
1 use
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perturbation of the orbit
A great perturbation in nature,—to receive at once the benefit of sleep, and do the effects of watching—
perturbation = deviation (from the natural course of things)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perturbation means:
physics or astronomy:  a secondary influence on a system that causes it to deviate slightly
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pious
2 uses
the most pious Edward
pious = behaving in a highly moral or religious manner
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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predominant
2 uses
... Do you find
Your patience so predominant in your nature,
That you can let this go?
predominant = powerful and influential
DefinitionGenerally predominant means:
most frequent, common, or important; or having more power and influence
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reign   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
She reigned over England
—Yet my heart
Throbs to know one thing: tell me,—if your art
Can tell so much,—shall Banquo's issue ever
Reign in this kingdom?
reign = rule
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reign means:
rule (like that of a king or queen); or the time during which one ruled
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2  —1 use as in:
uncertainty reigns
...Our fears in Banquo
Stick deep; and in his royalty of nature
Reigns that which would be fear'd.
reigns = is most powerful, important, or noticeable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reign means:
to be most powerful, important, or noticeable
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repose
2 uses
Good repose the while!
repose = to rest or lie
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tyranny
3 uses
Boundless intemperance
In nature is a tyranny; it hath been
The untimely emptying of the happy throne,
And fall of many kings.
tyranny = something that is harshly controlling

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare translates these lines as:  Endless greed and lust in a man's nature is a kind of tyranny. It has caused the downfall of many kings.)
DefinitionGenerally tyranny means:
to control others harshly and unfairly; or a form of government with such control
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