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The Merry Wives of Windsor
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affectation
1 use
Why, it is affectations.†
affectations = things done in an artificial way to make an impression
DefinitionGenerally affectation means:
behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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choleric
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Sheathe thy impatience; throw cold water on thy choler; go about the fields with me through Frogmore; I will bring thee where Mistress Anne Page is, at a farm-house a-feasting; and thou shalt woo her.†
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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commendation
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But I have another messenger to your worship: Mistress Page hath her hearty commendations to you too; and let me tell you in your ear, she's as fartuous a civil modest wife, and one, I tell you, that will not miss you morning nor evening prayer, as any is in Windsor, whoe'er be the other; and she bade me tell your worship that her husband is seldom from home, but she hopes there will come a time.†
commendations = official awards; or a messages expressing praise
DefinitionGenerally commendation means:
an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement

or:

a message expressing praise
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denotes
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Now thus it rests: Her father means she shall be all in white; And in that habit, when Slender sees his time To take her by the hand and bid her go, She shall go with him: her mother hath intended The better to denote her to the doctor,— For they must all be mask'd and vizarded— That quaint in green she shall be loose enrob'd, With ribands pendent, flaring 'bout her head; And when the doctor spies his vantage ripe, To pinch her by the hand: and, on that token, The maid hath given...†
denote = means literally; or indicates
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dissemble
1 use
You dissembling knight!†
dissembling = deceiving (hiding or disguising the truth without outright lying)
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
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emulate
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I see how thine eye would emulate the diamond;
emulate = imitate (copy)
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ensconced
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She shall not see me; I will ensconce me behind the arras.†
ensconce = fixed firmly; or settled comfortably
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exeunt
36 uses
[Exeunt CAIUS and RUGBY.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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frugal
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I was then frugal of my mirth:
frugal = avoiding waste
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heresy
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him that was of late an heretic
heretic = someone with opinions or actions most people consider immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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importune
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Have you importuned her to such a purpose?
importuned = begged
DefinitionGenerally importune means:
beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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instigate
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at his heels a rabble of his companions, thither provoked and instigated by his distemper,
instigated = set into motion
DefinitionGenerally instigate means:
start or set into motion — typically some kind of conflict
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mockery
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I shall be rather praised for this than mocked;
mocked = made fun of
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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obsequious
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I see you are obsequious in your love,
obsequious = excessively eager to flatter or serve
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perplex
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Here, Master Doctor, in perplexity and doubtful dilemma.
perplexity = confusion due to complexity
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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prodigal
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'tis painted about with the story of the Prodigal,
prodigal = the commonly referenced Christian parable, The Prodigal Son

Editor's notes:
  • A parable is a story told to teach a moral lesson
  • The Prodigal Son is about extreme forgiveness.
  • This is a common usage of prodigal; though it more generally refers to anyone (not just the Prodigal Son) who is recklessly wasteful; or perhaps long absent.
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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remorse
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The rogues slighted me into the river with as little remorse as...
remorse = feeling of regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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resolute
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SLENDER
... I will marry her; that
I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely.

SIR HUGH EVANS
It is a fery discretion answer; save the fall is in
the ort 'dissolutely:' the ort is, according to our
meaning, 'resolutely.' his meaning is good.
resolutely = with firm purpose or belief

(editor's note:  Slender meant to say the missing word when he said dissolutely.)
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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ruminate
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then she plots, then she ruminates, then she devises;
ruminates = thinks again and again about something
DefinitionGenerally ruminate means:
to think again and again about something
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specious
2 uses
but speciously for Master Fenton
speciously = seemingly good, but without merit
DefinitionGenerally specious means:
seemingly good, but without merit

or:

insincere, but seemingly good
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