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The Merry Wives of Windsor

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choleric
1 use
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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dissemble
1 use
You dissembling knight!
dissembling = lying
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
hide or disguise the truth without outright lying
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egress
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My hand, bully; thou shalt have egress and regress; said I well? and thy name shall be Brook.†
egress = exit (departure from)
DefinitionGenerally egress means:
to exit
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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
1 use
I was then frugal of my mirth:
frugal = careful not to waste
DefinitionGenerally frugal means:
avoiding waste — typically being careful not to spend much money
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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
1 use
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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mock
7 uses
I shall be rather praised for this than mocked;
mocked = made fun of
DefinitionGenerally mock means:
making fun of

or:

not real
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obsequious
1 use
I see you are obsequious in your love,
obsequious = excessively eager to flatter or serve
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omnipotent
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O omnipotent love! how near the god drew to the complexion of a goose!†
omnipotent = all powerful
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perplex
1 use
Here, Master Doctor, in perplexity and doubtful dilemma.
perplexity = confusion due to complexity
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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prodigal
1 use
'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 a parable 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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redress
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If it be confessed, it is not redressed: is not that so, Master Page?†
redressed = fixed a problem; or made up for a wrong
DefinitionGenerally redress means:
fix a problem; or make up for a wrong
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remorse
1 use
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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reprove
2 uses
good Sir John, as you have one eye upon my follies, as you hear them unfolded, turn another into the register of your own, that I may pass with a reproof the easier,
reproof = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reprove means:
to express disapproval of one's actions to them
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resolute
1 use
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 resolutely when he said dissolutely.)
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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ruminate
1 use
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; or to think about something in a sustained (continuing) manner
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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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