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The Merry Wives of Windsor
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acquaint
6 uses
Sir John, there's one Master Brook below would fain speak with you and be acquainted with you:
acquainted = get to know (get familiar with)
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
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alacrity
1 use
I have a kind of alacrity in sinking;
alacrity = an eagerness to do something (in this case, in involuntary tendency)
DefinitionGenerally alacrity means:
quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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amiable
1 use
an amiable siege to the honesty of this Ford's wife: use your art of wooing; win her to consent to you:
amiable = friendly and kindly
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benevolent
1 use
If Sir John Falstaff have committed disparagements unto you, I am of the church, and will be glad to do my benevolence to make atonements and compremises between you.
benevolence = kindness or generosity
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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beseech
4 uses
I beseech you, be not so phlegmatic.
beseech = to ask strongly or beg for something
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conjecture
1 use
in my simple conjectures:
conjectures = conclusion or opinions based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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construe
1 use
I can construe the action of her familiar style
construe = interpret (understand the implications of)
DefinitionGenerally construe means:
to interpret something as having a specific meaning
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
upon familiarity will grow more contempt
contempt = dislike and disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
They say there is divinity in odd numbers,
divinity = something supernatural (god-like)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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1st useScene 5.1
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emulate
1 use
I see how thine eye would emulate the diamond;
emulate = imitate (copy)
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forbearance
2 uses
Forbear; here's company.
forbear = stop (refrain or hold back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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frugal
1 use
I was then frugal of my mirth:
frugal = avoiding waste
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heresy
1 use
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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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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lament
1 use
she laments, sir,
laments = expresses grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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melancholy
4 uses
why art thou melancholy?
melancholy = sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.4
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
They are all couched in a pit hard by Herne's oak, with obscured lights; which, at the very instant of Falstaff's and our meeting, they will at once display to the night.
obscured = hidden
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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1st useScene 5.3
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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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predominant
1 use
Master Brook, thou shalt know I will predominate over the peasant, and thou shalt lie with his wife.
predominate = dominate (exert control by being more powerful)
DefinitionGenerally predominant means:
most frequent, common, or important; or having more power and influence
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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
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