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A Midsummer Night's Dream
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accord
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
when you have spoken your speech, enter into that brake; and so every one according to his cue.
according to = in keeping with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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approach
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
approached the city
Beetles black, approach not near;†
approach = come near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to
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audacious
1 use
the rattling tongue of saucy and audacious eloquence
audacious = bold and daring
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
Or on Diana's altar to protest
For aye austerity and single life.
austerity = a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this as "or to take a vow to spend the rest of your life as a virgin priestess of the moon goddess.")
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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comprehend
2 uses
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
comprehends = understands
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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condolence
2 uses
a lover is more condoling.
condoling = showing grief
DefinitionGenerally condolence means:
an expression of sympathy to another who is in sorrow — typically in grief over a death in the family
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confound
2 uses
...confounding oath on oath.
confounding = frustrating (preventing the fulfillment of)
DefinitionGenerally confound means:
to confuse or cause to be unable to think clearly

or:

to refute or frustrate
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conjure
1 use
A trim exploit, a manly enterprise,
To conjure tears up in a poor maid's eyes
With your derision!
conjure = bring into existence
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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disparage
1 use
Disparage not the faith thou dost not know,
disparage = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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dissent
1 use
And this same progeny of evils comes from our debate, from our dissension:
dissension = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
O Helen, goddess, nymph, perfect, divine!
divine = wonderful or god-like
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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enmity
1 use
fear no enmity
enmity = hatred between enemies
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exeunt
17 uses
[Exeunt DEMETRIUS and HELENA.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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flout
2 uses
Is't not enough, is't not enough, young man, That I did never, no, nor never can Deserve a sweet look from Demetrius' eye, But you must flout my insufficiency?†
flout = openly disregard
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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harbinger
1 use
And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger
harbinger = an indication of the approach of something

(editor's note:  Aurora is the goddess of morning. This references the Morning Star (Venus) when it is seen in the east just before sunrise. So Robin is saying that morning is coming.)
DefinitionGenerally harbinger means:
an indication of the approach of something — especially something bad
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mockery
6 uses
you mock me, gentlemen,
mock = make fun of
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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negligent
1 use
This is thy negligence:
negligence = insufficient care or attention
DefinitionGenerally negligent means:
insufficient care or attention (not being careful enough or not trying hard enough to fulfill a responsibility)
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prodigious
1 use
Nor mark prodigious,
prodigious = far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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scorn
12 uses
When at your hands did I deserve this scorn?
scorn = treat with a strong lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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wither
3 uses
But earthlier happy is the rose distill'd
Than that which, withering on the virgin thorn,
Grows, lives, and dies, in single blessedness.
withering = shriveling (wrinkling, contracting, and drying out from age)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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