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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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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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beguile
2 uses
How shall we beguile The lazy time, if not with some delight?
beguile = to charm someone; or to deceive — especially through charm
DefinitionGenerally beguile means:
to charm, enchant, or entertain someone; or to deceive — especially through charm
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chide
4 uses
Now I but chide, but I should use thee worse;
For thou, I fear, hast given me cause to curse.
chide = gently tell someone the did wrong
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — sometimes in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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Cupid
8 uses
I swear to thee by Cupid's strongest bow,
Cupid = Roman mythology:  god of love; a small, winged boy whose arrows make those struck fall in love
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deride
4 uses
To conjure tears up in a poor maid's eyes with your derision!
derision = treatment as inferior and unworthy of respect

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
How shall we find the concord of this discord?
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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discourse
4 uses
I am to discourse wonders
discourse = speak (of)
DefinitionGenerally discourse means:
a serious speech, writing, or conversation on a particular topic

or much more rarely: to speak or write formally on a particular topic; or to have a conversation
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disdain
2 uses
in love with a disdainful youth
disdainful = lacking respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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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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doting
9 uses
The juice of it on sleeping eyelids laid
Will make or man or woman madly dote
Upon the next live creature that it sees.
dote = love excessively
DefinitionGenerally doting means:
demonstrating love and uncritical affection
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enmity
1 use
fear no enmity
enmity = hatred
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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entreat
5 uses
If she cannot entreat, I can compel.
entreat = persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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loathe
4 uses
O, how mine eyes do loathe his visage now!
loathe = hate
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
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Monsieur
11 uses
Where's Monsieur Mustardseed?
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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mortal
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
mortal body
Lord, what fools these mortals be!
mortals = humans
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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revel
5 uses
But I will wed thee in another key,
With pomp, with triumph, and with revelling.
revelling = to take delight in; or to party

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans do not repeat the "L" prior to adding the "ING".)
DefinitionGenerally revel means:
to take delight in

or:

to party — especially in a noisy way
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scorn
12 uses
When at your hands did I deserve this scorn?
scorn = rejection or disrespect
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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tedious
5 uses
O weary night, O long and tedious night, Abate thy hours!
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
  And this weak and idle theme,
  No more yielding but a dream,†
yielding = giving
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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2  —5 uses as in:
yield to pressure
  ...—and, Lysander, yield
  Thy crazed title to my certain right.†
yield = give up

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare simplifies this as, "And Lysander, stop acting like she's yours. I've got more of a right to her than you.")
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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