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Much Ado About Nothing

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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Contempt, farewell! and maiden pride, adieu!
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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depravity
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That lie and cog and flout, deprave and slander,
deprave = make immoral or evil
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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dissemble
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Marry, thou dost wrong me; thou dissembler, thou.†
dissembler = hide or disguise the truth without outright lying
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divine
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Now, divine air!
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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endure
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
endured the pain
For there was never yet philosopher
That could endure the toothache patiently,
endure = suffer through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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enigma
1 use
Your answer, sir, is enigmatical:
enigmatical = mysterious and seemingly unexplainable
DefinitionGenerally enigma means:
something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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epitaph
2 uses
Your daughter here the princes left for dead; Let her awhile be secretly kept in, And publish it that she is dead indeed: Maintain a mourning ostentation; nd on your family's old monument Hang mournful epitaphs and do all rites That appertain unto a burial.†
epitaphs = short texts in memory of dead people
DefinitionGenerally epitaph means:
a short text in memory of a dead person — especially text written on a tombstone
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exeunt
30 uses
[Exeunt HERO and URSULA.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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expedient
1 use
therefore is it most expedient for the wise ... to be the trumpet of his own virtues,
expedient = practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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fetter
1 use
But there is no such man; for, brother, men
Can counsel and speak comfort to that grief
...
Would...
Fetter strong madness in a silken thread,
Charm ache with air and agony with words.
fetter = restrain (shackle)
DefinitionGenerally fetter means:
to restrain or hinder

or more archaically:

a shackle for the ankles
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flout
7 uses
'I measure him,' says she, 'by my own spirit; for I should flout him, if he writ to me; yea, though I love him, I should.'
flout = openly disregard
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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infamy
2 uses
Why had I not with charitable hand Took up a beggar's issue at my gates, Who smirched thus, and mir'd with infamy, I might have said, 'No part of it is mine; This shame derives itself from unknown loins?'†
infamy = famous for something that is bad; or an extremely bad event
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obstinate
1 use
Thou wast ever an obstinate heretic...
obstinate = stubborn
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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ostentatious
1 use
And publish it that she is dead indeed.
Maintain a mourning ostentation,
And on your family's old monument
Hang mournful epitaphs and do all rites
That appertain unto a burial.
ostentation = actions intended to attract notice

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", 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 action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
In most profound earnest; and, I'll warrant you, for the love of Beatrice.
profound = intense or emotional deep
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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reconcile
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reconciled their differences
being reconciled to the prince your brother, I owe you all duty.
reconciled = brought into agreement (on the same side without argument)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reconcile means:
to bring into agreement
The exact meaning of reconcile can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "We reconciled our differences and are on friendly terms now." — settled or found a way to accept
  • "They did break up, but they reconciled since then." — made up
  • "I need to reconcile my goals with my abilities." — make compatible
  • "I need to reconcile my checkbook." — get the checkbook numbers and the bank statement to agree
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reprove
1 use
'tis so, I cannot reprove it; and wise, but for loving me:
reprove = criticize
DefinitionGenerally reprove means:
to express disapproval of one's actions to them
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temperate
1 use
I will write against it: You seem to me as Dian in her orb, As chaste as is the bud ere it be blown; But you are more intemperate in your blood Than Venus, or those pamper'd animals That rage in savage sensuality.†
intemperate = given to excess — especially of weather or behavior

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in intemperate means not and reverses the meaning of temperate. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally temperate means:
lacking extremes — especially of weather, climate, or behavior
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wanton
1 use
Not to be married,
Not to knit my soul to an approved wanton.
wanton = sexually promiscuous woman

(editor's note:  at the time, approved,  was a way of saying proved or proven)
DefinitionGenerally wanton means:
of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and (especially in the past) sexual promiscuity
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zeal
1 use
Intend a kind of zeal both to the Prince and Claudio,
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm

(editor's note:  today, this use of intend, would be better replaced by pretend)
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