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Much Ado About Nothing

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adverse
1 use
Grow this to what adverse issue it can, I will put it in practice.†
adverse = working against one's interests
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amorous
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Sure my brother is amorous on Hero, and hath withdrawn her father to break with him about it.†
amorous = romantic or sexual
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beseech
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But, I beseech your Grace, pardon me; I was born to speak all mirth and no matter.†
beseech = to ask strongly or beg for something
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depravity
1 use
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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detract
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I did never think to marry: I must not seem proud: happy are they that hear their detractions, and can put them to mending.†
detractions = to diminish (reduce the value of something)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
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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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endure
2 uses
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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
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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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infamy
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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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meddle
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True, and they are to meddle with none but the prince's subjects.†
meddle = interfere (in another's affairs or business); or handle (something that shouldn't be handled)
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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
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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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perjury
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Thou seest that all the grace that she hath left Is that she will not add to her damnation A sin of perjury: she not denies it.†
perjury = the criminal offense of telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth
DefinitionGenerally perjury means:
the criminal offense of telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth — such as when testifying in a court trial
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profound
1 use
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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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shrewd
2 uses
Cousin, you apprehend passing shrewdly.†
shrewdly = in a smart manner
DefinitionGenerally shrewd means:
smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
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untoward
1 use
O day untowardly turned!†
untowardly = in an improper, awkward, or unfavorable manner
DefinitionGenerally untoward means:
improper, awkward, or unfavorable
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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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