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amiable
2 uses
this amiable encounter
amiable = friendly
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.3
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blithe
2 uses
Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
 Men were deceivers ever,
 One foot in sea and one on shore,
 To one thing constant never.
 Then sigh not so, but let them go,
 And be you blithe and bonny,
blithe = carefree and happy
DefinitionGenerally blithe means:
carefree and happy — often unaware of or ignoring something that should be of concern
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censure
1 use
I hear how I am censured:
censured = criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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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 — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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contemptible
1 use
the man,—as you know all,—hath a contemptible spirit.
contemptible = very bad (deserving no respect)
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Cupid
9 uses
he hath twice or thrice cut Cupid's bowstring,
Cupid = Roman mythology:  god of love; a small, winged boy whose arrows make those struck fall in love
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Book9 uses
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disdain
7 uses
Courtesy itself must convert to disdain if you come in her presence.
disdain = a lack of 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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Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 2.1
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disparage
1 use
I will disparage her no farther
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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1st useScene 3.2
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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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.1
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melancholy
7 uses
He is of a very melancholy disposition.
melancholy = sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book7 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
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mitigate
1 use
unmitigated rancour
unmitigated = complete (not diminished)

(editor's note:  rancour or more commonly, rancor means strong hate or anger)
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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pernicious
1 use
they would else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor.
pernicious = something spreading great harm in a gradual or subtle way
DefinitionGenerally pernicious means:
harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 1.1
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reproach
2 uses
Who can blot that name with any just reproach?
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 4.1
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revere
6 uses
knavery cannot, sure, hide itself in such reverence.
reverence = respectful attitude

(editor's note:  knavery is dishonesty or stealing)
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Book6 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 2.3
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scorn
8 uses
if she should make tender of her love, 'tis very possible he'll scorn it;
scorn = reject or disrespect
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 4.1
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slander
15 uses
she is wronged, she is slandered, she is undone.
slandered = things falsely said that damaged the reputation of another
DefinitionGenerally slander means:
words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
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Book15 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.3
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tedious
3 uses
Neighbours, you are tedious.
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.5
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transgress
4 uses
Wilt thou make a trust a transgression?
transgression = an act in violation of rules, promises, or social norms

(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 transgress means:
to violate a rule, promise, or social norm
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1st useScene 2.1
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writ
7 uses
Writ in my cousin's hand,
writ = written
DefinitionGenerally writ means:
law:  an order issued by a court or judicial officer

or more rarely:

archaic term for written or wrote
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.3
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