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Othello, the Moor of Venice

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alacrity
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A natural and prompt alacrity I find in hardness;
alacrity = rising to the occasion (liveliness and eagerness)

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare re-words this line as "I rise to the occasion when faced with difficulties.")
DefinitionGenerally alacrity means:
quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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convey
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1  —1 use as in:
convey her safely to
So please your grace, my ancient,
A man he is of honesty and trust,
To his conveyance I assign my wife,
With what else needful your good grace shall think
To be sent after me.†
conveyance = transport
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credulous
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Thus credulous fools are caught;
credulous = too willing to believe
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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dissemble
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O, hardness to dissemble!
dissemble = hide or disguise the truth
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
hide or disguise the truth without outright lying
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edify
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Can you inquire him out, and be edified by report?
edified = instructed
DefinitionGenerally edify means:
to instruct — morally or intellectually
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exeunt
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Exeunt Othello and Desdemona.
exeunt = exit from stage (a stage direction)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of exeunt means:
stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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importune
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go and importune her.
importune = beg persistently and urgently
DefinitionGenerally importune means:
beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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impute
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imputed the outburst to stress
  ...But yet, I say,
  If imputation and strong circumstances,
  Which lead directly to the door of truth,
  Will give you satisfaction, you may have't.
imputation = attribute this to; or believe the cause is

(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 this sense of impute means:
attribute (to say one thing is the cause of another—often to blame and often wrongly)
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insolent
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...being taken by the insolent foe,
insolent = rudely disrespectful
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languish
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a man that languishes in your displeasure.
languishes = suffers in a bad situation for a long time
DefinitionGenerally languish means:
to suffer in a bad situation for a long time
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lethargic
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The lethargy must have his quiet course:
lethargy = a state with a lack of energy
DefinitionGenerally lethargic means:
lacking energy
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mandate
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a legal mandate
I obey the mandate
mandate = instruction that must be followed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mandate means:
an instruction that must be followed; or to command
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obscure
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the view or directions are obscure
Lechery, by this hand; an index and obscure prologue to the history of lust and foul thoughts.
obscure = not clearly seen (secretive)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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penitent
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he's penitent
penitent = feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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pernicious
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If he say so, may his pernicious soul rot half a grain a day!
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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prosperous
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  Most gracious duke,
  To my unfolding lend your prosperous ear;
  And let me find a charter in your voice
  To assist my simpleness.
prosperous = good
DefinitionGenerally prosperous means:
successful or good — especially with regard to finances or wealth
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ruminate
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I pr'ythee, speak to me as to thy thinkings
As thou dost ruminate; and give thy worst of thoughts
The worst of words.
ruminate = think (perhaps think again and again)
DefinitionGenerally ruminate means:
to think again and again about something; or to think about something in a sustained (continuing) manner
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scanty
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And heaven defend your good souls, that you think I will your serious and great business scant For she is with me:
scant = small in amount — often inadequate

or:

of clothes:  barely covering the area on which they are worn
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tedious
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It were a tedious difficulty, I think, to bring them to that prospect:
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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timorous
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Do, with like timorous accent and dire yell,
As when, by night and negligence, the fire Is spied in populous cities.
timorous = fearful
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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