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Othello, the Moor of Venice
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consequence
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a direct consequence of
Now, 'mongst this flock of drunkards, Am I to put our Cassio in some action That may offend the isle:—but here they come: If consequence do but approve my dream, My boat sails freely, both with wind and stream.†
consequence = result
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 2.3
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convey
1 use
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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.3
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demonstrate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
It demonstrates my point.
Something sure of state,
Either from Venice or some unhatched practice
Made demonstrable here in Cyprus to him,
Hath puddled his clear spirit, and in such cases
Men's natures wrangle with inferior things,
Though great ones are their object.
demonstrable = proven or known
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
to show
The exact meaning of this sense of demonstrate can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "I will demonstrate how to throw a Frisbee." — show how to do something
  • "I will demonstrate how much quicker the new computer is than the old one." — show how something works
  • "Her questioned demonstrated that she was listening and thinking deeply about what was said." — showed to be true or proved
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Book3 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 3.4
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 7 uses
1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
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.†
directly = straight (without going anywhere else first)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.3
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2  —4 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
Thou hast taken against me a most just exception; but yet, I protest, I have dealt most directly in thy affair.†
directly = completely
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book4 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
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3  —2 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
Take note, take note, O world,
To be direct and honest is not safe.†
direct = straightforward (specific and to the point)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 1.3
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exeunt
23 uses
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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Book23 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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importune
3 uses
go and importune her.
importune = beg persistently and urgently
DefinitionGenerally importune means:
beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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Book3 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.1
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iniquity
2 uses
Though in the trade of war I have slain men, Yet do I hold it very stuff o' the conscience To do no contriv'd murder: I lack iniquity Sometimes to do me service: nine or ten times I had thought to have yerk'd him here under the ribs.†
iniquity = immorality; or an immoral act
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
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insolent
1 use
...being taken by the insolent foe,
insolent = rudely disrespectful
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.3
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interpret
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
her interpretation of the data
O, my fear interprets!†
interprets = explains something in a particular way
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 5.2
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languish
1 use
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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.3
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lethargic
1 use
The lethargy must have his quiet course:
lethargy = a state with a lack of energy
DefinitionGenerally lethargic means:
lacking energy
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.1
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mockery
8 uses
If she be false, O, then heaven mocks itself!
mocks = makes fun of (ridicules)
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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Book8 uses
Library30 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 1.3
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 2.1
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penitent
1 use
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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1st useScene 3.3
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reproach
1 use
And many worthy and chaste dames even thus,
All guiltless, meet reproach.
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.1
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revere
2 uses
in the due reverence of a sacred vow
reverence = deep respect
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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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 1.1
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tedious
2 uses
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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.3
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timorous
1 use
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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