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Othello, the Moor of Venice

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abhor
3 uses
abhor the Moor
abhor = hate or detest
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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apprehend
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
apprehend the criminal
  I therefore apprehend and do attach thee
  For an abuser of the world, a practiser
  Of arts inhibited and out of warrant.†
apprehend = arrest
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to capture and arrest someone suspected of breaking the law
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beguile
5 uses
So let the Turk of Cyprus us beguile;
beguile = charm and/or deceive
DefinitionGenerally beguile means:
to charm, enchant, or entertain someone; or to deceive — especially through charm
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belie
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
his smile belied his treachery
Thou dost belie her
belie = give a false impression of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of belie means:
to give a false impression; or be in contradiction with
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beseech
13 uses
I humbly do beseech you of your pardon
For too much loving you.
beseech = beg
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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censure
3 uses
...To you, lord governor,
Remains the censure of this hellish villain;
The time, the place, the torture. O, enforce it!
censure = harsh or formal criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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chide
5 uses
She puts her tongue a little in her heart,
And chides with thinking.
chides = tells someone they have done wrong
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — sometimes in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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cunning
1 use
I will be found most cunning in my patience;
cunning = clever
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness — and typically through deception as well (tricking others)
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discern
2 uses
What from the cape can you discern at sea?
discern = see or understand
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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entreat
6 uses
I do entreat that we may sup together:
entreat = ask
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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forbearance
2 uses
with the little godliness I have, I did full hard forbear him.
forbear = stop (keep him from acting)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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forsake
3 uses
she forsook so many noble matches, Her father, and her country, and her friends,
forsook = abandoned or gave up on
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
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inhibit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
inhibited the growth of...
  I therefore apprehend and do attach thee
  For an abuser of the world, a practiser
  Of arts inhibited and out of warrant.†
inhibited = limited
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inhibit means:
to limit the activity of someone or something
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innovate
1 use
behold, what innovation it makes here:
innovation = change made by the introduction of something new

(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 innovate means:
bring something new to an environment
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malicious
5 uses
what malice was between you?
malice = ill will (wanting to see others suffer)
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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notorious
2 uses
'Tis a notorious villain.
notorious = well known for something bad
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notwithstanding
1 use
Cassio:
Iago hath direction what to do;
But, notwithstanding, with my personal eye
Will I look to't.
notwithstanding = despite what was just said (in this case, even though Iago knows what do, Cassio says he will see that it's done.)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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remorse
2 uses
to obey shall be in me remorse
remorse = deep regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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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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wanton
3 uses
Oh, 'tis the spite of hell, the fiend's arch-mock,
To lip a wanton in a secure couch,
And to suppose her chaste. No, let me know,
wanton = someone who indulges in sexual promiscuity
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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