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The Taming of the Shrew
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adversary
1 use
Sir, I shall not be slack; in sign whereof, Please ye we may contrive this afternoon, And quaff carouses to our mistress' health; And do as adversaries do in law, Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.†
adversaries = opponents
DefinitionGenerally adversary means:
an opponent
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arrogant
1 use
O monstrous arrogance!
arrogance = an excessive sense of superiority
DefinitionGenerally arrogant means:
having an excessive sense of superiority
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.3
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beseech
3 uses
If I may be bold, Tell me, I beseech you, which is the readiest way To the house of Signior Baptista Minola?†
beseech = to ask strongly or beg for something
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chide
3 uses
Not her that chides, sir, at any hand, I pray.†
chides = scolds or criticizes
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — sometimes in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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chronicle
1 use
Y'are a baggage; the Slys are no rogues; look in the chronicles: we came in with Richard Conqueror.†
chronicles = a record of events (typically written) or the act of recording or telling of the events
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controversy
1 use
Prithee, Kate, let's stand aside and see the end of this controversy.†
controversy = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally controversy means:
disagreement — especially regarding a public issue that arouses strong feelings
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dissemble
2 uses
Of all thy suitors here I charge thee tell Whom thou lov'st best: see thou dissemble not.†
dissemble = deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
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exeunt
25 uses
[Exeunt LUCENTIO and BIANCA.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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external
1 use
Why are our bodies soft and weak and smooth, Unapt to toll and trouble in the world, But that our soft conditions and our hearts Should well agree with our external parts?†
external = outside
DefinitionGenerally external means:
outside
in various senses, including:
  • coming from or existing outside a place, organization or thing — as in "external trade"
  • forming or relating to an outside boundary — as in "external walls"
  • on the surface or superficial as contrasted to something that is deep or complete — as in "external appearances"
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forthwith
2 uses
If thou account'st it shame, lay it on me; And therefore frolic; we will hence forthwith, To feast and sport us at thy father's house.†
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
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importune
1 use
Gentlemen, importune me no further, For how I firmly am resolv'd you know; That is, not to bestow my youngest daughter Before I have a husband for the elder.†
importune = beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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notorious
1 use
you notorious villain!
notorious = well known for something bad
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1st useScene 5.1
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pithy
1 use
More pleasant, pithy, and effectual
pithy = short (not taking as long)
DefinitionGenerally pithy means:
concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
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revere
1 use
And with a low submissive reverence say 'What is it your honour will command?'
reverence = 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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shrewd
4 uses
Petruchio, shall I then come roundly to thee And wish thee to a shrewd ill-favour'd wife?†
shrewd = smart
DefinitionGenerally shrewd means:
smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
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stoic
1 use
Only, good master, while we do admire
This virtue and this moral discipline,
Let's be no stoics nor...
Stoics = people who try to be unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
DefinitionGenerally stoic means:
seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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strife
2 uses
And, to cut off all strife, here sit we down; Take you your instrument, play you the whiles; His lecture will be done ere you have tun'd.†
strife = conflict or angry disagreement
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tedious
1 use
Tedious it were to tell, and harsh to hear;
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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usurp
1 use
I know the boy will well usurp the grace, voice, gait, and action, of a gentlewoman
usurp = take or seize (in this case, impersonate)
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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wane
2 uses
Thou art a lord, and nothing but a lord: Thou hast a lady far more beautiful Than any woman in this waning age.†
waning = declining or diminishing
DefinitionGenerally wane means:
a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number) — especially the part of the moon that is visible
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