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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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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
4 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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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 = 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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expound
1 use
Faith, nothing; but has left me here behind to expound the meaning or moral of his signs and tokens.†
expound = explain or discuss in detail
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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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ingenious
1 use
Here let us breathe, and haply institute
A course of learning and ingenious studies.
ingenious = showing cleverness and originality
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notorious
1 use
you notorious villain!
notorious = well known for something bad
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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
2 uses
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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simile
1 use
A good swift simile, but something currish.†
simile = a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as"

as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
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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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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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untoward
1 use
Have to my widow! and if she be froward, Then hast thou taught Hortensio to be untoward.†
untoward = improper, awkward, or unfavorable
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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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