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advocate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an advocate supporting
An advocate for an impostor?
advocate = person who publicly speaks on behalf of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
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auspicious
2 uses
I find my zenith doth depend upon a most auspicious star
auspicious = favorable; or suggestive of good things to come
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austere
1 use
If I have too austerely punish'd you, your compensation makes amends:
austerely = sternly
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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beseech
6 uses
I do beseech thy greatness, give him blows, and take his bottle from him.
beseech = ask strongly or beg for something
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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blasphemy
2 uses
you bawling, blasphemous, incharitable dog!
blasphemous = disrespectful of that which is sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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contentious
1 use
the contentious waves
contentious = causing difficulty (in this case, as though he is arguing with the waves)
DefinitionGenerally contentious means:
causing or likely to cause disagreement; or argumentative
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credulous
1 use
A most poor credulous monster!
credulous = too willing to believe
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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diligent
3 uses
go, hence with diligence!
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
disdain, and discord, shall bestrew the union of your bed
discord = conflict and disagreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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disdain
1 use
disdain, and discord, shall bestrew the union of your bed
disdain = disrespect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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diversity
1 use
Of roaring, shrieking, howling, jingling chains,
And more diversity of sounds, all horrible,
diversity = different kinds (a variety)
DefinitionGenerally diversity means:
the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
I might call him
A thing divine; for nothing natural
I ever saw so noble.
divine = god-like (wonderful)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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forswear
1 use
Her and her blind boy's scandal'd company I have forsworn.
forsworn = decided to do without
DefinitionGenerally forswear means:
to decide to stop doing something; or to renounce or disavow something

or (more rarely):  to lie — especially while under oath
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indulgent
1 use
As you from crimes would pardon'd be,
Let your indulgence set me free.
indulgence = treatment with extra kindness or tolerance
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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notwithstanding
1 use
That our garments, being, as they were, drenched in the sea, hold notwithstanding their freshness and glosses, being rather new-dyed than stain'd with salt water.
notwithstanding = despite what was just said (in this case, even though the garments were drenched with sea water, they looked new rather than stained by the water)
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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paragon
1 use
Tunis was never graced before with such a paragon to their queen.
paragon = an ideal instance
DefinitionGenerally paragon means:
an ideal instance; or model of excellence
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sloth
2 uses
...Ebbing men indeed,
Most often, do so near the bottom run
By their own fear or sloth.
sloth = an unwillingness to work or exert oneself

(editor's note:  In this context, ebbing is a synonym for declining or unsuccessful.)
DefinitionGenerally sloth means:
laziness (an unwillingness to work or exert oneself)

or:

a type of animal that seldom moves and is typically very slow when it does move
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subtle   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle shade of blue
It must needs be of subtle, tender, and delicate temperance.
subtle = mild (understated)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
understated so as not to draw attention to itself
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2  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
You do yet taste
Some subtleties o' the isle, that will not let you
Believe things certain.
subtleties = things that are not obvious, but can be appreciated by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
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trifle with
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a trifling matter
For every trifle are they set upon me:
trifle = thing of small importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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