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Twelfth Night
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augment
1 use
He does smile his face into more lines than is in the new map, with the augmentation of the Indies:
augmentation = enlargement or increase
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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austere
1 use
I extend my hand to him thus, quenching my familiar smile with an austere regard of control:
austere = stern (serious)
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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bestow
5 uses
I saw your niece do more favours to the count's servingman than ever she bestowed upon me;
bestowed = gave (as a gift)
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
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cunning
5 uses
his false cunning
cunning = skillful in achieving goals by outmaneuvering others through deception and cleverness
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
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dissemble
3 uses
Well, I'll put it on, and I will dissemble myself in it;
dissemble = disguise
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
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divine
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
we will hear this divinity.
divinity = supernatural (god-like) being
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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entreat
3 uses
entreat him to a peace
entreat = ask or attempt to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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forbearance
1 use
I can hardly forbear hurling things at him.
forbear = refrain (hold back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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heresy
1 use
O, I have read it; it is heresy.
heresy = having opinions most people consider immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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impetuous
1 use
his rage, skill, fury, and impetuosity.
impetuosity = impulsiveness (the trait of acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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incredulous
1 use
no incredulous or unsafe circumstance
incredulous = unbelievable
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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malicious
2 uses
and yet, by the very fangs of malice I swear, I am not that I play.
malice = the desire to hurt others or see them suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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melancholy
4 uses
he will smile upon her, which will now be so unsuitable to her disposition, being addicted to a melancholy as she is
melancholy = sadness
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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mitigate
1 use
...without any mitigation or remorse of voice?
mitigation = reduction in harm or unpleasantness
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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notorious
4 uses
Madam, you have done me wrong, Notorious wrong.
notorious = well known and bad
DefinitionGenerally notorious means:
well known for something bad
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
I will drop in his way some obscure epistles of love; wherein, by the colour of his beard, the shape of his leg, the manner of his gait, the expressure of his eye, forehead, and complexion, he shall find himself most feelingly personated. I can write very like my lady, your niece; on a forgotten matter we can hardly make distinction of our hands.
obscure = mysterious (no clearly understood)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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passage
1 use
If you desire the spleen, and will laugh yourselves into stitches, follow me: yond gull Malvolio is turned heathen, a very renegado; for there is no Christian, that means to be saved by believing rightly, can ever believe such impossible passages of grossness.†
passages = short parts of longer written works
DefinitionGenerally this sense of passage means:
a short part of a longer written work
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perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a perspective of the entire block
  One face, one voice, one habit, and two persons;
  A natural perspective, that is, and is not.†
perspective = view

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare translates this as: "One face, one voice, one way of dressing, but two people! It's like an optical illusion. It is and isn't the same person.")
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a view — often stressing that the view is different from a view from another location
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usurp
3 uses
you do usurp yourself, for what is yours to bestow is not yours to reserve.
usurp = steal from (seize from)
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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yield
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
You must needs yield your reason, Sir Andrew.†
yield = provide or give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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