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The Two Gentlemen of Verona
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abridge
1 use
thy staying will abridge thy life.
abridge = shorten
DefinitionGenerally abridge means:
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements — especially to a book
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banish
14 uses
But were you banish'd for so small a fault?
banish'd = expelled (forced to leave) from a country or community
DefinitionGenerally banish means:
to expel or get rid of

in various senses including:
  • to force someone to leave a country as punishment
  • to push an idea from the mind
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chide
4 uses
I am so far from granting thy request
That I despise thee for thy wrongful suit, And by and by intend to chide myself
Even for this time I spend in talking to thee.
chide = to tell 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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commend
8 uses
Flatter and praise, commend, extol their graces;
commend = publicly express a favorable opinion
DefinitionGenerally commend means:
praise or recommend
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confer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
confer with her coach
We have some secrets to confer about.
confer = talk
DefinitionGenerally this sense of confer means:
have a conference in order to talk something over
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Trampling contemptuously on thy disdain.
contemptuously = disrespectfully
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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discourse
8 uses
How likes she my discourse?
discourse = speech, writing, or conversation
DefinitionGenerally discourse means:
a serious speech, writing, or conversation on a particular topic
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1st useScene 1.3
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disdain
2 uses
As in revenge of thy ingratitude, I throw thy name against the bruising stones, Trampling contemptuously on thy disdain.
disdain = a lack of respect
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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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
such divine perfection
divine = wonderful (or god-like)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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entreat
4 uses
This is the hour that Madam Silvia entreated me to call and know her mind:
entreated = asked
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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extol
1 use
Flatter and praise, commend, extol their graces;
extol = praise, glorify, or honor
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forbearance
6 uses
Love, lend me patience to forbear awhile.
forbear = refrain (hold back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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1st useScene 2.7
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lament
4 uses
Cease to lament for that thou canst not help,
lament = express grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 4.4
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obdurate
1 use
Madam, if your heart be so obdurate,
Vouchsafe me yet your picture for my love,
The picture that is hanging in your chamber;
To that I'll speak, to that I'll sigh and weep;
For, since the substance of your perfect self
Is else devoted, I am but a shadow;
And to your shadow will I make true love.
obdurate = stubbornly showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
DefinitionGenerally obdurate means:
stubbornly persistent — especially in wrongdoing

or more rarely (except in classic literature):

showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
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penitent
2 uses
By penitence the Eternal's wrath's appeas'd:
penitence = feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I perceive you delight not in music.
perceive = see
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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1st useScene 4.2
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perjury
4 uses
provokes me to this threefold perjury:
perjury = lie (or make false statement under oath)
DefinitionGenerally perjury means:
the criminal offense of telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth — such as when testifying in a court trial
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1st useScene 2.6
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ruminate
1 use
That you may ruminate.
ruminate = to think again and again about something
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scorn
5 uses
But she did scorn a present that I sent her.
scorn = disdain (dislike or treat with a strong lack of respect)
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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writ
16 uses
Why, she hath not writ to me?
writ = archaic term for written or wrote
DefinitionGenerally writ means:
law:  an order issued by a court or judicial officer

or more rarely:

archaic term for written or wrote
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