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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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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

(editor's note: This is more commonly spelled banished.)
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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Book14 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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censure
1 use
Pardon, dear madam; 'tis a passing shame
That I, unworthy body as I am,
Should censure thus on lovely gentlemen.
censure = criticize
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
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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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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
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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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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
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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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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 1.2
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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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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.7
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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 — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.2
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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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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.7
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forswear
9 uses
To wrong my friend, I shall be much forsworn
forsworn = renounced
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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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.5
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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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Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 4.4
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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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.4
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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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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.6
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perplex
1 use
all our house in a great perplexity; yet did not this cruel-hearted cur shed one tear.
perplexity = confusion due to complexity
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.3
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peruse
2 uses
Peruse this paper, madam.
peruse = examine or consider with attention and in detail
DefinitionGenerally peruse means:
to read or examine
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
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pretense
1 use
made me publisher of this pretence
pretence = a false appearance or action to help one pretend

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use pretense.)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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remorse
1 use
valiant, wise, remorseful, well accomplished
remorseful = full of regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.3
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ruminate
1 use
That you may ruminate.
ruminate = to think again and again about something
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
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scorn
5 uses
But she did scorn a present that I sent her.
scorn = reject
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book5 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 3.1
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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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Book16 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
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