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The Winter's Tale
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allay
1 use
Besides, the penitent king, my master, hath sent for me; to whose feeling sorrows I might be some allay, or I o'erween to think so,—which is another spur to my departure.†
allay = reduce the intensity of or calm
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auspicious
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O lady Fortune, stand you auspicious!
auspicious = favorable
DefinitionGenerally auspicious means:
favorable; or suggestive of good things to come
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calumny
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...and The justice of your hearts will thereto add, "Tis pity she's not honest, honourable': Praise her but for this her without-door form,— Which, on my faith, deserves high speech,—and straight The shrug, the hum or ha,—these petty brands That calumny doth use:—O, I am out, That mercy does; for calumny will sear Virtue itself:—these shrugs, these hum's, and ha's, When you have said 'she's goodly,' come between, Ere you can say 'she's honest': but be it known, From him that has most...†
calumny = false accusation against a person
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censure
1 use
In my just censure, in my true opinion!
censure = criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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chide
4 uses
Sir, my gracious lord, To chide at your extremes it not becomes me,— O, pardon that I name them!†
chide = scold or criticize
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — sometimes in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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detestable
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I am robb'd, sir, and beaten; my money and apparel ta'en from me, and these detestable things put upon me.†
detestable = deserving intense dislike
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discern
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If thou mayest discern by that which is left of him what he is, fetch me to the sight of him.
discern = to see something that is not obvious
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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enjoin
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—Weep I cannot, But my heart bleeds: and most accurs'd am I To be by oath enjoin'd to this.†
enjoin'd = to command someone to do (or not do) something
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exeunt
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[Exeunt QUEEN and Ladies, with Guards.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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fraught
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Now, good Camillo, I am so fraught with curious business that I leave out ceremony.†
fraught = full of negative things
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gambol
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Master, there is three carters, three shepherds, three neat-herds, three swine-herds, that have made themselves all men of hair; they call themselves saltiers: and they have dance which the wenches say is a gallimaufry of gambols, because they are not in't; but they themselves are o' the mind (if it be not too rough for some that know little but bowling) it will please plentifully.†
gambols = frolics (skips, leaps, and/or runs around in a happy, playful manner)
DefinitionGenerally gambol means:
to frolic (skip, leap, and/or run around in a happy, playful manner)
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heresy
1 use
It is an heretic that makes the fire,
heretic = someone with opinions or actions most people consider immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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iniquity
1 use
The prince himself is about a piece of iniquity,—stealing away from his father with his clog at his heels: if I thought it were a piece of honesty to acquaint the king withal, I would not do't: I hold it the more knavery to conceal it; and therein am I constant to my profession.†
iniquity = immorality; or an immoral act
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instigate
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Why, what need we Commune with you of this, but rather follow Our forceful instigation?†
instigation = the act or process of starting  something or causing it to happen
DefinitionGenerally instigate means:
start or set into motion — typically some kind of conflict
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lethargic
1 use
in this time of lethargy, I picked and cut most of their festival purses;
lethargy = a state with a lack of energy
DefinitionGenerally lethargic means:
lacking energy
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mockery
7 uses
Let no man mock me,
mock = make fun of
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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opportune
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This you may know, And so deliver,—I am put to sea With her, whom here I cannot hold on shore; And, most opportune to her need, I have A vessel rides fast by, but not prepar'd For this design.†
opportune = favorable circumstances for a particular purpose — especially the circumstance of good timing
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pious
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his piety
piety = highly moral belief or behavior
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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tyranny
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Nay, rather, good my lords, be second to me: Fear you his tyrannous passion more, alas, Than the queen's life? a gracious innocent soul, More free than he is jealous.†
tyrannous = to control others harshly and unfairly; or a form of government with such control
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zeal
1 use
This is a creature,
Would she begin a sect, might quench the zeal
Of all professors else; make proselytes
Of who she but bid follow.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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