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The Winter's Tale

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allay
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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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amity
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And then I lost,— All mine own folly,—the society, Amity too, of your brave father, whom, Though bearing misery, I desire my life Once more to look on him.†
amity = a state of friendly relations
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approbation
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Camillo's flight, Added to their familiarity,— Which was as gross as ever touch'd conjecture, That lack'd sight only, nought for approbation, But only seeing, all other circumstances Made up to th' deed,—doth push on this proceeding.†
approbation = approval
DefinitionGenerally approbation means:
approval - often official
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audacious
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Away with that audacious lady!
audacious = bold and daring (in this case, too bold)
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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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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beguile
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...princess hearing of her mother's statue, which is in the keeping of Paulina,—a piece many years in doing and now newly performed by that rare Italian master, Julio Romano, who, had he himself eternity, and could put breath into his work, would beguile nature of her custom, so perfectly he is her ape: he so near to Hermione hath done Hermione that they say one would speak to her and stand in hope of answer:—thither with all greediness of affection are they gone; and there they intend to...†
beguile = to charm, enchant, or entertain someone; or to deceive — especially through charm
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bequeath
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Come; I'll fill your grave up: stir; nay, come away; Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him Dear life redeems you.†
bequeath = give or pass down — often upon death in a will
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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
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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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credulous
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he whose ignorant credulity will not come up to th' truth:
credulity = gullibility (being too willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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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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exeunt
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[Exeunt QUEEN and Ladies, with Guards.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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forbearance
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Either forbear, quit presently the chapel, or resolve you for more amazement.
forbear = stop (refrain from acting)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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heresy
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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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lethargic
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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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mock
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Let no man mock me,
mock = make fun of
DefinitionGenerally mock means:
making fun of

or:

not real
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officious
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I will bring these two moles, these blind ones, aboard him: if he think it fit to shore them again, and that the complaint they have to the king concerns him nothing, let him call me rogue for being so far officious; for I am proof against that title, and what shame else belongs to't.†
officious = too eager to tell others what to do
DefinitionGenerally officious means:
too eager to tell others what to do — often regarding unimportant matters
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predominant
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It is a bawdy planet, that will strike where 'tis predominant;
predominant = most powerful
DefinitionGenerally predominant means:
most frequent, common, or important; or having more power and influence
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revere
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the reverence of...
reverence = respect
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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zeal
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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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