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abrogate
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Besides, when the Soveraign commandeth any thing to be done against his own former Law, the Command, as to that particular fact, is an abrogation of the Law.†
abrogation = the act of formally abolishing (doing away with) something
DefinitionGenerally abrogate means:
to abolish (do away with) something
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abstruse
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And this is incident to none but those, that converse in questions of matters incomprehensible, as the Schoole-men; or in questions of abstruse Philosophy.†
abstruse = difficult to understand; or not known by the great majority of people
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allay
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But this priviledge, is allayed by another; and that is, by the priviledge of Absurdity; to which no living creature is subject, but man onely.†
allayed = reduced the intensity of or calmed
DefinitionGenerally allay means:
reduce the intensity of or calm
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antipathy
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And to Sympathy, Antipathy, Antiperistasis, Specificall Qualities, and other like Termes, which signifie neither the Agent that produceth them, nor the Operation by which they are produced.†
antipathy = strong dislike
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cabal
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Secret Cabals If the Soveraign Power be in a great Assembly, and a number of men, part of the Assembly, without authority, consult a part, to contrive the guidance of the rest; This is a Faction, or Conspiracy unlawfull, as being a fraudulent seducing of the Assembly for their particular interest.†
cabals = small groups of people who plot in secret and exercise power
DefinitionGenerally cabal means:
a small group of people who plot in secret and exercise power — especially political power

or (more rarely):  a plot by such a group
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certitude
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But where it is said, "In the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die," it must needs bee meant of his Mortality, and certitude of death.†
certitude = certainty
DefinitionGenerally certitude means:
total certainty or (more rarely) something that is certain to happen
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cessation
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For those men that are so remissely governed, that they dare take up Armes, to defend, or introduce an Opinion, are still in Warre; and their condition not Peace, but only a Cessation of Armes for feare of one another; and they live as it were, in the procincts of battaile continually.†
cessation = a stopping
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choleric
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From the same it proceedeth, that men give different names, to one and the same thing, from the difference of their own passions: As they that approve a private opinion, call it Opinion; but they that mislike it, Haeresie: and yet haeresie signifies no more than private opinion; but has onely a greater tincture of choler.†
choler = associated with anger; or a bodily fluid medieval medicine associated with anger
DefinitionGenerally choleric means:
easily moved to anger; or characterized by anger
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circumscribe
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For when I consider how short were the Lawes of antient times; and how they grew by degrees still longer; me thinks I see a contention between the Penners, and Pleaders of the Law; the former seeking to circumscribe the later; and the later to evade their circumscriptions; and that the Pleaders have got the Victory.†
circumscribe = to restrict something within set limits; or draw a circle around or surround
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corporeal
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And I find that there are Spirits Corporeal, (though subtile and Invisible;) but not that any mans body was possessed, or inhabited by them; And that the Bodies of the Saints shall be such, namely, Spirituall Bodies, as St. Paul calls them.†
corporeal = having material or physical form or substance

or:

regarding the body as opposed to the mind or spirit
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desist
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Which Insignificancy of language, though I cannot note it for false Philosophy; yet it hath a quality, not onely to hide the Truth, but also to make men think they have it, and desist from further search.†
desist = to not do something
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effusion
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And by reading of these Greek, and Latine Authors, men from their childhood have gotten a habit (under a false shew of Liberty,) of favouring tumults, and of licentious controlling the actions of their Soveraigns; and again of controlling those controllers, with the effusion of so much blood; as I think I may truly say, there was never any thing so deerly bought, as these Western parts have bought the learning of the Greek and Latine tongues.†
effusion = an enthusiastic expression of feelings or thoughts

or:

something flowing or given off (often a liquid or gas under pressure such as blood or leaking gas)
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egregious
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The common sort of men seldome speak Insignificantly, and are therefore, by those other Egregious persons counted Idiots.†
egregious = exceptionally bad
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expiate
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And From Conscience Of Deserving To Be Hated To have done more hurt to a man, than he can, or is willing to expiate, enclineth the doer to hate the sufferer.†
expiate = atone (demonstrate sorrow for a wrong either by doing something good to make up for the wrong, or accepting punishment)
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fallacious
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Which kind of thoughts, is called Foresight, and Prudence, or Providence; and sometimes Wisdome; though such conjecture, through the difficulty of observing all circumstances, be very fallacious.†
fallacious = not correct
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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impute
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To be severe to the People, is to punish that ignorance, which may in great part be imputed to the Soveraign, whose fault it was, they were no better instructed.†
imputed = attribute (to say one thing is the cause of another—often to blame and often wrongly)

or:

believe something to have a characteristic; or assign a value to something
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indivisible
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Other kind of Common-wealth there can be none: for either One, or More, or All must have the Soveraign Power (which I have shewn to be indivisible) entire.†
indivisible = impossible to separate

or:

of numbers:  impossible to evenly divide without a remainder
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laudable
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The Judgement does but suggest what circumstances make an action laudable, or culpable.†
laudable = worthy of high praise
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parsimonious
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Pusillanimity, Parsimony, Fear, Diffidence, are Dishonourable.†
parsimony = extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
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perfidy
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So that before the time of Civill Society, or in the interruption thereof by Warre, there is nothing can strengthen a Covenant of Peace agreed on, against the temptations of Avarice, Ambition, Lust, or other strong desire, but the feare of that Invisible Power, which they every one Worship as God; and Feare as a Revenger of their perfidy.†
perfidy = an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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