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The Life and Death of King Richard III

Extra Credit Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

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amity
1 use
O princely Buckingham, I'll kiss thy hand, In sign of league and amity with thee: Now fair befall thee and thy noble house!†
amity = a state of friendly relations
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amorous
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But I,—that am not shap'd for sportive tricks, Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass; I, that am rudely stamp'd, and want love's majesty To strut before a wanton ambling nymph; I, that am curtail'd of this fair proportion, Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deform'd, unfinish'd, sent before my time Into this breathing world scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionable That dogs bark at me as I halt by them;— Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace, Have no...†
amorous = romantic or sexual
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copious
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] I hear his drum:—be copious in exclaims.†
copious = abundant (large in quantity or number)
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
I rather do beseech you pardon me,
Who, earnest in the service of my God,
Deferr'd the visitation of my friends.
deferr'd = postponed

(editor's note: This is more commonly spelled deferred.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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dissent
1 use
By holy Paul, they love his grace but lightly
That fill his ears with such dissentious rumours.
dissentious = disagreeing
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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divine   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
By a divine instinct men's minds mistrust
Ensuing danger; as, by proof, we see
The water swell before a boisterous storm.
divine = coming from God
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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2  —1 use as in:
divined through intuition
And with all speed post with him toward the north,
To shun the danger that his soul divines.
divines = to discover something through intuition or reflection
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
to discover something — usually through intuition or reflection
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edify
1 use
He did, my gracious lord, begin that place; Which, since, succeeding ages have re-edified.†
edified = instructed
DefinitionGenerally edify means:
to instruct — morally or intellectually
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exeunt
40 uses
[Exeunt KING RICHARD and RATCLIFF.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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expedient
1 use
I will with all expedient duty see you:
expedient = speedy
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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flout
2 uses
Why, madam, have I off'red love for this, To be so flouted in this royal presence?†
flouted = openly disregarded
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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infamy
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O, let her live, And I'll corrupt her manners, stain her beauty: Slander myself as false to Edward's bed; Throw over her the veil of infamy: So she may live unscarr'd of bleeding slaughter, I will confess she was not Edward's daughter.†
infamy = famous for something that is bad; or an extremely bad event
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intractable
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If thou dost find him tractable to us,
Encourage him, and tell him all our reasons:
tractable = easily managed
DefinitionGenerally intractable means:
difficult
in various senses, including:
  • of problems or disease — difficult to solve or cure
  • of people or animals — difficult to manage or control
  • of materials — difficult to manipulate
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obstinate
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You are too senseless-obstinate, my lord,
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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penitent
1 use
With all my heart; and much it joys me too
To see you are become so penitent.
penitent = feeling sorrow for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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prodigal
1 use
  A sweeter and a lovelier gentleman,
  Framed in the prodigality of nature,
  Young, valiant, wise, and, no doubt, right royal,
prodigality = abundant (extravagant in amount)

Editor's notes:
  • paraphrasing the middle line:  "He has abundant natural gifts"
  • This is a less common sense of prodigality, which more commonly means "recklessly wasteful"
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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reprove
3 uses
Madam, I have a touch of your condition
That cannot brook the accent of reproof.
reproof = criticism

(editor's note:  brook is a synonym for tolerate or endure or bear)
DefinitionGenerally reprove means:
to express disapproval of one's actions to them
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
I have resign'd to you my charge.
resign'd = quit (a job or position)

(editor's note: This is more commonly spelled resigned.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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resolute
1 use
I thought thou hadst been resolute.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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timorous
2 uses
The traitor speak, and timorously confess
The manner and the purpose of his treasons;
timorously = timidly
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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