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The Life and Death of King Richard III
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alacrity
1 use
I have not that alacrity of spirit
Nor cheer of mind that I was wont to have.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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1st useScene 5.3
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censure
2 uses
And to that end we wished your Lordship here
To avoid the censures of the carping world.
censures = criticisms
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Teach not thy lip such scorn; for it was made
For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.
contempt = disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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1st useScene 1.2
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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
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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1st useScene 3.7
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dissemble
5 uses
Think you my uncle did dissemble, grandam?
dissemble = hide or disguise the truth
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
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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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1st useScene 3.7
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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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1st useScene 3.2
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entreat
12 uses
Do, good my lord; your citizens entreat you.
entreat = ask
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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1st useScene 3.1
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forbearance
2 uses
Forbear your conference with the noble duke.
forbear = refrain (hold back) from having
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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lament
9 uses
I am your sorrow's nurse,
And I will pamper it with lamentation.
lamentation = passionate expression of grief or sorrow
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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mitigate
1 use
To mitigate the scorn he gives his uncle,
He prettily and aptly taunts himself:
mitigate = make less harmful or unpleasant
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Queen Elizabeth
104 uses
[Enter QUEEN ELIZABETH and the DUCHESS OF YORK.]
Queen Elizabeth = queen of England and Ireland from 1558 to 1603; daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn; succeeded Mary I (who was a Catholic) and restored Protestantism to England; during her reign Mary Queen of Scots was executed and the Spanish Armada was defeated (1533-1603)
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remorse
4 uses
These eyes, which never shed remorseful tear,
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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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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1st useScene 3.7
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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)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 1.4
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resolve
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
Dar'st thou resolve to kill a friend of mine?
resolve = definitely decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 4.2
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sovereign
18 uses
All health, my sovereign lord!
sovereign = title for a nation's ruler
DefinitionGenerally sovereign means:
of a person:  a nation's ruler or head of state

of a political body:  not controlled by outside forces
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.3
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tedious
4 uses
'Tis better, sir, than to be tedious.
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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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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1st useScene 3.5
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usurp
9 uses
Thou didst usurp my place,
usurp = seize or take control without authority
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1st useScene 5.2
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