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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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censure
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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 for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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dissemble
5 uses
Think you my uncle did dissemble, grandam?
dissemble = hide or disguise the truth
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
hide or disguise the truth without outright lying
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enmity
2 uses
Gloster, we have done deeds of charity;
Made peace of enmity, fair love of hate,
enmity = hatred
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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entreat
12 uses
Do, good my lord; your citizens entreat you.
entreat = ask
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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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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guile
2 uses
When I have most need to employ a friend,
And most assured that he is a friend,
Deep, hollow, treacherous, and full of guile,
Be he unto me!
guile = cunning (shrewd, clever) and deceitful
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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haughty
2 uses
I know a discontented gentleman
Whose humble means match not his haughty spirit:
haughty = arrogance or condescension (acting superior or self-important)
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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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

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
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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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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revere
2 uses
for reverence to some alive
reverence = feelings of deep respect and admiration
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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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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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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usurp
9 uses
Thou didst usurp my place,
usurp = seize or take control without authority
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wanton
2 uses
Made prize and purchase of his wanton eye,
wanton = sexually promiscuous
DefinitionGenerally wanton means:
of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and (especially in the past) sexual promiscuity
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zeal
2 uses
And pardon us the interruption
Of thy devotion and right Christian zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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