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advocate
18 uses
1  —18 uses as in:
an advocate in court
the great and learned advocate
advocate = lawyer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a lawyer or officer of the court in some jurisdictions in Europe, colonial America, and the military
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Book18 uses
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beseech
4 uses
I do beseech you, sir, you will vouchsafe To write me in your family.†
beseech = to ask strongly or beg for something
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
Why should we defer our joys?
defer = delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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delude
5 uses
MOS: You shall live, Still, to delude these harpies.†
delude = deceive (convince to have a false belief)
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
music out of discords
discords = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She disputes his claim.
I, that have preach'd these things so oft unto you, Read you the principles, argued all the grounds, Disputed every fitness, every grace, Call'd you to counsel of so frequent dressings— NAN [ASIDE.†
disputed = challenged, argued about, or fought over
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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entreat
4 uses
Besides, they are all Now striving, who shall first present him; therefore— I could entreat you, briefly conclude somewhat; Prevent them if you can.†
entreat = ask earnestly
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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exeunt
27 uses
[EXEUNT NANO AND WAITING-WOMEN.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
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feigned
6 uses
Feels not his gout, nor palsy; feigns himself Younger by scores of years, flatters his age With confident belying it, hopes he may, With charms, like Aeson, have his youth restored: And with these thoughts so battens, as if fate Would be as easily cheated on, as he, And all turns air!†
feigns = pretends (makes a pretense of)
DefinitionGenerally feigned means:
pretended — usually pretending to feel something
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forbearance
5 uses
Forbear, foul ravisher,
forbear = refrain (hold back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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grave
2 uses
VOLT: May her feignings Not take your wisdoms: but this day she baited A stranger, a grave knight, with her loose eyes, And more lascivious kisses.†
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAct 4
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malicious
4 uses
LADY P: I hope you have not the malice to remember A gentlewoman's passion.†
malice = the desire to hurt others or see them suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAct 2
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melancholy
4 uses
Go home, and use the poor sir Pol, your knight, well, For fear I tell some riddles; go, be melancholy.†
melancholy = a sad feeling or manner
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 5
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parasitic
20 uses
Him that they call the parasite.
parasite = a person who lives off others' efforts without providing return benefit to them
DefinitionGenerally parasitic means:
of a species that lives on (or in) another species and eats from it without providing return benefit

or:

a person who lives off others' efforts without providing return benefit to them
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Book20 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 3
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patron
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a patron of the arts
now his patron's dead
patron = supporter
DefinitionGenerally this sense of patron means:
someone who contributes money to an organization

or:

a supporter of an organization or person
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perish
1 use
...mine own poor raiment Out of my mere observance, being not born To a free fortune: but that I have done Base offices, in rending friends asunder, Dividing families, betraying counsels, Whispering false lies, or mining men with praises, Train'd their credulity with perjuries, Corrupted chastity, or am in love With mine own tender ease, but would not rather Prove the most rugged, and laborious course, That might redeem my present estimation, Let me here perish, in all hope of goodness.†
perish = die, be destroyed, or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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piazza
5 uses
I wonder yet, that he should mount his bank, Here in this nook, that has been wont t'appear In face of the Piazza!†
piazza = architecture:  Italian term for a plaza (large open square created or defined by several buildings forming a perimeter enclosure)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 2
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prodigal
2 uses
I'll pay him now; you'll be too prodigal.
prodigal = 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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revere
2 uses
How he should worship'd be, and reverenced;
reverenced = regarded with 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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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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scorn
1 use
BON: Nay, pray thee know thy way, and leave me: I would be loth to interchange discourse With such a mate as thou art MOS: Courteous sir, Scorn not my poverty.†
scorn = disrespect or reject as not good enough
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