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alternative
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an alternative plan
RICH (Shakily) They seem odd alternatives, Secretary.†
alternatives = possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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coincide
1 use
It exactly coincides with my own.†
coincides = to be similar — especially to happen at the same time or place
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conscience
19 uses
(Earnestly addressing him) In matters of conscience CROMWELL (Smiling bitterly) The conscience, the conscience ....†
conscience = feeling or appraisal of having personally behaved in a morally right or wrong manner
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contempt
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
(With a sudden, contemptuous sweep of his arm)They are terrors for children,
contemptuous = showing a lack of respect
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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contradict
1 use
Oh, I must contradict you there, sir; that's your imagination.†
contradict = disagree
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree
in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
My house is at Your Grace's disposal.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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doctrine
3 uses
MORE Master Rich is newly converted to the doctrines of Machiavelli.†
doctrines = a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
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heresy
6 uses
(MARGARET is alarmed, and from behind mom tries to silence ROPER) ROPER The Church is heretical!†
heretical = counter to popular belief of what is proper
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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indulgent
4 uses
Now I must ask the Court's indulgence! I have a message for the prisoner from the King.
indulgence = treatment with extra kindness or tolerance (in this case, to permit him to interrupt their proceedings)
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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malevolent
1 use
(His face stiff with malevolence) My lords, I wish to call (He raises his voice) Sir Richard Rich!
malevolence = the desire to do evil or to hurt others
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil
  • of a person — wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing — exerting an evil or harmful influence
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malicious
3 uses
MORE (Grins maliciously at ROPER) That's it of coursesaints!†
maliciously = with a desire to see others suffer; or in a threatening manner
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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pragmatic
2 uses
Pooh, he's a pragmatist-and that's the only resemblance he has to the Devil, son Roper; a pragmatist, the merest plumber.†
pragmatist = someone concerned with practical matters
DefinitionGenerally pragmatic means:
concerned with practical matters — especially where quick results and/or practical experience triumph over theory
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precede
1 use
(Preceded by JAILER he limps across the stage; he has aged and is pale, but his manner, though wary, is relaxed; while that o f the Commission is bored, tense, and jumpy) NORFOLK (Looks at him) A seat for the prisoner.†
preceded = went or was before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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recollect
4 uses
MORE (Recollecting) Ah yes, you are to be felicitated.†
recollecting = remembering
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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reproach
4 uses
CROMWELL (Reproachful) Well, I always understood he set you up in life.†
reproachful = critical (full of criticism)
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
The King accepts your resignation very sadly;
resignation = quitting from your 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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2  —2 uses as in:
accepted it with resignation
During the next speech CROMWELL straightens up and folds arms resignedly
resignedly = like one who accepted something unpleasant as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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scorn
2 uses
(Exit WOMAN) NORFOLK (Scornfully) Is that your witness?†
scornfully = in a disrespectful or rejecting manner
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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tact
2 uses
CROMWELL Don't be too tactful, innkeeper.†
tactful = to say or handle things in a way that makes others feel good about them
DefinitionGenerally tact means:
the ability or act of saying or handling things in such a way that others feel good about them
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treason
15 uses
MORE Margaret, I'll not have you talk treason....†
treason = an act of betrayal
DefinitionGenerally treason means:
betraying someone or something — typically betraying one's own country

(in this context, to betray is to not be loyal—often by helping enemies)
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