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contrived
used in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

3 uses
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Definition
unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
  • I will leave him and suddenly contrive the means of meeting between him and my daughter.
    2.2 — Act 2 Scene 2 — A room in the Castle (36% in)
  • But, howsoever thou pursu'st this act, Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive Against thy mother aught: leave her to heaven, And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge, To prick and sting her.
    1.5 — Act 1 Scene 5 — A more remote part of the Castle (43% in)
  • Hamlet return'd shall know you are come home: We'll put on those shall praise your excellence And set a double varnish on the fame The Frenchman gave you; bring you in fine together And wager on your heads: he, being remiss, Most generous, and free from all contriving, Will not peruse the foils; so that with ease, Or with a little shuffling, you may choose A sword unbated, and, in a pass of practice, Requite him for your father.
    4.7 — Act 4 Scene 7 — Another room in the Castle (70% in)

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