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aloof
used in The Merchant of Venice

2 uses
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Definition
socially distant or uninterested in something that interests others — often thinking oneself superior to others
  • Nerissa and the rest, stand all aloof; Let music sound while he doth make his choice; Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end, Fading in music: that the comparison May stand more proper, my eye shall be the stream And watery death-bed for him.
    3.2 — Act 3 Scene 2 — Belmont. A room in PORTIA's house (14% in)
  • Now he goes, With no less presence, but with much more love, Than young Alcides when he did redeem The virgin tribute paid by howling Troy To the sea-monster: I stand for sacrifice; The rest aloof are the Dardanian wives, With bleared visages come forth to view The issue of th' exploit.
    3.2 — Act 3 Scene 2 — Belmont. A room in PORTIA's house (18% in)

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