behest (n.) Old form(s): behestes
command, bidding, decree
Cym V.iv.122[Sicilius to all, of Jupiter] Let us with care perform his great behest
Luc.852[Lucrece to herself] Why should ... kings be breakers of their own behests?
RJ IV.ii.19[Juliet to Capulet] I have learnt me to repent the sin / Of disobedient opposition / To you and your behests
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