countervail (v.) Old form(s): counteruaile
counterbalance, match, be equal to
Per II.iii.56[Simonides to Thaisa, of Pericles' melancholy] Yon knight doth sit too melancholy, / As if the entertainment in our court / Had not a show might countervail his worth
RJ II.vi.4[Romeo to Friar, of Juliet] [sorrow] cannot countervail the exchange of joy / That one short minute gives me in her sight
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