canker (n./adj.)
cancer, ulcer, blight, corruption
1H4 I.iii.174[Hotspur to Northumberland and Worcester, of King Henry] this canker Bolingbroke [also: sense 2]
1H4 IV.ii.29[Falstaff alone, of those in his command] the cankers of a calm world and a long peace
2H6 I.ii.18[Gloucester to Duchess] Banish the canker of ambitious thoughts!
E3 I.ii.27[King David to Lorraine, of the horses] never shall ... rusting canker have the time to eat / Their light-borne snaffles [i.e. the cancer of rust]
Ham V.ii.69[Hamlet to Horatio, of Claudius] is't not to be damned / To let this canker of our nature come / In further evil?
KJ V.ii.14[Salisbury to Lewis the Dauphin] I am not glad that such a sore of time / Should ... heal the inveterate canker of one wound / By making many
Tem I.ii.416[Prospero to Miranda, of Ferdinand] he's something stained / With grief, that's beauty's canker
Tim IV.iii.50[Timon to Alcibiades] The canker gnaw thy heart / For showing me again the eyes of man!
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