canon (n.) Old form(s): Cannon
law, decree, rule
Cor I.x.26[Aufidius to First Soldier, of Coriolanus] Where I find him, were it ... / Against the hospitable canon, would I / Wash my fierce hand in's heart
Ham I.ii.132[Hamlet alone] Or that the Everlasting had not fixed / His canon 'gainst self-slaughter
LLL I.i.251[King reading Armado's letter to him, of Costard and Jaquenetta] contrary to thy established proclaimed edict and continent canon
TNK I.ii.55[Palamon to Arcite] What canon is there / That does command my rapier from my hip [Q Cannon]
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