sway (n.)
power, dominion, rule
1H4 V.i.57[Worcester to King Henry] You took occasion ... / To gripe the general sway into your hand
1H4 V.v.41[King Henry to all] Rebellion in this land shall lose his sway
JC I.iii.3[Casca to Cicero] all the sway of earth / Shakes like a thing unfirm
Mac I.v.68[Lady Macbeth to Macbeth, of their plan] Which shall ... / Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom
MV IV.i.190[Portia as Balthasar to Shylock] mercy is above this sceptred sway
R2 IV.i.205[Richard to all] I give ... / The pride of kingly sway from out my heart
RJ IV.i.10[Paris to Friar, of Juliet] her father counts it dangerous / That she do give her sorrow so much sway
Tem I.ii.112[Prospero to Miranda, of Antonio] So dry he was for sway
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