dear (adj.) Old form(s): deare , deere
noble, honourable, worthy
1H4 III.i.176[Worcester to Hotspur, of Hotspur's behaviour] Though sometimes it show greatness, courage, blood - / And that's the dearest grace it renders you
1H4 IV.iv.31[Archbishop to Sir Michael] the King hath drawn ... many more corrivals and dear men / Of estimation and command in arms
Per IV.vi.178[Marina to Boult] For what thou professest, a baboon ... / Would own a name too dear
TC V.iii.27[Hector to Cassandra and Andromache] the dear man / Holds honour far more precious-dear than life
TNK I.iv.9[Theseus to Queens, of their dead husbands] honour them / With treble ceremony; rather than a gap / Should be in their dear rites
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