dear (adj.) Old form(s): deare , deere , deerest
heartfelt, earnest, zealous
1H4 V.iv.94[Prince Hal to dead Hotspur] If thou wert sensible of courtesy / I should not make so dear a show of zeal
1H4 V.v.36[King Henry to all] You, son John ... / Towards York shall bend you with your dearest speed
H8 V.iii.119[Gardiner to and of King Henry] out of dear respect, / His royal self in judgement comes to hear / The cause
LLL II.i.1[Boyet to Princess] madam, summon up your dearest spirits
LLL IV.i.87[Boyet reading Armado's letter to Jaquenetta] Thine in the dearest design of industry
LLL V.ii.853[Rosaline to Berowne] sickly ears, / Deafed with the clamours of their own dear groans
Sonn.131.3[] well thou know'st to my dear doting heart / Thou art the fairest and most precious jewel
TC V.iii.9[Andromache to Cassandra] Consort with me in loud and dear petition
TG IV.iii.14[Silvia to Eglamour] what dear good will / I bear unto ... Valentine
WT II.iii.149[Lord to Leontes] recompense of our dear services / Past and to come
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