dear (adj.) Old form(s): deare , deere, deerest
dire, grievous, hard
1H4 III.ii.123[King Henry to Prince Hal] my nearest and dearest enemy [pun: on 'most cherished']
2H4 IV.v.141[Prince Henry to King Henry IV] But for my tears ... / I had forestalled this dear and deep rebuke [also: sense 7]
AW IV.v.10[Countess to Lafew] the dearest groans of a mother [also: full of love]
H5 II.ii.181[King Henry to traitors] God of His mercy give / You ... true repentance / Of all your dear offences
Ham I.ii.182[Hamlet to Horatio, of Gertrude's wedding-day] Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven / Or ever I had seen that day
LLL V.ii.786[Princess to King] your grace is perjured much, / Full of dear guiltiness [also: sense 4]
Oth I.iii.256[Desdemona to Duke, of Othello] I a heavy interim shall support / By his dear absence [or: sense 7]
R2 I.iii.151[King Richard to Mowbray] The sly slow hours shall not determinate / The dateless limit of thy dear exile
R3 V.ii.21[Blunt to all, of King Richard] He hath no friends but what are friends for fear, / Which in his dearest need will fly from him
RJ I.v.118[Romeo to himself, of Juliet] Is she a Capulet? / O dear account!
Sonn.37.3[] I, made lame by Fortune's dearest spite
Tem II.i.137.2[Alonso to Sebastian, responding to Sebastian blaming him for Ferdinand's death] So is the dear'st o'th' loss
Tem V.i.146[Prospero to Alonso, of having also lost a child] As great to me, as late, and supportable / To make the dear loss
Tim V.i.226.1[Second Senator to First Senator, of the threat of attack] strain what other mean is left unto us / In our dear peril
Tit III.i.255[Marcus to Titus, of Lucius] with this dear sight / Struck pale and bloodless
TN V.i.68[Orsino to Antonio] What foolish boldness brought thee to their mercies / Whom thou, in terms so bloody and so dear, / Hast made thine enemies?
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