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Common, adj., 1) belonging equally to more than one: “why should my heart think that a several plot which my heart knows the wide world's c. place?” Sonn. 137, 10. “homo is a c. name to all men,” H4A II, 1, 104. “your grief, the c. grief of all the land,” H6B I, 1, 77. “the c. enemy of man,” Mcb. III, 1, 69. In c. == to be equally participated by all: “all things in c. nature should produce,” Tp. II, 1, 159. “all the realm shall be in c.” H6B IV, 2, 74. “all things shall be in c.,” IV, 7, 21.
2) pertaining to the people or multitude (in contradistinction to what belongs to the nobility or gentry): “and that supposed by the c. rout against your estimation,” Err. III, 1, 101. “thou c. dog,” H4B I, 3, 97 (== dog-like people). “though the c. people favour him,” H6B I, 1, 158. “ill beseeming any c. man, much more a knight,” H6A IV, 1, 31. “our gentlemen, the c. file,” Cor. I, 6, 43. “hear me, my masters and my c. friends,” III, 3, 108. “to pluck the c. bosom on his side,” Lr. V, 3, 49. “the c. men are now in action,” Cymb. III, 7, 2 (opposed to the gentry).
3) of no rank, ordinary, mean: “I am a spirit of no c. rate,” Mids. III, 1, 157. “I will not jump with c. spirits,” Merch. II, 9, 32. “like a c. and an outward man,” All's III, 1, 11. “by the swords of c. soldiers slain,” H6C I, 1, 9. “berattle the c. stages --so they call them,” Hml. II, 2, 358. “grow themselves to c. players,” Hml. II, 2, 358
4) low, base, prostitute: “thou dost c. grow,” Sonn. 69, 14. “to link my dear friend to a c. stale,” Ado IV, 1, 66. “use their abuses in c. houses,” Meas. II, 1, 43. “thou pale and c. drudge 'tween man and man,” Merch. III, 2, 103. “a c. gamester,” All's V, 3, 188. “from the --est creature pluck a glove,” R2 V, 3, 17. “as c. as the way between Saint Albans and London,” H4B II, 2, 184. “base, c. and popular,” H5 IV, 1, 38. “you c. cry of curs,” Cor. III, 3, 120. “lips as c. as the stairs . . .,” Cymb. I, 6, 105.
5) general: “c. speech gives him a worthy pass,” All's II, 5, 57. “surpassing the c. praise it bears,” Wint. III, 1, 3. “to be cast forth in the c. air,” R2 I, 3, 157. “Arthur's death is c. in their mouths,” John IV, 2, 187. “he loves the land and c. profit of his country,” H6B I, 1, 206. “that old c. arbitrator Time,” Troil. IV, 5, 225. “before the c. distribution,” Cor. I, 9, 35. “I have not been c. in my love,” II, 3, 101. cf. “a c. laugher,” Caes. I, 2, 72. “have by c. voice chosen Andronicus,” Tit. I, 21. “not one that rejoices in the c. wreck, as c. bruit doth put it,” Tim. V, 1, 196. “in a general honest thought and c. good to all,” Caes. V, 5, 72.
6) public: “set me in the c. stocks,” Wiv. IV, 5, 123. “the terms for c. justice,” Meas. I, 1, 12. “strewed it in the c. ear,” I, 3, 15. “a c. executioner,” IV, 2, 9; cf. As III, 5, 3. “the c. ferry which trades to Venice,” Merch. III, 4, 53. “a thievish living on the c. road,” As II, 3, 33. “some way of c. trade,” R2 III, 3, 156. “that in c. view he may surrender,” R2 IV, 155. “the time misordered doth in c. sense crowd us and crush us to this monstrous form,” H4B IV, 2, 33 (not from private hatred). “old Free-town, our c. judgment-place,” Rom. I, 1, 109. “I hear from c. rumours,” Tim. III, 2, 5. “a c. slave,” Caes. I, 3, 15. “the c. pulpits,” III, 1, 80.
7) usual, vulgar, not extraordinary: “so did this horse excel a c. one,” Ven. 293. “the earth can yield me but a c. grave,” Sonn. 81, 7. “sweets grown c. lose their dear delight,” 102, 12. Tp. II, 1, 4. V, 207. “thou c. friend, that's without faith or love, for such is a friend now,” Gentl. V, 4, 62. Meas. II, 3, 5. IV, 2, 190. Err. III, 1, 24. Err. III, 1, 24 “things hid and barred from c. sense,” LLL I, 1, 57. LLL I, 1, 57 cf. “what impossibility would slay in c. sense, sense saves another way,” All's II, 1, 181. “his trespass, in our c. reason, is not almost a fault,” Oth. III, 3, 64. “strike more dead than c. sleep,” Mids. IV, 1, 87. Shr. I, 1, 35. All's IV, 3, 26. V, 3, 190. John III, 1, 8. H4A III, 2, 88. H6C II, 1, 126. R3 II, 2, 91. Hml. I, 2, 72. Hml. I, 2, 72 Lr. II, 2, 151 etc. etc.
Used substantively: “exceed the c.” Cor. IV, 1, 32. “female, which in the c. is woman,” As V, 1, 54 (i. e. in the language of the vulgar; Touchstone's speech).
Used adverbially, at least in appearance: “I am more than c. tall,” As I, 3, 117 (perhaps == than is c.).
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