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Composition, 1) the forming a whole of different ingredients, as well as the compound thus formed: until life's c. (of four elements) “be recured,” Sonn. 45, 9. so weak a c. (small beer) H4B II, 2, 10. who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take more c. and fierce quality etc. Lr. I, 2, 12. nothing but the c. of a knave, beggar, coward etc. II, 2, 22.
2) constitution: “the large c. of this man,” John I, 88. O, how that name (Gaunt) befits my c.! R2 II, I, 73. “as you did mistake the outward c. of his body,” H6A II, 3, 75.
3) compact, agreement, accord: “if the duke come not to c. with the duke of Hungary,” Meas. I, 2, 2. “her proportions came short of c.” V, 220. All's I, 1, 217. IV, 3, 22. John II, 561. Cor. III, 1, 3. Mcb. I, 2, 59.*Ant. II, 6, 58. “there is no c. in these news,” Oth. I, 3, 1 (i. e. no accord or consistency).
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