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Creature, 1) a living being: Ven. 677. Ven. 677 Lucr. 1147. Lucr. 1147 Sonn. 1, 1. 113, 10. 143, 2. Tp. I, 2, 7. Tp. I, 2, 7 III, 1, 48. III, 3, 74. V, 182. Gentl. II, 4, 153. Wiv. III, 4, 61. Meas. IV, 3, 71. Err. II, 2, 212. V, 92. Ado I, 1, 71. IV, 1, 185. Mids. II, 1, 172. Merch. II, 1, 4. III, 2, 277. As I, 2, 45. H6B II, 1, 7. H6C II, 2, 26. R3 V, 2, 24. Lr. IV, 6, 161 etc. “if thou canst like this c. as a maid,” All's II, 3, 149. “--s of prey,” Wint. III, 3, 12. “guilty --s,” Hml. II, 2, 618. “out of --s,” Per. IV, 2, 6 (without a sufficient supply of women). Used of things personified: “that mercy which fierce fire and iron extends, --s of note for mercylacking uses,” John IV, 1, 121. -- Used in contempt as well as in tenderness: “a very beastly c.” Err. III, 2, 88. “pretty --s,” Lucr. 1233. Pilgr. 134. Tp. III, 1, 25. Wiv. IV, 2, 137. Err. III, 2, 33. R2 I, 2, 132 etc.
2) a servant, dependant: “new created the --s that were mine,” Tp. I, 2, 82. “tangled in affection to a c. of the queen's, Lady Anne Bullen,” H8 III, 2, 36. “this fellow here, Lord Timon, this thy c. by night frequents my house,” Tim. I, 1, 116. “hundreds call themselves your --s, who by you have been restored,” Per. III, 2, 45. (but here more probably == owing their lives to you).
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