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Credit, subst. 1) belief, faith; a) subjectively: “make us but believe, being compact of c., that you love us,” Err. III, 2, 22. “to dissever so our great self and our c., to esteem a senseless help when help past sense we deem,” All's II, 1, 126. “and there I found this c. that he did range the town to seek me out,” Tw. IV, 3, 6 (== this belief, opinion). “though c. be asleep and not an ear open,” Wint. V, 2, 67.
b) objectively: “beyond c.” Tp. II, 1, 59. “want c.” III, 3, 25. “swear by your double self, and there's an oath of c.” Merch. V, 246. “lack I c.?” Wint. II, 1, 157. “that which I shall report will bear no c.” V, 1, 179. “former fabulous story got c.” H8 I, 1, 37. “there is no composition in these news that gives them c.” Oth. I, 3, 2. “'tis apt and of great c.” II, 1, 296. “letters of good c.” Per. V, 3, 77.
2) a good opinion entertained of a p. and influence derived from it: “whose credit with the judge could fetch your brother from the manacles of law,” Meas. II, 4, 92. “how canst thou thus glance at my c. with Hippolyta?” Mids. II, 1, 75. “I was in that c. with them that I knew of their going to bed,” All's V, 3, 262. “what c. I have with the duke,” IV, 3, 196; cf. IV, 3, 196 “give us better c.” Wint. II, 3, 146. “I have but a very little c. with your worship,” H4B V, 1, 54. “my c. now stands on such slippery ground,” Caes. III, 1, 191. “if on my c. you dare build so far,” Lr. III, 1, 35. “she shall undo her c. with the Moor,” Oth. II, 3, 365. “the c. that thy lady hath of thee deserves thy trust, and thy most perfect goodness her assured c.” Cymb. I, 6, 157. -- In particular, == trust with regard to property: “of c. infinite,” Err. V, 6. “try what my c. can in Venice do,” Merch. I, 1, 180. “I have used my c.” H4A I, 2, 63. “my reliances on his fracted dates have smit my c.” Tim. II, 1, 23.
3) reputation: “testimonies against his worth and c.” Meas. V, 244. “the one ne'er got me c., the other mickle blame,” Err. III, 1, 45. “consider how it stands upon my c.” IV, 1, 68. “thus will I save my c. in the shoot,” LLL IV, 1, 26. “to-morrow I wrestle for my c.” As I, 1, 133. “his name and c. shall you undertake,” Shr. IV, 2, 106. “you must hold the c. of your father,” All's I, 1, 89. “upon my reputation and c.” IV, 3, 154. H4A II, 1, 80. H6A IV, 1, 36. H6B II, 3, 71. H6C III, 3, 116. H8 III, 2, 265. Oth. I, 3, 97. Per. IV, 2, 33. “'tis a goodly c. for you,” Wiv. IV, 2, 200 (== it does you much honour). “this is much c. to you,” Tw. II, 3, 117.
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