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Disposition, 1) arrangement, settlement: “I crave fit d. for my wife,” Oth. I, 3, 237.
2) inclination: “I have a great --s to cry,” Wiv. III, 1, 22 (Evans' speech). “Orlando hath a d. to come in,” As I, 1, 131. the king, of (Ff on) “his own royal d., and not provoked by any suitor else,” R3 I, 3, 63. “let him wave thus, to express his d., and follow Marcius,” Cor. I, 6, 74. “how stands your d. to be married?” Rom. I, 3, 65.
3) humour, mood, caprice: “now I will be your Rosalind in a more coming-on d.” As IV, 1, 113. “this drum sticks sorely in your d.” All's III, 6, 47. “which will now be so unsuitable to her d.” Tw. II, 5, 221. “grace and good d. attend your ladyship!” III, 1, 146. “entertain a cheerful d.” R2 II, 2, 4. “it goes so heavily with my d.” Hml. II, 2, 309. “let his d. have that scope that dotage gives it,” Lr. I, 4, 314. “O well divided d.!” Ant. I, 5, 53. Plural: “lesser had been the thwartings of your --s,” Cor. III, 2, 21. “if our father carry authority with such --s as he bears,” Lr. I, 1, 309 (Ff d.) “put away these --s that of late transform you from what you rightly are,” I, 4, 242.
4) natural constitution of the mind, temper, character, sentiments: the warrant I have of your honourable d. Lucr. Dedic. I, 4, 242 Lucr. 1695. “his d. would have gone to the truth of his words,” Wiv. II, 1, 61. “the villanous inconstancy of man's d.” Wiv. IV, 5, 111. “I do it not in evil d., but from Lord Angelo by special charge,” Meas. I, 2, 122. “of what d. was the duke?” III, 2, 244. “he is of a very melancholy d.” Ado II, 1, 6. “the base, though bitter d. of Beatrice,” Ado II, 1, 6 “my father's rough and envious d.” As I, 2, 253. “of churlish d.” II, 4, 80. “dost thou think I have a doublet and hose in my d.?” III, 2, 206. “the royal d. of that beast,” IV, 3, 118. “guiltless and of free d.” Tw. I, 5, 99. “against thy better d.” Wint. III, 3, 28. “this robe of mine does change my d.” IV, 4, 135. “displayed the effects of d. gentle,” H8 II, 4, 87. “the true knowledge he hath in their d.” Cor. II, 2, 15. “away, my d., and possess me some harlot's spirit!” III, 2, 111. “I thought thy d. better tempered,” Rom. III, 3, 115. “strange even to the d. that I owe,” Mcb. III, 4, 113. “a truant d.” Hml. I, 2, 169. “with much forcing of his d.” III, 1, 12. “his goatish d.” Lr. I, 2, 138. “whose d. will not be rubbed,” II, 2, 160. “your brother's evil d.” III, 5, 7. “I fear your d.” IV, 2, 31. “so blessed a d.” Oth. II, 3, 326. “as they pinch one another by the d.” Ant. II, 7, 8 (i. e. by their foible; a servant's speech). Plural: “her --s she inherits,” All's I, 1, 47. “give your --s the reins,” Cor. II, 1, 33.
5) nature, quality in general, manner of thinking and acting: “to practise his judgment with the d. of natures,” Meas. III, 1, 165. “the bitter d. of the time will have it so,” Troil. IV, 1, 48. “shall think meet to put an antic d. on,” Hml. I, 5, 172. “so horribly to shake our d. with thoughts,” I, 4, 55. “I know our country d. well,” Oth. III, 3, 201.
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