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Doubt, subst. (its pronunciation: LLL V, 1, 23). 1) uncertainty of mind, irresolution, indecision: “the hot scent-snuffing hounds are driven to d.” Ven. 692. “this shall I ne'er know, but live in d.” Sonn. 144, 13. “nice affections wavering stood in d. if best were as it was, or best without,” Compl. 97. “were you in d., that you asked her?” Ado I, 1, 106. “still gazing in a d. whether those peals of praise be his or no,” Merch. III, 2, 145. “hang no more in d.” John III, 1, 219. “speaks things in d., that carry but half sense,” Hml. IV, 5, 6 (i. e. in ambiguity; cf. “doubtful” I, 5, 175). Mids. III, 2, 279. As V, 4, 25. H6C IV, 1, 135. IV, 7, 27. Rom. IV, 1, 87. Cymb. IV, 3, 45.
2) disposition or motive to disbelieve sth., want of credit: “our --s are traitors,” Merch. I, 4, 77. “I should be arguing still upon that d.” Shr. III, 1, 55. Wint. IV, 4, 633. John IV, 2, 233. R3 I, 3, 1. H8 II, 2, 28. II, 4, 215 “(commit to d.).” III, 1, 171. Mcb. IV, 3, 25. Oth. III, 3, 366. Per. I, 2, 97. to make d. (used negatively): LLL V, 2, 151. H8 V, 3, 67. Cor. I, 2, 18. “to make no d. of sth.:” Gentl. V, 2, 20. Cor. V, 4, 49. “'tis d. whether our kinsman come to see his friends,” R2 I, 4, 20. “no d. but he hath got a quiet catch,” Shr. II, 333. Tim. I, 2, 91. no d. == undoubtedly: Tp. I, 2, 7. V, 266. Mids. IV, 1, 137. Merch. I, 2, 35. H5 I, 1, 64. II, 2, 19. IV, 3, 95. H6C V, 1, 62. R3 I, 1, 129. I, 2, 245. II, 3, 15. II, 4, 21. III, 1, 154. III, 7, 54. III, 7, 54 IV, 1, 87. IV, 2, 39. IV, 4, 226. V, 3, 214. H8 I, 3, 57. III, 2, 244. Caes. III, 2, 219. Cymb. IV, 3, 21. Per. I, 2, 86. “out of d.:” Wiv. II, 1, 79. Err. IV, 3, 82. Mids. IV, 2, 3. Merch. I, 1, 21. Merch. I, 1, 21 H5 IV, 1, 20. H5 IV, 1, 20 V, 1, 47. “that's past d.” Wint. I, 2, 268. II, 3, 80. “stay, past d., for greater,” Cor. II, 3, 265. “without all d.” H8 IV, 1, 113.
3) apprehension, suspicion: “overcome by d. and bloodless fear,” Ven. 891. “to descant on the --s of my decay,” Pilgr. 184. “they made a d. presence majestical would put him out,” LLL V, 2, 101. “urge --s to them that fear,” R2 II, 1, 299. “deposed 'tis d. he will be,” III, 4, 69 (Ff doubted). “to end one d. by death revives two greater in the heirs of life,” H4B IV, 1, 199. “the d. is that he will seduce the rest,” H6C IV, 8, 37. “in whose breast d. and suspect are placed too late,” Tim. IV, 3, 519. “bound in to saucy --s and fears,” Mcb. III, 4, 25. “shall never sag with d.” V, 3, 10. “where love is great, the littlest --s are fear,” Hml. III, 2, 181. “to be once in d. is once to be resolved,” Oth. III, 3, 179. “the smallest fear or d. of her revolt,” Oth. III, 3, 179 “'tis a shrewd d., though it be but a dream,” Oth. III, 3, 179 “this is a d. nothing becoming you,” Cymb. IV, 4, 14. “to lop that d.” Per. I, 2, 90. H6C III, 3, 238.
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