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Desért, subst. 1) that which is due to a person; that which entitles to a reward, or demands a punishment: “against that time do I ensconce me here within the knowledge of mine own d.” Sonn. 49, 10. “to do more for me than mine own d.” 72, 6. “wherein I should your great --s repay,” 117, 2. “my patience, more than thy d., is privilege for thy departure,” Gentl. III, 1, 159. “some sign of good d.” III, 2, 18. “dispose of them as thou knowest their --s,” V, 4, 159. “challenge me by these --s,” LLL V, 2, 815. “I will assume d.” Merch. II, 9. Merch. II, 9 “are my --s no better?” Merch. II, 9 “nor would I have him till I do deserve him, yet never know how that d. should be,” All's I, 3, 206. “shackle up my love and her d.” II, 3, 160. “would I were able to load him with his d.” H5 III, 7, 86. “not of any challenge of d.” H6A V, 4, 153. “my d. is honour,” H6C III, 3, 192. “my d. unmeritable shuns your high request,” R3 III, 7, 154. “the duke found his --s,” H8 III, 2, 267. “plead your --s,” Tit. I, 45. “I give thanks in part of thy --s,” Tit. I, 45 “I chiefly that set thee on to this d.” Cymb. I, 5, 73. “it is your grace's pleasure to commend, not my d.” Per. II, 5, 30. -- Without d. == without cause: “not without d. so well reputed,” Gentl. II, 4, 57. “my wife -- but I protest, without d. -- hath oftentimes upbraided me,” Err. III, 1, 112. “that all without d. have frowned on me,” R3 II, 1, 67.
2) merit, claim to honour and reward: Sonn. 17, 2. 66, 2. Pilgr. 325. Meas. V, 9. R2 II, 3, 44. H4A IV, 3, 46. H4B IV, 3, 60. H5 II, 2, 34. H6A III, 4, 25. H6C III, 3, 132. R3 I, 3, 97. IV, 4, 415. Troil. III, 2, 101. III, 3, 172. Cor. II, 3, 71. Cor. II, 3, 71 Tit. I, 16. Tit. I, 16 III, 1, 171. Tim. I, 1, 65. III, 5, 79. Hml. II, 2, 553. Hml. II, 2, 553 Lr. II, 4, 141. Ant. I, 2, 194. Per. I, 1, 31. Followed by to, to indicate the person of whom somebody has well deserved: “that my --s to you can lack persuasion,” Tw. III, 4, 382. “these good --s; not half so bad as thine to England's king,” H6B I, 4, 49. “surnamed Pius for many good and great --s to Rome,” Tit. I, 24.
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