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Deserving, subst. == desert, q. v., 1) that which is due to a person, or that for which he may claim something: “for that riches where is my d.?” Sonn. 87, 6. “reputation is oft got without merit and lost without d.” Oth. II, 3, 270. “death is my d.” Meas. V, 482. “how much unlike my hopes and my --s,” Merch. II, 9, 57. IV, 1, 450. all foes (shall taste) “the cup of their --s,” Lr. V, 3, 304. “I shall give thee thy d.” Ant. IV, 12, 32. “I confess me knit to thy d. with cables of perdurable toughness,” Oth. I, 3, 343, i. e. to that which is due to thee, viz Desdemona's love.
2) merit: “we make foul the clearness of our --s,” All's I, 3, 7. “all her d. is a reserved honesty,” III, 5, 64. H4A IV, 3, 35. V, 2, 58. H4B IV, 3, 48. Cor. I, 9, 20. Lr. III, 3, 24.
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