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Esteem, subst. 1) estimation, opinion of merit: “slandering creation with a false e.” Sonn. 127, 12. “most dear in the e. and poor in worth,” Troil. III, 3, 129. “precious in the world's e.” LLL II, 4. “high in his e.” Mids. III, 2, 294. “labour for a greater e.” As V, 2, 62. “a coward in thine own e.” Mcb. I, 7, 43.
2) high estimation, great regard, worth: “we lost a jewel of her, and our e. was made much poorer by it,” All's V, 3, 1 (we are worth less by her loss). “prisoners of e.” H6A III, 4, 8. V, 5, 27. Rom. I, 3, 70. “of no e.” Cymb. V, 5, 253. “nor should thy prowess want praise and e.” H6B V, 2, 22. “of good e.” Gentl. I, 3, 40. Shr. IV, 5, 64. H6B III, 2, 21. “of so high e.” Shr. Ind. 2, 16. “in much e. with the king,” H8 IV, 1, 109.
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