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Encounter, subst. 1) meeting, a seeing or finding each other: “fair e. of two most rare affections,” Tp. III, 1, 74. “these lords at this e. do so much admire,” V, 154. Gentl. II, 7, 41. Shr. I, 2, 105. Wint. I, 1, 29. V, 2, 62. H8 IV, 1, 4. Rom. II, 6, 29. Caes. I, 3, 156. Hml. III, 1, 34. Ant. I, 4, 79. More particularly, a) an amorous meeting, a rendezvous: “comes me in the instant of our e.” Wiv. III, 5, 74. Meas. III, 1, 261. Ado III, 3, 161. IV, 1, 94. All's III, 7, 32. Troil. III, 2, 217. b) a hostile meeting, combat: “uncouple at the roe which no e. dare,” Ven. 676. “--s mounted are against your peace,” LLL V, 2, 82 (abstr. pro concr.: == encounterers, combatants). H4A II, 2, 64. V, 1, 84. R3 I, 2, 115. Cor. IV, 5, 129. Lr. II, 1, 56. Ant. I, 2, 98. The two significations blent: “now is she in the very lists of love, her champion mounted for the hot e.” Ven. 596. Ado I, 1, 327. Rom. I, 1, 219. Cymb. II, 5, 19.
2) manner of address or accosting, behaviour: “that with your strange e. much amazed me,” Shr. IV, 5, 54. “that they call compliment is like the e. of two dogapes,” As II, 5, 27. “since he came, with what e. so uncurrent I have strained to appear thus,” Wint. III, 2, 50. “mark the e.” Hml. II, 2, 164. “only got the tune of the time and outward habit of e.” V, 2, 199.
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