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Force, subst. 1) strength, vigour: “desire doth lend her f.” Ven. 29. “some glory in their bodies' f.” Sonn. 91, 2. “her feeble f. will yield,” Pilgr. 319. Compl. 248. Wint. IV, 4, 385. John I, 265. H6A I, 5, 1. H6A I, 5, 1 IV, 4, 36. Troil. III, 1, 166. IV, 1, 18. V, 5, 40. Cor. I, 10, 14 (in an equal f. == by an e. f.; cf. “In).” V, 2, 95. Tim. II, 2, 176. Ant. IV, 14, 48. Cymb. V, 5, 414. “never could maintain his part but in the f. of his will,” Ado I, 1, 239 (see Will, subst.).
2) power, faculty: “sweet love, renew thy f.” Sonn. 56, 1. “much is the f. of heaven-bred poesy,” Gentl. III, 2, 72. “take her hearing prisoner with the f. and strong encounter of my amorous tale,” Ado I, 1, 326. “Dian's bud hath such f.” Mids. IV, 1, 79; cf. III, 1, 143. “let us on your imaginary --s work,” III, 1, 143. Merch. II, 9, 30. IV, 1, 190. As III, 5, 26. All's V, 3, 7. Tw. I, 5, 329. H6A V, 5, 79. H6B III, 2, 332. Hml. I, 3, 26 (Ff sect and f.; Qq act and place). III, 3, 48. of f. == weighty: “those occasions were of f.” H6A III, 1, 157. “some reason of no little f.” H6B I, 3, 166. “arguments of mighty f.” H6C II, 2, 44.
3) virtue, efficacy, operation: “this flower's f. in stirring love,” Mids. II, 2, 69. “use our commission in his utmost f.” John III, 3, 11. “the potion's f. should cease,” Rom. V, 3, 249. R3 IV, 4, 351. H8 I, 1, 64. Hml. III, 1, 113. Cymb. I, 5, 18.
4) validity: which (doom) “stands in effectual f.” Gentl. III, 1, 223. “our late edict shall strongly stand in f.” LLL I, 1, 11. “there is no f. in the decrees of Venice,” Merch. IV, 1, 102. John I, 130. John I, 130 H8 I, 2, 101.
5) violence: “f. must work my way,” Lucr. 513. “sweetens the aloes of all --s, shocks and fears,” Compl. 273; cf. Troil. IV, 2, 107. As II, 7, 103. R2 III, 3, 207. H6C IV, 4, 33. Troil. I, 3, 116. “by f.” Lucr. 1243. Err. V, 352. H6B II, 2, 30. H6C I, 1, 29. Tit. II, 1, 118. “by main f.” H6B I, 1, 210. f. perforce == a) by violence, against one's will: John III, 1, 142. H4B IV, 1, 116. H6B I, 1, 258. b) of necessity, absolutely, by all means: “as f. perforce the age will pour it in,” H4B IV, 4, 46.
6) necessity; only in the phrase of f., joined to the verb must: “these of f. must your oblations be,” Compl. 223. LLL I, 1, 148. Mids. III, 2, 40. Merch. IV, 1, 56. Merch. IV, 1, 56 Wint. IV, 4, 434. H4A II, 3, 120. Caes. IV, 3, 203. cf. def. 5: f. perforce.
7) warlike preparation, army, troops: All's IV, 1, 94. H5 I, 2, 150. II, 2, 16. H6A II, 1, 32. IV, 4, 3. H6B V, 1, 22. Mcb. V, 3, 18. Ant. I, 2, 96. Ant. I, 2, 96 III, 13, 169. IV, 11, 2. “of f. enough to bid his brother battle,” H6C V, 1, 77. “not fearing outward f.” Cor. III, 1, 77. “our old love made a particular f.,” Tim. V, 2, 8 (i. e. made an army, a party of its own). Plur. “--s:” John II, 54. John II, 54 H4A III, 2, 178. H4B I, 3, 81. II, 1, 185. H5 I, 2, 112. H5 I, 2, 112 H6A III, 2, 102. III, 3, 83. IV, 4, 11. H6B IV, 2, 122. V, 1, 60. H6C IV, 8, 62. V, 1, 9. V, 1, 9 R3 V, 3, 109. Lr. V, 1, 52. Cymb. III, 7, 11. Per. I, 2, 24.
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