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Less, adv. in a smaller or lower degree: “l. false” Sonn. 20, 5. “I love not l.” 102, 2; cf. H4B V, 2, 110. Tp. I, 1, 47. III, 1, 78. Gent. II, 7, 11. LLL II, 17. Wint. I, 2, 282. Cor. V, 1, 19 etc. “no l.:” As I, 1, 116. Wint. I, 2, 392. II, 1, 54. H5 II, 2, 92. H6B II, 3, 26. Mcb. III, 1, 136 etc. nothing l. == anything but: “'tis nothing but conceit. 'tis nothing l.” R2 II, 2, 34. “and yet, methinks, my father's execution was nothing l. than bloody tyranny,” H6A II, 5, 100. ne'er the l. == not less on this account, or for this: “I will love thee ne'er the l.” Shr. I, 1, 77. l. happier == Shr. I, 1, 77 happy, R2 II, 1, 49. Peculiar use after a negative: “nor a man that fears you l. than he,” Cor. I, 4, 14 (instead of fears you more); cf. Wint. III, 2, 57 and Cymb. I, 4, 23.
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