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Most, adj. and adv. 1) greatest; with the article: “boys and women are for the m. part cattle of this colour,” As III, 2, 435. “I have for the m. part been aired abroad,” Wint. IV, 2, 5. “for the m. part such,” H8 I, 1, 76. “who for the m. part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb-shows,” Hml. III, 2, 12. “for the m. part they are foolish that are so,” Ant. III, 3, 34. I have the m. cause to be glad of yours (viz company) Cor. IV, 3, 56. Without the article: “m. part of all this night,” H6A II, 1, 67. “have we not lost m. part of all the towns,” V, 4, 108. “m. part of their fleet,” Oth. II, 1, 24. “is at m. odds with his own gravity,” Wiv. III, 1, 54. “with m. advantage,” H6A I, 4, 12. “resolute in m. extremes,” IV, 1, 38. though in this place m. master wear no “breeches,” H6B I, 3, 149 (i. e. the king). “'tis honour with m. lands to be at odds,” Tim. III, 5, 116. “I had m. need of blessing,” Mcb. II, 2, 32. “with m. gladness,” Ant. II, 2, 169. In the predicate: “the sense of death is m. in apprehension,” Meas. III, 1, 78. “whose right is m. in Helena,” Mids. III, 2, 337. “God's wrong is m. of all,” R3 IV, 4, 377. “whose merit m. shall be,” Rom. I, 2, 31. With the possessive pronoun: “my m. stay can be but brief,” Meas. IV, 1, 44. “enforced from our m. quiet,” H4B IV, 1, 71. “at your m. need,” Hml. I, 5, 180.
2) the greatest amount, the utmost in extent or effect: “and to the m. of praise add something more,” Sonn. 85, 10. “to you I owe the m.” Merch. I, 1, 131. “the m. you sought was her promotion,” Rom. IV, 5, 71. “that were the m., if he should husband you,” Lr. V, 3, 70. “who is it that says m.?” Sonn. 84, 1. “in least speak m.” Mids. V, 105. “making them lightest that wear m. of it,” Merch. III, 2, 91. “where m. it promises,” All's II, 1, 146. “he of these that can do m. of all,” H6B I, 3, 75. At m.: “within this hour at m. I will advise you,” Mcb. III, 1, 128 (== at the farthest, at the latest).
3) the greatest number: “to the m. of men this is a Caliban,” Tp. I, 2, 480. “men, for the m., become much more the better for being a little bad,” Meas. V, 445. “I had the m. of them out of prison,” H4A IV, 2, 45. “which m. of our city did,” Tw. III, 3, 35. “he has ampler strength than most have of his age,” Wint. IV, 4, 415. Wint. IV, 4, 415 Wint. IV, 4, 415 H6A I, 1, 147. Rom. I, 1, 134 “(where m. might not be found).” Oth. I, 1, 182 etc.
4) in the highest degree; in a very high degree; with the article: “of all be hated, but the m. of me,” Mids. II, 2, 142. “you speak of two the m. remarked i' the kingdom,” H8 V, 1, 33. Without the article: “where it should m. mistrust,” Ven. 1154. “joy in that I honour m.” Sonn. 25, 4. “when m. I wink, then do mine eyes best see,” 43, 1. “which shall be m. my glory,” 83, 10. “since his exile she hath despised me m.” Gent. III, 2, 3. “there is a vice that m. I do abhor,” Meas. II, 2, 29. II, 4, 168. “the thing it hunteth m.” LLL I, 1, 146. “wear the favours m. in sight,” V, 2, 136. Mids. II, 2, 140. Shr. V, 2, 175. Wint. IV, 3, 18. Rom. I, 1, 134. I, 2, 31. Lr. I, 1, 100 etc. “m. of all:” Gent. I, 2, 30. Meas. II, 2, 100. John III, 4, 115. m. of all == above all: “but, m. of all, agreeing with the proclamation,” Meas. I, 2, 80.
Used before adjectives and adverbs, 1) to denote a very high degree: Tp. I, 2, 78. Tp. I, 2, 78 Tp. I, 2, 78 Tp. I, 2, 78 Tp. I, 2, 78 Tp. I, 2, 78 Tp. I, 2, 78 Tp. I, 2, 78 Tp. I, 2, 78 Tp. I, 2, 78 Tp. I, 2, 78 Tp. I, 2, 78 II, 1, 44. II, 1, 44 II, 1, 44 II, 1, 44 II, 1, 44 II, 1, 44 II, 2, 93. II, 2, 93 II, 2, 93 II, 2, 93 II, 2, 93 III, 1, 3. III, 1, 3 III, 1, 3 III, 2, 28. III, 2, 28 III, 3, 58. III, 3, 58 IV, 60. V, 71. V, 71 V, 71 V, 71 V, 71 Epil. 3 etc. etc. 2) to form the superlative degree: Ven. 1156. Ven. 1156 Sonn. 113, 10. Tp. III, 1, 15. III, 2, 106. IV, 26. Gent. I, 1, 45. II, 7, 58. LLL I, 1, 72. All's I, 3, 122. R3 IV, 3, 2. H8 II, 3, 11 etc. Redundantly before a superlative: “the m. heaviest,” Gent. IV, 2, 141. “m. dearest,” Wint. I, 2, 137. “thy m. worst,” III, 2, 180. “m. stillest night,” H4B III, 1, 28. “m. despitefullest,” Troil. IV, 1, 32 (Q m. despiteful). “m. boldest,” Caes. III, 1, 121. “m. unkindest,” III, 2, 187. “O m. best,” Hml. II, 2, 122. “m. best, m. dearest,” Lr. I, 1, 219 (Ff the best, the dearest). “m. poorest,” II, 3, 7. “m. worthiest,” Cymb. I, 6, 162. “m. coldest,” II, 3, 2. “m. bravest,” IV, 2, 319.
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