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Mark, subst. 1) a sign, trace, stain or impression made or left on a person or thing: “I have some --s of yours upon my pate,” Err. I, 2, 82. Err. I, 2, 82 “my tears shall wipe away these bloody --s,” H6C II, 5, 71. “he should have showed us his --s of merit, wounds received for his country,” Cor. II, 3, 172. “can show for Rome her enemies' --s upon me,” III, 3, 111. “hath more scars of sorrow in his heart than foemen's --s upon his battered shield,” Tit. IV, 1, 127. “I know it by this m.” Per. II, 1, 144. Especially any natural irregularity or deficiency by which a person is distinguished: “--s descried in men's nativity are nature's faults,” Lucr. 538. “told me what privy --s I had about me,” Err. III, 2, 146. “the m. of my shoulder, the mole in my neck,” Err. III, 2, 146 “never mole, hare-lip, nor scar, nor m. prodigious such as are despised in nativity,” Mids. V, 419. “foul moles and eyeoffending --s,” John III, 1, 47. “some --s of secret on her person,” Cymb. V, 5, 205. “it was a m. of wonder,” Cymb. V, 5, 205 Such tokens being supposed to be ominous, the following expressions took rise: “he hath no drowning m. upon him,” Tp. I, 1, 31. “nor set a m. so bloody on the business,” I, 2, 142. “sin, death and hell have set their --s on him,” R3 I, 3, 293. God bless the m., originally a phrase used to avert the evil omen, == saving your reverence, under your pardon: “who, God bless the m., is a kind of devil,” Merch. II, 2, 25. “and I, God bless the m., his Moorship's ancient,” Oth. I, 1, 33. “he had not been there -- bless the m. -- a pissing while,” Gent. IV, 4, 21. Similarly God save the m. == God have mercy: “talk so like a waiting gentlewoman of guns and drums and wounds -- God save the m.!” H4A I, 3, 56.* “I saw the wound, I saw it with mine eyes -- God save the m.! -- here on his manly breast,” Rom. III, 2, 53.
Used in a good sense of any excellence: this so darks in Philoten all graceful --s, Per. IV Prol. 36.
2) a character made by a person who cannot write his name: “doest thou use to write thy name? or hast thou a m. to thyself, like an honest man?” H6B IV, 2, 110.
3) any sign of distinction, any token by which a thing is known: “with soft-slow tongue, true m. of modesty,” Lucr. 1220. “how know you that I am in love? Marry, by these special --s,” Gent. II, 1, 18. “I do spy some --s of love in her,” Ado II, 3, 255. there is no vice so simple but assumes some m. of virtue on his “outward parts,” Merch. III, 2, 82. “there is none of my uncle's --s upon you,” As III, 2, 387. “in the official --s invested,” Cor. II, 3, 148. “by no means I may discover them by any m. of favour,” Caes. II, 1, 76. “--s of sovereignty,” Lr. I, 4, 252. “take you the --s of her, the colour of her hair, complexion, height,” Per. IV, 2, 61.
4) butt, target, aim: “thy m. is feeble age, but thy false dart mistakes that aim,” Ven. 941. “the scornful m. of every open eye,” Lucr. 520. “slander's m. was ever yet the fair,” Sonn. 70, 2. “if knowledge be the m., to know thee shall suffice,” Pilgr. 63 and LLL IV, 2, 115. “I stood like a man at a m., with a whole army shooting at me,” Ado II, 1, 254. LLL IV, 1, 132. All's III, 2, 110. H4B III, 2, 284. H5 I, 2, 208. H6B I, 1, 243. H8 II, 1, 165. Troil. V, 6, 27. Rom. I, 1, 213. II, 1, 33. Tim. V, 3, 10. Per. I, 1, 164. II, 3, 114. beyond the m. == beyond the reach, beyond the power: “he fought beyond the m. of others,” Cor. II, 2, 93. “you are abused beyond the m. of thought,” Ant. III, 6, 87.
5) an object looked to for guidance: it (love) “is an ever-fixed m. that looks on tempests and is never shaken,” Sonn. 116, 5. Hence == example, pattern: “your high self, the gracious m. of the land,” Wint. IV, 4, 8. “he was the m. and glass, copy and book, that fashioned others,” H4B II, 3, 31.
6) notice taken, observance, note: “the strong statutes stand like the forfeits in a barber's shop, as much in mock as m.” Meas. V, 324. “a fellow of no m. and likelihood,” H4A III, 2, 45. “he hath devoted and given up himself to the contemplation, m. and denotement of her parts and graces,” Oth. II, 3, 322.
7) a sum of thirteen shillings and four pence: “five --s,” Meas. IV, 3, 7. “a thousand --s,” Err. I, 1, 22. Err. I, 1, 22 I, 2, 81. I, 2, 81 II, 1, 61. III, 1, 8. Shr. V, 2, 35. John II, 530. H4A II, 1, 61. II, 4, 569. III, 3, 48. H4B I, 2, 217. H6B V, 1, 79. H8 V, 1, 172. Uninflected: “forty m.” H4A III, 3, 95. H4B II, 1, 34.
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