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Necessity, 1) that which must be, unavoidableness: “to make a virtue of n.” Gent. IV, 1, 62. “she must lie here on mere n.” LLL I, 1, 149. LLL I, 1, 149 LLL I, 1, 149 “there is no virtue like n.” R2 I, 3, 278. “one of these two must be --es,” Wint. IV, 4, 38. “thou must think there's a n. in it,” Wint. IV, 4, 38 “are these things then --es? then let us meet them like --es,” H4B III, 1, 92. H4B III, 1, 92 “n. commands me name myself,” Cor. IV, 5, 62. “as if we were villains by n.” Lr. I, 2, 132 (Ff on n.). “such a n. in his death,” Oth. IV, 2, 247. “you could not lack . . . very n. of this thought,” Ant. II, 2, 58. “the time, which drives o'er your content these strong --es,” III, 6, 83. of n. == necessarily: “he that so generally is at all times good must of n. hold his virtue to you,” All's I, 1, 9.
2) indispensableness, cogency, imperative exigency: “it shall bite upon my n.” Wiv. II, 1, 136. “hiding mine honour in my n.” II, 2, 25. “the fairest grant is the n.” Ado I, 1, 319. “this imposition, the which my love and some n. now lays upon you,” Merch. III, 4, 34. “were there n. in your request,” Wint. I, 2, 22. “yet that is but a crushed n.” H5 I, 2, 175. “his legs are legs for n.” Troil. II, 3, 114. “urged extremely for it and showed what n. belonged to it,” Tim. III, 2, 14. “nature must obey n.” Caes. IV, 3, 227. “n., of matter beggared, will nothing stick our person to arraign,” Hml. IV, 5, 92. “that then n. will call discreet proceeding,” Lr. I, 4, 232. “for n. of present life I must show out a flag and sign of love,” Oth. I, 1, 156. “the strong n. of time commands our services awhile,” Ant. I, 3, 42. With of: “there's no further n. of qualities can make her be refused,” Per. IV, 2, 53. Plur. --es == absolute wants, imperative demands: “I'll do the service of a younger man in all your business and --es,” As II, 3, 55. “their more mature dignities and royal --es made separation of their society,” Wint. I, 1, 28. “construe the times to their --es,” H4B IV, 1, 104. H8 V, 1, 2. Cor. III, 1, 147. Tim. IV, 3, 377. Caes. IV, 3, 165.
3) extreme indigence, distress, want of what is needed (personified as masc. in R2 V, 1, 21): “I'll rather dwell in my n.” Merch. I, 3, 156. nor shalt not (eat) “till n. be served,” As II, 7, 89. “my n. makes me to ask you for my purse,” Tw. III, 4, 368. “leaving his friend here in n.” Tw. III, 4, 368 “teach thy n. to reason thus,” R2 I, 3, 277. “I am sworn brother to grim n.” V, 1, 21. “n. so bowed the state,” H4B III, 1, 73. “God comfort him in this n.” H6A IV, 3, 15. “deceit bred by n.” H6C III, 3, 68. “urge the n. and state of times,” R3 IV, 4, 416. “some good n. touches his friend,” Tim. II, 2, 236. “had his n. made use of me,” III, 2, 89. “--'s sharp pinch,” Lr. II, 4, 214. “the art of our --es is strange, that can make vile things precious,” III, 2, 70. till he hath passed n. Per. II Prol. 6. “in like n. . . . may defend thee,” II, 1, 134.
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