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Plague, vb. 1) to afflict, to torment; absol.: “a --ing mischief light on Charles,” H6A V, 3, 39. trans.: “the aged man is --d with cramps,” Lucr. 856. “I will p. them all, even to roaring,” Tp. IV, 192. Merch. III, 1, 121. H6A V, 4, 154. Troil. I, 1, 97. Tim. IV, 3, 162. Oth. I, 1, 71.
2) to punish: for one's offence why should so many “fall, to p. a private sin in general?” Lucr. 1484. “the ambition in my love thus --s itself,” All's I, 1, 101. “he is --d for her sin,” John II, 184. John II, 184 “p. injustice with the pains of hell,” R2 III, 1, 34. to p. thee for thy foul misleading me, H6CV, 1, 97. “I'll p. thee for that word,” V, 5, 27. “God hath --d thy bloody deed,” R3 I, 3, 181. Troil. V, 2, 105. Cor. V, 3, 166. Rom. I, 4, 75. Tim. IV, 3, 73. Mcb. I, 7, 10. Lr. V, 3, 171. Cymb. II, 5, 35.
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