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People, subst. 1) all the persons who compose a nation or any community (never plur. --s): Lucr. Arg. Tp. IV, 64 Tp. IV, 64 Tp. I, 2, 141. II, 1, 164. Meas. I, 1, 10. Meas. I, 1, 10 I, 3, 35. I, 3, 35 As I, 3, 81. John III, 4, 150. IV, 2, 144. V, 1, 9. H4A V, 1, 104. H5 III, 3, 28. III, 5, 24 “(a more frosty p.).” H6A V, 5, 93. H6B I, 1, 79. H6C III, 3, 117. Caes. IV, 3, 204. Hml. IV, 5, 81 etc.
2) the commonalty, in contradistinction to the nobility (“the common p.:” R2 I, 4, 24. H6B I, 1, 158. H6C II, 6, 8. IV, 2, 2 etc.): “our p. and our peers are both misled,” H6C III, 3, 35. “chief enemy to the p.” Cor. I, 1, 8. “always loved the p.” Cor. I, 1, 8 “tribunes for the p.” Cor. I, 1, 8 I, 2, 11. II, 1, 4 and passim in this tragedy.
3) persons, men indefinitely: “the world's poor p. are amazed at apparitions,” Ven. 925. “like a press of p.” Lucr. 1301. “these are p. of the island,” Tp. III, 3, 30. V, 184. “if these be good p.” Meas. II, 1, 42. Err. V, 38. Err. V, 38 Err. V, 38 Ado II, 1, 266. V, 1, 290. LLL V, 2, 832. IV, 2, 61. Merch. III, 2, 143. V, 295. As I, 2, 292. II, 3, 5. III, 2, 166. Tw. I, 5, 119. IV, 1, 29. V, 347. R2 V, 5, 10. R2 V, 5, 10 Tit. III, 1, 277. Mcb. I, 7, 33. IV, 3, 150. Ant. I, 1, 54 etc.
4) attendants, followers, troops: “you slew great number of his p.” Tw. III, 3, 29. “a thousand of his p. butchered,” H4A I, 1, 42. “my p. are with sickness much enfeebled,” H5 III, 6, 154. “fan our p. cold,” Mcb. I, 2, 50. “the tyrant's p. on both sides do fight,” V, 7, 25. Quite == servants: “mine own p.” Wiv. II, 2, 52. IV, 2, 14. As I, 1, 176. “my p.” Merch. III, 4, 37. Tw. I, 5, 112. II, 5, 64. III, 4, 69. Wint. I, 2, 450. Lr. I, 4, 277. Lr. I, 4, 277 Oth. I, 1, 142. “your p.” Mids. IV, 1, 43. “his p.” Lr. II, 4, 291. IV, 7, 88.
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