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Right, subst. 1) that which is conformable to justice and natural or human law: “the rough beast that knows no gentle r.” Lucr. 545. “heaven prosper the r.” Wiv. III, 1, 30; cf. “God defend the r.” LLL I, 1, 216. R2 I, 3, 101. H6B II, 3, 55. Lr. V, 2, 2. “hooking both r. and wrong to the appetite,” Meas. II, 4, 176. “whom r. and wrong have chose as umpire,” LLL I, 1, 169. “to do a great r., do a little wrong,” Merch. IV, 1, 216. “I should have been a woman by r.” As IV, 3, 177. “something about, a little from the r.” John I, 170. “on our actions set the name of r.” V, 2, 67. “heaven still guards the r.” R2 III, 2, 62. “of no r., nor colour like to r., he doth fill fields,” H4A III, 2, 100. “may I with r. and conscience make this claim?” H5 I, 2, 96. “he held the r.” H6A II, 4, 38. “which they hold by force and not by r.” H6B II, 2, 30. “thou hast prevailed in r.” II, 3, 102. “draw thy sword in r.” H6C II, 2, 62. “did ever fence the r.” III, 3, 98. “the sorrow that I have by r. is yours,” R3 I, 3, 172 etc. etc. == law: “by all our country's --s in Rome maintained,” Lucr. 1838.
2) title, just claim: “that posterity which by the --s of time thou needs must have,” Ven. 759. “thou art the next of blood, and 'tis thy r.” Ven. 759 “proving their r.” Lucr. 67. “your true --s be termed a poet's rage,” Sonn. 17, 11. my heart (would bar) “mine eye the freedom of that r.” 46, 4. 46, 4 “your own dear-purchased r.” 117, 6. “the r. of sepulchres,” 68, 6. Phoen. 34. Mids. I, 1, 92. Mids. I, 1, 92 Merch. II, 1, 16. III, 2, 19. John I, 39. John I, 39 II, 105. V, 2, 21. H5 I, 2, 16. H6A II, 1, 35. IV, 2, 55. H6B I, 1, 244. V, 1, 1. R3 I, 3, 206 etc. With in: “you had in him no r.” Err. IV, 2, 7. LLL II, 140. Mids. III, 2, 336. John II, 22. Hml. V, 2, 400. With of, in the same sense: “all my r. of her I do estate unto Demetrius,” Mids. I, 1, 97. “my treasures and my --s of thee,” H4A II, 3, 48. in r. of or in the r. of == in support of the claim of: John II, 153. John II, 153 John II, 153 III, 4, 142. H5 I, 2, 247. H6A III, 1, 150. Cor. III, 3, 14. In the same sense: “upon the r. and party of her son,” John I, 34. “upon the r. of him it holds,” II, 237.
3) that which is due to a person or thing: “to wrong the wronger till he render r.” Lucr. 943 (make satisfaction). “for thy r. myself will bear all wrong,” Sonn. 88, 14. “lest the requiem lack his r.” Phoen. 16. “it is the r. of it, it must be so,” Meas. III, 2, 61. “'tis his r.” Meas. III, 2, 61 “give her the r. you should have given her cousin,” Ado V, 1, 300. “to see like r. bereft,” Err. II, 1, 40. “lamentation is the r. of the dead,” All's I, 1, 64. “if justice had her r.” R2 II, 1, 227. “shall we divide our r. according to our threefold order ta'en?” H4A III, 1, 70. “let me have r., and let desert mount,” H4B IV, 3, 60. “r. for r. hath dimmed your infant morn to aged night,” R3 IV, 4, 15 etc. to do a person r. == to give him his due, to do him justice, to satisfy him: “this helpless smoke of words doth me no r.” Lucr. 1027. “do him r.” Meas. II, 2, 103. “do me the common r. to let me see them,” II, 3, 5. Err. IV, 2, 8. Ado I, 1, 246. As II, 7, 84. All's II, 3, 167. IV, 2, 17. Tw. V, 317. John II, 18. III, 1, 185. R2 II, 3, 138. H6A III, 1, 154. H6C I, 1, 166. IV, 1, 69. Tit. I, 203 etc. do me r. (== satisfaction by combat) Ado V, 1, 149. now you have done me r. (by drinking after me, pledging me) H4B V, 3, 76. H4B V, 3, 76
4) that which is conformable to reason and truth: “Nym, thou hast spoke the r.” H5 II, 1, 129 (Pistol's speech). to be in the r. == not to be wrong: Meas. II, 1, 100. Meas. II, 1, 100 Shr. IV, 3, 157. Tw. II, 3, 128. R3 V, 3, 275. Hml. I, 5, 126. II, 2, 429. Ant. III, 7, 68. Sometimes == to take the right way: “thou'rt i' the r., girl; more o' that,” Meas. II, 2, 129 (== well done!). “I will beseech the virtuous Desdemona to undertake for me . . . . You are in the r.” Oth. II, 3, 339.
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