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Rigour, relentless severity, hard-heartedness, cruelty: “her best work is ruined with thy r.” Ven. 954. “in Ajax' eyes blunt rage and r. rolled,” Lucr. 1398. “thou canst not then use r. in my gaol,” Sonn. 133, 12. “follows close the r. of the statute,” Meas. I, 4, 67. “'tis r. and not law,” Wint. III, 2, 115. “r. of tempestuous gusts,” H6A V, 5, 5. “let him have all the r. of the law,” H6B I, 3, 199. “fear of Clifford's r. who thunders to his captives blood and death,” H6C II, 1, 126. “let my life be sacrificed unto the r. of severest law,” Rom. V, 3, 269. “whom the r. of our state forced to cry out,” Lr. V, 1, 22.
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