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Skill, 1) discernment, sagacity, mental power, wit, cunning: which (her beauty) “far exceeds his barren s. to show,” Lucr. 81. “the impression of strange kinds is formed in them by force, by fraud, or s.” Lucr. 81 “in the very refuse of thy deeds there is such strength and warrantise of s. that, in my mind, thy worst all best exceeds,” Sonn. 150, 7. “I'll show my mind according to my shallow simple s.” Gent. I, 2, 8. “to compass her, I'll use my s.” II, 4, 214. if I read it not truly (viz your brow) “my ancient s. beguiles me,” Meas. IV, 2, 164. “dart thy s. at me,” LLL V, 2, 396. “touching now the point of human s., reason becomes the marshal to my will,” Mids. II, 2, 119. “which of them both is dearest to me, I have no s. in sense to make distinction,” All's III, 4, 39 (I cannot judge by what I feel). “or stupified or seeming so in s.” Wint. II, 1, 166 (== cunning). “I'll so offend, to make offence a s.” H4A I, 2, 240 (wisdom, good policy). “had I sufficient s. to utter them,” H6A V, 5, 13. “this vile deed we must with all our majesty and s. both countenance and excuse,” Hml. IV, 1, 31. “all the s. I have remembers not these garments,” Lr. IV, 7, 66. “'tis greater s. in a true hate, to pray they have their will,” Cymb. II, 5, 33.
2) familiar knowledge of any art or science, shown by readiness and dexterity in its application to practical purposes: Lucr. 1099. Lucr. 1099 Lucr. 1099 Lucr. 1099 Sonn. 16, 14. 24, 5. 66, 10. 91, 1. 100, 8. 106, 12. 126, 7. Compl. 125. Ado I, 2, 28. LLL IV, 1, 28. Mids. I, 1, 195. V, 110. As III, 3, 63. All's I, 1, 21. I, 3, 249. II, 1, 187. Tw. III, 4, 213. Tw. III, 4, 213 John IV, 2, 29. R2 III, 4, 103. H6A I, 2, 60. H6A I, 2, 60 Troil. I, 1, 8. V, 2, 170. Tit. II, 1, 43. Rom. II, 6, 25. Hml. III, 2, 378. V, 2, 267. Cymb. II, 4, 22. V, 5, 433. Per. IV, Prol. V, 5, 433 V, 1, 76. Followed by in: “hath good s. in his rapier,” Wiv. II, 1, 231. All's IV, 5, 22. H4A V, 1, 135. H4B IV, 3, 123. Tim. V, 3, 7.
3) reason, motive (or rather a thought caused by consideration and judgment): “you have as little s. to fear as I have purpose to put you to't,” Wint. IV, 4, 152.
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