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Sober, 1) not intoxicated: Ado III, 3, 49. Merch. I, 2, 93.
2) calm, serene, not rash: “with s. speed,” H4B IV, 3, 86. “with such s. and unnoted passion,” Tim. III, 5, 21. “forgive my general and exceptless rashness, you perpetual s. gods,” IV, 3, 503 (M. Edd. perpetual-sober). “this s. form of yours hides wrongs,” Caes. IV, 2, 40.
3) serious, earnest: “speak in s. judgement,” Ado I, 1, 171. “speakest thou in s. meanings,” As V, 2, 76.
4) grave, dignified, decent: “making such s. action with his hand,” Lucr. 1403. as subtle Sinon here is painted, so s. sad, 1542 (M. Edd. sober-sad). “nor that full star . . . doth half that glory to the s. west,” Sonn. 132, 8. “if I do not put on a s. habit,” Merch. II, 2, 199. “let not the sound of shallow foppery enter my s. house,” II, 5, 36. “what damned error, but some s. brow will bless it,” III, 2, 78. “disguised in s. robes,” Shr. I, 2, 132. “a s. ancient gentleman,” V, 1, 75. Applied to women, == modest, demure, chaste: “shook off my s. guards and civil fears,” Compl. 298. “her wisdom, her s. virtue,” Err. III, 1, 90. “a queen, fair, s., wise,” Hml. III, 4, 189. “chastised with the s. eye of dull Octavia,” Ant. V, 2, 54.
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