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Sovereignty, 1) royalty, royal dignity: “no s.” Tp. II, 1, 156. “employed your unknown s.” Meas. V, 392. John III, 1, 58. R2 IV, 251. H4B V, 2, 101. H6B I, 3, 130. H6C III, 2, 86. H6C III, 2, 86 R3 III, 7, 79 (Ff the s. thereof, Qq the s. thereon). R3 III, 7, 79 IV, 4, 329. IV, 4, 329 H8 I, 2, 150. II, 3, 29. Mcb. II, 4, 30. IV, 1, 89. Lr. I, 4, 253. Cymb. III, 5, 6 (to show less s. than they).
2) any sway or predominant power: “the s. of either being so great,” Lucr. 69.* “whose yoke my soul consents not to give s.” Mids. I, 1, 82. “as is the osprey to the fish, who takes it by s. of nature,” Cor. IV, 7, 35. “might deprive your s. of reason,” Hml. I, 4, 73.
3) supreme excellence: “his boast of Lucrece' s.” Lucr. 36. “to call her bad, whose s. so oft thou hast preferred,” Gent. II, 6, 15. “of all complexions the culled s.” LLL IV, 3, 234.
4) highly efficacious medicinal quality: “prescriptions . . . such as his reading and manifest experience had collected for general s.” All's I, 3, 230.
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