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Wilful, 1) willing, pleased, ready: “this beauteous combat, w. and unwilling,” Ven. 365. “a secure and w. Actaeon,” Wiv. III, 2, 44. “when walls are so w. to hear without warning,” Mids. V, 211. “patience perforce with w. choler meeting,” Rom. I, 5, 91 (ready anger, opposed to enforced and constrained patience).
2) acting with set purpose; or done by design: “from thee going he went w. slow,” Sonn. 51, 13 (hyphened by M. Edd.). “if ever I were w. negligent,” Wint. I, 2, 255 (hyphened by O. and M. Edd.). “to confess the w. abuse,” H4B II, 4, 339. “we shall see w. adultery and murder committed,” H5 II, 1, 40. Strange expression: “you are too w. blame,” H4A III, 1, 177 (blameable on purpose, on principle; indulging your faults, though conscious that they are faults. M. Edd. wilful-blame).
Hence == voluntarily assumed, affected, not natural: “if thou thyself deceivest by w. taste of what thyself refusest,” Sonn. 40, 8. “and do a w. stillness entertain, with purpose to be dressed in an opinion of wisdom,” Merch. I, 1, 90.
3) obstinate, stubborn, refractory: “the Dauphin is too w. opposite,” John V, 2, 124 (hyphened by M. Edd.) “what means this w. silence?” R3 III, 7, 28. “to w. men the injuries that they themselves procure must be their schoolmasters,” Lr. II, 4, 305.
4) regardless, reckless, saucy: “and in his will his w. eye he tired,” Lucr. 417. “I owe you much, and, like a w. boy, that which I owe is lost,” Merch. I, 1, 146 (i. e. like a reckless boy I confess to you). “how will their grudging stomachs be provoked to w. disobedience, and rebel,” H6A IV, 1, 142. “peace, w. boy,” H6C V, 5, 31. “the w. sons of old Andronicus,” Tit. IV, 4, 8.
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