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Worse, adj. and adv., the comparative of bad and ill; adj.: “what were thy lips the w. for one poor kiss?” Ven. 207. “w. than a slavish wipe,” Lucr. 537. “to subjects w.” Sonn. 59, 14. 84, 10. 110, 8. Tp. III, 3, 36. Tp. III, 3, 36 Gent. V, 4, 51. Wiv. I, 4, 33. Meas. V, 365. Err. IV, 2, 22. Err. IV, 2, 22 Mids. V, 214. Merch. I, 2, 94. H6C V, 5, 58. Rom. V, 1, 80. Tim. IV, 3, 247 etc. “w. and w.” Merch. III, 2, 250. Shr. V, 2, 93. Oth. II, 1, 135. Per. IV, 6, 141. cf. Meas. III, 2, 56. Hml. III, 2, 261. Substantively: “or a w.” Shr. I, 2, 71. “there will a w. come in his place,” Caes. III, 2, 116. “set in w. than gold,” Merch. II, 7, 55. “gives but the greater feeling to the w.” R2 I, 3, 301. Gent. II, 1, 169. Troil. III, 2, 79. Hml. III, 4, 179.
Adv.: “lilies that fester smell far w. than weeds,” Sonn. 94, 14. Tp. I, 2, 59. Wiv. II, 1, 56. Meas. V, 341. Err. IV, 2, 20. Err. IV, 2, 20 Mids. III, 2, 45. V, 218. Wint. IV, 1, 30. H6B II, 3, 56. Lr. II, 2, 155 (my sister may receive it much more w. == may take it more ill) etc.
== more sick: “I am the w., when one says swagger,” H4B II, 4, 113. “it makes him w.” R3 I, 3, 3.
== in a more bad situation, more ill off: “they were no w. than now they are,” Tp. II, 1, 261. “to be w. than worst of those that lawless and incertain thought imagine howling,” Meas. III, 1, 126. “thou shalt not be the w. for me,” Tw. V, 30. “long to know each other w.” Troil. IV, 1, 31 (quibbling). “I am w. than e'er I was.” Lr. IV, 1, 28.
== less worth: “I was w. than nothing,” Merch. III, 2, 263 (possessed less than nothing). “many a many foot of land the w.” John I, 183. “thy master is a wise and valiant Roman; I never thought him w.” Caes. III, 1, 139 (== less). he were the w. for that (a cloud in his face) “were he a horse,” Ant. III, 2, 52.
Likewise as an adverb, == less: “your treatise makes me like you w. and w.” Ven. 774. “the more one sickens the w. at ease he is,” As III, 2, 25. “if you please to like no w. than I,” Shr. IV, 4, 33. how is it less or w. that it (policy) “shall hold companionship in peace with honour?” Cor. III, 2, 48. “the gods . . . love thee no w. than thy old father Menenius does,” V, 2, 75. “if I like thee no w. after dinner,” Lr. I, 4, 44.
With notions of evil, on the contrary, == greater; more; adj.: “w. than Tantalus' is her annoy,” Ven. 599. “a mischief w. than civil home-bred strife,” Ven. 599 “they are w. fools to purchase mocking so,” LLL V, 2, 59. Adv.: “he would . . . torment the poor lady w.” Ado II, 3, 163. “hated w. than the greatest infection,” Wint. I, 2, 423. “that honourable grief which burns w. than tears drown,” II, 1, 112. “w. than the sun in March this praise doth nourish agues,” H4A IV, 1, 111. “fear the report of a caliver w. than a struck fowl,” IV, 2, 21. “I'll startle you w. than the sacring bell,” H8 III, 2, 295. “who is of Rome w. hated than of you,” Cor. I, 2, 13. “I do hate thee w. than a promise-breaker,” I, 8, 2. “keep me from their w. than killing lust,” Tit. II, 3, 175. “I hate thee w.” Tim. IV, 3, 234.
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