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Weal, 1) welfare, prosperity, happiness: “our w., on you depending, counts it your w. to have his liberty,” John IV, 2, 65. John IV, 2, 65 “tends to God's glory and my country's w.” H6A V, 1, 27. “touching the w. o'the common,” Cor. I, 1, 155. “of him that, his particular to foresee, smells from the general w.” Tim. IV, 3, 160. that spirit upon whose w. (Ff spirit) “depend and rest the lives of many,” Hml. III, 3, 14. “in the tender of a wholesome w.” Lr. I, 4, 230. w. and woe opposed: Ven. 987. H6A III, 2, 92. Rom. III, 2, 51.
2) commonwealth, body politic, state (cf. Commonweal): “sit at chiefest stern of public w.” H6A I, 1, 177. “the special watchmen of our English w.” III, 1, 66. “the charters that you bear i'the body of the w.” Cor. II, 3, 189. “a foe to the public w.” III, 1, 176. “ere human statute purged the gentle w.” Mcb. III, 4, 76 (cf. Appendix, Prolepsis). “the medicine of the sickly w.” V, 2, 27.
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