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bent — “Her affections have their full,” MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, ii. 3. 204 ; “the very bent of honour,” MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, iv. 1. 186 ; “thy affection cannot hold the bent,” TWELFTH NIGHT, ii. 4. 36 ; “in the full bent,” HAMLET, ii. 2. 30 ; “fool me to the top of my bent,” HAMLET, iii. 2. 374. “Bent is used by our author for the utmost degree of any passion or mental quality. The expression is derived from archery; the bow has its bent when it is drawn as far as it can be” (JOHNSON) .

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