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abatement (in sense 1 usu. legal metaphor)
1. reduction, diminution Ham. IV. vii. 120 “abatements and delays,” Lr. I. iv. 64, Cym. V. iv. 21.
2. depreciation of a person's character Tw.N. I. i. 13.
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    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 1.4
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 4.7
    • William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, 5.4
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 1.1
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