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civil (freq. in collocations referring to civil war, e.g. “ arms” R2 III. iii. 102, “ wounds” I. iii. 128; 1 rare in S.; 2 not pre-S.; the sense of ‘wellmannered, polite’ MND. iii. ii. 147 comes partly out of sense 2; in Ado II. i. 306 there is a pun on ‘Seville’)
1. of or belonging to citizens Rom. Prol. 4 “Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”
2. having proper public or social order, wellgoverned, orderly Gent. V. iv. 156, 2H4 IV. i. 42, H5 I. ii. 199, Ant. V. i. 16 “civil streets.”
3. pertaining to civil law Mer.V. V. i. 210 “a doctor” *.
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    • William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra, 5.1
    • William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, 5.4
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 1.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 5.1
    • William Shakespeare, Richard II, 1.2
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    • William Shakespeare, Richard II, 3.3
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