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dear adj.2 (of different origin from DEAR adj.1, but undoubtedly associated with it in use): hard, grievous, dire Tp. II. i. 142, LLL. V. ii. 872, All'sW. IV. v. 11, Tw.N. V. i. 75, John I. i. 257 “my offence,” R2 I. iii. 151 “thy exile,” R3 I. iv. 219, Tim. IV. iii. 384, V. i. 233 “In our peril,” Oth. I. iii. 261, Sonn. xxxvii. 3 “fortune's d-est spite.” ∥ Cf. ‘turnd to disadvantage deare,’ Spenser.
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