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deep adj. (besides the sense of ‘intense’ the following are the chief fig. uses)
1. grave, serious, weighty 1H4 I. iii. 190 “matter and dangerous,” R3 III. VII. 66 “ designs,” IV. ii. 118 “my service” (Qq “true”), Mac. I. iii. 126 “In d-est consequence,” Cym. II. iii. 96; grievous, heinous R3 II. ii. 28 “ vice,” Tim. III. iv. 31, Mac. I. vii. 20, Lucr. 701.
2. profound in learning, knowledge, or insight Tp. II. i. 274 “A chough of as chat,” 2H4 IV. ii. 17, R3 III. vii. 74 “deep divines.”
3. profound in craft or subtlety 2H6 III. i. 57 “ deceit,” R3 I. iii. 224 “ traitors,” II. i. 38.
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