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discourse sb. (“ of reason” dates from the 15th c.)
1. reasoning, thought, reflection Meas. I. ii. 196 “reason and ,” Tw.N. IV. iii. 12, Troil. V. ii. 139, Ham. IV. iv. 36 “with such large , Looking before and after; of reason,” process or faculty of reasoning Troil. II. ii. 116, Ham. I. ii. 150; cf. “ of thought” Oth. IV. ii. 153.
2. talk, conversation Gent. II. iv. 110, H5 I. i. 43 “ of war,” R3 V. iii. 100 “ample interchange of sweet ,” Oth. I. iii. 150.
3. faculty of conversing, conversational power Err. III. i. 109 “a wench of excellent ,” Troil. I. ii. 274.
4. familiar intercourse Ham. III. i. 108.
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