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even adj. (the foll. uses are now obs.)
1. uniform R2 III. iv. 36.
2. direct, straightforward H5 IV. viii. 114 “in plain shock and play of battle,” Ham. II. ii. 304 “be and direct with me.”
3. exact, precise All'sW. V. iii. 331 “the even truth.”
4. equable, unruffled 1H4 I. iii. 286, H5 II. ii. 3, H8 III. i. 37* “I know my life so ,” 165* “as as a calm,” Cæs. II. i. 133* “The virtue of our enterprise,” Ham. IV. iii. 7 “To bear all smooth and even.”
5. equally balanced Cor. IV. vii. 37, Mac. III. IV. 10
6. as sb. “the of it,” the plain truth (cf. 3 above), the long and the short of it H5 II. i. 128.
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