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hardly (the meaning ‘scarcely’, into which 2 imperceptibly passes, is the commonest)
1. severely, harshly H8 I. ii. 105, Cym. III. iii. 8.
2. with difficulty Gent. I. i. 143, II. i. 120, 2H4 II. iv. 123, Cor. V. ii. 78 “I was moved,” Mac. V. iii. 62.
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    • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 5.2
    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 5.3
    • William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, 3.3
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