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heart (in 1H4 III. i. 251 “Heart!,” taken by some in sense 3, is the abbreviation of ‘God's heart!’, ‘sheart!’)
1. disposition, temperament Meas. V. i. 385 “Not changing with habit,” Ado II. i. 327 “a merry ”
2. feeling Mer.V. I. ii. 139 “with so good ” (=so heartily).
3. freq. as a term of endearment, appreciation or commendation, and compassion Tp. I. i. 6 “Heigh, my h-s! cheerly, cheerly, my h-s!,” LLL. V. i. 113 “sweet ,” H5 II. i. 123 “poor heart,” Cym. I. i. 112 “take it, ” ; cf. MND. IV. ii. 27 “where are these h-s?” (=good fellows).
4. vital or essential part, core, centre, essence Wiv. II. ii. 238 “the heart of my purpose,” Tw.N. I. v. 204 “the of my message,” Cor. I. vi. 55 “Their very heart of hope.” ∥ S. is the earliest authority for “in ” (Shr. IV. v. 77), “fight one's out” (Troil. III. ii. 53), “ of ” (Troil. IV. v. 170, Ham. III. ii. 78), “wear my upon my sleeve” (Oth. I. i. 64), “do any man's heart good” (MND. I. ii. 74).
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