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imaginary (1 the ordinary mod. sense; 2 and 3 obs. and somewhat rare, not pre-S.)
1. existing only in imagination, not real Err. IV. iii. 10, R2 II. ii. 27 “Which for things true weeps things ,” 2H4 IV. iv. 59 “forms ,” Ven 597 “All is she doth prove.”
2. of or belonging to the imagination, imaginative John IV. ii. 265 “foul eyes of blood Presented thee more hideous,” H5 I. Chor. 18 “your forces,” Troil. III. ii. 18 “The relish,” Sonn. xxvii. 9 “my soul's sight.”
3. representing things by means of images Lucr. 1422 “much imaginary work.”
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    • William Shakespeare, King John, 4.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 4.3
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, prologue
    • William Shakespeare, Richard II, 2.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, xxvii
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