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lecture (old edd. also “lector,” a 16th-17th cent. form)
1. discourse given before an audience for the purpose of instruction Cor. II. iii. 243 “Say we read l-s to you, How youngly he began . . .”
2. course of instruction, lesson Shr. III. i. 8, 23, 24 “You'll leave his ” ; fig. instructive example Lucr. 618.
3. admonition, reproof AYL. III. ii. 370 (F1 “Lectors”), Ham. II. i. 67.
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    • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 2.3
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
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