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Excellence, 1) the state of possessing good qualities in an eminent degree: Sonn. 94, 8. Meas. I, 1, 38. Ado III, 1, 99. LLL IV, 3, 300. John II, 439. IV, 3, 66. H5 II, 2, 113. Hml. V, 2, 146. Cymb. I, 6, 44.
2) high degree, uncommon manner: “kind is my love to-day, to-morrow kind, still constant in a wondrous e.” Sonn. 105, 6. “loves him with that e. that angels love good men with,” H8 II, 2, 34.
3) any laudable quality, eminent skill: “what is thy e. in a galliard?” Tw. I, 3, 127. Wint. V, 3, 30. Hml. IV, 7, 132. V, 2, 143.
4) a title of honour given a) to kings: H6A V, 1, 4. H6B I, 1, 3. I, 3, 122. b) to princes of the royal house: H6A V, 4, 94. H6B I, 1, 161.
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