What is the definition of Context?

Circumstances that set the place for something to be understood.


Tut man, one fire burns out another’s burning.

One pain is lessened by another’s anguish.

What does Anguish mean?

Anguish means mental or physical suffering.


Why, is not this better now than groaning for love? Now art thou sociable. Now art thou Romeo. Now art thou what thou art—by art as well as by nature, for this driveling love is like a great natural that runs lolling up and down to hide his bauble in a hole.

What does Driveling mean?

Driveling means something stupid or dumb


Hath been my kinsman! O sweet Juliet,

Thy beauty hath made me effeminate

And in my temper softened valor’s steel!

What does Effeminate mean?

Effeminate means for a man to share characteristics like a woman; Typically unmanly


What are Context Clues?

Hints within a sentence or passage the reader uses to understand new words.


I dare draw as soon as another man if I see occasion in a good quarrel and the law on my side.


Now, afore God, I am so vexed that every part about me quivers. Scurvy knave!

What does Vexed mean?

Angry with a problem at hand


Examine every married lineament

And see how one another lends content,

And what obscured in this fair volume lies

Find written in the margin of his eyes.

What does Lineament mean?

Lineament means a distinctive characteristic or trait.


Good Father, I beseech you on my knees,

Hear me with patience but to speak a word.

What does Beseech mean?

Beseech means for someone to be begging for something urgently


How do you use context clues?

Look at what you are trying to decipher

Read before and after

Use knowledge of the text to predict meaning.


By and by, I come.—

To cease thy strife and leave me to my grief.

Tomorrow will I send.

What does Strife mean?

Strife means angry or bitter


Why, is not this a lamentable thing, grandsire, that we should be thus afflicted with these strange flies, these fashion-mongers,

What does Lamentable mean?

Lamentable means bad or unsatisfactory


Now, sir, her father counts it dangerous

That she do give her sorrow so much sway,

And in his wisdom hastes our marriage

To stop the inundation of her tears—

Which, too much minded by herself alone,

May be put from her by society.

What does Inundation mean?

Inundation is an overwhelming abundance of people or things.

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