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Mercuʹtio

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A kind-hearted, witty nobleman, kinsman to the Prince of Veroʹna, in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Being mortally wounded by Tybalt, he was asked if he were hurt, and replied, “A scratch, a scratch; marry, ʹtis enough.”

The Mercutio of actors. Lewis, who displayed in acting the combination of the fop and real gentleman. (1748–1811.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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