strain (n.) 1
quality, character, disposition
2H4 IV.v.171 [Prince Henry to King Henry IV, of the crown] if it did ... swell my thoughts to any strain of pride [or: height]
Cym IV.ii.24 [Belarius to himself, of Arviragus] O noble strain! [or: ancestry]
H5 II.iv.51 [French King to all, of King Henry] he is bred out of that bloody strain / That haunted us in our familiar paths
JC V.i.59 [Brutus to Octavius] if thou wert the noblest of thy strain
KL V.iii.41 [Albany to Edmund] you have showed today your valiant strain [or: ancestry]
MA II.i.351 [Don Pedro to all, of Benedick] he is of a noble strain [or: lineage]
MW II.i.82 [Mistress Page to Mistress Ford, of Falstaff] unless he know some strain in me that I know not myself, he would never have boarded me in this fury
MW III.iii.174 [Mistress Page to Mistress Ford, of Falstaff] I would all of the same strain were in the same distress
TC II.ii.155 [Paris to all, of giving up Helen] Can it be / That so degenerate a strain as this / Should once set footing in your generous bosoms?
Tim I.i.254 [Apemantus to all] The strain of man's bred out / Into baboon and monkey
Tim IV.iii.214 [Apemantus to Timon, of an imaginary patron] Praise his most vicious strain / And call it excellent

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