ground (n.)
reason, cause, source
CE II.i.97[Adriana to Luciana, of her husband] Then is he the ground / Of my defeatures
E3 II.i.58[King Edward alone, of the Countess] see / Herself the ground of my infirmity
Per V.i.25[Lysimachus to Helicanus, of Pericles] Upon what ground is his distemperature?
R3 I.iii.68[Queen Elizabeth to Richard, of King Edward] that he may learn the ground [i.e. of Richard's hatred]
Tit II.i.70[Aaron to Demetrius and Chiron, of their quarrel] should the Empress know / This discord's ground, the music would not please [also: sense 10]
TN V.i.73[Antonio to Orsino] I confess, on base and ground enough, / [myself to be] Orsino's enemy
WT II.i.159[Lord to Leontes, in response to Leontes' 'Lack I credit?'] I had rather you did lack than I, my lord, / Upon this ground
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