exercise (n.)
religious practice, spiritual observance
Ham III.i.45[Polonius to Ophelia] Read on this book, / That show of such an exercise may colour / Your loneliness
Oth III.iv.41[Othello to Desdemona] Much castigation, exercise devout
R3 III.vii.63[Catesby to Buckingham, of Richard] in no worldly suits would he be moved / To draw him from his holy exercise
WT III.ii.239[Leontes to all, of visiting the chapel] So long as nature / Will bear up with this exercise, so long / I daily vow to use it [also: sense 1]
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