Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet

A tragedy by William Shakespeare about two “star-crossed lovers” (see also star-crossed lovers) whose passionate love for each other ends in death because of the senseless feud between their families. The line “Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” is well known.

Note

Figuratively, a “Romeo” is an amorous young man.
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