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accord
used in The Scarlet Letter

3 meanings, 23 uses
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1  —18 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Definition
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • [the letter A] was so artistically done, and with so much fertility and gorgeous luxuriance of fancy, that it had all the effect of a last and fitting decoration to the apparel which she wore, and which was of a splendour in accordance with the taste of the age, but greatly beyond what was allowed by the sumptuary regulations of the colony.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (39% in)
accordance = keeping

(editor's note: Sumptuary is a rarely used word that is used a couple times in this novel to refer to regulations that limit using resources for personal luxuries.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Here, too, comes his owner, cheerful, sombre, gracious or in the sulks, accordingly as his scheme of the now accomplished voyage has been realized in merchandise that will readily be turned to gold, or has buried him under a bulk of incommodities such as nobody will care to rid him of.
    Introductory (8% in)
  • accordingly = in keeping with what is about to be said
  • According to the received code in such matters, it would have been nothing short of duty, in a politician, to bring every one of those white heads under the axe of the guillotine.
    Introductory (26% in)
  • according to = based upon (in keeping with)
  • If, heretofore, I had been none of the warmest of partisans I began now, at this season of peril and adversity, to be pretty acutely sensible with which party my predilections lay; nor was it without something like regret and shame that, according to a reasonable calculation of chances, I saw my own prospect of retaining office to be better than those of my democratic brethren.
    Introductory (92% in)
  • according to = based upon
  • In accordance with this rule it may safely be assumed that the forefathers of Boston had built the first prison-house somewhere in the Vicinity of Cornhill, almost as seasonably as they marked out the first burial-ground, on Isaac Johnson's lot, and round about his grave, which subsequently became the nucleus of all the congregated sepulchres in the old churchyard of King's Chapel.
    Chapter 1 -- The Prison Door (21% in)
  • accordance = keeping with
  • ...it was safely to be inferred that the infliction of a legal sentence would have an earnest and effectual meaning. Accordingly, the crowd was sombre and grave.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (77% in)
  • accordingly = in keeping with what was just stated
  • Again a mystic sisterhood would contumaciously assert itself, as she met the sanctified frown of some matron, who, according to the rumour of all tongues, had kept cold snow within her bosom throughout life.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (92% in)
  • according to = based on (in keeping with)
  • As to any other kind of discipline, whether addressed to her mind or heart, little Pearl might or might not be within its reach, in accordance with the caprice that ruled the moment.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (30% in)
  • accordance = keeping
  • Luther, according to the scandal of his monkish enemies, was a brat of that hellish breed; nor was Pearl the only child to whom this inauspicious origin was assigned among the New England Puritans.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (99% in)
  • according to = as stated by (in keeping with)
  • "Come along, Pearl," said she, drawing her away, "Come and look into this fair garden.  It may be we shall see flowers there; more beautiful ones than we find in the woods." Pearl accordingly ran to the bow-window, at the further end of the hall, and looked along the vista of a garden walk,
    Chapter 7 -- The Governor's Hall (89% in)
  • accordingly = in keeping with what was just stated
  • For her kindred, should the tidings ever reach them, and for the companions of her unspotted life, there remained nothing but the contagion of her dishonour; which would not fail to be distributed in strict accordance and proportion with the intimacy and sacredness of their previous relationship.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (4% in)
  • accordance = keeping with
  • According to the vulgar idea, the fire in his laboratory had been brought from the lower regions, and was fed with infernal fuel; and so, as might be expected, his visage was getting sooty with the smoke.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (95% in)
  • according to = based on (in keeping with)
  • His inward trouble drove him to practices more in accordance with the old, corrupted faith of Rome than with the better light of the church in which he had been born and bred.
    Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (75% in)
  • accordance = keeping
  • As the life and good fame of yonder man were in your hands there seemed no choice to me, save to be silent in accordance with your behest.
    Chapter 14 -- Hester and the Physician (39% in)
  • accordance = keeping
  • The fathers and founders of the commonwealth—the statesman, the priest, and the soldier—seemed it a duty then to assume the outward state and majesty, which, in accordance with antique style, was looked upon as the proper garb of public and social eminence.
    Chapter 21 -- The New England Holiday (51% in)
  • accordance = keeping
  • These [people], after exhausting other modes of amusement, now thronged about Hester Prynne with rude and boorish intrusiveness. Unscrupulous as it was, however, it could not bring them nearer than a circuit of several yards. At that distance they accordingly stood, fixed there by the centrifugal force of the repugnance which the mystic symbol inspired.
    Chapter 22 -- The Procession (91% in)
  • accordingly = in keeping with what was just stated
  • According to their united testimony, never had man spoken in so wise, so high, and so holy a spirit, as he that spake this day; nor had inspiration ever breathed through mortal lips more evidently than it did through his.
    Chapter 23 -- The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (6% in)
  • according to = as stated by (in keeping with)
  • According to these highly-respectable witnesses, the minister, conscious that he was dying—conscious, also, that the reverence of the multitude placed him already among saints and angels—had desired, by yielding up his breath in the arms of that fallen woman, to express to the world how utterly nugatory is the choicest of man's own righteousness.
    Chapter 24 -- Conclusion (17% in)
according to = as stated by (in keeping with)
There are no more uses of "accord" flagged with this meaning in The Scarlet Letter.

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2  —3 uses as in:
done of her own accord
Definition
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
  • ...and still better, it may be, to leave the mystery as we find it, unless Providence reveal it of its own accord.
    Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (92% in)
own accord = own mind (free will)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The feeling that it so evidently manifested, rather than the direct purport of the words, caused it to vibrate within all hearts, and brought the listeners into one accord of sympathy.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (83% in)
  • one accord = one mind (agreement)
  • Will not it come of its own accord when I am a woman grown?
    Chapter 16 -- A Forest Walk (24% in)
own accord = own mind (on its own)
There are no more uses of "accord" flagged with this meaning in The Scarlet Letter.

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3  —2 uses as in:
accord her the respect deserved
Definition
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
  • ...won him warmer affection than was accorded to any of his professional contemporaries.
    Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (10% in)
accorded = given
  • The minister—for, save the long-sought regards of woman, nothing is sweeter than these marks of childish preference, accorded spontaneously by a spiritual instinct, and therefore seeming to imply in us something truly worthy to be loved—the minister looked round, laid his hand on the child's head, hesitated an instant, and then kissed her brow.
    Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (86% in)
accorded = given
There are no more uses of "accord" flagged with this meaning in The Scarlet Letter.

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