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adorn
used in The Scarlet Letter

11 uses
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Definition to decorate — especially a person
  • Why, look you, she may cover it with a brooch, or such like heathenish adornment, and so walk the streets as brave as ever!
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (24% in)
  • ...and seeking to reduplicate an endless series of enjoyment, at once shadowy and sensual: a tenderloin of beef, a hind-quarter of veal, a spare-rib of pork, a particular chicken, or a remarkably praiseworthy turkey, which had perhaps adorned his board in the days of the elder Adams, would be remembered; while all the subsequent experience of our race, and all the events that brightened or darkened his individual career, had gone over him with as little permanent effect as the...
    Introductory (38% in)
  • All merely graceful attributes are usually the most evanescent; nor does nature adorn the human ruin with blossoms of new beauty, that have their roots and proper nutriment only in the chinks and crevices of decay, as she sows wall-flowers over the ruined fortress of Ticonderoga.
    Introductory (46% in)
  • Nothing, if I rightly call to mind, was left of my respected predecessor, save an imperfect skeleton, and some fragments of apparel, and a wig of majestic frizzle, which, unlike the head that it once adorned, was in very satisfactory preservation.
    Introductory (64% in)
  • She bore on her breast, in the curiously embroidered letter, a specimen of her delicate and imaginative skill, of which the dames of a court might gladly have availed themselves, to add the richer and more spiritual adornment of human ingenuity to their fabrics of silk and gold.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (37% in)
  • "Nay, then, wear it, if it suit you better," rejoined he, "A woman must needs follow her own fancy touching the adornment of her person.
    Chapter 14 -- Hester and the Physician (17% in)
  • The Bowers appeared to know it, and one and another whispered as she passed, "Adorn thyself with me, thou beautiful child, adorn thyself with me!
    Chapter 18 -- A Flood of Sunshine (96% in)
  • The Bowers appeared to know it, and one and another whispered as she passed, "Adorn thyself with me, thou beautiful child, adorn thyself with me!
    Chapter 18 -- A Flood of Sunshine (96% in)
  • In such guise had Pearl adorned herself, when she heard her mother's voice, and came slowly back.
    Chapter 18 -- A Flood of Sunshine (99% in)
  • And see with what natural skill she has made those simple flowers adorn her!
    Chapter 19 -- The Child at the Brookside (2% in)
  • Just where she had paused, the brook chanced to form a pool so smooth and quiet that it reflected a perfect image of her little figure, with all the brilliant picturesqueness of her beauty, in its adornment of flowers and wreathed foliage, but more refined and spiritualized than the reality.
    Chapter 19 -- The Child at the Brookside (26% in)

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