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Definitionto completely destroy or defeat
- The very law that condemned her—a giant of stern features but with vigour to support, as well as to annihilate, in his iron arm—had held her up through the terrible ordeal of her ignominy.Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (5% in)
- So vivid was the expression, or so intense the minister's perception of it, that it seemed still to remain painted on the darkness after the meteor had vanished, with an effect as if the street and all things else were at once annihilated.Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (82% in)
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