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contemporary
used in The Scarlet Letter

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they are contemporaries
Definition living at the same time

or:

something occurring in the same period of time as something else
  • The voice which had called her attention was that of the reverend and famous John Wilson, the eldest clergyman of Boston, a great scholar, like most of his contemporaries in the profession, and withal a man of kind and genial spirit.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (52% in)
  • The old clergyman, nurtured at the rich bosom of the English Church, had a long established and legitimate taste for all good and comfortable things, and however stern he might show himself in the pulpit, or in his public reproof of such transgressions as that of Hester Prynne, still, the genial benevolence of his private life had won him warmer affection than was accorded to any of his professional contemporaries.
    Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (10% in)

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  • The authority which we have chiefly followed—a manuscript of old date, drawn up from the verbal testimony of individuals, some of whom had known Hester Prynne, while others had heard the tale from contemporary witnesses fully confirms the view taken in the foregoing pages.
    Chapter 24 -- Conclusion (28% in)

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