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contrived
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The Scarlet Letter

9 uses
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Definition unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
  • The very ideal of ignominy was embodied and made manifest in this contrivance of wood and iron.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (64% in)
  • With his florid cheek, his compact figure smartly arrayed in a bright-buttoned blue coat, his brisk and vigorous step, and his hale and hearty aspect, altogether he seemed—not young, indeed—but a kind of new contrivance of Mother Nature in the shape of man, whom age and infirmity had no business to touch.
    Introductory (33% in)
  • When thus perplexed—and cogitating, among other hypotheses, whether the letter might not have been one of those decorations which the white men used to contrive in order to take the eyes of Indians—I happened to place it on my breast.
    Introductory (68% in)
  • "She hath good skill at her needle, that's certain," remarked one of her female spectators; "but did ever a woman, before this brazen hussy, contrive such a way of showing it?
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (49% in)
  • Neither do thou imagine that I shall contrive aught against his life; no, nor against his fame, if as I judge, he be a man of fair repute.
    Chapter 4 -- The Interview (82% in)
  • Continually, and in a thousand other ways, did she feel the innumerable throbs of anguish that had been so cunningly contrived for her by the undying, the ever-active sentence of the Puritan tribunal.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (72% in)
  • Her mother, in contriving the child's garb, had allowed the gorgeous tendencies of her imagination their full play, arraying her in a crimson velvet tunic of a peculiar cut, abundantly embroidered in fantasies and flourishes of gold thread.
    Chapter 7 -- The Governor's Hall (23% in)
  • But, in truth, Pearl was the one as well as the other; and only in consequence of that identity had Hester contrived so perfectly to represent the scarlet letter in her appearance.
    Chapter 7 -- The Governor's Hall (31% in)
  • It would have been impossible to guess that this bright and sunny apparition owed its existence to the shape of gloomy gray; or that a fancy, at once so gorgeous and so delicate as must have been requisite to contrive the child's apparel, was the same that had achieved a task perhaps more difficult, in imparting so distinct a peculiarity to Hester's simple robe.
    Chapter 21 -- The New England Holiday (18% in)

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